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Best Things To Do in Dandeli

Nestled in the lap of the Western Ghats, Dandeli is small town blessed with verdant jungles. It is a paradise for nature lovers and is known to have a distinct culture. The town is named after Dandelappa, a local deity and a servant of the Mirashi landlords. With many places to visit and the best things to do in Dandeli, it is an amazing tourist destination. White water Rafting is the major attraction for people visiting Dandeli and the fierceness of Kali river is an experience no one should miss out on. This activity is best enjoyed when the water is let from the Supa Dam as it provides rafting opportunities at the Virnoli rapids connected to the Kali river. Other than this, travellers, especially wildlife enthusiasts must surely visit Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park. Private vehicles are banned from entering the natural habitat, so make sure you take the authorised vehicles. You can expect animals like tigers, elephants, leopards, black panthers, civets and sambar deer and more than 300 species of birds.

Ulavi Temple, a famous pilgrimage centre located within the sanctuary can also be covered on the same day and can be added to your ‘go-to’ places in Dandeli. Moreover, tourists can engage in a number of activities like mountain biking, trekking, cycling, kayaking, and canoeing. If you enjoy trekking, Trek up 1000 steps through the evergreen forests to reach the limestone caves to find a naturally formed Shivalinga at the Kavala Caves which is a must-do for every adventure lover. Molangi, Sykes' Point, Nagzari Viewpoint and Supa Dam can be some other places of interest for travellers. You may browse through our tours to discover the best things to do in Dandeli and choose the perfect on according to your preference. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the authentic north Karnataka cuisine that includes Jolada roti (Jowar roti), ennegai (brinjal curry), pithla that are few of the many specialties served in Dandeli.

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Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary

For fans of wildlife tourism, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful getaway to enjoy some time in the company of lush green forests and wild animals. Located on the Western Ghats, this sanctuary is acclaimed for having a range of diverse flora and fauna. It is amongst the few places to visit in Dandeli that boasts of an incredible landscape which is filled with river valleys, verdant hills and scenic beauty.

It offers a refreshing escape from the mundane activities and tourists here can indulge in a number of activities like wildlife safari, white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Other than, tourists here can look forward to catch a glimpse of animals like black panthers, elephants, crocodiles etc and birds like Malabar pied hornbill, golden backed woodpecker, white breasted kingfisher etc.

Location: Dandeli WIldlife Sanctuary, Dandeli, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka

Entry fee: Indians: INR 40/ USD 0.62 , Foreign Nationals: INR 80/ USD 1.23

Timings: One can visit here from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm everyday

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located at an approximate distance of 13 Km from Dandeli Bus Stand.


Kali River

Celebrate a trip in the midst of scenic wilderness at River Kali when you are touring attractions in Dandeli. The river has its origins in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka and offers a memorable escape for the adventure lovers. 

It is a glorious spectacle to see River Kali meandering through the luxuriant vegetation and forming a picturesque landscape with its gushing stream of water. Spending some time by the River Kali is a total serene experience where people can relax and appreciate the beautiful scenery all around.

Tourists can enjoy the best time with River Kali at Kali adventure camp in Dandeli. The camp is a great spot if you seek an adrenaline rush and looking forward to be mesmerised with a number of adventure activities. Some popular thrilling activities that can be enjoyed here are white water rafting, nature walk, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching etc.

It can be visited at Kali Adventure Camp that is situated by the river in Dandeli

Entry fee:
It is free to visit Kali River

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand:
The distance between the two places is just 2.9 kilometres or 10 minutes to travel by road.


Kavala Caves

One of the most popular places to visit in Dandeli, Kavala Caves makes for an interesting visit. Believed to be as old as prehistoric times and made of volcanic origins, these caves can be found in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The caves can be reached only after climbing down 375 steps and enter the stalagmite formations that abound in Kavala Caves. These are limestone caves and known for making the visit a thrilling getaway with narrow climbs and trekking through the picturesque setting.

Kavala Caves offer a wonderful adventure as it is totally dark inside with the presence of snakes and bats. There is also a temple at the entrance of the caves and the most intriguing facet of Kavala Caves is the naturally formed Shivalinga which attracts a number of devotees. 

The structure of the Shivalinga which is in the form of raw nuts that are named Kavala in the local language gives the name of this popular tourist spot in Dandeli.

