Just some info about Anshi national Park.
It is located in the Uttar Kannada district, around 30-40 minutes by bus, from karwar. Anshi is a comparitively non-commercialised area, in terms of tourism. The forests here are very dense, so mammal spottings are a rarity. However, it is a TREAT for all the birders and reptile people out there
For this particular trip, the backdrop was an awesome event. The conclusion of my exams
4 of us, Me,Abhiram and 2 other friends, Bhavendu and Raj, who arent fish hobbyists, left Pune by the 7 o clock bus, for Belgaum. It was a huge relief, to just THINK about getting away from the city life, deep into the wilderness.
The guys at Belgaum
After reaching Belgaum, we had to wait till 6 o clock in the morning, after which we proceeded to Dandeli, to get our permissions from the RFO, Dandeli.
After the permissions and a LONG and agonising wait at the bus stop, we finally managed to reach Anshi national Park (ANP) at around 5.30 in the eve. It was nearly 24 hours from the time we had left home. All travel had been by state transport buses (NWKRTC totally rules!! ) After some looking around here and there, we reached camp site, after a 3km walk. We took the keys to the dormitories (which i must say, are AWESOME and CHEAAAAAP ), dumped our luggage. Me and Abhiram promptly went outside the campsite, to the stream that flows through ANP. No interesting fish there, apart from rasbora daniconius :/
After that, and some minor gecko/lizard/colorful frog/disgusting toad catching here and there, we finally settled down in the main hall at the campsite, for a nice cuppa
Humaid, and 5 others, from mumbai, including an ace herpetologist, were to arrive by car, the next day.
We did a forest trail early morning. Did not find anything interesting. What we did find, were tonnes of leeches After wrapping up the morning trail, we left for Anshi village, to receive the folks from Mumbai. Humaid had wanted a 'royal' welcome at the ANP gate. Here is abhirams artifact, which he crafted during the 3km walk :D
The dudes from Mumbai abandoned their hired Tavera at the gates, instead prefering to walk the 3kms to the campsite, searching roadside bushes enroute.
We got this scorpion, some frogs and a skink on the road. Also saw many juvenile chequered keelbacks, roadkilled
Also got a pair of draco's on a tree. These guys were absolutely impossible to spot, for an untrained eye. The presence of field-savvy people with us, was a huge advantage
Great Images Humaid..
How far it is from Bangalore, any idea?
It is quite an easy place to reach from Bangalore. Just take an over night bus to Karwar. You should reach Karwar early morning. From there take any bus which goes via Anshi. Anshi should be Max 1.5Hrs from Karwar.
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