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Dandeli

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"The Adventure Capital of South India"

Dandeli Tourism

Located on the Western Ghats of Uttara Karnataka, Dandeli is bestowed with the lush green forests and lies on the banks of the Kali river. Known for its many fantastic adventure opportunities, Dandeli is a hub for river rafting on river kali . Adventure seekers have many options such as mountain biking, trekking, cycling, kayaking and canoeing. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is another exciting element that Dandeli has to offer.  This is perfect for nature lovers too as they can spot Bisons and Black Panthers here as well as be amidst beautiful flora as well.

Dandeli has famous attractions here like the Kavla Caves, Ulavi Temple, Satholi Falls and the famous Sykes Point which gives tourists a breathtaking view of Dandeli. Camping is a popular activity here and there are plenty of operators here that provide fantastic services and memorable experiences to the guests.

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Karnataka's Adventure Capital

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A popular adventure hotspot, Dandeli can be rightly nicknamed 'Karnataka's Adventure Capital'. Apart from the rich biodiversity, the Kali river near Dandeli, coupled with Virnoli Rapids, make a perfect hotspot for adventure sports such as river rafting, angling, nature walks, boating, and bird watching.

Biodiversity at the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary 
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Situated 3.4 km away from the main city, this is a popular tourist site, especially for the wildlife lovers, who will be at peace with the rich flora and fauna. Shiroli Peak, located within the Wildlife Sanctuary, is a popular trekking hotspot, which is the highest point in the whole town and offers a breathtaking view of the Sahyadri Range.

Flora, Fauna & Avifauna in Dandeli

Flora

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The lush green forest in Dandeli is Southern evergreen forest. The region abounds with healing herbs, creepers, shrubs and various plant varieties. Mango, Hirda, Jamun, Jamba, Behda, Bamboo, Teak, Ficus, and Fern dominate the green cover enveloping the forest. The fruit-bearing trees provide nourishment to the fauna of the forest and trees like Kydia Calycina provide potent natural remedies for muscle aches and cramps.

Fauna

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Rare and exotic animals also find their way in the extensive range of fauna in the forest. Apart from tigers, you can sight the Leopard, Spotted and Mouse Deer, Wild Dog, Gaur, Elephant, Civet, Jackal, Langur, and Giant Flying squirrel. Among the exotic inhabitants of the forest are the Barking Deer, Black Leopard, Malabar Giant Squirrel, Sloth Bear, and the Indian Pangolin.

Avifauna

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Dandeli provides a nest to more than 200 bird species and is a true heaven for bird watchers and wildlife photographers looking to get that perfect shot. Probably the most intriguing bird found here is the Malabar Pied Hornbill. Apart from this curious avian, some other common bird species are Great Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, and Peregrine falcon. Indian Lorikeet & Malabar Parakeets, etc. 

Restaurants and Local Food in Dandeli

While Dandeli does not have an elaborate cuisine or delicacies that stand out, it does house a number of restaurants that can provide one, authentic South-Indian platters. The area also has a number of resorts and hotels that provide a subtle variety across cuisines. Other than this traditional snacks such as Samosas and Kachori are local favorites. One can relish local cuisine here consisting of Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
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Suggested Itinerary for Dandeli

Day 1 - Reach Dandeli, preferably by noon, and take some rest. In the evening, you can take a stroll in the town, where you can purchase some craft items, especially those made from bamboo. 
Day 2 - The next day should be earmarked for a visit to the beautiful Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, which is both a trekking and wildlife hotspot.
Day 3 - The final day can start with a tour of the Kavala caves, which have been formed due to incessant volcanic activities in the region. Thereon, you can have a taste of adventure at the Kali river, where adventure sports are at your disposal.

Dandeli Photos

Dandeli, Karnataka
Malabar Pied Hornbill, Dandeli National Park
Malabar Grey Hornbill, Dandeli Wildlife Reserve
Malabar Giant Squirrel, Dandeli

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FAQs on Dandeli

What is famous about Dandeli?

An adventurous paradise. Abundant with charms of nature.

What is not so good about Dandeli?

Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.

Who should visit Dandeli?

Ideal for tourists of every kind. Suitable for backpackers from places like Bengaluru, Mysuru etc.

What is the best time to visit Dandeli?

The best time to visit Dandeli is in the winter season, between October and February. The pleasant and windy weather during this time surrounded by lush green trees makes it even more delightful. The water is cooler during this time which makes river rafting and other water sports even more fun. You can even visit Dandeli in summers to catch the amazing sight of migratory birds. Monsoons, on the other hand, are the least advisable time to make a trip to Dandeli. Be cautious as the water level rises to make it dangerous to visit the place, the roads are muddy and inaccesible at certain points.

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What is the local food in Dandeli?

While Dandeli does not have an elaborate cuisine or delicacies that stand out, it does house a number of restaurants that can provide one, authentic South-Indian platters. The area also has a number of resorts and hotels that provide a subtle variety across cuisines. Other than this traditional snacks such as Samosas and Kachori are local favorites. One can relish local cuisine here consisting of Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Chiroti etc .
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What is the best way to reach Dandeli?

Dandeli is well connected by road with regular bus services connect this place to the rest of India. However, there is no direct rail or flight connectivity to Dandeli. The nearest railway station is Alnavar Junction, 23 km away from Dandeli. The nearest airport is in Hubli, 56 km away from Dandeli.
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What are the things to do in Dandeli?

The top things to do in Dandeli are Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Kavala Caves, Syntheri Rock, River Rafting in Dandeli, Sathodi Falls, Supa Dam. You can see all the places to visit in Dandeli here

What are the places near Dandeli?

The top places near to Dandeli are Goa which is 88 km from Dandeli, Gokarna which is located 85 km from Dandeli, Devbagh which is located 70 km from Dandeli, Karwar which is located 71 km from Dandeli, Hampi which is located 199 km from Dandeli

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Rahul tandle 10 months ago
it's an amazing place for the weekend you can see the river rafting and much more things some of the best prices links I have been shared you may go through that... "Link Hidden"
harshitha k p 2 years ago
Quite a lot of activities to do here such as Kayaking, River Rafting, visiting Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, etc. Apart from these adventures, the captivating natural beauty of Dandeli can also be the key reason for many nature lovers to visit this place. Overall, visiting Dandeli can be more fun-filled and happy kind of experience.
Madhavi Patil 9 months ago
Very good, small adventurous place for 2 day trip
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