Ranebennur blackbuck sanctuary is located in Haveri district of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 301 Kms from Bangalore and 8 Kms away from Ranebennur town. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary on the 17th of June 1974 to protect blackbuck. It has a core area of 14.87 km and a buffer zone of 104.13 km wherein the tourists are allowed.
The vegetation here comprises mainly of scrub forests and extensive eucalyptus plantations. There are also Acacia and Neem trees. Blackbuck are plentiful with a count of more than 6000 in the 2005 census.
The sanctuary is also inhabited by the highly endangered Great Indian Bustard and the wolf. However, the Great Indian Bustard has not been sighted in the sanctury since around 2002 and may be locally extinct. In and around Airani Gudda/hill is the sanctuary of Hyenas.
Other mammals include wild pig, fox, jackal, langur, porcupine, common mongoose, hare and pangolin.
The best seasons are May-June, for bird watching. It is open through out the year.
The best time to visit is between October and March for observing the blackbuck
How To Get There
Air – The nearest airport is in Bellary, which is located at a distance of 119 kms from Haveri.
Rail – Haveri is connected with most of the metros like Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai through regular trains. It is about 7 hours by train from Bangalore.
Road – There is a good network of roads that connects Haveri to other important cities of the region. It is located on NH-4 towards Mumbai.
Accommodation: A forest rest house on the sanctuary boundary at Gangajala, offers comfortable accommodation with dormitory rooms, single and double rooms.
Assistant conservator of forests,
Ranebennur – 581115
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests – Wildlife
Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross,
Bangalore – 560 003