Man made originally, but soon populated by other wild animals, the Daroji Bear Sanctuary in Hampi brings you face to face with the Sloth Bear. Entering through a stone gateway, you walk along a rather narrow passage through the dense undergrowth as you head towards the tower to catch your first glimpse of the bears. The forest department created a landscape with rocks and vegetation, which over the years has developed by itself and now plays host to not only the Sloth Bear but also to wild boars, mongoose, leopards, jackals, hyenas, pangolin and of course lots of different types of birds.
The area is planted with fruit trees, both the cultivated varieties like mango, custard apples and Singapore cherry and the wild fruit trees that are the staple diet for the bears. Termite mounds are a favorite of these bears and there are loads of them in the area. The only area open to the visitors is the observatory tower. Spotting bears from here is easy and if you are quiet you could be lucky enough to spot some of the other residents of this place. Visitors are requested to maintain silence and not feed the bears or the other animals.
|Indian fees||Rs.50 per person|
|Foreign Tourists Fee||Rs.300 per person|
|Vehicle fee||Rs.500 per Car|
|Timings||All days of the week 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||2 to 3 hours|