15+ Best Things to Do in Dandeli Straight Out of The Jungle Book!
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Things to do in Dandeli

River rafting, rock climbing, jungle stay, moonlight boat ride, wildlife safari, kayaking, jungle camping, mountain biking, trekking, bird watching, jacuzzi bath, caving, river crossing and many more.

Whether you are passionate about wildlife or you get your kicks from water sports, there is a long list of things to do in Dandeli with something exciting for everyone. Kali River cuts through the town of Dandeli, making it a hub for a range of water-based adventure sports. 

Thus, you can try your hand at white water rafting, kayaking, coracle boat riding, and many more while you are here. Featuring untamed nature, which is inhabited by a diversity of rare animals and birds, the town also offers perfect opportunities for wildlife exploration and photography.

And, if you want to make the most out of your break, you are also recommended to partake in trekking, camping, and caving on your trip.

Check out this amazing list of things to do in Dandeli:

Latest Information on Travelling to DANDELI?

Entry is open from all domestic states for all kinds of travel.A valid negative RT-PCR report is needed to enter the state borders.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • No e-passes, test certificates or accommodation proof are required by travellers before entering Dandeli.
  • There is no requirement of a COVID-19 test or thermal screening upon entry in Dandeli.
  • There is no lockdown, except in containment zones.
  • Dandeli has done away with all forms of night curfew and weekend lockdowns
  • Supermarkets, malls, parks and other attractions, others can cinema halls, pools, theatres and open-air theatres have opened up.
  • Social distancing norms are to be followed when out in public or using public transports.
  • Restaurants, pubs and clubs are to function with 50% of seating capacity.
  • Inter-state and Intra-state travelers shall NOT have to undergo any form or institutional or home quarantine upon arrival in Dandeli.
  • Asymptomatic travelers are advised to self-monitor their health status for the next 14 days after arrival. In case of symptom appearance, they are to call the Apthamitra helpline number 14410.
  • Symptomatic inter-state passengers must immediately self-isolate and seek medical attention by calling on the Apthamitra helpline number 14410.

the nearest airport to Dandeli is the Belgaum airport. Flights are functional to this airport from Bangalore, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Indore and 2+ more destinations.

Local Transport

Buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws are plying in the city.

The state government of Karnataka has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while tourists to visit Dandeli. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Complete lockdown extended till 14th of June Updated: 05 Jun 2021

Dandeli to undergo complete lockdown till 14th of June due to the rising COVID-19 cases.

Quarantine made mandatory for for incoming tourists Updated: 07 May 2021

All incoming tourists need to quarantine for at least 14 days at their homes after entering Karnataka

RT-PCR test made mandatory for tourists Updated: 07 May 2021

A valid negative RT-PCR report is needed to enter the state borders.

No permissions or e-pass requirements for inter-state and intra-state travel to Dandeli Updated: 07 May 2021

According to the new guidelines released by the state of Karnataka, inter-state and intra-state travelers do not need to get an e-pass to enter Dandeli. Hand stamping for inter-state travelers has also been done away with.

Hotels, Homestays and Resorts in Dandeli Ready to Welcome Tourists Updated: 07 May 2021

Karnataka State Government has issued new guidelines for the opening of resorts and hotels for tourists. Functioning as 50% capacity, hotels and resorts must follow all the norms of social distancing as well as all the SOPs laid out by the state government.


River Rafting in Kali River

If you are willing to fill your vacation with thrilling adventures, river rafting in Kali River is one of the most exciting things to do in Dandeli. Soak up the beauty of nature by gazing at the forests, gorges, and valleys as your raft surges with the river stream through grade 2 and grade 3 rapids.

The 12 km long stretch of Kali River open for rafting offers perfect opportunities to both newbies and professional rafting lovers to experience an ultimate dose of adrenaline rush.

The untamed terrain of the river and strong currents of the water contribute to making white water rafting here an experience worth remembering.

Starts in the morning at 9 am, approximately 4 hours to complete.

Price:  Starts from INR 1300

River Kali, Western Ghats.

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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.

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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.

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If you’re looking for an offbeat yet exhilarating holiday by the waters, then this time ditch Goa, Kerala, and head to Dandeli instead. It’s a quaint town for both adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers.

About the activity
Moonlight Boat Ride- it may sound like a romantic activity, but it has many surprises in store. This activity involves boating in the night, which is a thrill filling ride that can make even the most adventurous souls weak in the knees!! While boating, you need special accessories such as night vision binoculars and yes, you are sailing through the waters, there will be wild animals lurking about!

