2019 Jan, our first trip to Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.
Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary is located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The sanctuary covers an area of 866.41 km2 (334.52 sq mi). The Karnataka government has declared Dandeli Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant on 4 June 2015. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a birdwatchers paradise, housing nearly 200 species of birds, most famous for great hornbill, giant Malabar squirrel, dhole, Indian jackal, barking deer, mongoose and more. Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary is most famous for black panther sightings, though you have to be extremely lucky to sight one. Panther activity in most prominent during the mornings. Panthers are extremely shy animals and often seen crossing the roads and the sightings last for few seconds. Always keep your camera ready to click its pictures.
Dandeli Safari timings
There is only one gate to enter the reserve. Morning safari is from 6 am to 8 am and Evening 4 to 6 pm. You do not need to book the safari in advance as you can directly visit the park and book your safari. They charge 450 per person. Max 6 person per jeep safari. There are no canters.
Our Dandeli trip details
We reached Dandeli around 11 am at Jungle nest resort. The resort is approx 10 kms from the Kulgi gate. We were welcomed with tea and settled ourselves in the cottages. We rested till the afternoon and had lunch at the resort and went for our first safari. We spotted some deer, bison, giant squirrel, and birds like kingfisher, great hornbills, owls and few more.
Day two we went for morning jungle safari. For nearly an hour we couldn't spot any wildlife. We were hoping to see wild animals but we almost gave up of any sightings we might see. But then all of sudden we saw a black ghost-like dark creature sitting beside the road. We had managed to see a black panther. Before we could click any pictures, it vanished in the woods in 5-6 seconds. It was a wow moment for everyone. It's a sleek slender creature and looks like a ghost. We waited for the panther to return and hoping to click pictures. But it never returned. It was an amazing experience. We carried on and spotted few animals and birds and ended our safari.
The afternoon safari was also the same without panther sightings. We went to the jungle viewpoint and saw the core jungle top view with layers of mountains and lush dense green jungle where the river Kali flows in between the dense forest. Our guide told us the elephants reside in the deep jungles. There are approx 16 tigers and 27 leopards in the jungle.
We had a wonderful stay at the jungle nest resort and our host Rohit took good care of us.
Next day we headed to do some adventure water sports activities in Ganeshgudi. We did river rafting, boating kayaking and ropeway and more.
It was a wonderful Dandeli trip and we loved it. Join us next time to experience the same and more.