The Ultimate Guide to Kali Tiger Reserve - Explore Best Safari and Adventure Activities

by Avathi Outdoors | Kali Tiger Reserve

May 21, 2024

The Ultimate Guide to Kali Tiger Reserve - Explore Best Safari and Adventure Activities

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Explore the untouched beauty of nature at Kali Tiger Reserve, where the majestic Bengal Tigers roam freely alongside a diverse array of wildlife. Nestled within the enchanting landscapes of Dandeli, Karnataka, our jungle resorts offer an eco-friendly haven for those seeking a true connection with nature. 

 

 

This article covers the below information about Kali Tiger Reserve

1. About Kali Tiger Reserve

2. Things to do at Kali Tiger Reserve

3. Resorts near Kali Tiger Reserve

4. Best Season to Visit Kali Tiger Reserve

5. How to get there 

6. Things to do Around Kali Tiger Reserve

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About Kali Tiger Reserve:

Welcome to the wild wonders of Kali Tiger Reserve, where nature's finest creations await your discovery. Home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, this sanctuary is more than just a habitat—it's a treasure trove of wildlife adventures. What's the buzz about? Well, for starters, Kali Tiger Reserve boasts a population of approximately 40 majestic tigers. But that's not all! Keep your eyes peeled for elephants too, as they often grace the landscape with their presence. And let's not forget the real stars of the show—the birds. From the endangered Malabar pied hornbill to the majestic Great Indian hornbill, the reserve's birdlife is a sight to behold.

Before 2015, Kali Tiger Reserve was known by a different name—Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve. It wasn't until 2015 that it underwent a makeover and emerged as the Kali Tiger Reserve we know today. Located in the Uttara Kannada district and sprawling over 1300 square kilometers, it's not just a sanctuary; it's a sanctuary of adventure. And speaking of adventure, rafting enthusiasts, listen up! While you're here, don't miss the chance to explore the non-wildlife activities that await in Dandeli taluk. This is where the thrilling river rafting expeditions begin, and the Kali River promises an adrenaline-pumping experience like no other. Whether you're a seasoned rafter or a beginner, this river has something in store for everyone.

 

The Kali Tiger Reserve, once known as the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve, nestled in the heart of the Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka. Curious about what makes this place so special?

Situated between the Haliyal and Karwar forest divisions, this reserve spans across Haliyal, Karwar, and Joida taluks, boasting two significant protected areas: the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and the Anshi National Park. Together, they form a continuous expanse of protected land, safeguarding the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats. But that's not all. Let's dive deeper into the organization of this reserve. Divided into two sub-divisions, namely, Dandeli and Anshi wildlife sub-divisions, and further segmented into six ranges, including Kulgi, Phansoli, Gund, Anshi, Kumbarwada, and Castlerock wildlife ranges, Kali Tiger Reserve is meticulously managed for the conservation of its natural treasures.

Now, let's talk about the stars of the show: the wildlife. From majestic tigers to elusive leopards, from gentle giants like elephants to the sturdy bison, this reserve is teeming with life. And let's not forget about the spotted deer, sloth bears, and countless bird species that call this place home. Led by a dedicated team headed by the Conservator of Forests, the conservation efforts here are nothing short of commendable. With its structured sub-divisions and ranges, Kali Tiger Reserve stands as a beacon of hope for the conservation of biodiversity in the Western Ghats.

Things to do at Kali Tiger Reserve:

 

  • Wildlife Safari : Take a guided jungle safari to explore the diverse wildlife and lush vegetation of the Kali Tiger Reserve. You may spot various animals like deer, bison, monkeys, and a variety of birds.
  • Bird Watching : Dandeli is a paradise for bird lovers. The region is home to numerous resident and migratory bird species. Grab your binoculars and go bird watching, or take a guided tour to learn about the different bird species found in the area.
  • White Water Rafting: The camp is well-known for its white-water rafting adventures on the Kali River. Raft through the rapids and enjoy the adrenaline rush as you navigate the exciting waters. (extra charges apply).
  • Wildlife Film Screening: The lodge often screens wildlife documentaries and films that offer insights into the local flora and fauna. It's a great way to relax and learn more about the wildlife you may encounter during your stay.
  • Campfire: In the evenings, enjoy a campfire where you can unwind and share stories with fellow travellers. 
  • Wildlife Photography: Capture the captivating wildlife and landscapes of the region through photography. The diverse surroundings offer excellent photo opportunities.