When you are taking part in the activity, always make sure that you’re carefully following the guide’s instructions.

Time Duration: 30 minutes
The location is Ganeshgudi near Supa Dam, Dandeli.

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You can easily reach the location via public and private transportation.

TIMINGS: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Maximum Booking capacity: 100

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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.

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Wildlife Safari in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

A wildlife safari experience at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best treats Dandeli has to offer to nature as well as adventure lovers. Spanning across a densely forested area of 834 sq. km., this protected area is home to a wide range of mammals, reptiles, and birds.

As you make your way to the deeper parts of the forest, you may get lucky to encounter animals such as tigers, elephants, leopards, black panthers, and elephants. The thrill of indulging in an open jeep safari here will not only give a boost to your adrenaline levels but will also provide you with plenty of opportunities to capture elusive wildlife species.

 Safari begins at 6 am and 4 pm

Price:  INR 890

Location: Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve, Karnataka-Goa border, Western Ghats.

Also check out: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.

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River Crossing

One of the best things to do in Dandeli to quench your hunger for the thrill, crossing River Kali is a favourite among adventure lovers. In this activity, one is supposed to cross the gushing river using a safety harness which is tied to a rope. The fervour of the river and the need for balance and strength makes the crossing a challenging affair.

However, you need not worry, as experienced guides are present there to ensure your safety. Also, do make sure your friends click some good pictures while you are suspended over the river so that you can flaunt your valour on your social media.

Timing: 8 am to 5 pm

  INR 540 per person



If you are fond of water sports, kayaking in the volatile waters of Kali River comes under Dandeli activities and is another reason why you must consider a vacation in Dandeli. The stimulating activity of paddling a narrow watercraft will certainly add to the highlights of your time here. 

The town is widely known across South India for kayaking, and considering the fun quotient involved, the fame is completely reasonable. Those with experience in kayaking as well as beginners who wish to learn the basics of the sport must consider giving this experience a try.

9 am to 6 pm

INR 250 per person

Supa Reservoir or River Kali


Jungle Camping

Owing to the refreshing atmosphere of the town, brimming with raw nature and enhanced by the presence of the River Kali, jungle camping has to be one of the most recommended things to do in Dandeli. Go to sleep as the forest breeze sings you a lullaby and wake up to the chirping of the birds – camping here will rejuvenate you inside out.

There are numerous jungle lodges and campsites dotting the town where you can camp overnight, and experience the sounds and vibes of the wilderness. The camping choices here range from basic tents with basic facilities to luxury tents with modern amenities.

2 days and 1 night.

Price: Starts from INR 1500 per person.

Location: Near Dharwar, a private tent in the forest.

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Mountain Biking in the Forest of Dandeli

Not too popular among tourists visiting Dandeli, the activity of mountain biking amalgamates the feelings of exhilaration and rejuvenation to give you an ultimate outdoor experience. Riding a mountain bike on the rough terrains of the region while being surrounded by refreshing greenery is an experience worth remembering.

This ride is also an excellent opportunity to come across a variety of flora and fauna popular in the region. Depending on how you enjoy the ride, the length of your track can be anywhere between 7 and 14 km.

Starts at 8:30 am.

 INR 450 per person

J.N Road, Dandeli.


Coracle Boat Ride

Coracle Boat Ride on the choppy waters of the Kali River is one of the best things to do in Dandeli to explore its natural treasures. This unique activity involves navigating through the river on coracles, which are round, lightweight boats, and can carry 5 people.

Though these boats were traditionally used by the locals in the past, they have become a major tourist attraction lately. You can look around and enjoy the lush banks of the river, as the guide cum boat rider takes you from here to there.

  9 am to 6 pm

 INR 100 per person  


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Trekking, as always remembered from many generations is one of the most interesting activities in the woods. Moreover, with this thick forests, the visitors can explore the nature, wildlife, and birds. It is an adventurous activity in Dandeli forest, which is usually undertaken by the young tourists. 

It is one of the top things to do in Dandeli. Several trekking routes in Dandeli and some activities are run by the forest department. The guided tour starts with a ride into the gated forest reserve. A 3-4 km downhill walk and 350 steps down will take you to the caves.

Tourists can take a private vehicle inside the sanctuary, which is the preferred mode of transport, due to the undeveloped roads. Always wear proper shoes, as leeches are a big trouble during monsoon and winter months. Besides the day long trekking routes there are also a few short birding trails around the camp, which people can enjoy.