Location: Kavala Caves, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttara Kanadda, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The best months to visit Kavala Caves is from October to March

Entry fee: No cost

Timings: The timings to visit Kavala caves if from 6:00 am 6:00 pm

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It takes approximately 24 kilometres to reach Kavala caves from Dandeli Bus stand.


Syntheri Rocks

Syntheric Rocks is one of the most scenic tourist attractions in Delhi and offers a wonderful time for the visitors with its beautiful landscape. Located in the centre of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Syntheri Rocks boasts of spectacular natural beauty that is made up of volcanic rocks with the River Kaneri passing by its side. 

Named after the English lady Ms Cinthera who discovered these caves, Syntheri Rocks are today known for its marvellous topography. It is an idyllic spot for those who like to capture the best scenes in their cameras and those who are looking to retreat in places abound by nature. It is one of the top tourist places to visit in Dandeli for getting a taste of adventure in the most splendid nature.

Location: Syntheri Rocks, Dandeli Wildife Sanctuary, Uttara Kannada,Karnataka

Best Time to visit: October to March is the most pleasant time for the tourists to go to Syntheri Rocks

Entry fee: After getting a permission from the Forest Department to reach here, tourists need to pay an entry fee of INR 20/ USD 0.30 per person

Timings: It is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 for the tourists

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Syntheri Roacks at about 32 km from DandelI Bus Stand.


Shiroli Peak

Visit Shiroli Peak to enjoy the most enchanting views of the mountains of the Sahyadri Range and the breathtaking landscape that surrounds the hill. One of the most preferred sightseeing places in Dandeli for tourists, Shiroli Peak is a great place to capture one of the most amazing views of the sunset of your life. 

It is located inside the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and serves as a great spot to enjoy the calm vibes of the scenery and appreciate some time by yourself in a mesmerising setting.

The place is famous as the highest point of Uttara Kannada region and its height makes it a great destination for trekkers who can challenge themselves and nature lovers who want to escape the turmoil of city life.

Location: Shiroli Peak, Dandeli Wildlife Sacncuary,

Best Time to visit: Shiroli Peak can be visited by tourists throughout the year

Entry fee: There is no entry fees to visit Shiroli Peak. However, tourists can go there only after the permission granted by the Forest Department.

Timings: It can be visited throughout the day

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Shiroli Peak is at a distance of 25 km from Dandeli Bus Stand.


Anshi National Park

If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, brace yourself for a thrilling adventure at Anshi National Park to make your vacation to Dandeli worthwhile. It is a part of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and boasts of an interesting topography to explore the wonderful outdoors in the Western Ghats. 

One of the most peculiar things about Anshi National Park is that it is the only place in whole of Asia where you can spot the black panther. However, the national park is rich in being a habitat to many diverse flora and fauna which include spotted deer, langur, jackal, Malabar giant squirrel and birds like Ashy swallow shirkes, drongos, yellow footed pigeon, crested serpent eagle and many more. 

Some of the activities which you can try your hands on here are trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, jeep safari, camping etc.

Location: Anshi National Park, Kodthalli, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to plan a trip here is from the months of November to June.

Entry fee: N/A

Timings: Anshi National Park remains open for 24 hours every day

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Anshi National Park is located at a distance of about 55 km from Dandeli Bus Stand


Supa Dam

Built across the river Kali in Karnataka, Supa Dam makes for an incredible visit for the tourists in Dandeli. The dam has been known for hydroelectric power generation and offers a picturesque landscape for everyone to relax and unwind. 

Along with electricity generation, Supa Dam is known for providing the important irrigation waters to the farmers and has also become one of the popular sightseeing places in Dandeli. The dam has been named after the God of Forests called Suparulu and encompasses mind-blowing surroundings that constitute thick jungles and splendid gushing of river waters. 

Supa Dam is a popular picnic spot in Dandeli and offers people a great time to enjoy with their friends and family. The visitors at Supa Dam can also engage in a number of enthralling water sports like boating and water scooting when they are in Dandeli.

Location: Supa dam is located in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.

