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Dandeli – Paradise for Bird Watchers!!!!

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It was a good year in terms of travelling for me.  The year had started with a trip to Coorg, two trips to Waynad , visit to Orissa and now to Dandeli. This trip was planned just 2 days before.

Giant Wood Spider

Giant Wood Spider

3-days long weekend was ahead and so few of us got tempted to go on a short trip. Finally 4 of us decided to go to Dandeli – Vaibhav, Sushil, Sushmita and Myself.  The train ticket was booked in Tatkal from Bangalore till Alnawar by Rani Chennamma Express.  From Alanwar you need to take a jeep till Haliyal and then board a bus to Dandeli.

Reaching our hotel in the morning we found nice greenery around and the chirping of birds. When you have a camera and you are interested in photography, this view is a paradise for you. Leaving our luggage, we all took out our weapons(read Camera) to shoot the birds and the greenery around.

Malabar Grey Hornbill

Malabar Grey Hornbill

Dandeli is a nice place for wildlife photography, bird photography, bird watching and nature walk. Apart from all this we did mountain rappelling from not a very great height(just 67ft) and few rope activities. If you are lucky enough you can do Rafting which in our case couldn’t happen because of  less water flow.  But not very much disappointed as we had the option of roaming around in the jungle and spotting different types of birds,  spiders, animals.

We could spot and capture few birds – Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Green Bea Eater, Crocodile’s dentist, Adjustable Neck White Stork, Kingfisher, Woodpecker and many more of which I don’t know the names. On the jungle Safari we could find lots of spiders – mainly Giant Wood Spider. This Spider is a female Spider which eats the male spiders after mating. It weaves its web in between the two trees.

We could also spot the Giant Malabar Squirrel – a beautiful animal which jumps from trees to trees. You have to run behind them for capturing them into your camera. Also on the banks of Kali river, there is a crocodile track where you would find lots of crocodiles resting lazily in the river or on the banks.


Giant Malabar Squirrel in Action

Giant Malabar Squirrel in Action

For capturing the birds and animals in Dandeli, you don’t have to go to a jungle.  Just go for a walk or sit around where there are more trees and that you will find anywhere in Dandeli. Dandeli seems to be a house for different varieties of birds.

This trip was more of photographs, birds and wildlife. It was real fun to run and find a better place to capture the birds sitting somewhere behind the leaves and changing their position. Overall a nice trip !!!!


Written by Priyanka Varma

November 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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  1. Crisp and neat writeup Priyanka! Dandeli is really beautiful.. I visited it only once though I belong to Belgaum which is just a couple of hours distance from there..

    Loved the picture of hornbill.. and the capture of gaint squirrel in action is a killer shot! Well done..


    December 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

  2. Thanks a lot Prashant 🙂

    Priyanka Varma

    December 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  3. Agree with Prashant. Prashant, I have visited Dandeli twice :p

    The Giant Malabar Squirrel was the best one from Dandeli.

    Sushil Katre

    December 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

  4. Nice photos …

    Habeeb Perwad

    May 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

  5. Liked these photographs…i just missed this national park by a brisk…seems like a must visit site…


    September 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

  6. Great pics. I believe Dandeli is also home to the black panther, though I can imagine they’re incredibly hard to spot. Longing to make a trip there for even the slight chance.


    October 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

    • Thanks Yelloleg. Dandeli is a must visit for birwatchers and also water sports 🙂

      Priyanka Varma

      October 11, 2011 at 8:14 am

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