White Water River Rafting in Kali Tiger Reserve at Uttara Kannada

Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is in Uttara Kannada district, Karataka state, India. Kali River flows through Kali Tiger reserve and hence got its name. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1956. Anshi National Park was formed in 1987, to the west of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Final notification of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park was made in 1998 and 2003 respectively. In 2007, both were combined to form Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve or Kali Tiger Reserve as it is popularly called.

Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve
Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

The park is rich in Flora and Fauna. Spread over an area of 1300 square kilometers, Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is home to Royal Bangal Tigers, Indian elephants, black panthers, Golden cat, Leopard cat, Leopard, Black Panther, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Elephant, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Lories, Langoor, Indian Giant Squirrel, Pangolin, etc. There are a total of 270 bird species, out of which 19 endemic birds exists here.

Kali tiger reserve is a “Project Tiger reserve” in India, a project by Indian government to save Bangal tigers.

Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve is famous for bird watching, white water river rafting, trekking, nature camps and wilderness. White water rafting adventures are unique in India to Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.  It’s one of the cheap river rafts available anywhere in India.

Kavala Cave Kavaleshwar Temple is another attraction in the Tiger Reserve forests.

How Do I Go To Kali Tiger Reserve or Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary?

Kali Tiger Reserve, home to the Bengal tiger, is accessible from Dandeli town. Alnavar is the nearest railway station to Dandeli town at around 32 kilometers away. Londa, , Dharwar and Hubli are other major nearby railway stations to Kali Tiger Reserve.

Karwar city, the district headquarters, is at a distance of around 105 kilometers. Karwar railway station on the Konkan railway line is the nearest railway station. Hubli Airport is the nearest airport to Kali Project Tiger reserve, at around 78 kilometers away.

Kudremukh National Park Near Chikmagalur in Western Ghats

Kudremukh National Park is located in Chikmagalur disrtict, Karnataka, India. It is part of the Western Ghats and is spread across the districts of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada & Udupi. Kudremukh National Park stretches between Narasimha Parvatha in Sringeri Taluk in the north to Jamalabad Fort in Belthangady Taluk in the south. Kudremukh National Park is the second largest Protected Area for the wild animals in the Western Ghats. Kudremukh is a famous mining town also.

Kudremukh National Park's Horse shaped peak
Kudremukh National Park’s Horse shaped peak

Kudremukh National Park is popular for its scenic beauty and is rich in flora and fauna. The park is spread over an area of 600.32 square kilometers and located at an altitude of is 1, 894. 3 meters. This Park was named because of the peak’s shape, which is like that of a horse face. (kudure means horse in the local language, Kannada)

There are thousands of perennial streams in the region that converges and forms three major rivers; River Tunga, River Bhadra and River Nethravathi.

Park is home to many a wildlife like Bengal tiger, leopard, wild dog, common langur, Malabar giant squirrel, etc, to name a few. Lion-tailed macaque, an endangered species is found here. This park is listed as Global Tiger Conservation Priority-I site, list of such sites by international agencies like World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and its Indian arm WWF-India

There are around 195 species of birds in the park and is ideal for Bird watching. There are a large number of reptiles like Snakes and tortoises in the National park.

Kudremukh Trekking

From 6 am to 5 pm, trekking is allowed inside the Kudremukh peak. You need to get trekking permit from the Forest Range Officer. Hanuman Gundi Waterfalls, is at 32 kilometers distance from Kalasa. This falls is inside Kudremukh National Park and entry to this falls is restricted from 10 am to 4 pm. Kadambi falls is also inside this national park. Sringeri Sharada Peetham is near to the National Park.

How Do I Go to Kudremukh National Park?

Kudremukh National Park is situated at 50 kilometers from Karkala town. Kalasa and Sringeri towns are at 20 kilometers distance from the National Park. National Park is is at 96 kilometers south-west of Chikmagalur town. Bangalore is at 360 kilometers away from the Park.

Nearest airport and railway station to Kudremukh National Park is at 130 kilometers away at Mangalore.

Accommodation Near to the Kudremukh National Park?

