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Dandeli

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Reasons to go to Dandeli

1In nature's embrace, Dandeli
In nature's embrace, Dandeli

Whether it's an adrenaline junkie or a nature lover, Dandeli is a plethora of options. 

Aishwarya Rane tells HolidayIQ, “Dandeli forest situated in Karnataka is a great destination for wildlife safari and adventure sports. The forest which is situated near the banks of kali river has an extremely beautiful scenic view. Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants and bears. Tourist activities include nature walks, boating, bird watching, rafting, crocodile spotting and angling. Other tourist spots include Ulavi, Syntheri Rocks, Anashi National Park, and Molangi and the hydroelectric dam.”

Distance from Bangalore: 470 km

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2Adventure lovers' paradise at Kali River
Adventure lovers' paradise at Kali River

Adventure | Nature | Water Sports

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rahul Kavad adds, “People traveling here must be adventure loving and must try every activity. Like rafting,  kayaking, wildlife sanctuary and many more. We had a fabulous trip and we enjoyed from the core of our heart.”

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3Adventurous and wild, mystic Dandeli
Adventurous and wild, mystic Dandeli

Radhika: 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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4Rafting on the Kali river in Dandeli
Rafting on the Kali river in Dandeli

Enjoy the thrilling experience of river rafting down the River Kali in Dandeli. Paddle through numerous exciting class 3 rapids on this rafting trail. There is also a longer 14 km run for experienced rafting enthusiasts. Sandesh, a HolidayIQ  reviewer says, “The best experience that anyone can have is white water rafting on River Kali.”

HolidayIQ reviewer Parikshith says, "The best in Karnataka and South India, the 12km rafting, is a moment to be remembered with around 12-15 rapids which will rush your adrenaline to its maximum." 

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5Dabolim to Dandeli
Dabolim to Dandeli

Distance: Approximately 190 kms

Suggested Route: NH 66 and State Highway 34

Land at Goa’s airport and take the road towards Dandeli.  HolidayIQ reviewer Debopam describes the journey by saying,  “long journey, but soothing weather, and nice view of the ghats. Traffic is smooth, infact there is hardly any traffic. A point to note is do not carry any liquor bottles from Goa, as there is strict checking when you cross border into Karnataka.

HolidayIQ reviewer Hridesh says, 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.

HolidayIQ reviewer Debopam described his anniversary visit by saying, “It was our first anniversary. The trip was truly memorable. The 2 days filled with adventure sports was my idea to celebrate the one year completion of another adventure called married life. The 9.5 km river rafting was something which we would never forget. What made it even more memorable was the delightful tree house, where we stayed.”

What to do:

Raft the River Kali

Take a Safari in the lush forests around Dandeli

Trek to the Kavala caves


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Reviews (173)

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan4.3/5

452 reviews

Good roads in forest after monsoon

Western ghats always makes me feel good with their forests, rivers and water falls . Dandeli also was the same experience . This is not the season to visit Dandeli because none of the white water rafting or coracle ride will be available. However my visit is not for these activities. It is just to enjoy nature and be one with it . Along with 4 of my friends, I took a Innova from Dharwad. After breakfast, we started. On the way itself, we thought we can see Supa dam. Thank God, it was the last day of opening of all 3 gates of the dam. We saw the water flowing. There is a power plant. All over green. Of course, the visitors have thrown plastic covers of chips and water bottles on either side of the road . It was Janmashtami day. We enjoyed visiting a temple in a village where women were singing and dancing about Krishna Leela. Children were getting ready for hitting the pot pulled by others. They offered food for all of us . We had nice lunch at the guest house and proceeded to take a wild life safari. There were safaris at 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. We could not make it. There were nice watch towers to wonder about the nature's magnificence and different kind of birds. In another 2 km, there is an elephant home - all are tamed elephants, giving rides as usual. The ride through the forest itself was a nice experience . We were not interested in the eco park that was near the guest house. So we planned to go to canopy walk at Castle rock. In spite of completion, it is still not open to the public. However we rode in the vehicle over a canopy - nice scene . We ended taking the train to Kollam to watch Dudhsagar in its full beauty. The train was late. We asked the vehicle to come to Kollam to pick us up. He had to pay toll because Kollam was in Goa state . Altogether we drove more than 400 km in the forest and mountain range during monsoon. That is the best experience . I got more than what I expected.

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Raju

Raju5.0/5

2 reviews

Adventurous

Awesome place especially for students even family also. One of the best stay was river edge stay. You also have white water rafting basing on the release of supa dam water. River crossing, white water rafting is also there on of the best activity. Even there is option of choosing camera also per group 500 for white water rafting.

Recommended Duration in Dandeli

Number of days to spend in Dandeli as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

14.3%

2 days

14.3%

3 days

14.3%

4 days

42.9%

5+ days

14.3%

Dandeli Overview

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.

​ Contributed by:Santosh, HolidayIQ.com Traveller

Photos of Dandeli

River Kali, Dandeli

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Mohan C

River Kali, Dandeli
Syntheri Rock, Dandeli

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Syntheri Rocks from top view
Syntheri Rock, Dandeli

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Breath taking view

There is so much to see in Dandeli.

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