Kali Tiger Reserve

  • Dandeli, Karnataka, India

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Situated at the border of Karnataka and Goa, Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve gets its name from the small village of Dandeli in Karnataka. The Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve is located in the Uttara Kannda district of the state near the Dandeli forest, overlooking the Kali river.

Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve has a history dating back to the days of British rule in India. At that time the population of tigers in the forest had become unchecked and some of those solemn beasts had also turned into man-eaters creating a lot of havoc and fear in the nearby villages. The British government thus declared a reward to be given to anyone who managed to kill a tiger. Hence, many cubs were exterminated to control the growing tiger population. Ironically and unfortunately, at present there are only 13 tigers left in the region due to the brutal execution.

This led to the formation of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary which came into existence in the year 1956. Also, in the year 1987, Anshi National Park was established for ensuring the protection of the regional wildlife, constituting and in addition to, the then presently left number of tigers. There are in all 45 elephants inhabiting the National Park and interestingly they are not the original inhabitants of the region. As it happens they migrated to Dandeli forest from Mysore, a long time back and since for some unknown reason they couldn’t return, ended up making the area their permanent home.
The Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve is formed by the amalgamation of Anshi National park and Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. It was declared a Tiger reserve in the year 2007. Together with 6 different protected areas lying adjacent to each other and spread across the states of Goa and Maharashtra, the Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve is an expansive reserve comprising a massive area of 2,200 km².

Spread over many mountain ranges, the reserve unfurls a panoramic vista of breath taking natural beauty with each mountain displaying a wholly different picture. Blessed with unmatched diversity in flora and fauna, the place embarks serenity in every inch of its land. Besides plunging you into an enchanting view, river Kali also offers you with many exciting water sports that you can indulge in here.

Best time to visit Kali Tiger Reserve

The climate of the park is typical of the North Western Ghats, ranging from tropical to subtropical. Despite heavy rainfall during the monsoons which are quite humid, wet and hot; summers are excessively hot and dry. However, the winters experience a coolness in weather and there is dryness in the air too. The best time to visit Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve is thus, between the months of October to May.

Karnataka is bestowed with immense natural beauty with wonderful landscape that is complemented terrifically with the bountiful flora and fauna that is rich in diversity. To enjoy the resplendent beauty of Karnataka and Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve per se, a stipulated stay is a need. There are many great options for a comfortable stay at Dandeli. Ranging from tents in the very lap of Mother Nature to luxurious resorts and budget hotels, there are multiple choices for everyone and every need. You can put up at overnight camps and tents provided at nature camps at Kulgi. It offers regular tents (with two beds each), deluxe tents (with two beds each) and a dormitory with 16 beds.

Bison River Resort


It offers tastefully decorated rooms each with a panoramic view of the fascinating River kali. The facilities include a multi cuisine restaurant offering delicious meals, a well stocked bar, a comprehensive wildlife library and other facilities.

Devbagh Beach Resort


Devbagh Beach Resort is located amidst a casuarina grove facing a shallow and private beach. The resort has seven loghuts and ten cottages, all with attached bath.

Eagle Jungle Stay


Eagle Jungle Stay is nearly 4 kms away from Dandeli city near the forest area. It was old british guest room which was then converted in to guest house for Tourist. Camping and nature based activities in this wonderful scenery location, and serene wild forest is located the Eagle homestay.

Hornbill River Resort


Hornbill River Resort is located in the serene lush greenery of the unexplored jungles of Dandeli in northern part of Karnataka state in India. The untamed jungles invite you to explore and embrace the freshness of the nature. The white and mighty river Kali flowing beside is one of the real beauty you would rarely find anywhere else.

IPM Jungle Stay


IPM Jungle Stay Dandeli is full fledged with its amenities and other facilities to attract and welcome the tourists from the bottom of heart. The resort has beautiful eye catching tents for spending your night amidst the dark thick jungle. This inn includes various forest based activities as well as well as water based activities in Kali river.

Kali Adventure Camp


The destination for adventure lovers. A perfect spot for whitewater rafting, the camp is specially equipped for it. During the rafting strict safety standards are adhered to. We've perfected our standing as a whitewater rafting destination with river guides who are highly experienced and are well-equipped. Other adventurous activities include Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Wall Climbing, etc.

Old Magazine House


A place to just be. Catch your breath. Learn more about nature and get away from the mad rush. The camp is surrounded by thick forest and you can be sure of spotting the jungle's rare and vibrant avian denizens. The Old Magazine House is less about what you can see and more about what you can do. And there's a lot of the latter.

Panther Jungle Stay


Panther Jungle homestay Dandeli and Dandeli resorts are gateway to silence and an oasis for those who like to soak in beautiful environments and the thick dense forests with rich biodiversity displaying the flora and fauna in its full bloom.

PND Jungle Stay


PND Homestay Dandeli is blessed by the Pansoli village near to Kulgi Nature Camp which is nearly 15 kms from Dandeli. The guest house is noted for its thick evergreen jungle, wild habitat which includes beautiful birds, breast and insects. The surrounding of this region is known for the elephants and bears who have made their habitat here.

River Side Stay


The resort is having Luxury and Super Luxury Cottages best suited for families and honeymoon couples. One can enjoy variety of adventure activities like trekking, water rafting, night camps, nature walks, boating, bird watching, safari and lots more.

