Here are the top 25 tourist attractions to see in Dandeli:

1. River Rafting in Dandeli

4.0 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Located on the River Kali in the Western Ghats, Dandeli is one of the best places for white water rafting in the South. There are grade 2 and 3 rapids over a 12 kilometer stretch and are ideal for professionals as well as amateurs.

2. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

4.1 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

A paradise for wildlife lovers, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It covers an area of 834.16 sq km and has been recognised as the second largest wildlife sanctuary in the state. Declared as the National Wildlife Sanctuary in 1956, it is home to a variety of flora and fauna including tigers, woodpeckers, hornbills, kingfishers, leopards, elephants, etc.

3. Magod Falls

35 km
from city center
3 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Situated at a distance of around 17 km from Yellapur in Karnataka, Magod Falls, also known as Magodu Falls is a group of waterfalls that cascade down a height of 200 m. The falls are formed when River Bedti falls down from the rocky cliffs. Known to be a popular picnic spot, the place is also frequented by photographers and nature lovers.

4. Ulavi Temple

30 km
from city center
4 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Ulavi Temple is dedicated to Channabasavanna, who was a Lingayat Saint in 12th century India. The temple is, therefore, considered to be highly sacred for the Lingayat community. Situated in the Western Ghats of India, amidst lush green natural surroundings, the temple offers a tranquil escape from the stressful city life and attracts tourists in large numbers.

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5. Kavala Caves

3.1 /5

20 km
from city center
5 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

These limestone caves with their winding tunnels and 375 entrance steps were formed by volcanic activities.

6. Syntheri Rock

22 km
from city center
6 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Located near River Kali in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Syntheri Rock is a gigantic limestone rock formed ages ago due to volcanic activities in the region. One has to climb about 400 steps to reach the top of this monolithic structure which is also a perfect spot to get a panoramic view of the Dandeli Valley.

7. Supa Dam

9 km
from city center
7 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

The magnificent Supa Dam has been built over River Kali. The engineering marvel is an earthen dam with left bank spillway, stands 101 metres tall, has a length of 330 metres and a catchment area of over 1000 square kilometres. It has a power plant that generates about 100 MW of energy to supply electricity to the state.

8. Sathodi Falls

35 km
from city center
8 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

The Sathodi falls, locally known as 'mini- Niagra' lies in the Uttara Kannada district of Yellapur, in Karnataka. Several unnamed streams near Kallaramane ghat unite together to form the Sathodi Falls. Until a few years back the non-locals were completely unaware of its existence until it started attracting tourists. The Sathodi waterfall is 15 metres tall and appears to be rectangular.

9. Kulgi Nature Camp

3.1 /5

11 km
from city center
9 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Situated at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, this is popular for tourist accommodation providing a comfortable stay whilst exploring the wildlife sanctuary.

10. Shiroli Peak

3.1 /5

52 km
from city center
10 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Located within the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, this is the highest point in the Uttara Kannada region. It provides a splendid view of the Sahyadri Range, and is a good spot for trekkers and nature lovers.

11. Sykes Point

20 km
from city center
11 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Named after a British Engineer, Sykes Point is a famous viewpoint in the city. Tourists mostly visit the point to witness the beautiful top view of the Dandeli Valley covered with dense forests, observe several exotic species in their natural habitats and watch the confluence of River Kali and River Nagzari.

12. Moulangi Falls

2 km
from city center
12 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Moulangi Falls is formed by Moulangi River and is famous as a picnic spot. It is one of the few locations near the city that promote adventure and recreational activities like kayaking, boating, water rafting, etc. The natural jacuzzi is one of the most preferred activities that tourists visit the Moulangi Falls for.

13. Anshi National Park

40 km
from city center
13 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Anshi National Park is a part of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and covers about 500 square kilometres of the natural reserve. It is a famous Tiger Reserve and is now called the Kali Tiger Reserve. With a high biodiversity that is most specific to the Western Ghats of India, the attraction is a favourite amongst nature and animal lovers.

14. Shivaji Fort

2 km
from city center
14 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Built during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Shivaji Fort is one of the oldest forts in the state. Tourists visit this magnificent structure for its heritage value and the beautiful surroundings. The attraction is a favourite amongst trekkers, nature and history lovers.

15. Kayaking

15 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Kayaking is one of the popular things to do in Dandeli. The volunteers are helped and guided by professionals and the activity is carried out on still waters with almost no or mild waves. The kayak is taken through a number of islands on the way. The activity on the whole is a thrilling experience.

