Dandeli Tourism

Dandeli Tourism

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Dandeli Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Jungle
  • Altitude: 1551 m
  • District: Uttara Kannada
Dandeli is a small town nestled in the lap of Western Ghats. Blessed with verdant jungles home to the elusive black panther and River Kali, a hub for white water rafting and a place to savour delicious and traditional North Karnataka food, Dandeli is paradise for nature lovers. 

History of Dandeli
There are two versions to Dandeli’s history. The first one dates back to the birth of a mythical creature called Dandakaranya, mentioned in the epic, Mahabharata.  According to another legend, the town is named after Dandelappa, a local deity and a servant of the Mirashi landlords.

People & Culture
Dandeli has a distinct culture. It could well be called a diversity hotspot harboring different cultures. The official and commonly spoken language is Kannada but people in Dandeli also speak Marathi, Konkani and Hindi. Dasara, Ganesh Chaturthi, Deepavali and Ram Navami are celebrated with pomp and vigor. Dandelappa, a local legend, is worshipped by locals in a temple dedicated to him.

Things to do in Dandeli
White water Rafting is the major attraction for people visiting Dandeli. The adrenalin pumping two-hour session on the fierce Kali River is an experience no one should miss. Rafting is usually conducted when the water is let from the Supa Dam as it provides rafting opportunities at the Virnoli Rapids connected to the Kali River.

Only a few resorts in Dandeli like Jungle Lodges & Resorts and Bison River Resort are authorised to conduct white water rafting River Kali. The best time for river rafting is from November to February. However, travellers, who do not visit Dandeli during this period, can still river raft, depending on the water flow. 
A single river rafting session can cost anywhere between INR 1000-1500 and rafting equipments and safety gear are provided by operators. Travellers must ensure that they are briefed about safety procedures before the session. Although travellers need not know swimming to raft, they must ask for life jackets. People with heart ailments are advised not to undertake this adventure activity. Other water sports like canoeing, river crossing, kayaking, rappelling and coracle rides are also conducted on River Kali.

Travellers, especially wildlife enthusiasts, must go for a wildlife safari in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park, which was declared a tiger reserve in 2006. Private vehicles are banned and only government approved as well as regulated Jungle Lodges are Resorts vehicles are allowed inside the tiger reserve. Each safari ride lasts for 90-120 minutes and costs approximately INR 1250 per person. The reserve is home to tigers, elephants, leopards, black panthers, civets and sambar deer. But, when compared to other reserves, animal sightings here are pretty rare owing to the jungle’s dense cover and terrain. 

The sanctuary is also a great place for birders. Hornbill, a bird species indigenous to the region, has grown in number due local conservation efforts. Many ornithologists and bird watchers visit the region in large numbers to observe hornbills. More than 300 species of birds can be spotted here.
Other popular attractions in Dandeli include the Ulavi Temple, a famous pilgrimage centre located within the sanctuary, Syntheri Rocks and Kavala Caves. A visit to the ancient Kavala Caves is a must-do for any adventure enthusiast. Trek up the 1000 steps through the evergreen forests to reach the limestone caves to find a naturally formed Shivalinga there. Molangi, Syke’s Point, Naghzari Viewpoint and Supa Dam are other places of interest for travellers.

Food in Dandeli
Dandeli has great places to eat offering authentic north Karnataka cuisine. Jolada roti (Jowar roti), ennegai (brinjal curry), pithla are few of the many specialties served here. In Dandeli town, travellers can try visiting Khanavali’s for its authentic food. Erappana Lingayat Khanavali and Shree Sharanabasaveshwara Khanavali are great places to eat. 

Travelling to Dandeli
Dandeli is hot during summers, cool during winters and receives heavy rainfall during monsoon. Winter nights can get chilly as the temperature dips sharply. Dandeli is well connected by road and rail. The nearest railway station is Alnawar, Dharwad and Londa. The nearest airport is Hubli, about 80 km away. Autos are the best bet for local transport and there are regular state transport buses to nearby places and major towns at regular intervals.
Tourists from Bangalore travelling to Dandeli by road can opt for the Bangalore-Chitradurga – Davanagere - Hubli – Dharwad (veer off the bypass) - Haliyal-Dandeli route.