SW Jungle Stay


This SW Homestay Dandeli is about 4 kms from Dandeli city on the way to Kerwad. It is situated at Kerwad village surrounded by thick forest of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. This is basically a well built home of a farmer of the village. The house is very well planned and constructed so as to convey this into a stay.

Fauna at Kali Tiger Reserve

The park has a mixed forest type with the Montane Rainforests and moist Deciduous forest of North-Western Ghats. Both of the ecoregions have been recognised as endangered by the WWF (World Wide Fund for nature). However, both of them are known for having exalting biodiversity therefore are rich in both flora and fauna by an astounding number. The fauna of the Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve unfolds its variegated bewitchery to its visitors through the sundry species of animals harbouring here. Rich in all kinds of creatures from mammals to insects to reptiles, the park is one to really pay a visit once. The prominent mammals of the region include, Black Naped Hare, Gaur, Gray Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Wild Boar, Muntjac or Barking Deer, Jackal, Porcupine, Indian Bison, Sloth Bear and Spotted Deer. The Malabar Giant Squirrel or Rutufa found here, that is almost the size of a dog, is a very strange creature which flattens itself against the branch of a tree to save its skin. Pangolin is another interesting ants eating mammal found in the region which has scales all over its body reminding one of a medieval knight in its armour. The Panther, Tigers and Elephants too reside within the park arena but it is a rare occasion when they can be sighted. While the amphibians mainly comprise of Skittering frog and Fungoid frog, among reptiles the Vine snake, King Cobra, Spectacled Cobra, Draco, Monitor Lizard, Forest Calotes, Rat snake, Skink and Russel’s Viper, Common Krait, Bamboo Pit Viper, Indian Rock Python, Vine snake and the Saw Scaled Viper are the main attractions. There are many pretty creatures lurking in the dense forest of Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve which include multitudes of butterfly species like Southern Birdwing, Tiger Butterfly, Oak Leaf butterfly, Blue Mormon, Malabar Tree Nymph, Cruiser butterfly, Bush Browns, Clipper, Tailed Jay, Crimson Rose, Red Helen, Common Map and Common Rose. Other than butterflies you can also spot many different varieties of dragonflies, ants, moths and beetles.

Flora at Kali Tiger Reserve

The commonly found plants and trees in the region include Malabar Tamarind, Hopea Wightiana, Bintangur, Eucalyptus, Blackboard tree, Callophyllum Wightianum, Machilus macrantha, Tetrameles Nudiflora, True Cinnamon, Flacourtia montana, Knema attenuate, Silver Oak, Bamboo, Aini-maran, Bauhinia, Jamba, Artocarpus lacucha, lantana, Carallia brachiate and Teak. The reserve also has a variety of fruit bearing trees and medicinal plants in abundance.

Birding at Kali Tiger Reserve

There are about 200 species of birds in Anshi Dandeli tiger Reserve, giving an ornithologist every reason to love this park. The most beguiling species of birds here are the Asian Fairy Bluebird, Peregrine Falcon, Indian Grey Hornbill, Blue Trotted Barbet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Eurasian Golden Oriole, The Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill and the Malabar Grey Hornbill. Also worth mentioning are the Night Jar, Ashy Woodswallow, Greater Coucal, Golden Backed woodpecker, Pond Heron, Adjutant Stork, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Magpie Robin, Yellow Footed green Pigeon, Red Rumped Swallow, Cattle Egret, Brahminy Kite, White Throated Kingfisher, Black Crested Bulbul, Blue Headed Pitta and broad Billed Roller etc.

Experience Kali Jungle Safari

The beautiful undulating terrain plush with picturesque woods and enriched with myriad groves of bamboo shoots and webs of hanging climbers, along with the exciting array of wildlife make your trip to Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve undoubtedly the one to remember. The river Kali and its tributaries render the land a tranquil environment that makes the place even more irresistible. The park can be enjoyed to its very best through jungle safaris that include both jeep safaris and boat safaris. The numerous trails in the thicket also allow you to enjoy the poised forest area on foot as well. The jeep safaris make use of open four wheeler vehicles that allow you to witness the wild in the best possible way. The morning safari timings are from 6 am to 9 am whereas the evening safari commence at 3 pm and ends at 6 pm every day. The safaris are permitted in the buffer zone and can be booked from within the park premises itself from 1st of July to 30th of September. There are a lot of other activities too that you can enjoy here. These consist of white water river rafting, bird watching, trekking and nature walks, angling, rappelling, canoeing, coracle ride and caving. Or you can also visit the famous crocodile park, the bird trail in Kulgi, a trek to the magnificent Dudhsagar waterfalls or enjoy a day long excursion to the Mysterious Little Tibet.

The nearest city to Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve is Dandeli, Karnataka that is well connected to many major cities of India. To reach the park you can opt for any mode of transport as per your convenience.

How to reach Kali Tiger Reserve

Air: Hubli is the nearest airport lying at a distance of 75 km. However, it is advisable to reach Panji (150 km) airport in Goa and continue further to Dandeli via road. Other nearby airports are Belgaum (110 km) and Bangalore (348 km).

Rail: Dharwad station is the nearest rail head to the park. From here you can easily take a bus or hire a cab to reach Dandeli. It is also well connected to Alvanar (32 km), Londa (48 km) and Hubli (75 km).

Road: You can also travel to Dandeli via road from Bangalore, Belgaum, Mumbai, Karwar, Goa, Hubli and Dharwad. Several buses run to and from Dandeli daily.