Our trip to Dandeli began with a lovely sunrise:
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We started our birding at the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary:
After brushing our teeth at the guest house:
After the birding session, we ate breakfast at the Bird Life restaurant:
We passed through Haliyal, with its Police Station:
…stopped for lunch here:
later, in Dandeli, I was tickled to see how thoroughly this car (a Tata Nano, which made headlines recently as the cheapest car in the world!) was being washed, inside as well as outside!
I liked the colourful variety of wares at this Dandeli shop:
Dandeli’s main road junction has a statue to the great heroine, Rani Chennamma of Kittur:
We crossed over the Kali river:
and reached Kulgi Nature Camp:
the two parts of the camp are connected by this pretty walkway:
Just outside the camp is this nice diorama of the local folks:
The interpretation centre at the Camp has this shlOkA on nature:
Our chai stop (and supplier of breakfast on the second day) was Arun Bendekar’s Hotel Apoorva, at Dandeli:
here’s the chai!
Here it is, lit up in the dusk for Karthik Poornima:
Here’s the bridge over the Kali river:
Here are some milestones, in Kannada and English; this one shows the distances to Dandeli, Haliyal and so on:
this one to Joida, Karwar, and so onward:
Sri Kshetra was a place we didn’t have the time to explore!
But we did walk near Supa Dam, where a lovely “Welcome sign” contradicted a strictly enforced “No Entry” sign!
this one gives the distance to Ganeshgudi, a prime birding spot:
this one, on the walls of Hotel Apoorva, gives distances to names that we also have near Bangalore:
this one is to Syntheri, where the rocks are truly beautiful!
this one shows the bird trail (that we followed!)
this one has rather a cryptic message, but I suppose it means that greenery will result in good rainfall!
this one shows the Black Panther, a very elusive big cat that lives in the area:
We saw many jeeps carrying rafts; Dandeli is famous for its white-water rafting:
Some of the views I saw were lovely:
In one area, there had been quarrying done, and a water reservoir had formed:
as the clouds dispersed, the formations began to indicate clear weather:
We formed a nice group, and were soon pulling each others’ legs and having a great time!
Here are Suresh and Murthy, talking “Camerese”:
I couldn’t resist taking this pic of Radha, and her “DATR” Medha! (DATR stands for Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve…the less the tigers, the more the reserves, I feel!)
Here’s our driver, Raja, who was quite an active birder himself, and an excellent and responsible driver:
and this is his vehicle, with Pradeep in front of it:
Here are KM and Shaila, literally “cooling their heels”, in the Kali river, on a seat that seemed to have been put up a little too close to the water!
I caught our shadows across another of the bridges:
I loved these three little boys sharing a cycle:
and here are most of us,sitting with a final chai at the Hotel Apoorva, doing, what we joked was our “final exam”…pitching in to prepare the bird list!
Reflecting on the trip, let me close with the reflections on the Attiveri lake as the mist slowly turned to sunlight: