The Karnataka Forest Department, in association with Karnataka Eco-tourism Development Board, Jungle Lodges & Resorts, and the Tourism Department, has organised the Karnataka Hornbill Festival at Dandeli, from 02 to 04 February, 2018. 

Home to the Kali Tiger Reserve, the Dandeli region of Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district is the heart of the habitat of hornbills. The area is also one of Karnataka’s finest birding destinations, and February is one of the best months to sight both resident birds as well as winter migrants.

A mélange of activities built around the theme of hornbills is planned to mark the occasion, including bird walks, workshops, talks by experts, cultural events, photography, and painting competitions.

The main venue of the Bird Festival is the Dandeli Forest Rest House, Dandeli.

Registration link:

Limited seats available. Booking cost is inclusive of stay, delegate registration fee and food.

Reaching the venue:

Nearest rail head:  Alnavar Junction, (33 kms) or Dharwad (52 kms)

Near airport: Hubli Airport (70 kms)

By Road: One can reach by road from Hubli / Dharwad through Haliyal, from Belgaum through Khanapur and from Panaji through Ramnagar. Local buses ply between Dharwad (52 kms), Haliyal (22 kms), Karwar (95 kms) and Belgaum (100 kms).