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Anshi National Park complete detail – updated

Anshi National Park complete detail – updated. Geography of Anshi National Park. Dominant flora and fauna of Anshi National Park. How to Reach Anshi National Park. The vegetation of the forest consists of rain forests and deciduous forests.
Total area of the park is about 340 Km2. A section of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary was declared as Anshi National Park in the year of 1975. The park is an ideal habitat for various species of animals like Bengal tigers, Deer, Wild boars Black panthers, and Indian elephants, amongst other distinctive fauna. In addition, there are various types of reptiles in the forest.
National park is an area which is strictly reserved for the betterment of the wildlife & biodiversity, and where activities like developmental, forestry, poaching, hunting and grazing on cultivation are not permitted. Their boundaries are well marked and circumscribed.

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Anshi National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. The park adjoins the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.

The park is located in an eco-sensitive part of the Western Ghats, at a height between 200 m to 925 m above sea level. The park lies on the Karwar-Londa highway and is part of the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.

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Dandeli wildlife sanctuary was established in the year of 1956. A section of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary was declared as Anshi National Park in the year of 1975. Total area of the park is about 340 Km2.

Anshi National Park has been granted the status of Project Tiger sanctuaries in January 2007. Anshi National Park is known for the richness of its flora and fauna. The unique feature of the park is that it is the only place in Asia where Black Panther is found, naturally.

The park is an ideal habitat for various species of animals like Bengal tigers, Deer, Wild boars Black panthers, and Indian elephants, amongst other distinctive fauna. In addition, there are various types of reptiles in the forest. The vegetation of the forest consists of rain forests and deciduous forests.

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History

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was declared in the year of 1956. In 1987, a section of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary was carved out to form the Anshi National Park. The initial proposal covered 250 Km2. When the final notification of the park area was issued in 2002, it was extended by another 90 Km2. Now the total area of the park is 340 Km2.

The Anshi National Park and the adjoining Dandeli wildlife sanctuary together make up the Dandeli Wildlife Division of the Karnataka Forest Department.

Anshi National Park and Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary were together granted the status of Project Tiger – Tiger Reserve, being declared as ‘Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve’ in the year of 2007.

Geography

Anshi National Park is a beautiful place, located in the Uttara Kannada district of the state of Karnataka. The Park situated in the forest region of Dandeli area of Karnataka shows some geographical significant facts. Total area of the park is about 340 Km2.

The park is located in an eco-sensitive part of the Western Ghats, at a height between 200 m to 925 m above sea level. The park lies on the Karwar-Londa highway and is part of the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary.

The topography of the park is such that it has deep valleys, steep hill slopes and thick evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.

The Park falls in the North Western Ghats montane rain forests and North Western Ghats moist deciduous forests which are declared as endangered by the World Wide Fund for Nature just to protect the rich biodiversity of the area. If we say that Anshi National Park is, most endangered Wildlife Park of India than surely this will not be wrong.

The park is home to several hydroelectric dams and nuclear power stations.

Altitude of the park varies from 200 m to 927 m.

Rainfall – 2500 mm

Temperature:       Maximum: 40o C

                             Minimum: 10o C

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Dominant flora

Bamboo, Teak, Eucalyptus, Lantana, Silver Oak, Blackboard tree, Bauhinia, Diodspyrus, Xylia xylocarpa, Diospyrous Acacia, Malabar tamarind, Garcinia morella, Tetrameles nudiflora, Flacourtia montana, Machilus macrantha, Carallia brachiate etc.

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Dominant fauna

MammalsBonnet Macaque, Malabar Civet, Malabar giant squirrel, Deer, Indian bison, Pangolin, sloth bear, Melanistic leopard, Tigers, Elephants, Spotted deer, Sambar, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Common langur, Sloth bear etc.

Reptiles – King Cobra, Spectacled cobra, Russell’s viper, Saw-scaled, Vine snake, Bamboo pit viper, Krait, Python, Rat snake, Viper etc.

Birds – Adjutant Stork, Ashy Black-crested Crested Serpent Eagle, Great Hornbill, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Bulbul, Blue-headed Pitta, Brahminy Kite, Broad-billed Roller, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Black-crested Bulbul, Blue-headed Pitta, Ceylon Frogmouth, Crested Serpent Eagle, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Great Hornbill etc.

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Other Attractions

Trekking

Mountains

Rivers

Ulvi Channabasaveshwara Temple

Kali River

Bhatkal Beach

Devbagh Beach

Koodi Bagh Beach

Magod Falls

Shivganga Falls
Mahabaleshwara Temple

Best time to visit

The best time of the year to visit the Anshi National Park is between the months of November to May.

How to Reach

By AirNearest airports are Dharwad and Belgaum airport, about 106 and 150 Km from the Anshi National Park. These airports are well connected by road to Anshi National Park.

By Rail Nearest railway stations are Karwar, Londa and Dharwad railway station, about 60, 100 and 106 Km from the Anshi National Park. These railway stations are well connected by road to Anshi National Park.

By Road Anshi National Park is well connected to Major Cities and Places by road network. There are a number of government and privately operated vehicles that go to Anshi National Park at frequent intervals.

Distance from Nearby and Major Cities

Bangalore – about 585 Km

Karwar – about 60 Km

Dharwad – about 105 Km

Londa – about 100 Km

Belgaum – about 110 Km

Other National Parks in Karnataka. Name of National Parks, Year of Notification and Total Area is as follows……….
S. No. Name of National Park Year of Notification Total Area(km²)
1 Bandipur National Park Karnataka 1974 874.2
2 Bannerghatta National Park Karnataka 1974 260.51
3 Kudremukh National Park Karnataka 1987 600.32
4 Nagarhole (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park Karnataka 1988 643.39

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