Get inspiration from the long walks in the lush forest!

Timing: Half a day to full day.

Price: Roughly 500 INR to 1000 INR

Location: Kavala Caves, and Kulgi-Nagzari Valley.

Natural Jacuzzi Bath

Natural Jacuzzi Bath is one of the most amazing things to do in Dandeli and natural healing therapy which attracts the tourists. Springs of water, the aroma of flowers and woods around, the chirping of birds and the blue sky above provide a refreshing experience.

The water which flows down from Supa Dam takes the shape of the river known as Kali and splashes the water on the black stones. In some places, the water flows rapidly and in some places, water starts spraying with great force.

It is when you sit in such a place under sunlight in nature, the water hits your back and gives a massage to your body. This would be relaxing if you opt for such an activity. This activity could be done by all age groups of tourists to take part because the trained guide will take you to this spot in a boat and guide you all the way. Take pleasure in having the bath with a soothing massage!

Timing: No specified timings.

Price: According to the stay nearby.

Location: Dandeli

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Bird Watching

Bird lovers from across the country and beyond frequent Dandeli to explore its treasures of exotic birds with colourful wings and melodious sounds. No matter where you are in the town or what you are up to, there is a good chance that you will come across a rare bird species on jungle safaris, nature walks, or while you are just relaxing on the porch of your cottage.

Some of the best bird species to watch out for are broad-billed roller, orange minivet, brahminy kite, crested serpent eagle, great hornbill, woodpecker, kingfisher, little spider hunter, and honey bird. Considering the wealth of migratory and resident birds the forests of the town boast, birdwatching is certainly one of the most fulfilling things to do in Dandeli.

Early morning.

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Dandeli forests


Nature Walk

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Nothing can be more rejuvenating than taking long walks in the untamed jungles of Dandeli and disconnecting with the hubbub of big cities. There are various nature trails across the town allowing you to take a stroll and experience intimacy with nature.

This is one of those activities which you can participate in even with your family, as these trails are essentially flat and pleasant. Furthermore, a walk across the jungle also gives you multiple chances to spot a wide array of flora and fauna. So if you are seeking tranquillity, this might be the best bet you have in Dandeli.

Usually in the mornings.

Price: According to the guide and place for walk

Location: Dandeli Forests

Hike to Syntheri Rock

Hiking is one of the most thrilling Dandeli activitiy and it is a perfect outdoor plan for all adrenaline junkies visiting Dandeli, a hike to Syntheri Rock deserves to be on your bucket list. Located in the lush green landscape of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, this huge monolithic granite structure is over 300 feet tall. Though one can also reach the base of the rock by hiring a jeep, hiking up to this place through lush foliage is naturally more fun. 

The River Kaneri flowing beside the rock adds to the beauty and dynamism of this place. Whether you just want to soak up the beauty of nature or you want to click some impressive pictures, an adventure to reach here is all you need.

Timing: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Price: Depends upon the dates and times of journey.

Location: Syntheri Rocks, Dandeli

Also visit: 10 Best Tour Packages in Dandeli

Explore Kavala Caves

In addition to numerous adrenaline-charged Dandeli activities, this place also presents a great opportunity for a caving experience in Kavala Caves. Surrounded by lush greenery from all sides, these caves are believed to have their origin in prehistoric times and are counted among the most iconic tourist attractions in the town.

The caves feature stalagmite and have a network of narrow passages, some of which can only be accessed by crawling. Besides tourists, a Hindu temple at the entrance of the cave also attracts hordes of devotees every day. In order to reach here, one has to climb 375 steps which also adds a sense of adventure to the activity.

Timing:  6 am every day

Price:  INR 475 per person

Location: Dandeli.


Visit to Kulgi Nature Camp

If jungle fun is your priority on the Dandeli trip, consider accommodating yourself at Kulgi Nature Camp, and you will be thrilled. Set amidst the pure wilderness of Dandeli, this forest is the ultimate destination for a wildlife adventure. Partake in nature walks or drive your heart crazy by trying white water rafting, jungle trekking, and jungle safari.

Featuring a natural setting, the camp has plenty of areas and activities designed to let their guests feel amused throughout their stay. As per your requirements, you can choose among basic tents and cottages laced with all essential amenities.

Stretches for a couple of days.

Price: Starts from 5000 per night

Location: Kulgi, Dandeli.

