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Bird Watching


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Distance (From Dandeli): 12 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

Dandeli forest is famous for nesting birds. Bird watching is a great option for the enthusiastic birdwatchers and also one of the popular things to do in Dandeli. There are about 300 species of birds in and around Dandeli, they include migrated birds. Dandeli Jungle is a home for 4 species of hornbills out of world's 9 species.

The vast variety of exotic birds found here attracts tourists, birdwatchers and eco-tourists from all over the world. Visitors can find both local and migrating birds. These include the kingfisher, honey bird, peacock, black-crested bulbul, blue-headed pitta, brahminy kite, broad-billed roller, crested serpent eagle, great hornbill, woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill.

Kulgi Nature Camp environs, Ganeshgudi, Dandeli Timber Depot, Shirali Village, Bomanahalli dam, Syntheri Rocks and Dandeli sanctuary are the best birding places in Dandeli region. There are permissions required to enter the core area of the Dandeli sanctuary, which can be obtained from Kulgi along with a guide. Private vehicles are allowed by paying some charges. Birding on the road from the Kulgi Nature Camp to the sanctuary entrance is free. Between Dandeli and Kulgi there is a water tank, which is very good for River terns, Black headed ibis and Grey-headed fish eagle.

October to March is excellent season for migratory birds and a stay around at Ganeshgudi area is recommended for bird watchers. Early morning hours are best for bird watching.

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