Many know of Hampi, a famed UNESCO World Heritage Centre in the Deccan, and the magnificence of its historical sites. But less known is the wildlife found in this part of the south. Right in the middle of Koppal, around 30 kilometres from the railway station closest to Hampi, is a massive hillock of fissured rock, the kind of terrain favoured by sloth bears and leopards. While sloth bears can be seen at the relatively well-known Daroji Bear Sanctuary (also near Hampi), there is still more wildlife to be discovered here. In some fragmented wildernesses and last-of-their-kind surviving habitats live river otters, black bucks, leopards, Indian grey wolves, striped hyenas and Asian palm civets, all in plummeting numbers.