 

 

 

Resorts near Kali Tiger Reserve for an Enchanting Gateway:

 

1. Kali Adventure Camp:

JLR Kali Adventure Camp stands out as the ultimate haven for both adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. Tailored for an exhilarating whitewater rafting experience, the camp boasts specialized equipment and unwavering commitment to stringent safety standards during this thrilling activity. Our reputation as a premier whitewater rafting destination is upheld by our team of highly experienced river guides, ensuring a secure and memorable adventure.

 

Sp. Room Package:

Inclusion: Explore your chosen accommodation's locale and savor delicious meals with included breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy a thrilling Jeep safari in Kali Tiger Reserve, a serene coracle ride, and a nature walk. For added excitement, indulge in white water rafting and other adventure sports at an additional cost.

Amenities:  Air Condition, Bathroom, House Keeping, Umbrellas, Torch, Luggage Assistance, Wake-up Call/Service, Seating Area, Coffee Maker, TV.

 

2.Tent Package:

Inclusion: Tent Package Discover your chosen accommodation's scenic location and indulge in a comfortable stay with included meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Immerse yourself in the wild with a Jeep safari into Kali Tiger Reserve, unwind with a peaceful coracle ride and nature walk. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, white water rafting and adventure sports are available at an additional cost.

Amenities: Bathroom, House Keeping, Umbrellas, Torch, Luggage Assistance, Balcony, Coffee Maker.

 

3.Standard Room Package:

Inclusion:  The chosen accommodation is situated near Kali Tiger Reserve, offering meals and amenities such as jeep safari, coracle ride, and nature walks. White water rafting and adventure sports are available at an additional cost.

Amenities: Air Condition, Bathroom, House Keeping, Umbrellas, Torch, Luggage Assistance, Wake-up Call/Service, Coffee Maker, Balcony.

 

4.Dormitory Package:

Inclusion: The chosen accommodation, nestled near Kali Tiger Reserve, provides a complete package including stay and meals. Enjoy a Jeep safari in Kali Tiger Reserve, Coracle Ride, and Nature Walk. For additional adventure, indulge in White Water Rafting and other sports at extra cost.

AmenitiesBathroom, House Keeping, Umbrellas, Torch, Luggage Assistance, Wake-up Call/Service, Coffee Maker.

 

 

 

2. Cottage stays at a Riverside Resort in Dandeli:

Nestled within the tranquil, verdant landscapes of the undiscovered Dandeli jungles in the northern region of Karnataka, India, Riverside Resort beckons you to immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of nature. The lush greenery and unexplored wilderness create an inviting atmosphere, inviting you to discover and embrace the pristine freshness of the surroundings.

 

Tented cottages:

Inclusion: The Tented Cottages package includes comfortable accommodation, meals, and access to nature with a unique blend of camping experience. Immerse yourself in the surroundings while enjoying the serenity of these charming tented cottages.

Amenities:Stay in a tented cottage, Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast the following day, Kayaking, Boating, Adventure walk, Birdwatching, Fishing, Campfire

 

River view premium cottages:

Inclusion: Indulge in luxury with the Riverview Premium Cottages package, encompassing lavish accommodations, delectable meals, and breathtaking views of the river. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity and sophistication of these premium cottages for an unforgettable retreat.

Amenities: Stay in a river view cottage, Air conditioning, Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast the following day, Kayaking, Boating, Adventure walk, Birdwatching, Fishing, Campfire

 

Regular cottages:

Inclusion: Experience simplicity and comfort with the Hornbill Regular Cottages package, featuring cozy accommodations, delicious meals, and a serene atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxed stay amidst nature in these charming cottages, providing a perfect blend of affordability and relaxation.

Amenities: Stay in a regular cottage, Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast the following day, Kayaking, Boating, Adventure walk, Birdwatching, Fishing, Campfire

 

Rock house:

Inclusion: Immerse yourself in a delightful getaway with inclusive accommodation, scrumptious meals (Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast), and a plethora of activities. Enjoy kayaking, boating, jacuzzi relaxation, swimming, adventure walks, bird watching, fishing, and memorable evenings around a campfire.

Amenities: Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast the following day, Kayaking, Boating, Adventure walk, Birdwatching, Fishing, Campfire

 

Tree house:

Inclusion: Embark on a memorable stay with us, where the experience goes beyond mere accommodation. Indulge in delectable meals, including Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast, prepared to satisfy your palate. Your days will be filled with excitement through a variety of activities, from the thrill of kayaking and boating to the serene relaxation of the jacuzzi.

