Anshi National Park
Anshi National Park or Anshi Tiger Reserve is wild life protected reserve forest area declared by government of India. It was recently renamed as Kali Tiger Reserve. The Anshi national park lies in the Uttara Kannada ( North Kanara ) district of Karnataka state. The forest area mostly surrounding river Kali in Uttara Kannada district comes under this reserve. Dandeli wild life sanctuary adjoins this park along with Netravali and Bhagwan Mahaveer wild life sanctuaries of Goa state.Karnataka state highway 34 cuts through Anshi tiger reserve. SH-34 starts from Sadashivagad near Karwar and ends in Aurad going through Anshi, Joida, Ganeshgudi, Dharwad and many other places.
The nearby airports are Hubli( Hubbali) airport, Dabolim airport Goa, Mangalore Airport.
There are no direct train or railway lines to Anshi. The nearest railway stations are Londa junction on Goa -Dharwad railway line, Karwar railway station on Konkan railway route from Mumbai to Mangaluru. Karwar is district headquarters of Uttara Kannada district.
There are many buses plied by state government owned North West Karnataka Road Corporation ( NWKRTC ) to nearby villages of Anshi wild life sanctuary from Dandeli,Karwar, Joida, Ambikanagar and Ganeshgudi.However the services of these buses must be confirmed before travel as many times they get cancelled. Also autorickshaws ( three wheeler ) and car taxis are available at few places within sanctuary. Many villages, spots or places are isolated from any road connection within Anshi national park. Kannada is the local language which is spoken by most of the people. Signboards are generally in Kannada, some times they may be in English also.
Anshi National Park or Anshi Tiger Reserve is in the western ghat geographical region of India. These western ghats form a part of Nilgiri biosphere. As part of western ghats, It has some rich flora and fauna fed by river Kali and its tributaries. The river basin of Kali has some of the lush evergreen forests of India even though large parts have been submerged by back waters of many dams built across river Kali and its tributaries. Wild animals ranging from Tiger to wild buffalo are seen in these forests. However it takes luck to spot for an ordinary tourist.
Anshi nature camp is located on Anshi - Ulavi road.
Syntheri Rocks: Syntheiri Rocks is located at around 25 km from Dandeli on the road to Gund village. Kaneri river rushes through canyon of huge granite formation. There is a 300 feet tall monolithic granite on one side. This location is a favorite picnic spot.
Ulvi Temple: Ulvi Shri Channabasaveshara temple is located deep inside park. This is one of the famous pilgrimage location for Hindus in the northern part of Karnataka
Dams across Kali River:The river Kali criss crosses the Anshi tiger reserve. There are many dams built across river Kali for generation of electricity. Main among them are Supa near Ganeshgudi, Kodsalli, Kadra,Bommanahalla and Thatihalla. The back waters of these dams are worth seeing in monsoon( rainy ) season ie; months of June,July and August even though they have submerged vast lush green forests. The entry to dams and electric power generating stations are restricted.
Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Rafting/Kayaking/Canoeing on Kali river , Camping, Jeep Safari ride, Trekking in the forest, bird watching. Many of resorts around Anshi tiger reserve offer these activities including state run Jungle lodges. Some of these activities may not be offered during rainy season as it is very dangerous due to heavy rains of south west monsoon.There are some forest rest houses available but require prior permission from the concerned forest department officials like deputy conservator or range officer. The unspoilt nature of this area will etch nature lovers long lasting memories to cherish.
Local meals called rice plate or plate meals which usually consists of cooked rice,saaru( rasam ) vegetable gravy ( Sambar or Huli in Kannada language ),pickle and buttermilk.
Sherbet made from Kokum( punarpulli) or lemon. Ragi or Badam malt, drink made by mixing hot milk of cow or buffalo with powder of Ragi ( finger or red millet ) or Badam ( Almonds) with sugar added.
Thre are many lodges and hotels at Karwar and Dandeli which rent rooms and beds for sleeping at night. There are private resorts in Ganeshgudi,Dandeli and Karwar. There are rest houses of forest department and Travellers Bungalows ( Inspection Bungalows ) run by public works department (PWD) of government of Karnataka, but mostly are given to government officials or employees. Few homestays are also available in the vicinity of Kali Tiger reserve ( Anshi national park ).
Karnataka forest department's Anshi Nature Camp is 3 Kilometres from Anshi village. Tariff's are ₹1,000 per tent on twin share basis, Dormitory bed ₹150, Log huts ₹1,200. Please confirm tariff,payment details and availability at the office of the Director, Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve ( Kali Tiger Reserve ).Telephone: 08284-231585. Also there is another nature camp at Kulgi. The contact details are same as Anshi. The distance between Anshi and Kulgi is 56 Kilometres.
Forest Department of Karnataka state has placed restrictions in certain areas of Anshi national Park.Confirm with authorities before venturing into such places.Fill up the fuel tank of your vehicle before entering the forest as petrol bunks (petrol pumps) are far away.Some of the roads within the park are not paved which may cause vehicles to get stuck in mud. In rainy season generally from month of June to September certain areas of the park will be flooded.If your are trekking, Ensure you have valid permit from the forest department and also a guide.If you are trekking carry Torch(flash light),water eatables and other essential things with you.Do not try to get down or swim in Kali river as there are crocodiles.