Dandeli Tourism, India 2020 (73 Tours & Activities)

Mentioned as the adventure capital of South India, Dandeli is synonymous to peace and adventure. Located in the rocky trails of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is a splendid city of Karnataka. This place is situated at an altitude of 1551 ft above sea-level. 

Dandeli is made up of trails and green environment. The beauty of this place resides significantly in the adventurous hikes and beauty of Western Ghats. The untouched green landscapes house a staggering range of flora and fauna. Apart from the adventurous activities, there are several historical places including Ulavi temple, ancient caves of Kavla, and much more.

An integral part of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is home to colossal mountains, nature reserves, and fascinating wildlife. This place is an incredible destination for every kind of travellers. You can head on to the Kali river for a range of watersports, then, stop by Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, or hike on to the Syntheri rocks and engulf the maddening peace and beauty of the Western Ghats; Dandeli is a complete package of fun, peace, and adventures. 

There are plenty of activities to do in Dandeli. If your interests are inclined towards adventurous hiking trips, then you should explore the Syntheri Rocks in the city. Or, feel the adrenaline rush at Kali River while participating in Whitewater rafting, Boat rides, and Kayaking. End your day by relishing the therapeutic Natural Jacuzzi and soaking in nature’s beauty while staying in tents. Moreover, you can also embark on a wildlife safari to spot exotic wildlife at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. 

Dandeli’s climate is subtropical, with a major influence of the Western Ghats on it. Temperatures can stay between 20 and 42 degrees Celsius. The closeness to the Arabian Sea affects the weather of this place. The post-monsoon season, October to January is the best time to travel to Dandeli. Temperature from September to November is also pleasant as it starts to cool down.

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11 December 2018
"Just onclick all the things are done... Right from booking to say goodbye.. . all people are supportive, owner, coworker ..... Events were very cool. Zipline, Burma bridge, Rain pool dance, DJ, boating, campfire, tent stay... Jungle trek was too good.... Food was awesome. Thanks, Thrillophilia for such cool gesture and keeping such homestay in your site. ... will suggest all people to stay.... will visit next year to ... an unforgettable and most memorable trip.
14 April 2015
Omkar Murkumbi Jungle Camping in Dandeli
It was a great experience. Accommodation and meals were good. Activities offered here are very adventurous. Great place and would recommend everyone.
28 December 2015
an amazing experinece. went with friends and we had alot of fun. will recommend you that you take thin clothes because you will get wet so that these clothese will dry soon...
28 December 2015
Chandrabhaga Bhattathiri White Water Rafting at Dandeli
I always wanted to go for rafting and this trip made it possible. it was an amazing rafting experinece between the violent river streams. totally unforgettabl experinece.
28 October 2015
Green home stay in calm and serene atmosphere. Away from the crowds and horns a good place to lay off for couple of days. Treks and rafting are good ways to cool off steam and recharge. Thumbs up for the planners.
16 February 2020
A very good experience.Camping, bonfire, food, activities was awesome.Just that the common washrooms could be kept cleaner.Otherwise, the staff was very friendly and helpful.The manager Veeresh was very friendly.Overall a very good experience.
16 December 2019
Me along with family celebrated the new year 2019 at this camp. We enjoyed a lot while doing watersports activities like river kayaking, river boating and what not. We also played games like volleyball, carrom, table tennis, and target shooting. Thanks, Thrillophilia for this amazing activity package for new year celebration.
16 December 2019
Celebrated New Year and Christmas last year(2018) with Thrillophilia At Dandeli. it was an amazing experience at Dandeli. The accommodation provided in the package was very comfortable. we also played many games and fun sports like football, Table Tennis, Dart, and Carrom. the accommodation was neat and clean and close to nature. Food Provided was also tasty. Thanks to Thrillophilia they made the celebration more exciting.
09 December 2019
"very nice stay and Mr rahul helped in getting things done.recommended"
04 December 2019
We were a group of 19 people and the team managed everything brilliantly. Everyone loved the place. This place might not be popular but it should be. The owner, manager Mr. Mehboob, the staff and the thrillophilia team, everyone helped a lot and made this trip memorable. They helped us with everything we wanted during the stay. The food was amazing and the rain dance pool will force you to cancel few of your outdoor plans :P its worth it. Even after we left, few of my colleagues had left some valuables and they happily couriered everything back to us within a couple of days. Kudos to the people there. Must visit if you are planning your stay in Dandeli. Don't go for big names and widely popular ones. This is the place to be.

