Daroji Revisited


Our previous visit to Daroji was awesome, but had us wanting more. This place thus remained on our must-visit list. This time around we chose to do things a bit differently. We drove down instead of taking the train. (Note: Having one’s own vehicle is really useful). Our friend Alwan (fellow INWian) joined us. Santosh Martin (fellow JLR NTPian) helped with accommodation and logistics. Samad Kottur’s guidance too was invaluable. Thanks Santosh/Samad.

Contrary to our apprehensions, the drive was rather smooth. The total distance from Bangalore to Hospet is around 330 kms – 200 kms of excellent roads (NH4) to Chitradurga and 130 kms from here on to Hospet. Barring a 10-15Km stretch, the roads were fairly good. End to end, it took us 7.5 hours (including breakfast/birding breaks). We stayed at the Kamalpura forest rest house, ~15 kms from the bear sanctuary. The food provided by the rest house staff was really good and economical. The stay was comfortable indeed.

Highlights of the trip were:

  • Excellent sightings of the bears inside the sanctuary from close quarters. We even got a glimpse of a cub piggybacking on the mother. Piggybacking behavior can be seen in Feb-Mar but apparently, there were a couple of late cub arrivals this season. Good for us :) Did not get too many shots though since it was very very brief. Inside the sanctuary, we also got to see and make images of the Ruddy Mongoose, Peafowls, Painted Spurfowls, Grey Frankolins, Jungle Quails and other birds.

  • Visit to Hampi(Mathanga Parvatha in particular) in search of the Yellow Throated Bulbuls. We saw quite a few of them but they were very skittish and not easy to photograph. Also got to see many other birds such as Grey Hornbill, Shikra, Common Hawk Cuckoo and others. Hampi looks so nice that probably should make another trip just to visit the ruins of Hampi.

  • A drive along the High Canal road on the first evening led to the much-awaited sighting of the Eurasian Eagle Owl (same as Great Horned Owl and Bubo Bubo). The road is not tarred and the ride was bumpy, but the was really beautiful with the canal on one side of the road. We also sighted a Barn Owl along this road.

  • The lake along the main road in Kamalpur yielded excellent sightings of Pied Kingfishers and Pheasant Tailed Jacanas on all the days of our trip.

All in all, a very enjoyable and relaxing trip. The weather was very nice and the lighting was good enough to make many memorable images.

Birds Gallery

Laughing Dove Brahminy Starling Grey Francolin
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Mammals Gallery

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9 Responses to “Daroji Revisited”

  1. August 10, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Excellent post. Thank you for chronicling your travels. The pictures are wonderful.

  2. 2 Anush Shetty
    August 11, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Lovely account.. All images are superb esp the first pic. A great treat for us on a monday morning :)

  3. August 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Great to read the trip report! Hope to make it to Daroji one day…

  4. 4 Uma
    August 11, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Simply awesome!! Absolutely lovely pics! Been waiting for something from you guys for a long time…

  5. 5 Garima
    August 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Nice to read this before our much-awaited trip to Hampi/Daroji this weekend. Great pictures!

  6. 6 thoughtsinflight
    August 22, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks all for the encouraging comments :)

  7. 7 AJ
    August 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Great pics! We also were at Daroji the week after yours. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time at hand and hence couldn’t spot any bears!

  8. November 30, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful and excellent blog with all the amazing photos…I will come back again and again Thanks for sharing all the informations

  9. 9 underclearskies
    January 7, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Fantastic pictures – I am adding you to my list of favorite wordpress blogs immediately!

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