Best Time to visit: The months from June to December are the best to visit Supa Dam

Entry fee: N/A

Timings: The day time is most preferable for going to Supa Dam

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The dam is at a distance of 25 kilometres from Dandeli bus stand


Kulgi Nature Camp

Relax and unwind in the most pristine surroundings of nature at Kulgi Nature for a memorable vacation in Dandeli. Run by the Karnataka Forest Department, Kulgi Nature camp is a must visit among Dandeli Tourist Places for the nature lovers and fans of adventure. The camp is a wonderful opportunity to take your friends and family and have a great time enjoying the brilliant sights of nature.

Kulgi Nature Camp happens to be a frontrunner for adventure activities in Dandeli by offering activities like water rafting, rock climbing, nature walk, jacuzzi bath, jungle trekking and jungle safari. 

The place offers a number of normal tents, dormitories and cottages to the tourists looking to stay a night in the realm of nature. One can explore the landscape of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and stay at Kulgi Nature Camp for the best experience on a trip here.

Location: It is located inside Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Best Time to visit: The months from October to March are the ideal time to plan a trip here

Entry fee: It costs approximately INR 5000-9600/ USD 77-147 for staying a night at Kulgi Nature Camp

Timings: Kulgi Nature Camp is open from 6 am to 6 pm for the tourists.

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It is just 12 kilometres away from Dandeli

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Traveller Tales From Dandeli


Akhilesh Choudhury

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, boatin...

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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 liq...

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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 foll

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11 August 2019

If you guys ever plan to visit dandeli! Panther stay is the place to be ???????? Never expected such great hospitality from panther stay! Staff members were soo soo kind and fun ! ???? they never hesi...


Chandak Mukhopadhyay

05 August 2019

This was one of the adventurous trips I ever had. This is one of the popular river rafting places in Karnataka. They provide safety jackets and helmet. Even people who do not know swimming can experien


Shashikala Devar

05 August 2019

Booked my stay at this amazing homestay in dandeli. The best experience was staying in the tents at night. There were several other features in this homestay like Jacuzzi bath and also enjoyed trekking


Darshan Bharadwaj

05 August 2019

I visited Mount Abu with my friends in the month of September. Camping at Mount Abu Adventures was the highlight of our trip.

What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Dandeli

  • Q. What is the best time to travel to Dandeli?

    Winter season is the best season for a visit to Dandeli for a taste of river rafting. 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 if you’re planning on rafting.

  • Q. Can we go on road trip from Bangalore to Dandeli? How much is the distance?

    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 station is  It is about 48 kms from Dandeli.
    • By Flight: There are direct flights available to Dandeli from Bangalore. It takes 1 hour to reach by flight. 

  • Q. How far is Dandeli from Pune and Goa?

    There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Pune to Dandeli. The distance is about 445 Kms.

    • The convenient way to reach from Pune to Dandeli is to take VRL buses from Pune to Dharwad then take a taxi from Dharwad to Dandeli. The fastest way to reach Dandeli from Pune is to take the Spicejetfrom Pune to Goa and then take a taxi from Goa to Dandeli. The cheapest way to reach Dandeli from Pune is to take Tirunelveli Exp from Pune to Alnavar and then take a taxi from Alnavar to Dandeli.
    • Distance between Goa to Dandeli is 115 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 62 km. There are no direct flights or trains or buses between Goa to Dandeli. The convenient and fastest way to reach from Goa to Dandeli is to take a taxi from Goa to Dandeli. The cheapest way to reach Dandeli from Goa is to take Goa Express from Goa to Londa then take a taxi from Londa to Dandeli.

  • Q. What all activities can be done in Dandeli?

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


    There are some of the amazing activities to do in Dandeli. Here goes:

    • Visit the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary
    • Adventure Camp at the Dandeli jungle
    • River Raft in the Kali river
    • Birding at Ganeshgudi

  • Q. What all adventure activities can be done in Dandeli?

    Rafting in the white waters of the Kali River is one of the pleasure-filled adventure activities in Dandeli. Other amazing adventures include:

    • Kayaking
    • Rappelling
    • Natural Jacuzzi Rapids
    • Jungle Safari
    • Zip Line
    • River Crossing
    • Zorbing
    • Coracle Ride

  • Q. Which all attractions are best for sightseeing in Dandeli?

