Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Base Station: Dandeli

Nearest City to Dandeli: Hubli (73 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Dandeli: October to March

Peak Season: November to December

State: Karnataka | District: Uttara Kannada

Dandeli Weather: Summer: Maximum- 39°C to Minimum- 20°C
Winter: Maximum- 30°C and Minimum- 10°C

At a distance of 55 km from Dharwad, 73 km from Hubli, 89 km from Belgaum, 106 km from Karwar, 130 km from Panjim, 240 km from Shimoga and 462 km from Bangalore, Dandeli is a picturesque town on the banks of the River Kali in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

Dandeli is one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism. It is quite famous for its gorgeous natural backdrop, wildlife and adventure activities. Dandeli has a dense forest cover and is one of the best natural habitats in the world. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka. The sanctuary is crisscrossed by River Kaneri and River Nagajhari, tributaries of River Kali. The sanctuary is the natural habitat for several wildlife species such as tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur and languor.

Dandeli is one of the top white-water rafting destinations in India. Kayaking, canyoning, water rafting, overnight rafting or canoeing trips on the Kali River along with other adventure sports like cycling and mountain biking are some of the things one can indulge in here. Dandeli also offers crocodile spotting, nature walks, treks, boating, bird watching and angling trips.

Other popular attractions in Dandeli include the Ulavi Temple, Syntheri Rocks and Kavala Caves. Molangi, Syke's Point, Nagajhari Viewpoint and Supa Dam are other places of interest for travellers.

Hubli Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 66 km from Dandeli. The nearest railway station is Alnawar, which is 33 km from Dandeli. It has trains from Bangalore, Vasco Da Gama, Hubli, Delhi, Pune, Tirupati, Pondicherry, Hyderabad, Mysore, Mumbai, Mangalore and Tirunelveli. Dandeli is also well connected by bus with Bangalore, Hubli, Karwar, Davanagere and Udipi.

Dandeli has hotels for all budgets ranges from resorts, guest houses to lodges, camps and tents. Dandeli Jungle Inn, Kulgi Nature Camp, Pansoli Guest House, Hornbill River Resort, Vacation on White Water Resort, Old Magazine House, Bison Resort and Kali River Resort are the few accommodation options.

The best time to visit Dandeli is from October to March.

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Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 08284
Languages Spoken: Kannada, Konkani and English
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HOW TO REACH DANDELI


By Air

Nearest Airport: Hubli - Hubli Airport (66 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Alnavar (33 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Dandeli (0 Kms)

17 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN DANDELI


Adventure / Trekking

Jungle trekking is adventurous journey along the thick Dandeli forests where visitors can explore the nature, wildlife & birds. This is really an adventurous activity in Dandeli Forest, usually undertaken by the young tourists. Trekking is one of the top things to do in Dandeli.

There are several trekking routes in Dandeli. Kavala Caves trek, Kulgi-Nagzari Valley trek and Potoli-Shiroli trek. These are organized by Kulgi Nature Camp, which is run by the forest department. Kulgi-Nagzari Valley trek is a hard and is about 15 km long trek which takes about 8 hours. Potoli-Shiroli is a 13 km medium difficulty trek and takes 5-6 hours. Boarding facilities are available and these treks begin from Kulgi Nature Camp.

There is only one trip organized by the forest department at 6 AM every day to Kavala Caves. The guided tour starts with a ride into the gated forest reserve. A 3-4 km downhill walk and 350 steps down will take you to the caves. Visitors can take a private four-wheeled .....


Wildlife

At a distance of 13 km from Dandeli Bus Stand, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the River Kali at Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This is the second largest sanctuary in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit in Dandeli.

The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 2007. The sanctuary is contiguous with the Mahaveer Sanctuary in Goa and Anshi National Park in Karnataka. Karnataka state government has officially notified the Dandeli Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant on 4th June 2015.

Spread over an area of 866.41 sq. km, the sanctuary lies at an altitude ranging between 100 m to 970 m with highest point being Hegada Temba. The dense forests of the Sanctuary are crisscrossed by the meandering streams of River Kaneri and River Nagzari, tributaries of River Kali.

Dandeli is a natural habitat for several wildlife animals like tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, .....


Adventure / Trekking

Jeep safari is an exciting activity for the tourists and an opportunity to sight the extensive and exclusive wild life in the Dandeli sanctuary. Jungle Safari is a thrilling activity, which travel through the dense Dandeli forest and is one of the top things to do in Dandeli.

Dandeli jungle safaris are arranged in open-top jeeps to experience the lush green vegetation, rivers, the wild animals and birds. Jeep Safaris are conducted by the wildlife reserve authorities with professional wildlife guides. The jeep has seating arrangements for 8 persons per trip. The duration is 3 hours and timings are during early morning and afternoon. Visitors have to take permission from the forest department before safari. Safari covers about 30 km drive through forest and visitors have high chances to spot variety of wildlife.

Dandeli is a natural habitat for several wildlife animals. It is home to big cats such as tigers, leopards, and even black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, .....


Adventure / Trekking | Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 24 km from Dandeli, 93 km from Sirsi, 120 km from Karwar and 139 km from Gokarna, Kavala caves are the natural caves located in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the popular points of interest in Dandeli.

