Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
$1 per person
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 Daroji sloth 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.
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is open between 4 PM and 6 PM each day. Wearing dark coloured clothes is highly recommended for best camouflage with nature. White/light coloured dresses should be avoided.
Best time to visit: August to April.
How to reach
Daroji is 354 kms from Bengaluru and 44 kms from Ballary. Jindal Vijayanagara airport in Ballary is the closest airport (22 kms away) while Papinayakanahalli railway station is just 15 kms away. Taxis can be hired from Hampi or Ballary to reach Daroji.
Located at the edge of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, is a property of Jungle Lodges & Resorts – The Hampi Heritage & Wilderness Resort which provides accommodation facilities and safari rides. KSTDC run Mayura Bhuvaneshwari is 18 kms from the sanctuary.