16. Sri Mallikarjuna Temple

1 km
from city center
16 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Sri Mallikarjuna Temple is believed to be the oldest temple in the state. In fact, a stone inscription states that it was built in 1144 on land donated by King Jayakesha. The temple is of immense religious significance and the marvellous Kadamba style architecture also attracts tourists in large numbers.

17. Dandelappa Temple

2 km
from city center
17 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Dandelappa Temple is dedicated to Lord Dandelappa, who served the Maharishi landlords till the end of his life. The city is said to have derived the name from the name of the deity. It is one of the oldest temples in the city surrounded by beautiful natural landscape. The temple has a divine vibe and gives a peek into the history and the culture of Dandeli. Many also believe that offering a prayer to Lord Dandelappa is very fruitful and all the wishes are fulfilled.

18. Jenukallu Gudda Sunset Point

18 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

This is another mesmerising place that is simply picture perfect. The Jenukallu Gudda sunset point is also called 'honey rock hillock' point, since 'Jenu?'means honey, 'Kallu' means stone and 'Gudda' means hill. You can view the sun slowly settle down from this location amidst the never ending valleys. You can also catch a glimpse of the entire Western hills. It is at a distance of approximately 17 kms from Yellapur. And from Magod falls, it is only 7 kms away. Pack some light snacks since nothing is available at this spot.

19. Mini Tibet

2,199 km
from city center
19 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Mini Tibet is also known as the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement. It is one of the few places which is often compared to the Mcleodganj Hill Station and is famous for the well preserved vibrant Tibetan Culture. It is the only attraction in the city where one can find traditional Tibetan monuments.

20. Kavadi Kere

38 km
from city center
20 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Kavadi Kere is a beautiful lake located at a distance of 10 kms from Magod falls. There is a temple is dedicated to the goddess 'Kavadiamma' or popularly known as goddess Durga. It is often also associated with the legend of Mahabharata and is believed to be the lake that was built by Bheem after Goddess Durga blessed him.

21. Sri Tulaja Bhavani Temple

21 km
from city center
21 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Sri Tulaja Bhavani Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhavani, an incarnation of Goddess Parvati. The Tulaja Bhavani education and Dharmadatti Trust established the temple in 1996. It houses a stunning stone-carved idol of the Goddess.

22. Anshi National Park

13,131 km
from city center
22 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Karnataka is a land of exotic and mesmerising flora and fauna. Located at the eco-sensitive part of Western Ghats (altitude ranging from 200 meters to 900 meters) in Uttara Kannada district is Anshi National Park (Kali Tiger Reserve), an evergreen tropical rainforest.

23. Kodasalli Backwaters

35 km
from city center
23 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Kodasalli Backwaters is a mesmerising pool of water accumulated behind the Kodasalli Dam in the state of Karnataka. The dam with the same name is constructed over the Kali river in the Yellapur Taluk; the waters are used to generate electric power and this site is classified as a hydroelectric power station. The pool is also fed by waters gushing down from the Sathodi Waterfalls above it. On your way downhill from the Sathodi Waterfalls, a mild downward trek off route can take you to the serene and tranquil backwaters. Besides the alluring beauty of the surrounding forests and the lake view in the front, several chopped tree trunks branching out from the lake give it a pretty artistic look. A small tea stall nearby serves piping hot tea.

24. Coracle Boat Ride

24 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

Coracle Boat Ride is one of the unique experiences to experience in Dandeli. The round boats are made out of bamboo by tribal fishermen and are extremely light weight. Originally they were only used by the fisherfolks to travel to and fro in the river. However, lately the activity is gaining momentum as a popular touristy activity. Taking a ride on these boats is one of the topmost things to do in Dandeli.

25. Buy Bamboo Souvenirs

3.0 /5

2 km
from city center
25 out of 25
places to visit in Dandeli

While in Dandeli, one can take home some Bamboo handicraft items.

FAQs on Dandeli

Can you suggest an 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.

What are the top sightseeing places in Dandeli?

The top sightseeing places in Dandeli are Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Kavala Caves, Syntheri Rock, River Rafting in Dandeli, Sathodi Falls, Supa Dam.

How can I commute within Dandeli?

The best way to experience the beauty of this place is on foot. River rafting as well as safari rides can also be organised here.
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