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  • Sprawled in an area of 834.16 sq.km in the Uttar Karnataka region of Southern India, Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is a joint tiger project with the adjoining Anshi National Park. In 1956, it gained the title of a national wildlife sanctuary and got recognized as the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka.

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    Hordes of nature enthusiasts visit the park every year to get lost in the wilderness of lush and verdant jungles of the sanctuary, spotting a plethora of diversified faunas and floras to capture in the camera lenses.

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    Today, Dandeli is home to around 11 tigers and is one of the exhilarating getaways in Karnataka that is wet, wild, and wonderful. Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is an adventurous escapade that not only encompasses jungle safaris and jungle camps but there are myriads of water activities that one can indulge in such as Kayaking, river rafting and coracle rides in the Kali river that flows through the sanctuary. 

    Attractions such as Kavala caves, Magod falls, Molangi falls, Syntheri rock,  Shivaji fort and Anshi National park can be visited in the sanctuary. People from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore who are willing to travel a distance of over 400 can be beckoned by Dandeli as one of the holidaying destinations that call out for a wild and thrilling escape.
  • 01Safaris in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Safaris in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    Embark on a Jungle safari in a jeep and venture into the land of sights and sound. Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary has some of the exemplary green patches to spot wild animals like Crocodile, Bison, Tigers, Black Panther, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Leopards, a number of reptiles and birds etc.

    The wildlife reserve authorities or professional guides take you on a safari covering a distance of around 30 KM into the deep dense forest. The open jeep can accommodate around 8 people in one trip. The Safaris run in two slots out of which one sets off in the early morning and the second trip runs in the evening.

    Safari Timings: Morning trip from 6 AM to 8 AM, Evening trip from 4 PM to 6 PM.

    Safari cost: You end up paying somewhere between INR 2500 to 3000 which includes a vehicle, a guide, a driver, permits and entry fee.

    How to Book Jeep Safari: The safaris are conducted by Professional wildlife guides and the wildlife reserve authorities at the entry of the park.

    Best time to visit: October to March.

    Safari duration: Around 3 to 4 hours.

  • 02Flora

    Flora

    The verdant green and olive shades of the forest is caused by a number of creepers, wildflowers, trees, shrubs and plants. Plant species such as Eucalyptus, Tectona grandis, Grevillea robusta, T. bellerica, Adina cordifolia, Mitragyna parviflora, Acacia, Xylia xylocarpa and various types of orchids are found at Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. 

    It is also rich in herbs, climbers and bamboos with many other wild and medicinal plants.

  • 03Fauna

    Fauna

    Dandeli wildlife sanctuary houses the umpteenth number of bird and animal species. It is home to vulnerable and endangered species as well. 

    The commonly seen faunas at this nature’s paradise are Malabar Giant Squirrel or Ratufa Indica, Barking Deer, Gaur, Indian Pangolin, tigers, flycatchers, woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, parakeets, kingfisher, leopards, barking deer, elephants, Chintal, sloth bear, wild boars, black panther and crocodiles etc.

  • Places to Stay in Dandeli

  • 04Hornbill Resort

    Hornbill Resort

    Hornbill resort is situated right next to the magnanimous Kali river and has an abundance of water activities to offer. This grand property is a set of four spacious and well-equipped rooms with a river and jungle view. It is situated around 28 KM from the Dandeli Bus stand and can be reached by cab or a private car.

    Activities like water rafting and swimming can be arranged by the resort if requested. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly to make you feel comfortable at Hornbill resort.

    Location: Ambeli Village, Near Supa Dam, Ganeshgudi, Joida, SH 34, Dandeli, Karnataka 581365

    Timing: Check in after 12 PM and Check out before 12 PM.

    Prices: From INR 12000 to 14000.

     

  • 05Panther Stay Jungle Resort

    Panther Stay Jungle Resort

    This jungle resort is surrounded by a pond and open green field where a number of recreational activities are conducted. A total of 5 well-maintained and opulently decorated rooms in the middle of Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is a treat to all the five senses in your body. 

