"BIRDING IN WESTERN GHATS" - Dandeli and Anshi WLS
(12th Nov'08 to 15th Nov'08)
An inveritable paradise for forest birds, this sanctuary is respected for its variety and abundance of birdlife. The Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary is spread over 834.16 sq.km and is the second largest in Karnataka, contiguous with the Bhagwan Mahaveer sanctuary in
The town has got a curious history behind its name. There is a strong belief that the city is named as "Dandeli" after Dandelappa, a loyal servant of the Mirashi landlords who lost his life because of his loyalty. Even today we can find people worshipping him in the temples, which memorises his existence.
Some of the bird star attractions to be found in Dandeli sanctuary include Indian Lorikeet & Malabar Parakeets ; Malabar Pied, Malabar grey and Indian Pied Hornbills ; Hill Myna ; Blue-bearded & Chestnut headed bee-eaters ; Ruby-throated & Yellow-browed Bulbul ; Fairy Blue Bird ; Velvet-fronted & Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches ; Little Spiderhunter ; Black-throated and White-backed Munias ; Darkfronted Babblers ; Heartspotted , White-bellied and Brown-capped Pigmy woodpeckers ; Malabar Trogon ; Ceylon Frogmouth ; Brown Fish, Mottled wood, Spot-bellied and Brown Wood Owl; Crested Gowshawk ; Speckeld Piculet ; Gold-fronted & Blue-winged Leafbirds etc etc…..
Some of the areas that will be covered during this trip are as follows:
1) Kulgi Nature Camp environs: The area surrounding this beautiful camp abounds in bird activity early in the morning. The campus itself provide Brown-cheeked fulvettas, Malabar Parakeets, Grey and Indian Nightjars, Vernal hanging parakeets, Racquet-tailed Drongos, White-cheeked and coppersmith barbets, leaf warblers, White-rumped Shama and many more……
The Camp site consists of about 10 fully furnished tents, a small museum, a large dormitory, a dinning hall surrounded on all sides by wilderness. A newly constructed Nature information center has added value to this wonderful place. The food prepared by the local cook is mouth-watering and is particularly favorite amongst the visitors.
2) Ganeshgudi: This small village on the outskirts of Supa Dam about 24 kms from Kulgi boosts of huge congregations of Malabar Pied Hornbills and it is an experience to watch these magnificent birds when they come here to roost in the evening on the huge trees along the banks of Kali river.
This area also has an abundant birdlife and offers sure sightings of Malabar Pied and Malabar grey hornbills, Fairy Blue Birds, White-bellied Blue-flycatchers, White-bellied woodpeckers, Chestnut-headed bee-eaters etc.
3) Dandeli Timber Depot: If you want to see the Malabar Gaint Squirells and Hill Mynas, then this is the place. The depot is situated close to the Dandeli forest office and easily accessible by road. The birds come here for evening roost and is particularly favorite amongst the bird photographers for the opportunity it gives. The Kali river that passes by also adds Grey headed fishing eagle if you are lucky.
5) Bomanahalli Intke: “Intke” means dam and we go for birding along the periphery of the back waters of this dam. It is a nice place to see some water birds including Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Osprey sometimes. This area is also surrounded by good forest and if you come across any “mixed hunting party” then it’s a huge lottery (Usually it’s a win-win situation) …… a good place to see Blue-tailed and Small Green bee-eaters, Rufous and Flameback woodpeckers, Common Ioras, Shamas, Orange and Small minivets, Booted and Blyth’s reed warblers, Pied flycatcher shrike, various species of Drongos etc….. On the way you can also stop and watch birds along the road for sure sightings of Ashy-wood Swallow and maybe a Red-breasted flycatcher & Forest Wagtail amongst the Bamboo clumps.
6) Sanctuary Safari: There are permissions required to enter the core area of the sanctuary, which can be obtained from Kulgi along with a guide. Private vehicles are allowed by paying some charges. An excellent way to watch Indian Guar, Spotted, Sambar and Barking Deers, Jackals and if you are lucky then you might as well bump into a Leopard or a Sloth Bear or even have a Malabar Trogon passing your road.
The early morning ride is especially productive and it is a thrill to travel the winding roads, keeping your senses alert expecting surprises at every turn. The safari ride lasts for almost a couple of hours.
7) Syntheri Rocks: About 20 kms from Kulgi and on the way to
Anshi NP is particularly rich in butterflies, and the star attractions here are the Southern Bird-wing (largest butterfly of India) and Malabar tree Nymph butterflies that flutter and glide effortlessly over the canopy. The flying lizards are in good numbers even inside the campus and you should not be shocked to expect a lizard or two gliding over your head or crossing your path, while having your lunch.
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+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Trip Details & Iterinary
Date: 12th November, 2008 morning 9.30 am to 15th November, 2008 eve 8.00 pm
Mode of Travel : Trax Cruiser Jeep (The only travel option to move around the places quickly)
Rough Tour Iterinary:
1) Wednesday 12th Nov, 2008 : Pick-up from Belgaum at 9.30 am by Jeep – Reach Kulgi Nature Camp and Lunch – Rest and Proceed for Ganeshgudi & Supa Dam area while birding along the way – Return back to Kulgi – Dinner – Night Trail to see the Flying Squirrels
Trip charges : Rs.6200/- for ordinary tents or Rs. 6700/- for deluxe tents (Includes Stay in tents in Kulgi and Anshi Nature Campt, on twin sharing basis, Local travel by Trax cruiser, Park entry charges, food , Information articles & on board snacks and mineral water)…….
Group Size : 13 persons only
These charges are Belgaum to Belgaum and participant has to make their own travel arrangement upto
Registration: You can register by sending a confirmation mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and by paying a full advance of Rs.6200/- …...
Stay Arrangement: Kulgi and Anshi Nature Camps. These are well furnished tents with fans & lights & electricity points for charging The Stay arrangement is on a twin sharing basis. The
Resource Person: Mr.Adesh Shivkar
Mode of Payment: You can either
1) Transfer the money directly to my HDFC A/c (Please send a mail for details).. please mention your name, date and other details….
2) Courier a cheque of Rs.6200/- to the following address:
Name: Mr.Adesh Shivkar
Address: D/8, The Adi Janata Society, Behind HP Petrolpump, Opp. Hotel Shangrila, Sion(East), Mumbai-400022
1) Once registered, the amount of Rs. 6200/- is strictly non-refunadable
2) Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited on Nature India Tours
3) There is no mobile coverage in Dandeli, but an STD booth nearby is available if you need to contact
For any other queries I am available on 9321463362 or 9820455713
Thanks for your patience.
Looking forward for a very rewarding trip with you all !!
Appreciate, Respect and Conserve