These caves are formed by volcanic activity ages back and are situated deep with-in the forest. It is believed that these caves have been in existence since the prehistoric times. Currently, the caves are inhabited by numerous snakes and bats. Also known as Limestone Caves or Sidda, these caves are very small in dimension and have a lot of stalagmite formations. At some places the opening gets smaller and visitors need to crawl through.

Visitors need to climb down 375 steps to reach the cave entrance. There is a temple at the entrance of the cave. One has to crawl down 40 feet through winding, narrow tunnels to see the Shivalinga formed naturally. The narrow passage is dark and visitors may .....


Adventure / Trekking

Water sports are one of the top attractions of Dandeli. White water rafting in the waters of the Kali River is a thrilling experience for the adventure lovers. Dandeli is also the best place for rafting in South India. River Rafting is one of the top things to do in Dandeli.

White water rafting is an arduous and a challenging adventure. The rafting is done in the rubber boats which starts from Ganeshgudi and ends up in Moulangi, Dandeli, covering a stretch starting from 4 km to 9 km with duration of 2 hr to 4 hours. This raft can accommodate 7 to 8 people. Tourists will be trained before undertaking the rafting ride. Visitors are provided with life jacket and helmet. Trained guides accompany the tourists who also give them basic lessons on rafting.

Many tour operators organize rafting with excellent facilities. Rafting is open from October to May and closed during monsoon. There are two types of rafting, one is Short run (4 km - 2 hour) and the other one is Long run (9 km .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 31 km from Dandeli and 16 km from Ulavi, Syntheri Rock is monolithic granite structure with a height of 300 feet, which is located in the dense forests of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the top Dandeli tourist places to visit.

Syntheri Rock is a huge, massive limestone rock formed due to volcanic eruptions some million years ago. It is named after an English lady called Ms. Cinthera who is believed to have discovered this place in 20th century. River Kaneri passes along the side of this rock. Owing to the flow of the river from the vicinity, erosion has resulted in the rocks getting hollowed. The corners of this rock cave are inhabited by numerous pigeons and honeybees.

Entry to the venue is controlled by forest department. The site can be reached either by jeep or by walk through the dense forest from the entrance. At the entrance visitors need to pay nominal entry fee and vehicles can go up to the parking area from where visitors need to climb down .....


Adventure / Trekking

Zorbing is a new recreational adventure sport of rolling downhill inside a transparent ball called zorb, generally made of transparent plastic. Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope but can also be done on a level surface, permitting more rider control. In the absence of hills some operators have constructed inflatable, wooden or metal ramps. Water Zorbing is a good way to have a stress-free time to relax and rejuvenate.

Tariff: Rs.350/ person

Timing: 9 AM - 6 PM.


Adventure / Trekking

Coracle Ride in River Kali is one of the most interesting Dandeli activities. Coracles are small, light-weight boats which are used for river navigation. The boats are made of split and interwoven rods made of willow or other material and tied with bark. There is an outer waterproof layer made of canvas or other waterproof materials. The structure has a flat bottom which helps spread the weight evenly making it ideal for river traveling. It can accommodate four people, including the boat rider-cum-guide.

Coracle Ride: Rs.100 / person.

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM.


Adventure / Trekking

Canyoning is a famous adventure sport in Dandeli. Canyoning in the Dandeli jungle can represent a spectrum of activities some of which are mostly rock activities and some of which are mostly water activities. Like Rappelling, this is also the controlled descent down a rock face using a rope; climbers use this technique when a cliff or slope is too steep or dangerous to descend without protection.

Preferably youngsters enjoy a lot and only adults can take part in this, it covers lot of risk while Canyoning. Personnel specialized in Canyoning shall guide the participants. The basic idea is to get down waterfalls and mountain streams using a combination of jumping, abseiling and natural water slides.

Tariff: Rs. 750/person (depends upon groups)

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM.


Wildlife

Dandeli forest is famous for nesting birds. Bird watching is a great option for the enthusiastic birdwatchers and also one of the popular things to do in Dandeli. There are about 300 species of birds in and around Dandeli, they include migrated birds. Dandeli Jungle is a home for 4 species of hornbills out of world's 9 species.

The vast variety of exotic birds found here attracts tourists, birdwatchers and eco-tourists from all over the world. Visitors can find both local and migrating birds. These include the kingfisher, honey bird, peacock, black-crested bulbul, blue-headed pitta, brahminy kite, broad-billed roller, crested serpent eagle, great hornbill, woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill.

Kulgi Nature Camp environs, Ganeshgudi, Dandeli Timber Depot, Shirali Village, Bomanahalli dam, Syntheri Rocks and Dandeli sanctuary are the best birding places in Dandeli region. There are permissions required to enter the core area of the Dandeli sanctuary, which can be obtained from .....


Adventure / Trekking

River Crossing is one of the adventurous Dandeli activities where visitors have to cross the river using a safety harness that is attached to the rope which is tied to both the sides of a river & the water flows below. This activity is offered by several resorts in Dandeli. They also provide experienced guide. It is a challenging activity because there will be lot of stress and need to have a good balance.


