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What You Should Know More About Dandeli

  • Travel advice

    • Karnataka is a peaceful state with not many crime cases. Still you have to be careful regarding your cash and belonging.

    • During rafting, take good care of yourself, as well as your fellow rafters.

    • Book rooms in the beautiful resorts. You can go for night out camps too.

    • Before forest safari, know the rules to follow correctly. The wildlife sanctuaries are for the wild animals where you must take care of yourself and your family, specially the children.

    • Stay away from overfriendly unknown people. You never know their real motives.

    • Carry all your required things to Dandeli. You won’t get shopping malls there.

    • Keep your costly things safe in your resort before going out for sightseeing.

  • Drinking laws

    The minimum liquor consumption age in Karnataka is 18. You can’t buy and have liquor if you are younger. Arrack is completely banned in Karnataka.


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

    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. 

    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? 

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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. 

  • What you will like there?

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Adventure

    You will get a high adrenaline rush in Dandeli as the adventures there are breath-taking. The main adventurous activities to do in Dandeli are

    • Trekking

    • White water rafting

    • Kayaking

    • Coracle riding

    • Zorbing

    • Mountain biking

    • Open jeep jungle safari

    • Night camping

    • Zip line

    • Rappelling

    • River crossing

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  • 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 us a bus for the same. Lot of buses operate on this route at various price ranges making it very convenient for travellers.
    • 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.
    • 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.

  • How far is Dandeli from Goa? Can we visit Goa after visiting Dandeli?

    Winter season is the best season for a visit to Dandeli. From October to February as the water levels are high for the same.

     

    Summers are also nice for a visit, the climate being moderate throughout the season. The monsoons, however, are the least advisable time for a trip.

  • What is the best time to visit Dandeli for a vacation?

    Follow the travel essentials mentioned below to have a hassle-free trip to Dandeli.

    • Comfortable shoes to walk in
    • Sunscreen
    • Lip Balm
    • Cotton clothes if you plan on doing any water sports
    • Sunglasses
    • Flashlights as they come in handy during night safari
    • Umbrella if you’re travelling in the Monsoon months as Dandeli receives torrential rains

  • What all should I carry while visiting Dandeli for a vacation?


    Yes, Dandeli is an extremely safe destination to visit. A lot of people from Bangalore, Goa, Hubli, Dharwad etc visit Dandeli often. Even the activities are done under proper guidance.

  • Is it safe to travel to Dandeli?

    Dandeli is extremely safe for girls. Our company has the highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire stay.

     

    If there is only one girl on the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent/room to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent/room.

  • I am woman visiting Dandeli alone? Will I be safe?

    Dandeli is extremely safe for girls. Our company has the highest regards for women safety and will ensure that they're safe during the entire stay.

     

    If there is only one girl on the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent/room to sleep alone. If there are more girls, then they can sleep under one tent/room.

  • Is Dandeli a good weekend getaway option 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. It’s one of the best trips to take from Bangalore. You will cherish every memory.

  • What are the different activities one can do in Dandeli?


    Dandeli is a beautiful place set in the Western Ghats of Karnataka. It mesmerizes the tourist because of its rich flora and fauna.

     

    There are some of the activities to do when visiting Dandeli. Here goes:

     

    • Visit the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary
    • Adventure Camp at the Dandeli jungle
    • River Rafting in the Kali river
    • Birding at Ganeshgudi
    • Camping in Jungle Lodges
    • Adventure activities like Zorbing, Kayaking and Zip lining

  • What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Dandeli?


    Winter season is the best season for a visit to Dandeli. From October to February as the water levels are high for the same.

     

    Summers are also nice for a visit, the climate being moderate throughout the season. The monsoons, however, are the least advisable time for a trip.

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

    River Kali is one of the best rivers with great rapids for rafting in India. Every raft will have skilled instructors to ensure the safety of the passengers, making river rafting in Dandeli a must try thing when in city.

  • Are there any famous temples in Dandeli?


    Check out some options blow. There are several temples to visit in Dandeli:

    • Durga Devi Temple
    • Shiva Temple
    • Ganesh Temple
    • Shri Mahalaxmi Temple
    • Maruti Mandir

  • Can we go for Natural Jacuzzi in Dandeli?

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

  • Which places are famous for camping in Dandeli?

    Dandeli offers several activities for travelers, including bird watching experiences, Safari and adventure treks, including white water rafting.

     

    Camping at Dandeli is one of the best options to go for as it gives you a chance to stay close to nature and breathe in the beautiful flora and fauna of the place. Following are some of the options:

     

    • Camp by the Kali River
    • Jungle camp near the Dandeli Resort
    • Camp at the Dandeli National Park

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


    There are several types of camping tents that one can buy and camp in. Find some options below:

    • Basic ridge tent
    • Dome tent
    • Geodesic and semi-geodesic
    • Instant or quick-pitch tents
    • Inflatable tents
    • Khyam system
    • Tunnel tents

  • Which waterfalls are famous in Dandeli?

    Following are some of the waterfalls in Dandeli:

    • Sathodi Falls
    • Dudhsagar Falls
    • Magod Falls
    • Syntheri Rock

  • 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.

  • Which are some famous resorts to stay in Dandeli?


    The sound of the waterfalls, the enchanting beauty of hills, breathtaking landscapes, alluring adventure spots and an incomparable mix of heritage-scenic beauty is what makes Dandeli one of the best tourist destinations.