How to Reach

  • How to reach Dandeli by air: There is no airport in this city, but the closest is Hubbali Airport that is in Hubbali. It is 80 kilometres to Dandeli and you will have to fly to this airport from Mumbai or Bangalore. It will take around 1 hour and 47 minutes to reach if you are driving, but you can also take a taxi or even a local train to get to Dandeli from the nearest airport.
  • How to reach Dandeli by Rail: There aren’t any close train stations, but you would need to travel to Alnavar Junction, which is 23 kilometres away or Londa Junction that is 24 kilometres away from Dandeli. From here you can get a taxi or a local bus that can take you to Dandeli and will take you around 55 minutes to reach.
  • How to reach Dandeli by Car/Bike:
  • From Goa:
  • Distance: 99 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: 2 hours 29 minutes
  • Route Map: Goa – Mollem – Londa - Dandeli
  • From Pune:
  • Distance: 426 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: 7 hours 5 minutes
  • Route Map: Pune – Khandala – Kashil – Karad - Dandeli
  • From Bangalore:
  • Distance: 463 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: 7 hours 42 minutes
  • Route Map: Bangalore – Tumakuru – Chitradurga – Haveri - Dandeli
  • How to reach Dandeli By Bus:
  • From Goa:
  • There aren’t any direct buses that start in Goa and travel directly to Dandeli.
  • From Pune:
  • There are no direct buses that go directly between the cities of Pune and Dandeli.
  • From Bangalore:
  • Total Distance: 461 kilometres
  • Travelling Time: 9 hours 35 minutes
  • Ticket Price Volvo: Not easily available
  • Ticket Price Non AC: Rs.500
  • Starting Bus Stand: Vijaya Bank Colony
  • Ending Bus Stop: Dandeli Bus Stand
  • Route Map: Bangalore – Tumakuru – Chitradurga – Haveri - Dandeli

Best Time To Visit

  • Dandeli is enjoyable for everyone, which means there is something that everyone would enjoy here. It is full of wildlife and adventures, so know what you can enjoy here. For every location, there is a good and a better time to visit and Dandeli is no different. Dandeli is perfect to enjoy during the winter as well as the summer since the temperatures are lower. Monsoons are not the best time to visit due to the intense amount of rain that the area normally receives.
  • Summer (April to June) – This is the hottest part of the year and most people avoid coming during this time. However, if you are looking for great prices, then this is the ideal time to come and visit. You can enjoy temperatures around 33 degrees, which is perfect for river rafting and hiking to Shiroli peak where you can go mountain biking or rock climbing. This is also an ideal time to spot some of the bird species that live in this area.
  • Monsoon (July to September) – This is the time when most people avoid coming to the area since it receives a high amount of rain and can put a damper on going out. However, if you manage to get a few days without rain this is the ideal time to commune with nature at the nature park, caves and some trekking in the nearby peaks.
  • Winter (October to March) – This is the best time to visit the area since the weather is perfect and it normally hovers around 20 degrees. You can go enjoy the local markets for shopping or even go to the Kulgi Nature Camp to try to scope out the wildlife. You can also visit the Kavala Caves during this season. Some other good locations to visit include Syntheri rocks, Ulvi Temple, Supa Dam and the Anshi Tiger Reserve, which is also called Anshi National Park.

People Also Ask About Dandeli

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Dandeli?

    Dandeli being situated in the lap of nature, you would come across a lot of serene places to visit. We have created a list for you of the best tourist spots in Dandeli:

    1. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary (A wonderful getaway to enjoy some time in the company of lush green forests and wild animals)
    2. River Kali (The river has its origins in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and offers a memorable escape for the adventure lovers)
    3. Kaval Caves (Believed to be as old as prehistoric times and made of volcanic origins, these caves can be found in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary)
    4. Syntheri Rocks (These boast of spectacular natural beauty that is made up of volcanic rocks with the River Kaneri passing by its side)
    5. Shiroli Peak (It is a great place to capture one of the most amazing views of the sunset of your life)
    6. Anshi National Park (it is the only place in whole of Asia where you can spot the black panther)
  2. Which are the best adventure activities to do in Dandeli?

  3. What is the basic Travel Advice to first time travelers to Dandeli?

    - Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and sunglasses for protecting your skin and eyes. 

    - To spot the birds around Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, carry binoculars with you.

    - Wear comfortable walking shoes. Also, keep checking your shoes every time before wearing them to avoid scorpions and other creatures.

    - Carry mosquito and insect repellent creams with you to avoid allergies and insect bites.

    - Wear comfortable clothes and muted forest colours like earthy green or beiges.

    - Look out for network connectivity as it can get patchy and provide no service at all.

    - Explore the place within the limits explained by the authorities.

