Dandeli - Nature/Birding

Monday, October 08, 2007

Nature/Birding

Another attraction for nature lovers in and around Dandeli is the abundance of wildlife - especially birds. Spotting wild animals, especially predators, here may require loads of luck as the forests are very vast and dense. If your interest lies in birding, you won't be disappointed.

The pride of the place is of course the hornbills. With some luck, you can see all 4 varieties of hornbills found in southern India - Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Indian Hornbill, Indian Grey hornbill and the Malabar Grey hornbill. The Karnataka forest dept timber depot in the town is a great birding haunt. One is guaranteed sighting of the Malabar grey and the malabar pied hornbills at one of the many ficus trees in this campus. Green pigeons, Barbets - coppersmith, large brown and crimson-fronted, fairy bluebirds, many thrushes, tits are the other attractions.

About 25 kms towards Ganeshgudi takes one to just downstream from Supa Dam. There is a bridge overlooking the supa dam on one side and the Kali flowing down on the other. This spot is great for getting flight shots of the slow-moving hornbills. If you are lucky, you might spot the
Great Hornbill here. A trek on a path along the river downstream takes you into a wooded area that is good for birding as well.

The JLR camp at Ganeshgudi which is just a few kms further from this bridge is a very good option for stay as well as birding. Since the camp is in a secluded location and in sort of a mini valley, one gets gallery view of many perched birds.

The area around Kulgi nature camp including the nearby timber depot is another good spot. The camp is about 10km on the road to Ambikanagar from Dandeli. The Bommanahalli dam backwaters, just a few kilometers from Kulgi nature camp is one more option.

...to be continued


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