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Wildlife encounters around Hampi

Wildlife encounters around Hampi This UNESCO World Heritage site is also getting popular for the wildlife it has to offer, some of them are rare and threatened. Have been to Hampi several times before to explore the heritage sites, but never knew the wildlife over there is so rich and valuable to protect. Due to the quirky terrain around Hampi, one can expect unique wildlife encounters, which are endemic to dry deciduous scrub and thorn forests. Bulk of them can be spotted in Ankasamudra Bird Sanctuary and Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary, which is Asia's first sloth bear Sanctuary. The region is vast to explore and with not many days to spare had contacted the expert in the region Mr. Pompayya Malemath. He was graceful to host us for our stay in Kamalapur, usually his appointments are booked for months in advance. Our prolonged bucket list had Painted Sandgrouse, Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse, Painted Spurfowl, Jungle Bush-Quail, Barred Buttonquail, Buntings, Indian Eagle Owl, Brown Fish