We arrived in the village near the sanctuary by bus and had a hard time to find a suitable 4WD taxi (a tuk tuk would not be able to reach the camp inside the sanctuary). Note: the taxistand is located about 1 km from the busstand! The hour drive uphill to the Camp with a 4WD would set you back 700 Rs. On our way up the hills we already saw plenty of wildlife and nice scenery. Only after passing a checkpoint with guard and showing our reservation we were allowed into the sanctuary and arrived in the camp. So you need a reservation for the K Gudi Wilderness Camp (from Jungle Lodges & Resorts) to even enter the sanctuary! Compared to Bandipur NPor Nagarhole NP it is much more quiet here and you will probarbly encounter no other tourists during the safari's. It is not allowed to enter the sanctuary by yourself or by foot because large preditors live in this area! The Sanctuary it self is located in the hills and the climate is little bit cooler. We stayed here in March and needed a sweater for the morning safari's but after sunrise it warms up very quickly. In January - April it is very dry but the Sanctuary has several ponds/waterholes where you have a good change to find wildlife. We stayed here for 3 day's and saw lots of wildlife like: serpent eagle, owls, woodpeckers, kingfishers and other birds. We also saw spotted deer, sambar deer, gaur, mongoose, wild pigs, wild dogs, elephants and to top it of we even saw leopard. The manager of K Gudi Wilderness Camp, who is a very enthusiatic wildlife photographer and a very nice person to meet, told us that a tigress with cubs live within the Sanctuary as well. For her protection (or ours?) they closed a part of the park for safari's so we did not see her. Us being nature and wildlife lovers, enjoyed the place very much and we took some wonderfull pictures. Ofcourse nature cannot be directed and sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are not. Take the time to enjoy this place, at least a few day's and you will not be dissapointed. You can stay in the wonderfull K Gudi Wilderness Camp (see our review). We certainly want to come back here sometime after the summer when the jungle is thick and green and will give us a complete new experience.
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