OT Travel Itinerary: How To Spend The Perfect 3 Days In Dandeli, Karnataka

The area is renowned for the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Kali River, Kavala Caves, waterfalls, and stunning trekking trails
There are many hiking trails in the forests of Dandeli
There are many hiking trails in the forests of DandeliDiversePixels/Shutterstock

Located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Dandeli is blessed with lush green forests and is situated on the banks of the Kali River. It is a haven for those seeking peace and quiet surrounded by nature. The area is renowned for the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, which is home to animals such as black panthers, and various bird species. Visitors can also explore natural attractions like the Kavala Caves, known for their stalagmite formations, and waterfalls. For those with an adventurous spirit, there are trekking trails and thrilling river rafting experiences. Here is a three-day guide to the enchanting attractions of Dandeli.

Day 1

Go On A Trek

Dandeli is a paradise for trekkers, with thick forests and meandering streams that offer a perfect setting for exploring nature and wildlife. Numerous trekking routes are available, with some activities organised by the forest department. Trekkers can conquer Shiroli Peak and further ahead explore the network of limstone caves at Kavala.

Spot The Birds And Beasts

An Asian Pied Hornbill seen at Ganeshgudi, Dandeli
An Asian Pied Hornbill seen at Ganeshgudi, DandeliAmitrane/Shutterstock

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is said to be the oldest declared game reserve in India and the second-largest reserve forest in Goa. This sanctuary is where you can spot the elusive black panther. Sightings of over 30 hornbills have been reported just off the main road. Flying snakes glide over canopies while the elusive black panther stalks stealthily. Sloth bears, gaur, yellow-footed pigeons, and crested serpent eagles are sighted often, and rare and colorful hornbills feed on figs. You can sign up for jungle safaris that are arranged by the Kulgi Nature Camp. The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is also a birdwatcher's paradise, boasting almost 270 bird species, with special mentions to the great hornbill and the Malabar pied hornbill.

Day 2

Go river rafting in Dandeli
Go river rafting in Dandelimanoj_kulkarni/Shutterstock

Sign Up For River Rafting

Enjoy the exhilarating white water rafting adventures on the Kali River in Dandeli, Karnataka. Experience the thrill of conquering unpredictable river stretches, comparable to the best options on the Ganges. Rafting operations are offered by private operators and the Karnataka Forest Department, ensuring a truly unforgettable experience.

Explore The Caves

Tucked away amidst the verdant foliage of the Western Ghats, the Kavala Caves comprise a mesmerising collection of limestone caves adorned with intricate formations. These mysterious caverns are home to an enchanting variety of wildlife and a Shiva stalagmite, a breathtaking natural wonder that captivates all who venture into this hidden realm.

Check Out Tranquil Waterfalls

Trek to Sathodi Falls
Trek to Sathodi FallsNagarajbhat/Shutterstock

Embark on an enchanting journey to the captivating 15m tall Sathodi Falls, which are formed by the convergence of streams near Kallaramane Ghat. This renowned cascade is celebrated for its unspoiled natural beauty, offering a scenic trekking experience.

Day 3

Take A Coracle Ride

Embark on an extraordinary journey in Dandeli with a coracle boat ride on the invigorating Kali River. Explore the turbulent waters in traditional round, lightweight boats that hold historical significance for locals and have now evolved into a must-experience activity for tourists.

Check Out An Ancient Fort

Just 22 km from Dandeli town stands Shivaji Fort, a symbol of immense historical significance. Constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the 17th century, this formidable citadel serves as a guardian of the ghats and is deeply intertwined with Maharashtra's rich history.

Go On A Picnic

Nestled along the scenic banks of the River Kali and surrounded by thick forests, Moulangi Eco Park is the perfect destination for unforgettable picnic outings with family and friends. With an array of activities such as trekking, camping, bird watching, and photography, the park promises an enjoyable and memorable experience for all.

Paddy fields in Dandeli
Paddy fields in Dandeli Sathish Kamath/Shutterstock

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Dandeli is October, November, December, January, February and March. Since this is the peak season expect a little crowd during this time. April, May and June period experiences moderate weather. So, you can easily avoid facing a large gathering.

Where To Stay

Dandeli offers a variety of accommodation options, including resorts, camps, and more. One of the options is the Dandeli Jungle Resort, which features well-appointed cottages blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings. Stone Wood Jungle Resort bills itself as a luxury resort with 31 suites and cottages. The Kali Adventure Camp is a large bungalow situated on the banks of the Kali River. This nature retreat focuses on fostering a deep connection with the natural environment.

Getting There

While there is no direct rail or flight connectivity to Dandeli, the nearest railway station, Alnavar Junction, is 23 km away and the closest airport in Hubli is 56 km away. Dandeli is well connected by road with regular bus services linking this place to the rest of India.

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