     

    Nestled in the natural beauty of North Karnataka, this hill station shares proximity with Goa and provides an indelible view of the great Indian landscapes. Following are some of the best options to stay at in Dandeli:

    • Hornbill River Resort
    • Panther Stay
    • Old Magazine House
    • Camp at the Jungle
    • Jungle Lodges Kali Wilderness camp
    • Dandeli Nature Nest Resort
    • Bison River Resort
    • Century Resort Dandeli
    • Shikra Jungle Stay
    • Whistling Woods

  • Are there any homestays in Dandeli?

    Yes, there are some homestays to choose from in Dandeli. Find some below:

     

    • Sarovar Homestay
    • Wild Flower Homestay
    • Dandeli Kingfisher Jungle Stay

  • Which are some jungle resorts in Dandeli?


    Dandeli is surrounded by some fabulous Jungle lodges that make for an amazing adventurous trip because you get to stay so close to nature and experience both the flora and fauna. Following are the best options:

     

    • KaIi Adventure Camp
    • Old Magazine House
    • Dandeli Kingfisher Jungle Stay
    • Panther Stay

  • 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:

     

    • Amara Homestay
    • Bison River Resort
    • Stanley Farm House

  • How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Dandeli? Are there any good hospitals?


    There are nursing homes and hospitals for any medical emergencies in Dandeli.

  • Is smoking and drinking legal in Dandeli?


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

  • Can we do adventure activities after having liquor?


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

  • 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.

    Dandeli Wildlife sAnctuary

    Anshi National Park

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


    Best time for tiger spotting at Anshi National Park are the summer months. From April to June. This is because in summer there are less tourists and that gives the animals confidence to venture out of their habitat.

  • 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:

    • Bamboo
    • Teak
    • Eucalyptus
    • Lantana
    • Silver Oak
    • Bauhinia
    • Xylia xylocarpa

     

    Reptiles like following are also present:

    • King Cobra
    • Krait
    • Python
    • Rat snake
    • Viper


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

    • Adjutant Stork
    • Ashy Black-crested Crested Serpent Eagle
    • Great Hornbill
    • Golden-backed Woodpecker
    • Bulbul, Blue-headed Pitta

  • 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.

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


    Dandeli is home to a lot of natural habitats. From mammals, to reptiles to unique birds. This places houses beautiful flora and fauna. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated as a tiger reserve in 2007.

     

    The jungle is also home to several varieties of reptiles and almost 300 varieties of birds.

     

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Traveller Tales from Dandeli

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Omkar Murkumbi

14 April 2015

It was a great experience. Accommodation and meals were good. Activities offered here are very adventurous. Great place and would recommend everyone.

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Gajbaahu Sinha

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.

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Yogendra Butt

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...

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Chandrabhaga Bhattathiri

28 December 2015

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.

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Phularanjan nath

13 March 2017

"Awesome place. Food is ok ok..but if u r north indian or south Indian, doesn't matter..u will like the food. The resort owner is so polite and helpful, he will do everything u asked for. If u want liquor, u will get it with a little additional cost..and the evening with campfire is just un forgettable..Rooms are excellent with all facilities provided. In such a low cost, u can't expect more than this. Rooms are like 3 star Hotel room..Just an awesome trip of life..Will love to see the place again in the same resort..."

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Chandrani Pothuvaal

08 April 2014

Fascinating experience and that too so close to Bangalore. Best weekend ever!! Me and my friends had lot of fun in challenging the rapids of river Kali. Our guide for very good and we just need to follow his instruction.

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Gemini Pothuvaal

02 March 2017

One of the best outing ever. We went in a big group of 14 people. The place was very easy to locate. It is located exactly inside Dandeli and lies close to Ganeshgudi. Situated next to the river Kali, the resort offers a phenomenal view of the water. The best part about the place is you can clearly hear the sound of water from any corner of the resort. This is something that makes it stand apart from the other resorts. The key attractions of the resort are the water sports that are indeed worth the time and the money that you spend. You can definitely enjoy the Natural Jacuzzi of the resort which is sure going to give you an ultimate experience. Other fun activities included coracle and river rafting. Staff here at the resort is very quick and humble. Whenever, we have ordered for anything while our stay at the resort, the staff neither declined nor took too long to help us. Our demands were immediately met.

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Lalit Sodha

06 August 2015

The entire experience of Dandeli water rafting was one to remember forever! We went as a group of strangers but those 4 hours of team work bound us so closely together that we returned as friends. The organisers were also experienced and trained which made us a little less worried about the whole experience. They instructed us very well on safety and how to follow their commands! It is important as if we don’t then we are only at risk! The rafting adventure itself was thrilling to no end and unforgettable! Whenever the raft was bumping the rapids, I used to have a knot in my stomach! Even if my friends were non-swimmers, they were very well taken care of by the instructors.

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Tanushri Guneta

24 November 2015

Adventure at Panther Jungle Stay in Dandeli was a brilliant experience, I must say. The beauty of Dandeli is unexplainable. While we wondered what special thing we can do for anniversary, we decided to take this adventure jungle stay. Although, I haven’t ever done a jungle stay, I do know that Jungle stays amuse me a lot. And, yes this Jungle stay was just awesome. The stay, food, and the activities at the stay were all well planned and perfect. I had a great weekend at Dandeli. Also, this place is not just for a romantic getaway, but for people who prefer to have a little bit of thrill and adventure too.

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