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Syntheri rock Dandeli - Monolithic miracle

Dandeli is a hidden gem in Karnataka enfolding the pristine nature and wildlife to behold.  I stayed in Dandeli Jungle camp - an essence of raw jungle sojourn. Mr Dharmesh, owner of Dandeli Jungle camp had already arranged a car for my local travel. The scorching sun calmed down by 3 pm when I began my journey towards Syntheri rock Dandeli.

A 35kms drive through the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary from DJC through the rustling woods. This stretch of Dandeli is home for wild cats. The driver Vijay told me that he had sighted black panthers and leopards on his previous drives here. Yes, Dandeli is declared as the tiger reserve and conserving the wildlife is the utmost preference here. Throughout this reserve forest, I constantly kept my eye focussed to sight any wild animals. Alas! Maybe the wild cats were deep inside the forest and I wasn't lucky that day to sight them.

Brief on Syntheri rock

A monolithic single granite boulder with a height of 300ft with the river Kaneri flowing at its co…

Timber depot and Natural Jacuzzi at Dandeli

Early morning I got up to the tunes of the jungle. At 6:30 am, we started to drive towards Timber Depot for bird watching - especially for the Hornbills. Dandeli is known to be rich in timber, especially for teak and rosewood. The Dandeli teak auction is believed to be biggest in Asia. The timber trail has been transformed as conservation of the rare species of Hornbills. India has 10 species of Hornbills and Dandeli forests alone has four species residing in Timberyard - Malabar Pied Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill, Indian grey hornbill and Malabar grey hornbill. Hornbill festival was organised at Dandeli by Karnataka forest department in 2018, in order to create awareness and conserving the hornbills.

[caption id="attachment_6858" align="aligncenter" width="640"] As the timber depot welcomed me[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6861" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rajani & I as we walked in the quest of birds[/caption]

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Dandeli Jungle camp - Embracing the wilderness

Waking up to the chirping birds and rays of sunlight at OM camp, I was looking forward to another great day at Dandeli. I stepped out to explore the bliss of morning with my camera clicking the nature. This post is dedicated to the activities at Dandeli and stay at Dandeli Jungle camp.

Nature walk at OM camp

A 2km nature's walk was organised by naturalists till Ganesh Gudi, sadly the group had already left. But the senior naturalist Jomaaccompanied me and helped me spot many birds. Spotting the birds on the nature walk is not as easy as the OM camp, where the birds themselves visit the bird studio. Joma's stories were worth listening, he was one of the groups who designed the bird studio at OM camp. Really, a salute to his knowledge of birds and wildlife. The morning greenery refreshed me and made me happier. We walked till the Ganesha temple, because of the which the place got the name Ganesh Gudi. Another highlight is that the Ganesha idol is in standing position, depicting th…