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Dandeli is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Dharwad and Hubli.

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Dandeli Traveller Reviews

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Preetham Sunny

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  • Preetham Sunny
  • Lives in Goa
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  742 readers

"Dandeli - Worth visiting !!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 21, 2017
Dandeli was a good experience during our 3 days stay. We were a group of 5 and the early morning wildlife safari ride was cool and amazing. Rafting was fun and apart from this we had gone for Rapelling, kayaking, Jacuzzi Bath, Crocodile park and few sightseeing places. Finally, I want to thank Mr. JAFFER who runs a taxi service at Dandeli. He knows every place in and around Dandeli and made our stay easier. From booking Hotels to ensuring we participated in all the events possible, he did a great job. He knows 4 languages and communicates very well. He is friendly guy and is always available at your rescue in case of any problem.
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Amit Kumar

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  • Amit Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 12 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1930 readers

"Lost connection"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2016
It is located in north of Karnataka named Dandeli. It is a small village. From there it just take 30 minutes to reach you to kulgi wildlife sanctuary. Its a dense forest where there is no connection for internet and calling. Best way to disconnect with the world and spend sometime in peace and feel the silence of the forest. Best play to stay there are home stay and very affordable.
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Sarbjit randhawa

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  • Sarbjit randhawa
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1361 readers

"A holiday fun, Adventure and a paradise for Bird watching."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 15, 2016
All resorts in India have a lesson to learn from the professional efficiency of the Karnataka Government run Jungle Lodges and resorts. Well Thr Kali Adventure Camp combined with the Old Magazine House at Ganeshgudi is a nature lovers paradise. A safari into the Tiger reserve is beautiful though sighting of the big Cats depends on your luck. But you will se lots of other wild life. The white water rafting down the Mighty Kali River is an amazing experience. Bird watching at the Old Magazine House is crazy. Depending upon the season, you may come across over a 100 species of birds. A must visit destination for nature lovers.
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Hridesh singh Tomar

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  • Hridesh singh Tomar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 photo
  • 21 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  14142 readers

"Unexplored Natural beauty"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2016
This is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuary/tiger reserve, I have ever seen. The jungles are unexplored and untouched. Being one of the Tiger reserves, tiger safari is a must.

Adventure sports like rafting, zip lining, zorbing are a must do here. The best part is this place is less commercial, which makes you to connect with nature.
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Shalini Falke

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  • Shalini Falke
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  4680 readers

"Delightful resort to enjoy the Flora and Fauna"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 29, 2016
Goa has a number of tourist attractions. But I am sharing this experience because before you reach Goa there is this wonderful and peaceful place to enjoy with family and friends. Dandeli is about 100 km from Goa, you can choose rail or road for transportation. It is an ideal place for those who love nature. There are couple of resorts in Dandeli but we chose Whistling Woods Resorts.

The best part of it is that they provide pickup and drop facility. We were a group of 8. The resort is somewhat quiet and it is far from the city so you can feel the nature which gives you a pleasant vibe. The bungalows are lined up in a manner that makes it appear to be like column houses. Their rooms are entirely expansive, well preserved, and airy with affixed bathrooms.

The resort has many recreational activities like High rope activities like- Burma Bridge, Zip line, Multi Vein, Horizontal and vertical swing, target shooting, bows and arrows and so on. Be that as it may, are only for the experience as it's of the trainee setup, not a lot to anticipate nevertheless we enjoyed a lot.

What I loved the most is the jungle safari.

We were surprised to find a lot of water sports and activities provided by the resort. We enjoyed Motor Boat and Banana ride, Flying Fox, Boating, Kayaking, River crossing, White Water Rafting, Natural Jacuzzi etc.

The best a portion of our trek:

Rafting!! A 5 km long rafting background. What good times! For the individuals who have done rafting in Manali or comparable spots, this may not be as fulfilling, but rather for the beginners like me it was an existence time experience.