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"Just onclick all the things are done... Right from booking to say goodbye.. . all people are supportive, owner, coworker ..... Events were very cool. Zipline, Burma bridge, Rain pool dance, DJ, boating, campfire, tent stay... Jungle trek was too good.... Food was awesome. Thanks, Thrillophilia for such cool gesture and keeping such homestay in your site. ... will suggest all people to stay.... will visit next year to ... an unforgettable and most memorable trip.
16 February 2020
A very good experience.Camping, bonfire, food, activities was awesome.Just that the common washrooms could be kept cleaner.Otherwise, the staff was very friendly and helpful.The manager Veeresh was very friendly.Overall a very good experience.
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.
28 December 2015
an amazing experinece. went with friends and we had alot of fun. will recommend you that you take thin clothes because you will get wet so that these clothese will dry soon...
28 December 2015
Chandrabhaga Bhattathiri White Water Rafting at Dandeli
I always wanted to go for rafting and this trip made it possible. it was an amazing rafting experinece between the violent river streams. totally unforgettabl experinece.
We enjoyed staying at the homestay. We loved the hospitality. The rooms are well maintained, proper precautions were taken for covid, loved the food served at stay. Had fun trying archery, cycling & other outdoor activities. staff at the stay was helpful, Thanks Thrillophilia for the amazing stay experience at the best price.
The location of the homestay is awesome, very peaceful and amidst lush greenery, The rooms are clean, spacious. Another awesome thing about this place is the food here very yummy home-cooked food. The view outside is amazing. Trekking & cycling activities included in the stay package made the whole experience worttwhile.
Amazing Location, Great views, Excellent hospitality, delicious food, and great ambiance. The rooms at stay were clean & comfortable, the food served at the stay was delicious, the guided plantation walk and birdwatching activities were so much fun, bonfire at night was great, Thanks Thrillophilia for such an amazing deal!!
Thanks to Thrillophilia for giving us the best price. The homestay is very beautiful and the staff is very friendly. It was one of the best stay experience you can have. The food was very delicious. Activities included in the stay package like boating, trekking, cycling made it more fun!!
I and my family stayed here, had a pleasant and comfortable stay. The room was very clean including the rest room. The location is amidst nature, view from the room was scenic. Out of all, their service is the best and almost all them were very friendly and ready to support where ever possible

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People Also Ask About Dandeli

  1. How can I get upto 40% discount on camping in Dandeli?

  2. Which are the must visit places in Dandeli?

    We have curated a list of some of the best places to visit in Dandeli, that you should not miss:

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

    The ideal time to visit Dandeli is the winter season between October and February. All the water adventure during this time is the best and it is also the best time for bird watchers as many migratory birds visit here in this season. Dandeli offers several activities but not all activities can be done throughout the year. Hence it is recommended to visit here in the winter season.
  4. How to reach Dandeli?

    If you are planning to reach Dandeli from Bangalore, you can take a train from Hubli or Alnavar. You can also take a local bus from Hubli or Dharwad. There is no airport in Dandeli, the nearest one being Hubli which is 80 km away. From Hyderabad, one can take a train to Londa and from there one can reach Dandeli by local taxi or other transport.
  5. What is famous in Dandeli?

    There are a lot of things famous in Dandeli: 1. River Rafting in Dandeli 2. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary 3. Kavala Caves. 4. Shiroli Peak 5. Sykes Point 6. Syntheri Rock 7. Sathodi Falls If your trip is well-planned, there are many other places which you would not want to miss here.
  6. Can we go on a road trip from Bangalore to Dandeli? What is the distance?

    Yes, you can surely go for a road trip from Bangalore to Dandeli. If you take NH 48, the total driving distance between Bangalore and Dandeli is 460 km. If you take the Shimoga road then the total distance is 550 km
  7. How is the weather of Dandeli?

    The climate in Dandeli is moderate being a lush, forest prone zone. Throughout the year, the weather is temperate. The weather here remains pleasant most of the year but the best times of the year are between October and May. The weather at this time is colder and the best time for activities also.
  8. Is Dandeli worth a visit?

    Yes, Dandeli is a lovely place to visit. It is a versatile place offering something to everyone. For jungle lovers, the place is predominantly covered with thick jungles. If you visit here in winters, you will be able to enjoy water sports and other activities. If you are a nature lover or an adventure fanatic, Dandeli has someone for everyone.
  9. How many days do we need to visit Dandeli?

    Ideally, you can plan for a trip for 3 days. Dandeli has abundant wildlife and you might not want to miss the camping opportunities here. Apart from that, you can comfortably cover the rest of the places in this much time.

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