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Gudekote Sloth Bear Sanctuary

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Gudekote Sloth Bear Sanctuary is the second Sloth Bear Sanctuary in India and Asia, declared exclusively for the protection and conservation of the Sloth Bear. It is situated in the Kudligi and Sandur taluks of Ballari and is spread over a total area of 167.59 Sq kms. The Sanctuary also nourishes important medicinal plant and herbs. Furthermore, many prehistoric sites like rock paintings, natural caves, old temples etc. are located inside the Sanctuary.

Highlights of Gudekote Sloth Bear Sanctuary

  • Animals: The sanctuary is home to Leopard, Small Civet Cat, Palm Civet Cat, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Indian Grey Wolf, Indian Fox and Striped Hyena, Wild Boars, Pangolins etc. Sloth bear population in Gudekote is estimated to be between 50 and 60.
  • Birds: More than 130 species of birds are found in Gudekote sloth bear sanctuary. Popular ones include hawk eagles, flycatchers, etc.
  • Reptiles: Venomous snakes such as Viper, Kraits, Cobra as well as non-venomous snakes such as Red Sand Boa are also found in Gudekote.
  • Flora: Gudekote forest has lots of fruit bearing trees- Custard Apple, Jamun etc. Dry deciduous and thorn scrub forests dominate the tree population.

How to reach

Gudekote is 269 kms from Bengaluru and 54 kms from Ballary. Jindal Vijayanagara airport in Ballary is the closest airport (65 kms away) Molakalmuru railway station is 22 kms away. Taxis can be hired from Ballary or Molakalmuru to reach Gudekote.


Gudekote doesn’t have stay options. Ballary is the nearest big city (54 kms) where multitude of hotel options are available.


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