Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli city is situated on the banks of River Kali in Uttara Kannda District (border of Goa and Karnataka) and it is located at a distance of 480 Km from Bangalore. It is believed that the city is named as "Dandeli" after Dandelappa, a loyal servant of the Mirashi landlords who lost his life because of his loyalty.
The calm and peaceful Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 834.16 sq. km and rewarded as the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is neighboring with the Mahaveer sanctuary in Goa. The altitude of Dandeli varies from 100 m to 970 m; the highest point is the Hegada Temba.
Dandeli is also a perfect place for white water rafting. Dandeli has become one of the important tourist destinations of Karnataka and attracts many local and foreign tourists.
Flora and Fauna: Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests. The area is also rich in bamboo.
Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife. Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, many kinds of reptiles like Crocodiles and various kinds of snakes.
The birds in Dandeli wildlife sanctury include the golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, white breasted kingfisher, grey hornbill, great pied hornbill, the Malabar pied hornbill.
Safaris in open jeeps into the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary accompanied by trained naturalists are the best way to view wildlife at Dandeli.
Activities possible in Dandeli: Wildlife safari, white water rafting in river kali, adventure activities like kayaking, canoying and mountain biking.