    It is about 2 KM from Dandeli National park, offering a variety of activities like zip-lining, Kayaking and boating in the Pond nearby with other indoor games.

    Location: kogilban Road, badakashirada, Dandeli, Karnataka 581325

    Prices: INR 2500 to 3500.

    Timing: Check in after 12 PM and Check out before 11 AM.

  • 06Jungle Nest Resort

    Jungle Nest Resort
    Situated around 12 KM from Dandeli town and 2 Km from the reserve, This luxurious and neat accommodation option is one of a kind. From budget-friendly tents to lavishly spacious rooms; Jungle Nest resort is the perfect option for all kinds of traveller. 

    One can take rented bikes from the resort and also indulge in activities like hiking, cycling, jungle walk, river rafting etc. The main feature that commands a detour to this resort among many tourists is the Jungle campfires which enhances the experiences to a different level.

    Location: Patoli Village,SH 46 Dande

    Prices: INR 600 to 18,000.

    Timing:
    Check in after 12 PM and Check out before 11 AM.
  • 07Kali adventure camp

    Kali adventure camp

    Kali adventure camp is a grand bungalow against a mesmerizing lush backdrop of the dense forest gorges and valley, and the frothing and swirling meander of Kali river. The camp is well-equipped for taking a coracle or river rafting experience. 

    The lodge is adequate and serves simple delicacies which are commendable. It is easily accessible from NH 4 and hence getting there is not a task.

    Location: Dandeli, Karnataka 581363

    Prices: INR 11000 to 13500

    Timing: Check in after 12 PM and check out before 11 AM.

  • 08Dandeli Shikra Jungle Resort

    Dandeli Shikra Jungle Resort

    This well-constructed resort is situated at a distance of 12 KM from Dandeli village in the Global village of Karnataka. From tented cottage rooms to tree houses, from adventure pitch tents to dormitory; you can avail any kind of accommodation according to your budget and you will boast of your stay here. 

    It is ‘value for money’ resort which also offers guided trekking tours and river rafting expeditions.

    Location: Global Village, Haliyal Taluk, Karnataka, 581325

    Prices: INR 1500 to 2500.

    Timing: Check in after 2 PM and check out before 12 PM.

  • 09Bison River Resorts

    Bison River Resorts
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    Bison river resort is situated around 20 km from Dandeli in  Illva village and is one of the best accommodation to enjoy Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. This resort sits at the bank of river Kali and has many facilities to offer the visitors such as kayaking, river rafting, river crossing, river jacuzzi, coracle ride and zipline etc. 

    People taking abode at this resort are lucky to witness flocks of   Malabar Pied Hornbills and minivets. If you take a jeep jungle safari then there are chances to spot leopards, gaur, black panthers, tigers, elephants, deer, bears and antelopes etc.

    Location: Ganeshgudi, Dandeli, Karnataka 581365

    Prices: INR 4000 to 7500.

    Timing: Check-in after 12 PM and check out before 11 AM.

  • 10Whistling Woodzs Resort

    Whistling Woodzs Resort

    The location of this river resort wins an Oscar as it widely sprawls in an area of 7 acres right on the banks of river Kali in Dandeli. The deciduous forests surrounded this grand resort and the gushing sound of the river flowing next to it adds a jewel in their unparalleled hospitality and resources. 

    One can indulge in myriads of activities within the campus itself such as zip line, natural jacuzzi,  boating, river rafting, kayaking and adventure obstacle activities such as  Moto-karting, Burma bridge, vertical and horizontal swing, multi-vein swing, jungle safaris and camping,  dumbbell walk etc.

    Location: Whistling Woodzs Wilderness River Resort, Village Badgund, At Post: Ganeshgudi (Dandeli), Taluka: Joida, Dist: Uttar Kannada, Ganeshgudi, Karnataka 581365

    Prices: INR 5000 to 18000.

