Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is a national wildlife reserve located in Ballari district in Karnataka. It is spread over 82. 72 sq km. It is located at a distance of 170 Kms from hubli-Dharwad.
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is the only place where one can spot Sloth bears endemic to India. The sanctuary maintains a good number of sloth bears which are usually hidden in the caves in the green-covered hillocks.
The flora of this sanctuary is primarily dry deciduous scrub and Southern thorn forests. At the time of declaration of the sanctuary, it was a large area of barren hillocks, but persistent efforts from Karnataka Forest Department have transformed the area into lush green forest, filled with local flora. Leopards, monitor lizards, mongoose, pangolins, star tortoises etc. are some of the other animals that abound in the sanctuary.
The sanctuary provides a watch tower view to the location where these bears are normally seen in the forests, opposite to the Karadikallu Gudda. The view from the watch tower is amazing and one can enjoy the overall terrain from the top using a binocular. It is a spectacular watch to witness animals living in the natural habitat. However, you can only see them from afar at the viewing platform. Generally the late afternoon is the best time to visit.
Entry Fee: INR 50/- per person (Indians), INR 300/- per person (Foreigners)The sanctuary is open during timings: 6:00 A. M. till 6:00 P. M. on all days.