So we can say that if you want peace, adventure and want to make memorable holidays than only go with this resort.
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Radhika Gupta

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  • Radhika Gupta
  • Lives in Faridabad
  • 10 Reviews
  •  28 helpful votes
  •  12298 readers

"Place for nature lovers and adventure seekers"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2016
This place is good for taking a break from hectic daily routine. It is known for its adventure activities like river rafting, kayaking, natural Jacuzzi bath in river, river crossing, rappelling etc. I would recommend travelers to pre-book a jungle camp which includes staying in camps at night followed by early morning trekking. Other attractions include jungle safari, syntheri rocks and nagoda falls. For commuting within Dandeli, you will need to book cabs as the local buses and autos do not drop you till the sightseeing spots. Dandeli is a beautiful place and you can easily spend 2 days there.
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Shikha Singh

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  • Shikha Singh
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  7515 readers

"Jungle Stay -Offbeat Adventure at Dandeli"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 1, 2016
Means to reach - Personal vehicle, Bus to Hubli and then to Dandeli, Train to Londa/Hubli and then bus to Dandeli. Jungle Stay- Kingfisher Jungle Stay: Clean and spacious Swiss Tents double-sharing, triple-sharing, four sharing with good mattress, cushions and blankets. Rs. 1500 per person.

Cost includes 3 time food- veg, non-veg buffet, river sports like water rafting, natural jacuzzi, Burma bridge crossing, coral boating, jungle trek, swimming, dam viewing, bonfire. Clean, big, hygienic washrooms and eating facility. Cottages also available at reasonable prices for large groups and families.

7 kms from Dandeli Bus stand, Kingfisher Jungle Resort is complete with all facilities and activities at very cheap rates. White water rafting and natural jacuzzi at River Kali is a lifetime experience. Clean Strong current of River Kali is an enjoyable experience. Food at the Resort and the cleanliness followed is commendable.

Kingfisher Jungle Stay staff and owner are very cordial and make sure you have a good and comfortable experience. Unknown and offbeat, Dandeli is a place for all adventure and nature lovers who like uncrowded and serene places.
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Murali Iyer

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  • Murali Iyer
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  11025 readers

"Green carpet, wooded wilderness with few activities"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
If you overcome the stench while entering the Dandeli town and proceed to any of the resorts or homestays that abound, you are in for some spectacular visual treat!! One of the very few pristine forests surviving in South India, Dandeli has a lot to offer in terms of nature, wildlife, especially birds and some water sports too.

Although some commercialization is obvious, Dandeli combined with Ganeshgudi, Kulgi Nature camp and Anshi Tiger Reserve provide some wonderful times for nature lovers. Kali river that flows through these jungles can be seen in its glory in different places, gives opportunities for river rafting, boating, kayaking and a natural Jacuzzi. Lots of exotic birds thrive in these jungles as do the great cats and other wildlife. A must visit place for any nature admirer, who prefers to leave the city comforts and enjoy some fresh air, some simple wholesome food and hospitality of North Karnataka.
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Pawan Srinivas

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  • Pawan Srinivas
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  8209 readers

"Awesome place with best activities"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2016
Dandeli, a perfect place to escape from the busy and noisy environment and have a great weekend. The right to visit Dandeli is mid August as there will be full length river rafting. Places one must visit is cintheri rocks. A place where nature is at its best. River rafting must be tried as the waves are pretty damn psyche. There are other activities like kayaking, boating, forest trek and Natural jacuzzi bath. You can get down at Alnavar station and book a vehicle for yourself or the best preferred way is going in bike all the way to Dandeli.
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Ankit Pise

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  • Ankit Pise
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review
  •  5641 readers

"Great Place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 23, 2016
A great place to go, a trip of 3 days if more than enough. Nice wildlife habitat and flora and fauna. River rafting in the Kali river is a must and one can also do river crossing over there. You can stay there in a resort just near the river. Everyone will have a great experience.
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