    Timing: Check-in after 12 PM and check out before 12 PM.

  • Places to Visit in and Around Dandeli

  • 11Molangi Falls

    Molangi Falls
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    The Kali river running through steep cliffs and treacherous rock formation in the thickets of Bamboo trees is where the Molangi falls are located. 

    It is one of the best hideaways for jungle treks and camping. It is situated 8 KM from the city centre and can be visited on a guided tour. 

    Molangi falls is an ideal picnic spot and can be visited for a couple of hours to feel the refreshing mist and greenery.

  • 12Kavala Caves

    Kavala Caves
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    One needs to cross around 375 steps through a green patch of forest to reach the ancient caves of Kavala. It is believed that the humans from prehistoric era dwelled in these limestone caves and it is now famous as the home of Lord Shiva.

    The enchanting feature of this volcanic formation Shivlinga is that river Kali flows through the caves from 40 feet down, giving a surreal touch to the exotic location.
  • 13Anshi National Park

    Anshi National Park
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    Anshi National Park is a joint venture of the Indian forest authorities with Dandeli wildlife sanctuary and is a safe haven for a number of vulnerable flora and fauna.

    This national park is a birder’s paradise, wildlife photographers and nature lovers spend days in the vicinity of the forest to enjoy slow life amid the green and wild terrain.
  • 14Kulgi Nature Camp

    Kulgi Nature Camp
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    If you are searching for neat and well-maintained cottages with a porch to where a plethora of birds like Indian hornbill, flycatchers, drongos, parakeets, sunbirds etc can show their moves while you lazily lean against your rocking chair then Kulgi nature camp is the place you need to hit.

    Kali Forest Tiger safari can be accessed due to its proximity to the camp, other than that, this camp conducts some interesting strengthening activities like tyre swinging, trampoline, net climbing, tyre bridge etc.
  • 15Syntheri Rock

    Syntheri Rock
    Syntheri Rock is a monolithic granite and is around 300 feet tall structure. This rock structure is nestled deep within the forested patch of Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary and the presence of Kaneri river beside it makes it a sight to behold.

    It is situated close to Ulavi temple and is home many bird species in the forest. It is located 35 Km from Dandeli and can be reached by hiring a jeep or by walking down 200 steps from Ulavi temple.
  • 16Shivaji Fort

    Shivaji Fort
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    Shivaji fort was built by the renowned Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji and it is situated at around 22 KM away from Dandeli.

    It is a great escape for trekkers and heritage lovers who once reach will find the rigid and strong structure of the fort where some exemplary forms of warring technique and architectural marvels can be witnessed.

    It is a well-maintained fort which is one of the oldest in Karnataka with a very fine view of the region.
  • 17Magod Falls

    Magod Falls
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    In the Magod village of North, Karnataka flows river Bedti which takes a plunge from an elevation of nearly 200 meters and this group cascading beauties are famous as Magod falls. 

    The location of the falls is very remote and it runs dry during the summer season but the volume increases in the monsoon season making it a captivating sight to the sore eyes.

  • Things to Do in Dandeli

  • 18White water rafting

    White water rafting
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    The thrilling rapids and the fast flowing river water when toured together in a raft, it almost becomes a heart-stopping experience.

    The inflatable rafts can accommodate eight to ten people depending on the size of the boat and the sport is divided into different grades depending on the rapids in the river.

    The sport at Dandeli takes around 2 to 3 hours including the instruction and training sessions and the grades that one raft in Dandeli is 2nd or 3rd level.
  • 19Coracle Ride

    Coracle Ride
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    Hire a traditional Coracle rower and scull in the rippling water of Kali river at Dandeli. In simple words, coracle is a kind of roundish and small boat that has a waterproof layering at the base and has an interwoven wicker framework inside. 

    Coracle ride fancies almost everyone who visits Kali river for adventurous yet traditional water sports. If you take a coracle ride in the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, you will be dodging crocodiles and watching fishes and turtles through the water.

