Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka state, India. The sanctuary occupies an area of 866.41 kilometre square. It was declared part of the Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve in 2006. It is also notified as Dandeli Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant on 4 June 2015 by Karnataka state government. The sanctuary is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna that include tigers, elephants, deers, antelopes, dense deciduous trees interspersed with bamboo and teak plantation.
The safaris are conducted by Professional wildlife guides that covers a distance of around 30 km into the deep dense forest and can accommodate around 8 people in one trip. The ideal time to visit the Sanctuary is from the months of October to March.
Plant species such as Adina cordifolia, Eucalyptus, Acacia, Tectona grandis, Grevillea robusta, T. bellerica, Mitragyna parviflora, Xylia xylocarpa and various types of orchids can be found here.
The Sanctuary is home to some of the vulnerable and endangered species. Some of them are -
Mammals: Black panthers, elephants, Indian sloth bears, Indian Pangolin, leopards, wild boars, etc.
Birds: The great hornbill, The Malabar pied hornbill and nearly 200 species of birds are found here.
Reptiles: The mugger crocodile and The king cobra.
The sanctuary can be visited anytime during the year, the ideal time to enjoy and witness the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary at its best is between the months of October to May. The weather remains pleasant and moderate during this period.
Nearest Train Station: The nearest train Stations are Alnavar which is 32 kms away, Londa (48 kms), Dharwad (57 kms), or Hubli (75 kms).
Nearest Airport: The nearest airports to the sanctuary are Belgaum which is 110 kms away, Hubli (75 kms), and Goa (150 kms).
Road Accessibility : Several buses ply to Dandeli everyday. If not a bus, own vehicle or private taxi can be hired.