Travelling is one of my passions and this time I start with a lesser known sanctuary in Karnataka, the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary that is home to over 200 species of birds and some exotic animals including the sloth bear, black panther and the tiger (it is also known as the Anshul Tiger Reserve)
Its famous for its white water rafting (starts in October) and for its iconic hornbill.
A great way to get acquainted with the wildlife is to try the open jeep Safaris accompanied by in-house naturalists. You can also trek with a guide and explore the highlights such as Sykes Point, the highest point in Uttara Kannada district, which gives a captivating view of the backwaters of the famous Supa Dam. While there, don’t miss the 300 ft tall, Syntheri Rock, a monolithic granite rock.
About 25 km away from the town are the Kavala Caves, (check the image below) said to be Lord Shiva’s abode, a mystical adventure by itself. You need to climb a thousand steps and crawl through innumerable, winding and narrow tunnels to finally witness the most magnificent view of a naturally formed gigantic Shivlinga.
The best hotel seems to be the Hornbill Resort which has some exotic tree houses at reasonable rates 🙂