  • 20Kayaking on the Kali river

    Kayaking on the Kali river
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    Row and scull and then float; that is what one does in a Kayak. A kayak is like a canoe boat which is low to the water where the paddler is supposed to sit with legs in front of the kayak, facing forward and rowing with a double-bladed paddle.

    You will be given life jackets to wear while kayaking, the difficulty level of the sport depends on the rapids in the river and river Kali is an ideal waterbody to launch your kayak far into the river.
  • 21Bird watching at Ganeshgudi

    Bird watching at Ganeshgudi
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    Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is considered to be the Mecca for birdwatchers. Ganeshgudi is a fantastic destination at Dandeli for birding. It is one of the richest forests in Karnataka where there is no concept of walking and searching for birds, almost 20 to 30 species of birds can be spotted from the balcony or the porch of your room.

    Some of the commonly seen birds such as paradise flycatcher, yellow browed bulbul, rufous woodpecker, Golden-fronted leafbird, greater flame back woodpecker, black-naped monarch flycatcher, Malabar trogon and Malabar pied hornbill, emerald dove, and brahminy kite etc can be captured in your camera at Ganeshgudi.
  • 22Jungle Camping

    Jungle Camping
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    The glory of a jungle is revealed only after the exquisiteness of the dawn’s light. The jungles at Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is enchanting and wild, from lush green swards to hoods of black shadow, camping is one enthralling sport that lets you be in the wilderness and in a very natural setting.

    The vastness of jungle at Dandeli can be a sight and sound experience while staying in a tented accommodation, listening to the harmony of the river and the hissing of insects. For a guided camping experience contact some of the organizers at Dandeli who offer tents and other facilities.
  • 23How to Reach Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

    How to Reach Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
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    From Bangalore: Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is around 465 KM from Bangalore and it can be reached by train, bus, cab or car. If you are travelling by train then you need to get off at Londa junction and then hire a cab to reach Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. You can also take an overnight sleeper bus from Bangalore to Dandeli or can drive on NH48.

    From Goa: Dandeli is around 100 KM from Goa and one can drive his/her car or take a cab to reach Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. Take the Panjim-Belgaum highway and turn onto Belgaum Karwar highway via Bapeli-Potoli to be at Dandeli. Local and private buses are also available from different bus stands in Goa.

    From Pune: Tavargatti and Belgaum are two nearest stations for Pune travellers who board a train. There are private sleeper buses available from Pune to reach Dandeli. If driving, one has to take NH48 on the Pune-Bangalore highway.
  • Essential Things to Keep in Mind

    1. While you are travelling to Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, there are some basic norms that you must follow in order to make it a safe, fun-filled and adventurous sojourn. One must follow the basic drill of moving in and around a forested region and must not disturb the natural habitat.

    2. Avoid flash photography or videography as it might trigger some animal and possible attacks can happen to jeopardize the security of the entire bunch.

    3. Avoid wearing jarring or bright colours and try to put on colours like olive, green, brown etc in order to blend with the environment of the sanctuary.

    4. Please be careful with the waste and do not litter around. It is everyone’s duty to keep the mother nature clean and free from debris.

    5. One must not feed the wild animals that you get to see during the safari ride as they may get into fetching for more food and can get agitated. Also, this is a standard drill to be followed by not feeding animals in a wildlife sanctuary.

    6. Always keep an insect repellant with you and apply before venturing into Jungle trails. A small torch, sunscreen and hat and other rain gears are absolute necessities for a better and healthy experience of the forest.

    7. Try to stay with the group and not stray away. Do not carry alcohol or any combustibles in the jungle as it can lead to a forest fire.

Attractions

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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.

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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.

Location:
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Sykes View Point

One of the most spectacular sightseeing places to visit in Dandeli, Sykes ViewPoint is a great place to be mesmerised by the vistas of verdant valleys and evergreen forests. It gets its name after the British engineer who discovered the place and boasts of the most magnificent views in Dandeli. 