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 6 km from Ambikanagar and 24 km from Dandeli Bus Stand, Sykes Point is the top viewpoint in Dandeli and also one of the famous places of sightseeing in Dandeli.

It is a popular sightseeing attraction offering a beautiful view of deep valleys and thickly forested hills. Sykes Point is named after a British engineer who discovered it. From this viewpoint, one can get a good view of Nagzari River & River Kali confluence.

The viewpoint also offers a beautiful view of the sunset. Bird watchers frequent the site to watch the giant hornbills at this place. The Nagzari Power House of the Kali Project is situated at the bottom of the hill. Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) operates this power station. The surge tank, water moving facility, which feeds the turbines of Nagzari Power House, is located near Sykes Point. Kavala Caves are situated nearer to this point.

Permission to visit Sykes point can be obtained from KPCL security office at Ambikanagar.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 1 km from Ganeshgudi Bus Stand and 23 km from Dandeli, Supa Dam, built across River Kali, is situated in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This is one of the largest dams in the Karnataka and also one of the well-known Dandeli places to visit. This dam is built to manage the water of Kalinadi River to provide irrigation facility to the surrounding area.

The construction of the dam started in 1974 and ended in 1987. The dam was built by Hindustan Steel Works Construction Limited (HSCL) and is now operated by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. The power house was commissioned in 1985. The name of the dam is derived from Suparulu (God of forests).

The height of the dam is 101 m from foundation level and the length is 332 m. It has a catchment area of 1057 sq. km and 145 TMC live storage capacity. Three radial gates of size 15 x 10 m are provided to regulate the flood discharge. The reservoir has two saddle dams of length 705 m and 940 m. The .....


Adventure / Trekking

Kayaking in Dandeli is mostly conducted in Supa Reservoir or River Kali. Dandeli is the only place in south India where one can attempt to learn kayaking to advanced levels. It is one of the main Dandeli activities.

Kayaking is an activity with the use of a kayak for moving across water. Participate in this activity and enjoy an enriching and rewarding time paddling across waters. Personnel specialized in kayaking shall guide the participants through the white water while they start advancing at their own pace.

Kayaking can be done in vast expanses of still waters or in rapids, the latter being more challenging. For this one must be a strong swimmer and have sufficient kayaking experience. Before kayaking in the Supa Dam region, instructors and guides give visitors a demo. They provide introductory sessions on the basic techniques about strokes, basic control and the balance of the kayak.

Fee: Rs.250 person.

Timing: 9 AM - 6 PM.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 71 km from Karwar, 47 km from Dandeli and 117 km from Hubli, Ulavi is a village in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. This is a very beautiful place amidst the Western Ghats and lies between Dandeli and Karwar.

Ulavi is one of the important religious places for the Lingayat sect in Karnataka and also one of the top places to visit near Dandeli. The Samadhi of Channabasavanna, one of the most revered saints of the Lingayat faith lies here. A Samadhi and a temple dedicated to Channabasavanna were built at Ulavi. Originally the temple was in Chalukyan style but it has been renovated and colored. The temple is adorned with statues of Shiva Sharanas (Devotees of Lord Shiva). A very famous Ulavi Jathra is held on Magha Purnima in February with great pomp.

Apart from its religious significance, Ulavi has numerous caves and shapely stalactites. Mahamane Gavi, Aakalu Gavi, Vibhoothi Mantapa, and Panchalingeshwara Cave are the some important caves in Ulavi. The Channabasava .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 20 km from Yellapur, 66 km from Sirsi, 78 km from Dandeli, 114 km from Karwar and 113 km from Gokarna, Sathodi Falls is a picturesque waterfall situated near Kallaramarane Ghat in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

Sathodi Falls are formed by several streams and cascades down from a height of 50 feet. It further joins the backwaters of Kodasalli dam built over Kali River. This is popularly known as the Mini Niagara and also one of the top places to visit in Dandeli. This falls forms a part of the Ganeshgudi forest range. The fall drops into natural pool that surround the rock and swimming is possible here. It is advisable to avoid this place during peak monsoon season. It is home to leeches which are very active in rainy season.

Sathodi is 20 km drive through the forests from Yellapur town. From Yellapur, visitors need to take highway towards Hubli and then turn left towards Ganeshgudi (immediately after .....


Waterfall

At a distance of 18 km from Yellapur, 60 km from Sirsi, 117 km from Jog Falls, 107 km from Gokarna, 108 km from Karwar, 81 km from Dandeli and 88 km from Hubli, Magod Falls is a group of waterfalls situated at Magod village in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka.

Magod Falls is formed over Bedti River, also known as Gangavalli River. The fall cascades down from a height of nearly 650 feet (200 m) into a narrow valley of rocks. River Bedti flows down in two steps offering a beautiful view. This is one of the best Dandeli tourist places and also a trekker's paradise.

It is situated close to the famous sunset point in the region, the Jenukallu Gudda (6 km). On the way to the Magod waterfalls, one can find a pleasant lake called Kawadikere (11 km) which is spread over an area of 60 acres.

Magod Falls can be reached by road. Visitors have to take deviation to the left after .....

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