  4. What you will like there?

    1. Simple lifestyle: Dandeli is a small town with fewer population with village-style living. This close to the nature lifestyle will amaze you as you won’t find it in the busy cities.

    2. Locals: 
    In Dandeli, you will find people from all over the country. They are well educated and offer good hospitality. They are simple and down to earth people.

    3. Local cuisine: 
    If you love the aroma of south Indian cuisine, you will love the food in Dandeli. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the local restaurants. In every dish you will find a hint of coconut and a strong appetizing flavour of curry leaves.

    4. Wildlife: 
    The varied wildlife in the Dandeli National Park will blow your mind. Tigers, birds, crocs, barking deer, pangolin, snakes, sloth bear, Dandeli has it all.

    5. Adventure: 
    You will get a high adrenaline rush in Dandeli as the adventures there are breath-taking. The main adventure activities to do in Dandeli are trekking, kayaking, coracle riding, zorbing, mountain biking and many more.

  5. Our recommendations-Things you can’t afford to miss?

    1. White water rafting: River rafting in Kali River is a must try in Dandeli. The rafting will start from Ganeshgudi and will end up in Maulangi. You can go rafting from 9 in the morning and continue for 3 hours at a stretch. The charges for rafting vary at times, though it is round Rs. 1500 for a person. 

    2. Kayaking: 
    Another adventure-filled water sport is kayaking in the white waters of river Kali. You will be given a canoe and you are good to go. Don’t miss the chance to visit small islands while kayaking. Isn’t that thrilling? 

    3. Trekking: 
    You will fall in love with the forests of Dandeli if you are a trekker. The Dandel Forest offer a fantastic and trilling trekking experience. You will witness amazing flora and fauna throughout the walk. Charge for trekking is Rs.250 per person. 

    4. Jaccuzi
    Bath: Never heard of it? This is a natural and therapeutic bath you must enjoy in River Kali. Relax your mind in the pure waters of the river and enjoy your tour to the fullest.

    5. Riding a Coracle: 
    Another adventure in Dandeli is riding a coracle. Coracle is a saucer-shaped ride used for river navigation. Get in to one with your family and enjoy the ride, watching the thick wild vegetation on the banks of the river. You will notice various birds and animals too.

    6. Zip line: 
    If you are addicted with speed, you must try your hands on zip line. You will be hung to a rope tied to two mountain peaks apart in an inclined position and you will glide down towards the lower one. 

    7. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary: 
    Located in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, this national park was made a part of the AnshiDandeli Tiger Reserve. You can’t miss Open jeep safari in this national park. This place is famous for bird-watching. You will encounter a variety of hornbills. Don’t forget your binoculars. Another animal you can’t afford to miss seeing is crocodile.

    8. Zorbing Ball: 
    Not many places in India offer you this amazing adventure watersport of zorbing. Luckily, river kali does. You will be put inside a light weight, huge transparent ball and you have to walk inside the ball on water. This sport requires good physical fitness. 

    9. Kulgi
    Camp: Situated inside the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kulgi Nature Camp is amidst pristine lush greens. There are 12 tents named after birds as this place is ideal for bird watching. 

    10. Kavala Caves: 
    Situated inside thick forest, these limestone caves are amazing to see. You will get to see a “Shivling” inside the cave. Locals worship this during the shivratri.  You can reach the caves after a flight of around 380 stairs. You need to crawl down to enter these caves. 

    11. Shiroli Mountain Peak: 
    This beautiful peak is located inside the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the highest peaks in Karnataka. The views from the peak are breath-taking which includes the lofty Sahyadri Range. If you love trekking, this place is your paradise. This peak is also known as the sunset view point. You need to seek permission from the concerned authorities before trekking. 
  6. Where is Dandeli located? How far is Dandeli from Bangalore?

    Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated as a tiger reserve in 2007. Bangalore to Dandeli distance is 460 kms. One can reach Dandeli from by the following mentioned transport options:

    By Road: If you prefer taking the road to reach Dandeli from Bangalore, you can either take your car or take a bus for the same. A lot of buses operate on this route at various price ranges making it very convenient for travelers.

    2. By Train:
    Dandeli does not have a train station, and the nearest railway stations are Alnavar(32 km), Londa (48 km) and Dharwad (57km) away from Dandeli. From there you can catch a cab to the prime adventure spots.

    3. By Flight
    : Dandeli does not have an airport, the closest airport being Hubli which is 75 kms away. You can catch a cab or a local bus from there to reach Dandeli.