Tourists here can enjoy a wonderful view of Nagzari River & River Kali confluence from Sykes View Point and also look forward to spend an evening filled with radiant colours of the sunset. Sykes ViewPoint is an interesting to visit as one can catch a glimpse of many giant hornbills who frequent the place. 

For those who wish to challenge their spirits can also indulge in a great trekking experience up to the point after getting the required permission from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd and enjoy some sweeping views of the region from Sykes View Point

Location: Ambikanagar – Bommanalli Rd, Lalguli, Karnataka 

Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Sykes View Point is from October to

Entry fee: None

Timings: One should visit here from 5:00 am to 7:00 pm to have a splendid time

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sykes View Point is at a distance of 23 kilometres from the bus stand in Dandeli

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Ulavi Temple

One of the most holy places for the pilgrims in Karnataka, Ulavi Temple is an important tourist attraction in Dandeli. It is considered a very sacred place for the Lingayat community with the samadhi of Channabasavanna, a revered 12th century Lingayat saint. 

The temple is surrounded by a blanket of evergreen forests and the Western Ghats adorn the landscape. These forests also happen to a natural habitat for many rare wild animals like cheetah, cobras, tigers, elephants etc.

Ulavi Temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all over Karnataka during the Ulavi Jathre or congregations. The natural beauty surrounding the temple is totally breathtaking and offers a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Another distinct feature of the temple is that it is built in the Chalukyan style and also has a number of caves and stalactites for the tourists to explore.

Location: Ulavi Temple is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Ulavi Temple can be visited by the tourists throughout the year

Entry fee: None

Timings: The timings at Ulavi Temple are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is 35 kilometres when you travel by road

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Moulangi Eco Park

Surrounded by the blissful landscape comprising thick evergreen forests, Moulangi Eco Park is a place that you ought to be when you are in Dandeli. An ideal spot for those who are fond of camping, Moulangi Eco Park is a breathtaking place where you can enjoy the serenity of nature at its best. It is replete with beautiful bamboo trees and makes for a perfect picnic place for the tourists.

This place is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts as one can enjoy an exhilarating trek in the jungles on the steep cliffs, indulge in rock climbing and appreciate the plummeting silence of the wilderness. 

It is also known to be a great place to spot various species of plants and animals and add it to your list of adventures in Dandeli. Moulangi Eco Park is one of the most surreal attractions in Dandeli if you wish to have a wonderful time with your friends and family.

Location: Moulangi, Dandeli, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Moulangi Eco Park is from October to March

Entry fee: None

Timings: It remains open from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm every day

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: It is at a distance of 6.8 kilometres and takes approximately 16 minutes to go there via Moulangi Road.

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Dandelappa Temple

Drawing in scores of pilgrims, Dandellapa Temple is known to be as the one of the most auspicious places to visit in Dandeli. Located across the belt of Maland, Dandelappa Temple is replete with mesmerising natural beauty making the landscape a visual treat for the eyes. 

It is also one of the oldest temples in Dandeli where the people come to seek the blessings of Lord Dandelappa to whom this temple is dedicated. The local deity Dandelappa is considered to be a beloved figure among the locals in Dandeli and it is interesting to note that the name Dandeli comes after Dandellapa. 

It is said that those who worship at Dandelappa temple get their wishes fulfilled. The temple is a great tourist spot for its spiritual ambience and also offers an insight into the history and society of Dandeli.

Location: Ganesh Gudi, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Tourists here can visit the temple anytime throughout the year. However, the most preferred time is from October to February

Timings: Dandelappa Temple is open for tourists during the day

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: The distance between the two places is just 2.3 kilometres which takes approximately 7 minutes to travel via Jawaharlal Nehru Rd in Dandeli

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Molangi Falls

Gear up for a scenic retreat at Molangi Falls for a rejuvenating visit with your friends and family in Dandeli. Surrounded by the panoramic landscape of dense green forests, Molangi Falls is one of the most popular picnic spots in Dandeli. 

