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Best Time: Oct-May Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Goa Check Flights

"Goa's adventurous extension"

Dandeli Tourism

Located in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka, Dandeli is bestowed with the lush green forests and lies on the banks of the Kali river. 

Dandeli can be the ideal spot for river rafting. One can indulge in maximum excitement given the numerous options such as mountain biking, trekking, cycling, kayaking and canoeing. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is another element of excitement that the place has to offer where one can spot Bisons and Black Panthers.

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Karnataka's Adventure Capital

A popular adventure hotspot, Dandeli can be rightly nicknamed 'Karnataka's Adventure Capital'. Dandeli is home to a wildlife sanctuary, with a vibrant display of flora and fauna. However, this is not the end. 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.



Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary - 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.


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 and Avifauna

Dandeli is not known for a bird watcher’s paradise without good reason. It provides a nest to more than 200 bird species. 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.

Coming to Avifauna, the sheer number and variety of bird species found in and around Dandeli are simply enthralling, giving it fame for being 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. The bird is large in size (26 inches) with a black coat and patches of white on belly, throat, wing edges and tail sides. It has a curiously shaped helmet-like structure on top of its actual beak, known as a casque.

Apart from this curious avian, some other common bird species are Great Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, and Peregrine falcon. Indian Lorikeet & Malabar Parakeets, Velvet-fronted & Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches, Ceylon Frogmouth, Ruby-throated & Yellow-browed Bulbul, Hill Myna, Malabar Grey Hornbills, Black-throated and White-backed Munias, Blue-bearded & Chestnut-headed bee-eaters, Fairy Blue Bird, Little Spiderhunter, White-bellied and Brown-capped Pigmy woodpeckers, Dark-fronted Babblers, Malabar Trogon, Crested Goshawk, Speckled Piculet, and Gold-fronted & Blue-winged Leafbirds make up the massive bird population here. Some owl species such as Brown Fish, Mottled wood, Spot-bellied and Brown Wood are also found here.

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

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.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

An adventurous paradise. Abundant with charms of nature.

What's Not So Great?

Congested in peak seasons. Not easily accessible.

For Whom?

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

How To Reach Dandeli

Dandeli is well connected by roadways. Regular bus services connect Dandeli 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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Rahul tandle 1 month 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 11 months 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 1 month ago
Very good, small adventurous place for 2 day trip
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