  7. Which are the best resorts to stay in Dandeli?

    Dandeli has numerous resorts to cater to different tastes. If you’re looking for one with a touch of luxury, take your pick of these –

    1. Century Resort Dandeli
    2. Magenta Century Resort
    3. Regenta Resort Century 
  8. How far is Dandeli from Goa? Can we visit Goa after visiting Dandeli?

    The distance between Goa to Dandeli is approximately 115 km by road. Dandeli is situated in Uttar Kannada district in the Western Ghats region. The fastest and convenient way to reach Dandeli from Goa is to hail a taxi.
    You can easily visit Goa after exploring Dandeli. After exploring the niceties of Dandeli, visitors usually extend their trip to Goa. Also, the availability of transportation is more convenient and easier at Goa.

  9. Which are the best jungle resorts in Dandeli?

    The Western Ghats are a haven for wildlife and being so close to nature is a feeling like no other. If you want to get up close to the action, a jungle resort is the best place to stay in. Here are a few top choices –

    1. Dandeli Kingfisher Jungle Stay
    2. Dandeli Shikra Jungle Resort
    3. Panther Stay Dandeli
    4. Old Magazine House
    5. Kali Adventure Camp
  10. What is the best time to visit Dandeli for a vacation?

    October to March is the best time to visit Dandeli as the weather is perfect to enjoy trekking and various other activities as well.
  11. What all should I carry while visiting Dandeli for a vacation?

    - Don’t forget to carry water and a hat as it can get sunny.
    - Keep mosquito repellent and sunscreen lotions with you to protect your skin.
    - For walking across the hikes around Dandeli, have some comfy sneakers, or sturdy boots at the ready.
    - Going to water sports? Don’t forget to pack your beachwear and swimsuits.
    - Tourists are usually prone to sunburn and sunstrokes. To avoid these risks, apply high SPF sunscreen.
    - Bring the first-aid kit while vacationing at Dandeli to treat basic injuries on your own.
    - For maintaining the basic hygiene, keep hand sanitizers and necessary toiletries.
  12. Which are the best homestays in Dandeli?

    Homestays in Dandeli are a completely different experience and for many, it’s the best way to get a feel for a place. Dandeli has several options, each promising comfort and a home away from home.
    1. Dandeli Chalet Homestay
    2. Sarovar Homestay
    3. Wild Flower Homestay
    4. Dandeli Nature Camp
    5. Sarovar Homestay
  13. Is it safe to travel to Dandeli?

    Dandeli is safe for visitors. The guides and instructors are friendly and helpful. Also, the people of Dandeli are welcoming in nature. They would warmly greet you and let you explore their locality. Although, in the night, certain areas can be deserted and should be completely avoided.

  14. Where can we stay in treehouse in Dandeli?

    Adventurous travelers can add something more to their holiday with a stay in a tree house in Dandeli. You get a different perspective of your surroundings (literally!) and can appreciate the Dandeli landscape better. Two resorts that offer a great tree house experience are Dandeli Jungle Camp and  Hornbill River Resort.

  15. I am woman visiting Dandeli alone? Will I be safe?

    Yes, you will be absolutely safe in Dandeli. The guides and instructors are friendly and very helpful and all the activities including water sports are comfortable for women to indulge in. 
  16. Is Dandeli a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

    Situated 461.4 km away from Bangalore, Dandeli is the most preferred destination for weekend getaways. Explore Kavala caves and Shiroli peak, or look out for rare flora and fauna at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. Dandeli is a full package of wildlife, watersports, hiking, and much more. This place ensures a peaceful break from the daily hassles of Bangalore.

  17. What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Dandeli?

    The ideal duration for a weekend in Dandeli is 3-4 days.

  18. Can we do river rafting in Dandeli? How much it will cost us? Is it safe to do?

    Yes, you can do rafting in Dandeli. River Kali that flows through Dandeli is the hubspot for riiver rafting. It is a safe activity as every raft has a skilled instructor to ensure the safety of passengers. You may explore river rafting in Dandeli to know about the prices and best packages available..

  19. Can we go for Natural Jacuzzi in Dandeli?

    River Kali in Dandeli has Natural jacuzzi rapids that one can go for.

  20. What sort of tents will be provided while camping in Dandeli?

    1. Dome tent – Dome tent is perfect for camping with families. They are available in various sizes and is quite easy to set up.
    2. Geodesic tents – One of the strongest tents, geodesic domes are perfect in extreme weather conditions. While trekking up to windy terrain, you can choose this.
    3. Instant or quick-pitch tents – Throw the whole tent into the air and the tent turns itself into a shelter. It is quite spacy and perfect for families.
    4. Inflatable tents – Inflatable tents are expensive and a little heavy. You can easily set up this by just pressing the compressor.
    5. Tunnel tents – Yet another tent for groups and families, tunnel tents are sturdy and rigid. It provides a separate space and is quite convenient.
  21. Which waterfalls are famous in Dandeli?

