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Doraji Bear Sanctuary, Bellary
Doraji Bear Sanctuary is located near Hospet in Bellary district. Doraji is the only sanctuary in north Karnataka dedicated to protect the sloth bear. Doraji was declared a wildlife sanctuary on 17th October 1994.
Doraji Bear Sanctuary is spread about 55.87 sq. km. The sanctuary has rocky terrain, boulders and caves which is ideal habitat for the sloth bear. The sloth bear, Melursus ursimus, one of eight species in the world, can only be found in India and Sri Lanka.
Most of the sanctuary has scrub forests consisting of species such as Carissa xarandas, Zizyphus mauritiana, Albizzia amara, Acacia catechu and A. latronum. Apart from these species, trees of Grewia tiliaefolia, Eugenia jombalana and Ficus sp. are also found in the sanctuary.
In addition to the sloth bear, the sanctuary is inhabited among others by the Leopard, Wolf, Jackal, Striped Hyena and Bonnet Macaque.
Best time to visit Doraji Bear Sanctuary is between October and April.
Where to stay:
Forest Guest House at Kamalapur and Gunda Forest Guest House at Vyasanakere near Hospet or at KSTDC's Mayur Bhuvaneshwari at Kamalapura.
The Range Forest Officer
The Assistant Conservator of Forests
Nearby attractions include Hampi for the most beautiful ruins, Tungabhadra Dam at Hospet and and the Khishkinda Resort.
Distance from Doraji Bear Sanctuary:
Hampi: 15 km
How to get there:
Nearest Airport: Bangalore
Nearest Railhead: Hospet
Road: Doraji Bear Sanctuary is well connected with roads.
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