    Following are some of the best sightseeing places in Dandeli:

    • Visit Syntheri Rock
    • Go to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
    • Anshi National Parks
    • Spend some time at the Kavala Caves
    • Pause and breathe in the fresh air at the Shiroli Peak

  • Q. Which places are best for trekking in Dandeli?

    There are several trekking routes in Dandeli. Check out the following:


    • Kavala Caves trek
    • Kulgi-Nagzari Valley trek
    • Potoli-Shiroli trek

  • Q. Where can we do river rafting in Dandeli? How challenging are the rapids?

    River Kali is famous for rafting in Dandeli. The Dandeli rafting trail stretches for around 12 km, making it one of the most exciting and exhilarating stretch of rafting. The rapids in the Dandeli River Rafting can be classified into grade 2 and grade 3 rapids which are ideal for both professionals and inexperienced rafters.


    While Grade 2 rapids are relatively easy to maneuver with little bumps and easy passages, the grade 3 rapids require expert steering and an eye for detail for passing through.


    However, due to the presence of skilled instructors, the activity is safe for amateurs as well as experienced rafting professionals. 

  • Q. What sort of activities are enjoyable by children in Dandeli?

    Children can do the following when visiting Dandeli with family:

    • Adventure Camp at Dandeli Jungle
    • Go birding in Ganeshgudi
    • Spot animals at Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary
    • Children above 12 years can river raft in Kali River as well

  • Q. Is Dandeli a good destination for Camping? Which are some good jungle camps 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 National Park

  • Q. Can we drink and smoke at campsite?

    Yes, one can drink and smoke at campsites. Although you are not allowed to be intoxicated before any adventure activities as it could deteriorate your thinking capability which could prove very dangerous to you and others around you.

  • Q. Are there any jungle lodges in Dandeli? What is the cost of stay in jungle lodges?

    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

  • Q. Which are some of the affordable resorts to stay in Dandeli?

    The sound of the birds and flourishing wildlife around, the gush of the multiple waterfalls, the different forest adventure activities, Dandeli has the perfect makings for a weekend getaway.

    Nestled in the jungles of North Karnataka, this hill station is road trip away from Goa and is a pristine and picturesque destination with great Indian landscapes. Following are some of the best resorts 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

  • Q. Which homestays are good for stay in Dandeli?

    Find below some homestay options at Dandeli:

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

  • Q. Which are must visit waterfalls in Dandeli?

    Following are some of the waterfalls in Dandeli:

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

  • Q. Where can we go for wildlife safari in Dandeli?

    Dandeli is known for its wildlife sanctuary and is known for spotting animals. One should definitely go for a wildlife safari, if you visit Dandeli.

  • Q. What is the best time for wildlife safaris in Dandeli? What is the cost of a safari in Dandeli?

    The best time to visit Dandeli for tiger spotting are summer months i.e. April to June. This is because during summer, there are less people around, hence making the animals venture out in the open with confidence.

  • Q. What types of animals are there in Dandeli wildlife sanctuary? Are there any tigers?

    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.

  • Q. What all things can couples do in Dandeli?

    Dandeli is a beautiful destination for couples with all the nature at your footsteps. Following are must do things and must visit places in Dandeli:


    • Go for River Rafting in River Kali
    • Visit the beautiful waterfalls
    • Go to temples
    • Stay at the Jungle Camps

  • Q. Is Dandeli a good destination for a family vacation? What places and activities can families do in Dandeli?

    Yes, Dandeli is an amazing family vacation destination as it has something to offer for everyone. Following are some activities:


    • Visit the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary
    • Adventure Camp at the Dandeli jungle
    • River Raft in the Kali river
    • Birding at Ganeshgudi

  • Q. Is it advisable to visit Dandeli in monsoon?

    No, it is strongly recommended not to visit Dandeli in Monsoon as the rains get crazy in Dandeli and can be unsafe.

  • Q. Can we do kayaking in Dandeli? Which place is good for kayaking?

    Yes, you can do Kayaking in the Kali River at Dandeli.

  • Q. What all water activities can be done in Dandeli except rafting?

    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 that you should make a point to do when visiting Dandeli. Here goes:

    • Visit the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary
    • Adventure Camp at the Dandeli jungle
    • Birding at Ganeshgudi
    • Visit Temples
    • Go to the beautiful waterfalls
    • Trek to picturesque peaks