Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is the first Sloth Bear Sanctuary in India and Asia, declared exclusively for the protection and conservation of the Sloth Bear. Daroji Bear Sanctuary is spread over 82.7 square km. Sightings from machans are normally organized in the evenings as these bears are mostly nocturnal. Home to a large number of free-ranging bears, the sanctuary also has hyenas, wild boars, pangolins, porcupines, jackals, and leopards. Other denizens include star tortoise, monitor lizard, and rock agama. A drive through the scrub jungle also provides opportunities to sight endemic species of birds such as the painted spurfowl, yellow-throated bulbul, sand grouse, stone curlew, and peafowl.
Highlights of Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
- Animals: Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is home to about 150 Sloth bears. Other major residents are Leopards, Wild Boars, Pangolins, Mongoose, Hyena, Lizards, Porcupines, Peafowl, etc.
- Birds: More than 70 species of birds are found in the bear sanctuary. Different butterfly species are also spotted in Daroji.
- Watchtower: A watchtower inside the sanctuary is a perfect spot for bird and animal lovers to observe the free moving residents of the sanctuary.
The Bear Sanctuary is open between 4 PM and 6 PM each day. Wearing dark-colored clothes is highly recommended for the best camouflage with nature. White/light-colored dresses should be avoided.
Best Season To Visit
August - April
First Sloth Bear Sanctuary in India and home to about 150 Sloth Bears.
Places To Stay
Located at the edge of the Sanctuary, is a property of Jungle Lodges & Resorts.
How To Reach
Bengaluru International Airport is the closest airport located 344 Kms away.
The nearest railway station is Papinayakanahalli Railway Station ( 15 Kms ).
One can drive from Bangalore to Daroji Sanctuary which is about 354 Kms.
Queens Palace ( 17 Kms ), Stone Chariot ( 21 Kms ), Matanga Hill ( 20 Kms ), Virupaksha Temple ( 20 Kms ) are some of the destinations to visit along with Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary.