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.
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.
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
About Homestay and Nature:
A stay amid the serenity of nature where you can feel the beautiful verdant green surroundings, nestled in the tranquillity of Western Ghats. Avail the time that your heart has always craved for from the hustle and bustle of city life. The stay is cuddled up cosily in the beauty of Dandeli, the site is one of the best choices to stay amid the majestic beauty of nature. Lush green beauty surrounding the property and numerous flora and fauna will leave you thrilled. 400 species of birds like the hornbill, and pied hornbill and wild animals like the tigers, elephants, wild buffalo, and bears can be found in the vicinity.
About its Location & Accessibility:
The stay is located around 5.2 km from Dandeli Bus Depot. Take Kogilban Road to the banks of Kali River, from there, the stay is about 1.2 km away. You can reach the campsite by public or private transport.
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.
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.
Jungle Nest Resort
Timing: Check in after 12 PM and Check out before 11 AM.
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.
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.
Bison River Resorts
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.
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
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.
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.
Anshi National Park
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.
Kulgi Nature Camp
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.
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.
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.
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
The beautiful town of Dandeli in western Karnataka is famous for its beautiful beaches, deep caves, exotic wildlife, and rich nature around the national parks. But there is one thing which attracts a large number of travellers towards Dandeli, the endless list of exciting adventure activities that the town cater. From white water rafting to trekking, kayaking, canyoning, mountain climbing and a long list to continue with.
Canyoning is one of the most popular adventure sport here, which is in hotlist of almost all the travellers travelling to Dandeli. Canyoning is basically traversing a canyon or gorge by combining hiking, climbing, swimming, and/or abseiling. A sport by many names, it explores the hard-to-reach areas of a natural landscape by following a water route carved through rock formations. It can be done primarily for fun and to gain experience. So if you are a person seeking thrill in your life, this adventure is definitely for you and don’t dare to miss it when you are in Dandeli.
Located on the banks of the scenic Kali river, the town of Dandeli has turned into an adventure hub of the western Karnataka. People from far places come to not only relish the natural beauty, due to the presence of deep caves, exotic wildlife, and rich nature in Dandeli but also to experience the popular adventure sports around the scenic landscapes.
The rock climbing remains one such exciting option in which, you have to climb up, down or across natural rock formations. The goal is to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a usually pre-defined route without falling. the activity promises fun at every step of the way and is a fabulous experience that should be enjoyed by everyone.
Adventures don't only give you the thrill and the rush, they help you garner memories for every trip you take and every activity you partake in. One such thrilling and memorable activity is the zip line in Dandeli. It is amazing, it is a thrill like you've never felt before. Gliding through the air, with the calm and refreshing wind hitting your face making you feel liberated, with the trees surrounding you and the water of the Kali river flowing beneath you, it is an unparalleled and one of the best experiences. With instructors to guide you and prepare you for the activity, you don't have to worry about anything. Indulge in this experience and honestly, you will cherish it forever.
The pleasant city of Dandeli, which happens to be situated in the western Karnataka is a city of rich nature. surrounded by the dense forest of the western ghats and overlooking the vast mountain ranges, this town has a unique topography, which allows it to cater a variety of adventure activities on its land and thus making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Karnataka.
One such major adventure activity is Rappelling. it is an utmost adventure activity that really keeps you on your toes and feet. In this activity, you have to climb the stark rock and steep cliffs of the mountains and come careening down suspended on a single rope. there are professional guides who take care of your every action during the activity. Feel the thrill in the atmosphere and hold your nerves while you indulge in this lifetime experience.
White Water Rafting
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.
Kayaking on the Kali River
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.
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.
Bird Watching at Ganeshgudi
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.
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.