Hampi’s Wildlife Finds Home At Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Remember Baloo from The Jungle Book — that cute black ball of fur? You can now meet him, actually a lot of him and other wild creatures too, at Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary! Read on as Khushboo Sikawat narrates a straight-out-of-a-Disney-book kind of a story.
Curled up in the hearts of many, Hampi is a sweet, old tale from the past. Its rusty ruins sing songs of royalty, temple chimes ring of quietude, mighty boulders sit in peace and its age-old carvings recite poetries. All these make Hampi, Hampi. But there’s one more chapter without which the story of this quaint town will remain incomplete, it is the chapter of Hampi’s wildlife, which is almost synonymous to Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary. So, come, let’s together read this fable out aloud.
Home To Hampi’s Wild Creatures – Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
A few kilometres away from Hampi, is the kingdom of sloth bears — Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, which is spread across 82.7 sq km. Karnataka Forest Department’s subdivision – Kamalapura Wildlife looks after this animal planet.
It is home to mainly sloth bears (120 of them) that live in the caves hidden behind lush forests. Sloth bears are omnivorous and like to feast on termites, eggs, insects, carrion, and fruits. They also have a sweet-tooth for honey, sugarcane and all that’s sweet. There are a whole lot of other wild creatures too that give the bears company like — jackals, mongoose, black-naped hares, owls, leopards, wild boards, sparrows, and laughing doves. Don’t you think animals can sometimes teach us to be more human; living in harmony, accepting each other’s differences? Food for thought, eh?
The Watch Tower
Don’t forget, this is an animal kingdom and we’re the visitors. They’re out in the open carrying out their daily chores; eating, sleeping and living their wonderful wild lives. And if you want to have a bird’s eye view, head towards the watch tower of the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary and see the animals in animation.
Mythological Tale Around Sloth Bears
In the mythological period of Ramayana, sloth bears were known as Jambavantha and Anegundi (a village around 20 km away from Hampi) was called Kishkinda.
Kishkinda nestled on the banks of river Tungabhadra was the empire of monkey king, Sugriva, who was also Rama’s ally in the war against Ravana. When Rama’s army was on their way to Lanka, they met a sloth bear, who joined the force to help save Sita and fight Ravana. This mythological saga connotes that sloth bears are as old as the epic Ramayana.
All Things Indian – Sloth Bears
Take notes, you guys! Here are a few interesting facts about Indian sloth bears:
- The sloth bear is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, mainly because of habitat loss and degradation.
- They are covered in dark, coat-like black fur and are scientifically known as Melursus ursinus
- They can grow up to 6 ft. and weigh up to 310 pounds (males) and 210 pounds (females)
- These wild creatures are mainly nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day and are up during the night; looking for food and simply strolling around
- Their senses of hearing and vision are quite poor, but they have an unmatched sense of smelling
- Sloth bears can live up to 40 years
How To Reach Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Now that you know so much about these furry bears, don’t you wish to meet them? Here’s how you can plan your travel.
If you’re in Hampi, you can hit the road and reach Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, which is about 20 km away. You can also take the Bangalore-Chitradurga-Hospet- Kamalapura route to reach the sanctuary.
You can get down at Hospet station which is 22km away from the Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
The nearest airport is Hubli, which is situated 143 km away from Hampi
Timing & Entry Fee Details Of Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
The sanctuary is open between 6am to 6pm on all days; so go see the sloth bears and other animals and birds whenever you can!
Also, don’t worry about the entry fee; it won’t burn a hole in your pocket, but give you a pocketful of memories!
Fee: INR 50/- per person (Indians), INR 300/- per person (foreigners)
Parking: INR 500/- per car
TUTC is coming up with luxury glamping at Hampi very soon! With us, you can uncover the historic era of this quaint town, and also explore its wildlife with a visit to Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary. Till then, bear with us, will you?
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