Home To 150 Sloth Bears, Karnataka Has India’s And Asia’s First-Ever Sloth Bear Sanctuary That’s ‘Bear’y Unique

Witness the spectacle of Sloth Bears and uncover the sanctuary's rich history.

by Mallika Khurana
Home To 150 Sloth Bears, Karnataka Has India’s And Asia’s First-Ever Sloth Bear Sanctuary That’s ‘Bear’y Unique

Welcome to Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Located in the picturesque Ballari district of Karnataka, India, this sanctuary is a testament to the conservation efforts aimed at protecting the Indian Sloth Bear, Asia’s first of its kind. Spread over a vast expanse of 82.7 square kilometres, Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. The sanctuary is home to approximately 150 sloth bears, alongside a diverse array of wildlife including leopards, wild boars, hyenas, pangolins, and many more.

Daroji Bear Sanctuary, A Haven For Wildlife

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As the sun sets, the sanctuary comes alive with the stirring of nocturnal creatures, especially the iconic sloth bear. Here, you can embark on thrilling safari experiences, particularly in the evenings when sightings from Machans (watchtowers) are organised, as sloth bears are primarily nocturnal.

In addition to its charismatic residents, Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a paradise for birdwatchers. It has over 70 species of birds thriving within its boundaries. From the colourful painted spurfowl to the majestic peafowl, the sanctuary offers ample opportunities for bird enthusiasts to observe and admire.

A trip to the sanctuary would not be complete without climbing the watchtower. It is positioned to provide sweeping views of the surrounding area and its residents. During the magical evening hours, you can watch the bears come down from the nearby hillocks from this location.

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A Unique Expedition Into India’s First Haven Sloth Bears

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The sanctuary’s transformation from barren hillocks to lush green forests certainly represents the efforts of the Karnataka Forest Department and local communities. Today, Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary stands as a beacon of conservation success. It offers a sanctuary for both wildlife and visitors alike.

Steeped in history and mythology, the sanctuary’s location near the renowned Hampi World Heritage Site adds an extra layer of intrigue. Believed to be the historic kingdom of Kishkindha from the Ramayana, the area surrounding Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is steeped in ancient lore and cultural significance.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a unique adventure, Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary promises an unforgettable experience.

Where: Seetharama Tanda, Karnataka
When: 2 pm – 6 pm
Cost: ₹50

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