Forest Department has Rest Houses inside the park, which offers accommodation. Kalasa, Karkala & Sringeri are other nearby towns with good hotels.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Western Ghats

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Western Ghats, in the state of Goa. The Wildlife sanctuary has an area of 208.5 square kilometers. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is also a ‘Project Tiger reserve’, to save Bengal Tigers.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary
Nilgiri Woodpigeon, a Globally threatened bird species, at the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and many endangered species of animals, reptiles and amphibians are found here in the Wild Life Sanctuary.

This park is a heaven for those interested in bird watching. There is an International Bird Area inside the wildlife sanctuary. Globally threatened species of birds like Nilgiri wood-pigeon, Malabar grey hornbill, grey-headed bulbul Malabar parakeet, white-bellied blue-flycatcher, rufous babbler and crimson-backed Sunbird are found here in this sanctuary. There are a total of 255 species of birds here, out of which 53 birds are known to breed here.

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary has two Forest Department rest houses, one each at Valpoi and Keri.

How Do I Go to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary Near Goa?

Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is in North Goa district and Valpoi is the nearest town to the sanctuary. This Wildlife Sanctuary is accessible by road. The nearest main railway station is the one at Panaji, Goa. The nearest airport is Dabolim Airport, in the city of Dabolim, Goa.

Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary in BR Hills alias Biligiriranga Hills

Biligiriranga Hills, commonly known as BR Hills, is a hill range in Karnataka state, on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border area near to Chamarajanagar city.

BR hills or Biligiriranga HillsBR hills or Biligiriranga Hills as seen from the Krishnayyana Katte reservoir at the foothills.

BRT Wildlife Sanctuary or Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary as it is called officially, is situated in BR Hills. BRT Wildlife Sanctuary is a “project Tiger” reserve from 2011. The park is named after Biligiri Rangaswamy temple, which is a famous temple on a bare cliff, overlooking the northern parts of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

On the banks of River Bhargavi in the BR Hills, there is a centuries old very large Champak tree or Magnolia Champaca, well known for its fragrant flowers. B.R. hills is the link between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats, allowing gene flow between the two.

How do I go to BR hills?

Those who are traveling from Bangalore can travel by the Bangalore – Mysore road. Maddur is the town on this main road, from where you have to go to Kollegala town. From Kollegala town, it takes around 30 minutes drive to reach BR Hills.

For those coming by train or by bus from Coimbatore side, Chamarajanagar is the city from where you get buses to the BR Hills. Chamarajanagar is at around 40 kilometers distance form BR Hills alias Biligiriranga Hills or B.R. Hiils.

Mysore Airport is the nearest airport to Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary and BR Hills. Coimbatore International airport is at around 185 kilometers from the B. R. Hills. Bangalore International Airport is around 220 kilometers distance from B.R. Hills.

Manas National Park & Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Manas National Park or Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in the state of Assam, India. This Wildlife Sanctuary is also a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and also a biosphere reserve.

Manas National Park
Beautiful Hills inside Manas National Park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 39,100 hectares (approximately 950 square kilometers) and is contiguous with the Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan. Manas Tiger Reserve is situated in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Wildlife Sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and has many endangered species, including 22 of India’s most threatened species, such as the Bengal tiger, Bengal florican, clouded leopard, Indian elephant, Indian one horned Rhino, Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur, pygmy hog, etc,. Bird watching is at its best here, as there are around 500 species of birds inside the National park which lies along the Manus riverbed. There are 5 smaller rivers also that flows through the park.

This National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas and is blessed with natural landscape known for its exceptional scenery.

How Do I Go to Manas National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary?

‘Barpeta Road’ in Barpeta district of western Assam is the nearest town to the National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Guwahati, the capital of Assam state, is at around 135 kilometers distance. Barpeta city, the headquarters of the district, is at 21 kilometers from Barpeta Road town. National highway No31 passes through Barpeta.

Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati is the nearest airport to the National Park. Guwahati is well connected to other parts of India by train and bus. There are direct train services from Guwahati to almost all major cities of India.

Is there any Manas resorts near the Wildlife park?

There are forest department lodges at Mathanguri, at around 40 kilometers distance from Barpeta Road town.

Do I need to get any entry permits to enter the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary or National Park?

Yes; Field Director of Tiger Reserve at ‘Barpeta Road’ town, issues permits to tourists interested in entering into the National Park & wildlife Sanctuary.