Dandeli, a small town sitting on the banks of Kali River in Karnataka, is also known as the adventure capital of South India. Nestled in the rugged trails of the Western Mountain range, Dandeli presents a magical mix of tranquillity and adventure.
So, if wanderlust gets you going and you wish to hike through the scenic Western Ghats embraced with untouched beauty and fascinating wilderness, Dandeli welcomes you with open arms.
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Besides the majestic mountains, wildlife and adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Dandeli. This small town also lets you immerse in the historical facade of South India with its ancient caves and temples. How about some adventurous hiking expeditions, jungle safari, boat rides, or kayaking? Dandeli offers a mixed bag of experiences to travellers. So, without further ado, let us take you through the top reasons why you should visit Dandeli. Read on!
Go with the flow to get the kick of adventure!
Are you craving your jab of adrenaline rush for a long time? Then, come to Dandeli and taste the thrill of mind-blowing water sports. River rafting through the Kali River would be a one-of-its-kind adventure. Whether you are a pro or a rookie, the 12 km expanse of the beautiful black waters of the River Kali will not disappoint you. Go with the strong currents of the wild terrain of the water and drench yourself in adventure. Moreover, as the river flows through the forest, you may catch a glimpse of wild animals who come to drink water on its banks.
Manifest the wild Dandeli up close!
Do you want to manifest the wilderness of Dandeli upfront? The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife and adventure lovers. The main attraction of this wildlife harbour is the different species of hornbills, including Malabar pied hornbill, grey hornbill, and great pied hornbills, among others. Moreover, with various accommodation options available with Parampara Cottages, such as camping tents, deluxe rooms, and dormitories, staying at Dandeli becomes easy and comfortable. That's not all. You can enjoy coracle boat rides, eco-tourism, trekking, cycling, safari tours, and much more.
Unwind in the Natural Jacuzzi!
You may have fancied or experienced a Jacuzzi in a bathtub at a top-notch resort. Right? How about getting a natural Jacuzzi in Dandeli? Your trip to this magical place would be incomplete without getting drenched in the fresh spring water flowing from the Supa Dam with the distinct aroma of the woods all around. Enriched with healing properties, a natural Jacuzzi bath near the Kali River will rejuvenate your senses like nothing else.
Trek through the evergreens
All the trekkers out there, hold your breaths. Dandeli also offers the best jungle trekking experience. Roving through the dense evergreen forests with diverse flora and fauna around will thrill the wildlife enthusiast in you. The woods of Dandeli don't strand bird watchers and photographers either. While walking through the jungle, the sight and sound of colourful birds flying and chirping in harmony with nature will take your breath away. You can pick different trekking routes, such as trekking to the Kavala Caves, Potoli-Shiroli trek, and Kulgi-Nagzari Valley trek.
Climb up to the Kavala Caves
Cocooned within the green shell of nature, the Kavala Caves, a.k.a., Sidda or Limestone Caves, are one of the most iconic places to visit in Dandeli. With the essence of the prehistoric era, locals believe that Kavala Caves are the result of volcanic eruptions. The caves comprise a nexus of intricately woven and narrow alleys. So, be prepared to crawl through the tunnels. It also features a clifftop temple. And to get there, you will have to climb 375 steps and then crawl around 40 feet to see the marvellous view of the naturally formed 4-feet Shivalinga.
Witness the beauty of the cascading Sathodi Falls
Famous as Mini Niagara, the Sathodi Falls is one of the stunning places to see in Dandeli. An interesting thing - you will have to walk about half a kilometre through the lush forest to reach the waterfalls. Needless to mention but this short trek will mesmerise you. And as you approach the falls, you will hear the sound of the gushing Sathodi Falls. Nothing but heavenly!
How to reach Dandeli from Bengaluru?
Refer to the table below:
Bengaluru to Dandeli Routes
Road Distance: 467 km
Travel time: Approximately 7 hours and 30 mins
By Air: Take a flight from Bengaluru to Goa.
From Goa, take a cab or bus to reach Dandeli.
Public transport is readily available.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Dandeli is Alnavar.
Take a train from Bengaluru to Alnavar and go to Dandeli via bus or cab.
By Bus: Several buses operate between Bengaluru and Dandeli.
The average travel time is around 9 hours and 15 minutes.
Self-drive: It may take around 8 hours and 30 minutes to reach Dandeli from Bengaluru via NH 48.
To sum up!
Whether you are a backpacker, a solo traveller, or you love to travel with your family and friends, Dandeli makes an ideal long-weekend destination for you. The best time to immerse in the surreal beauty of this place is the winter. From October to February, nature smiles at Dandeli and bestows it with all things captivating and blessed.
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