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Karnataka gets a crocodile park near temple complex on Kali river

Dandeli Crocodile Park on Kali river in Karnataka

The State of Karnataka can now boast of a crocodile park as it was commissioned this week at Dandeli. Located near Dandelappa temple, the park was inaugurated by RV Deshpande, MLA.

The park is spread over two acres and has been built on the banks of river Kali and has been allocated a budget of Rs.3 crore. In 2019, the construction of the park was started and it was finished in June 2021. There was a delay in executing the project due to the ongoing pandemic. The project has been implemented by the State Tourism Department.

Talking to the media, an official of the Tourism Department said:  “Crocodiles are the prime reptilians in the region and can be found in the river Kali. A viewing ramp has been constructed from where visitors can see the nesting site of the crocodiles.”

The park has different types of amenities and amusement facilities for the visitors. The official added: “The park has a musical fountain with seating facilities, amusement park, walking path and watchtowers for the visitors. Arrangements for smooth parking of vehicles and entry tickets have also been made.”

For those wishing to visit the park, the best time is during summer or monsoon season that is between April and September.

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