The place is a visual delight for all the nature lovers and also offers an adventurous escape for the tourists. This popular waterfall in Dandeli is nestled in the midst of thick bamboo trees and steep rocks making the setting unforgettable if you revel in the company of nature. 

You can enjoy a cool plunge in the revitalising waters of Molangi Falls and also savour an adrenaline rush with white water rafting here. Molangi Falls makes for an idyllic romantic spot at the time of sunset as the cool breeze brushes against your face and the landscape becomes nothing but spectacular.

Location: It is located near Molangi in Karnataka

Best Time to visit: Molangi Falls is best visited during the monsoon months of the year.

Timings: N/A

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Molangi Falls is at a distance of about 8 kilometres from the bus stand in Dandeli.

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Sri Mallikarjuna Temple

Believed to be older than the Shivaji Fort in Dandeli, Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is amongst the few famous temples in Karnataka that tourists should not miss out on visiting. There is a stone located inside the temple which says that the land over which this temple is built was donated by the Kadamba King Jayakeshi in the year 1144.

One of the most astounding things about Sri Mallikarjuna Temple for the tourists is its mind-blowing architecture among other temples in Karnataka. The temple draws in a number of pilgrims throughout the year. 

The temple is notable not only for its spiritual significance but also for its architectural brilliance. Some of the most notable features of Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is the ‘Navarang mantap’ places inside the sanctum sanctorum and the dome which is shaped in popular Kadamba style.

Location: Ganesh Gudi, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The winter season from October to February is great to visit Sri Mallikarjuna Temple

Entry fee: None

Timings: One can visit here from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm every day of the week

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is located approximately 20 kilometres from Dandeli Bus Stand.

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Shivaji Fort

Shivaji Fort in Dandeli is one of the most prominent Dandeli tourist places where you can appreciate the art and heritage of this beautiful region. The ancient fort is an intriguing place where you can learn about the shrewd warring techniques used in the olden times and explore how the strategies were executed when the enemy was ready to storm the gates.

This magnificent tourist attraction in Dandeli is believed to be constructed by the Maratha Chief, Shivaji and offers a memorable visit for the history buffs. Shivaji Fort is also known to be a favourite spot for the adventure lovers. A visit to Shivaji Fort takes the tourists back into the ancient times and offers a nice getaway to enjoy with friends and family over a scenic attraction in Dandeli.

Location: Haliyal Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The most ideal time for visiting Shivaji Fort is from the month of October to March

Entry fee: N/A

Timings: Tourists can visit the Shivaji Fort during the day

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Shivaji Fort can be reached after travelling a distance of 20 kilometres from Dandeli Bus Stand

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Sathodi Falls

A splendid vacation for nature lovers in Dandeli cannot be complete unless you pay a visit to the beautiful Sathodi Falls. It is a rectangularly shaped waterfall that comprises a breathtaking landscape with the rocky hills and the water pool underneath it. 

It joins the backwaters of Kodasalli Dam and its serene ambience is truly captivating for everyone who visits here. Sathodi Falls cascades down from an elevation of about 50 feet and often called Mini Niagara in Dandeli. These falls are located near the town of Yellapur and renowned as one of the most picturesque places to visit in Dandeli.

A short trek leads the tourists to the Sathodi Falls that makes the visit a spectacular adventure if you seek an adrenaline rush. The roaring waters of Sathodi Falls surrounded by verdant greenery offer an unforgettable moment that you’ll not be able to forget anytime soon.

Location: It is located in Balagar, Karnataka

Best Time to visit: The months from November to April make the best time to visit Sathodi Falls

Entry fee: The entry fee at Sathodi Falls is INR 5/USD 0.07

Timings: The opening time here is from 8 am to 5 pm every day

Distance from Dandeli Bus Stand: Sathodi Falls is situated at a distance of 34 kilometres from Dandeli

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