Daroji Bear Sanctuary – Sloth Bear Sanctuary in Bellary
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is situated in Bellary, Karnataka. Spread over an area of 55.87 km, the sanctuary was created exclusively to preserve Indian sloth bears. The sanctuary is located about 50 kms from Bellary and is close to Hampi .It took lot of efforts from the staff and supporters from surrounding villages to transform the forest into a lush green area boasting with local species of flora and fauna. Around 120 sloth bears live in this sanctuary, apart from leopards, jackals, monitor lizard, star tortoise etc and about 90 species of butterflies are found here in a preliminary survey. The main food for Bears are termites, ants and honey. There favorite food is honey and they also eat fleshy flowers of mahua. The bears are good at climbing trees also.
The visiting hours of the sanctuary is between 6 am to 6 pm on all days. The bears stay inside the caves and the visitors have to wait patiently to see them descending from the opposite karadikallu gudda. Visitors are advised to wear dark colour clothes and carry binoculars and cameras. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between August and April. The best way to reach sanctuary from Bangalore is via Chitradurga-Hospet-Kamalapura route. The nearest railway station is Hospet railway station.