Located in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India, Anshi National Park is a traveler’s and nature lover’s delight that boasts of a vibrant diversity of exotic floral and faunal species. Nestled amidst the magnificent Western Ghats, the park is a part of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and is situated on the Kanwar-Londa highway. Spanning across an area of 340 square kilometers, the park is endowed with a picturesque landscape with River Kali flowing along its boundary and providing life to the wildlife.
Sitting at a height of 200m to 925m above sea level, the park experiences an average of 2500m of heavy rainfall with a varied temperature of 38 degrees Celsius in summers to 15 degrees Celsius during winters. The park was given the status of a National Park in the year 1956 and now has been declared as a protected reserve forest giving it the name Kali Tiger Reserve. Vegetation in the park mainly consists of dense deciduous forests and evergreen rain forests where thriving wildlife can be seen in their natural habitat. The wildlife paramours and photographers will have a delightful time exploring around the area and witnessing innumerable species of birds and animals frolicking around freely. The park is gifted with mighty rivers and streams, deep valleys, and unspoiled mountains that make up for the visual delight. Visitors can also go trekking and camping in the vicinity of the park or have a conversation with the village people living inside the premises.
The Tiger Reserve in Dandeli is spread across an area of 1300 square kilometers which consists of two major protected areas of that region. One is Anshi National Park covering 340sq. km and the other one is the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary spanning across an area of over 475sq. kilometers. With a wide and vibrant variety of flora and fauna, the park is a popular spot among young travelers and wildlife enthusiasts.
The Park is home to a countless species of plants and trees, some of which have been termed as endangered by the World-Wide Fund for Nature. The prominent trees which dominate the forest are Teak, Oak, Bamboo, Eucalyptus, Lantana, Jamba, Tamarind, Bintangur, Bauhinia, Blackboard tree, Flacourtia Montana and so on.
Mammals: Black Panther, Elephants, Tigers, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Bison, Sloth, Barking Deer, Leopard, Jackal, Wild Cat, Bonnet Macaque, and Langur.
Birds: Over 200 species of birds are found here in the park which includes Bulbul, Brahminy Kite, Golden Backed Woodpecker, Serpent Eagle, Stork, Hornbill, Yellow Footed Green Pigeon, Ashy Woodswallow, etc.
Reptiles: Spectacled Cobra, King Cobra, Rat Snake, Indian Rock Python, Vipers, Monitor Lizard, Krait, Crocodiles, etc.
The climate of the park is mostly moist deciduous forests with scorching summers and chilly winters. The temperature varies from 15 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius in winters and summers along with heavy rainfall during the monsoons.
The best time to visit Anshi National Park or Kali Tiger Reserve is from November to May when the weather is pleasant and the heat is not unbearable. During this time, visitors can easily spot the might Black Panther in its natural glory and habitat along with a variety of bird species flying and singing in their melodious voice.
Nearest Train Station: There are three railway stations near the park and the closest of them is the Kanwar railway station at a distance of 60km. Other two stations are Londa railway station at 100km away and Dharwad railway station at 106km. local transport is available from the station to the park.
Nearest Airport: The nearest airport is Dharwad airport at a distance of 106km from the park. There is one other airport connected to the park at a distance of 150km which is located at Belgaum. Buses and taxis are available from the airport to reach Anshi National Park.
Road Accessibility : The park is well-connected to all the major cities of Karnataka trough an excellent network of inter-linked roads. Both private and government owned vehicles operate at different intervals to and from the park.