Anshi National Park is nestled in
the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This
national park is a part of the Anshi Dandeli
Tiger Reserve. It is situated in the Western
Ghats on the Karwar-Londa highway.
History of the park
This natural reserve was previously a part of the Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary in Kannada. However, in September 1987, around 250 square kilometers of the sanctuary was carved to form the Anshi National Park. Later in the year 2002, the park was further extended to incorporate 90 square kilometers more.
The park is one of the biggest reserves for Bengal tigers, Black panthers and Indian elephants in the country. Other animal species of the park include Deer, Bonnet Macaque, Pangolin, Indian Bison, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Malabar Civet, Sloth Bear, etc.
Birds such as Ashy Woodswallow, Adjutant Stork, Blue-headed Pitta, Broad-billed Roller, Brahminy Kite, Golden-backed Woodpecker, etc. can be sighted here.
The endemic flora species of Anshi National Park include Malabar tamarind, Bintangur, Mulberry, Flacourtia, Blackboard tree, Aini-maram, Teak, Silver oak, Bamboo, etc.
The nearest airport is at Dharwad (about 106 km) and Belgaum (about 150 km) away. The nearest railhead is at Karwar (about 60 km) and Dharwad. There are regular air, train and bus services from Bangalore to Dharwad. From Dharwad one can board a local bus to reach Dandeli and then hire a bus or jeep to reach the national park.
There is no accommodation available for tourists inside the park. Certain nature camps are there only for trekkers. Government guest houses, resorts and hotels are available in Dandeli. Trekking, rafting, boating, canoeing are popular tourist activities in this area. Kadra Valley view point, Karwar's Devbagh beach, Temple of Ulvi Channabasaveshwara are some of the popular tourist spots near the national park.
Address: Anshi National Park, Dandeli Wildlife Division, Dandeli, Uttara Kannada - 581 325
Best time to visit: October to May
Entry timings: 6:00 - 8:30 am & 4:00 - 6:00 pm