AmenitiesLunch, Dinner, and Breakfast the following day, AC, Kayaking, Boating, Adventure walk, Birdwatching, Fishing, Campfire

 

Best season to visit Kali Tiger Reserve:

The Kali Tiger Reserve, situated in the Dandeli region of Karnataka, India, experiences a tropical climate with distinct dry and wet seasons. The dry season, spanning from October to May, marks the peak tourist period and is considered the best time to explore the reserve. During this period, activities such as safari tours, bird watching, and boat rides along the Kali River are popular. The weather is generally pleasant, featuring warm days and cool nights.

Summer (March to May): Optimal for wildlife sightings, as animals tend to gather near water sources during the dry conditions.

Winter (October to February): This season provides a comfortable and enjoyable experience with pleasant temperatures and lush green surroundings, making it an excellent time to visit the Kali Tiger Reserve.

 

 

How to reach there:

One can choose to travel to this tiger reserve by air, rail, or road. Once you reach the closest airport, or the railway station or the bus station you’ll have to depend on private vehicles /cabs to reach this destination.

By Air: The closest airport to Kali Tiger Reserve is Dabolim Airport in Goa, located approximately 140 kilometres away. Travelers can book flights to Dabolim Airport and then opt for road transport, such as taxis or rental cars, to reach the reserve.

By Train: Londa Junction is the nearest railway station to Kali Tiger Reserve, situated about 48 kilometres away. After arriving at Londa Junction, visitors can avail local transportation options like taxis or auto-rickshaws to reach the reserve.

By Road: Kali Tiger Reserve is well-connected by road. Travelers can opt for buses, private vehicles, or hired taxis to reach the destination. The reserve is accessible from nearby towns and cities, providing flexibility and convenience for those choosing to travel by road.

 

 

Things to do Around Kali Tiger Reserve:

 

 

Safari: Jungle safari is organized in kali adventure camp - jungle lodges twice a day- 6 AM to 9 AM and 3 PM to 6 PM.

Ulavi Caves: Home to Chennabasaveshwara temple and multiple caves- Akala Gavi, Vibhooti Kanaja, Akka Nagamma Cave, Rudrakshi Mantapa are the main ones.

Syntheri Rocks: Flowing through sharp rocks, forming rapids

Kadra Dam: Kadra Dam is situated in uttara kannada district of Karnataka state in India.  The dam is constructed across river kalinadi. The dam was primarily built as hydroelectric project for supply of water to turbines of electric power generating station. The project started generating power since 1997. The Dam was built and is operated by KPCL since the year 1997. Dam across river Kali

Supa Dam: Supa Dam is built across Kali River in state of Karnataka in India and is the tallest dam in Karnataka. The 101 meters high and 332 meters long dam has 3 gates of 15x10 meters. The dam's gross capacity is 4.178 cubic kms or 147 TMC ft. It is situated at Ganesha Gudi, which is in Joida taluk of Uttara karnataka district.

Shirve Gudda trekking: Trekking from the base near shirve village which is 18kms from the township. A jatra is conducted to the temple from devalmakki village every year. The place is very beautiful and suitable for bird watching also. You can get the drinking water from the tiny underground water stream which surfaces near temple.

Forest Safari: Jeep Safaris into the forest is available from Dandeli. Check with Kali Adventure Camp run by Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.

Bird-watching: High probability of spotting horn bills mutant stork, ashy wood swallow, black-crested bulbul, blue-headed pitta, Brahminy kite, broad-billed roller, crested serpent eagle, great hornbill, golden-backed woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, Sri Lanka frogmouth and yellow-footed green pigeon.

Adventure Sports: White water rafting, kayaking, and other water sports are conducted in Kali River, organized by Jungle Lodges & Resorts

 

 

 

In the heart of the Western Ghats, the Kali Tiger Reserve stands as a testament to the power of conservation and the harmonious coexistence of humans and wildlife. As we conclude our exploration of this incredible sanctuary, it becomes evident that the efforts invested in safeguarding its unique ecosystems have not only protected the charismatic Bengal tiger but have also nurtured a thriving biodiversity.

The Kali Tiger Reserve is not just a sanctuary; it is a beacon of hope for the conservation movement. The tireless dedication of the forest department, local communities, and environmentalists has resulted in a success story that extends beyond the reserve's borders. The preservation of critical habitats, coupled with community involvement and sustainable tourism practices, has created a model that other wildlife sanctuaries around the world can learn from.

 

 

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