Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka (834.16 square kilometers) situated on the banks of river Kali in Western Ghats. Recently it has been declared as a “Project Tiger” reserve area and it is one of the 18 “Biodiversity hotspots” of the world. Dandeli is a home for wild animals like elephants, rare black panthers, leopard, tiger, wild dogs, sloth bears, deer, gaur and many more. It is a bird watchers paradise. More than 200 species of birds are recorded here. Some of the birds recorded here are Great Indian Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, Peacocks, Peregrine falcon and many more. Dandeli forest has some of the best view points, landscapes, river valleys and wetlands. The thick rain forest is heaven for nature lovers. The river Kali and its back waters are good spots for photography and camping.
Dandeli forest is also a home for ethnic tribes like Gowli, Khunbis, siddi and halakki tribal communities.