    Following are some of the waterfalls in Dandeli:
    1. Sathodi Falls
    2. Dudhsagar Falls
    3. Magod Falls
    4. Syntheri Rock
  22. How far is Dudhsagar waterfalls from Dandeli? Can we visit Dudhsagar falls and come back to Dandeli the same day?

    Dudhsagar Falls which is on the Goa-Karnataka border. You can take a train to Dudhsagar from Dandeli or even go by road which is about 15-20 kms away and half an hour train ride. One can go back to Dandeli the same day by taking the evening train.

  23. Which are some famous resorts to stay in Dandeli?

    Some of the best resorts in Dandeli are:

    1. Hornbill River Resort
    2. Panther Stay
    3. Old Magazine House
    4. Camp at the Jungle
    5. Jungle Lodges Kali Wilderness camp
    6. Dandeli Nature Nest Resort
    7. Bison River Resort
    8. Century Resort Dandeli
    9. Shikra Jungle Stay
    10. Whistling Woods
  24. Which all restaurants are must visit to taste local cuisines in Dandeli?

    Dandeli doesn’t really have an elaborate cuisine when it comes to food and not many options as well. But there are a whole lot South Indian food delicacies peppered all over this place. You can taste them at the resorts in Dandeli such as:

    1.  Amara Homestay
    2. Bison River Resort
    3. Stanley Farm House
  25. How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Dandeli? Are there any good hospitals?

    There are a few medical stores available in and near Dandeli. In case of medical injuries, you can head to these stores. These are equipped with many medicines and can help you with treating the basic injuries. There are some hospitals too with advanced medical facilities.

    - Patil Nursing Home – The nursing home is situated at J.N Road in Dandeli. This place excels in treating people and provide the necessary medications.

    - Shekhar Hospital – Well equipped with doctors and staff, Shekhar hospital is a private hospital. It is situated at JN Road in 14th Block behind the double building.

    - Hiremath Hospital – The hospital is known for gynaecology and obstetrics. Situated at J N road at Channamma circle near Karnataka bank in Dandeli.

    - Rajayoga Hospital – Situated at Somani Marg, Rajayoga Hospital is a recognized name in patient care. It is equipped with well-trained medical staff and advanced healthcare facilities.

  26. Is smoking and drinking legal in Dandeli?

    Yes, consumption of intoxicants is allowed in Dandeli. But strongly not allowed during adventure activities.

  27. Can we do adventure activities after having liquor?

    No, going for adventure after consumption of any kind of intoxicants is prohibited.

  28. Can we go for wildlife safari in Dandeli? What are the name of national parks?

    There are only two national parks where you can go for a wildlife safari in Dandeli.

    1. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
    2. Anshi National Park

  29. What is the best time for tiger sighting in Anshi National Park?

    The best time to visit Anshi National Park for tiger sighting is in summers, i.e., from April to June. Due to hot and dry weather of the surroundings, other animals and tigers can be easily spotted near water bodies. During day-time, tigers can be found under shady place to escape the baking rays of sun.

  30. What type of flora and fauna is found in Anshi National Park?

    Anshi National Park is rich in flora and fauna. Trees and plants that can be found here are:

    1. Bamboo
    2. Teak
    3. Eucalyptus
    4. Lantana
    5. Silver Oak
    6. Bauhinia
    7. Xylia xylocarpa

    Reptiles like following are also present:

    1. King Cobra
    2. Krait
    3. Python
    4. Rat snake
    5. Viper

    Anshi National Park is home to more than 200 species of birds like:

    1. Adjutant Stork
    2. Ashy Black-crested Crested Serpent Eagle
    3. Great Hornbill
    4. Golden-backed Woodpecker
    5. Bulbul, Blue-headed Pitta
  31. Which places are famous for bird watching in Dandeli?

    Anshi National park and the Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary are the best places for birdwatching in Dandeli.

  32. Why is Dandeli known as an adventure capital of the South?

    Famed as the ‘Adventure Hub’ of South India, Dandeli is synonymous to enthralling expeditions. From exploring the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary to hiking around the trails, from thrilling watersports to savouring the historic Kavala caves, Dandeli has a lot to offer. Situated in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka, this place is home to a staggering range of flora and fauna too. With a full package of adventures and tranquil getaways, Dandeli is suitable for the tag of the adventure capital of the South.