Dandeli - The City of Forest

Dandeli – The Location and Demography

Dandeli is located at 15.247719N, 74.629678W. It has an average elevation of 473 metres (1551 ft) and receives good rainfall.

As of the 2001 India census,Dandeli had a population of 53,287. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Dandeli has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 65%: male literacy is 81% and female literacy is 68%.

Dandeli is situated on the riverbanks of Kali river. Dandeli falls in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, which has an interesting culture, drawing influences from both Karnataka and Maharashtra. A significant part of Dandeli’s population consists of economic migrants from all over India. The migrants are from North Indian states like Rajasthan, UP, Bihar and many other districts of the Karnataka state.Major languages spoken are Kannada,Hindi, marathi, Konkani etc.

Dandeli – Authorised Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli wildlife sanctuary which was authorised as a sanctuary on 10th May 1956 is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka with an area of 475 sq.km and was designated as a tiger reserve in 2007. With this Karnataka now has 4 Project Tiger sanctuaries.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and the adjoining Anshi National Park have been granted the special status of Project Tiger. The Dandeli sanctuary and the Anshi National Park together have around 40 tigers. The Dandeli Project Tiger (inclusive of Anshi) spreads over 825 sq.km., and along with the Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary of Goa covers an area of over 2,000 sq.km.

The sanctuary is most undulating with some steep slopes, swaying bamboo, deep river valleys and hilly terrain. The river Kali and its tributaries, Kaneri and Nagajhari, meander through the forest.

It is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears.The jungle is also home to a number of varieties of reptiles and almost 300 varieties of birds.

Guests of kali adventure camp, on their wildlife safari as part of their adventure activity into the Reserve, spotted Deer, gaur, sloth bear, barking deer, hornbills, yellow-footed pigeon, peafowl and the crested serpent eagle are often sighted. Now you too can be the next, plan your trip to Dandeli and be part of lovely nature.

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