Dandeli....the places

November 23, 2010

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:

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After the birding session, we ate breakfast at the Bird Life restaurant:

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We passed through Haliyal, with its Police Station:

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…stopped for lunch here:

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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!

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I liked the colourful variety of wares at this Dandeli shop:

shop dandeli

Dandeli’s main road junction has a statue to the great heroine, Rani Chennamma of Kittur:

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We crossed over the Kali river:

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and reached Kulgi Nature Camp:

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the two parts of the camp are connected by this pretty walkway:

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Just outside the camp is this nice diorama of the local folks:

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The interpretation centre at the Camp has this shlOkA on nature:

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Our chai stop (and supplier of breakfast on the second day) was Arun Bendekar’s Hotel Apoorva, at Dandeli:

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here’s the chai!

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Here it is, lit up in the dusk for Karthik Poornima:

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Here’s the bridge over the Kali river:

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Here are some milestones, in Kannada and English; this one shows the distances to Dandeli, Haliyal and so on:

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this one to Joida, Karwar, and so onward:

joida karwar sign

Sri Kshetra was a place we didn’t have the time to explore!

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But we did walk near Supa Dam, where a lovely “Welcome sign” contradicted a strictly enforced “No Entry” sign!

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this one gives the distance to Ganeshgudi, a prime birding spot:

ganeshgudi milestone

this one, on the walls of Hotel Apoorva, gives distances to names that we also have near Bangalore:

bommanahalli directions

this one is to Syntheri, where the rocks are truly beautiful!

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this one shows the bird trail (that we followed!)

bird trail

this one has rather a cryptic message, but I suppose it means that greenery will result in good rainfall!

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this one shows the Black Panther, a very elusive big cat that lives in the area:

blk pnthr jlr

We saw many jeeps carrying rafts; Dandeli is famous for its white-water rafting:

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Some of the views I saw were lovely:

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In one area, there had been quarrying done, and a water reservoir had formed:

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as the clouds dispersed, the formations began to indicate clear weather:

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We formed a nice group, and were soon pulling each others’ legs and having a great time!

Here are Suresh and Murthy, talking “Camerese”:

murthy and suresh

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!)

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Here’s our driver, Raja, who was quite an active birder himself, and an excellent and responsible driver:

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and this is his vehicle, with Pradeep in front of it:

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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!

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I caught our shadows across another of the bridges:

our shadows 201110

I loved these three little boys sharing a cycle:

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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!

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Reflecting on the trip, let me close with the reflections on the Attiveri lake as the mist slowly turned to sunlight:

attiveri kere