If the past few months have tested the resilience of people all over the world, it has also highlighted that life is all about precious moments spent with loved ones. And what better way than to plan for regular and quick getaways in the vicinity of your city to get rejuvenated amidst nature. If you have followed social media feeds off late, you will see a sudden spurt in holiday pictures, most of which are at beautiful rustic mountains or serene azure seas. India being blessed with innumerable places to enjoy nature’s bounty, many times, we miss out on places for want of detailed information. Tourists from as far as Maharashtra, South Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa flock to Dandeli for the rich adventure and water sports activities in Dandeli. What’s more, Dandeli offers exciting experiences for people from all age groups and is the ultimate eco-friendly destination for travel enthusiasts. The calm and contended local population owes it to the region’s bountiful resources and fertile soil that nurtures trees, plants and a varied wild life. Tourists weary of crowded destinations are choosing Dandeli for some rustic, eco friendly adventure trip.
When people mention Dandeli, the first word that comes to mind is ‘River Rafting’. Well, that is the most sought after adventure activity in Dandeli, owing to the majestic and gushing waters of the river Kali. With numerous rapids owing to an uneven rocky terrain and a meandering course, the Kali river provides all the necessary ingredients to incite happy ‘Screams’ from those on the rafts. Apart from the river adventure, Dandeli offers a whole bouquet of experiences that makes it a perfect holiday destination, especially for short or weekend trips. Dandeli is situated at the confluence of three states- Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra, from which it heavily borrows several cultural and culinary aspects. Life here is not fast paced and one needs to cover long stretches of mountainous land on foot to lead a daily life. But the several resorts at Dandeli offer all the comforts required for a memorable trip.
Look around for the lush green forests on the way towards Dandeli. Don’t be surprised if you cannot see the sun for long distances, for the foliage and canopies of trees often hide the sunlight all through the day. You would frequently spot wild animals on the roads- foxes, bison, bears and many times- the leopard. Peacocks, wild cats, rabbits are frequently seen too. Several elephants and tigers have been spotted around Dandeli regularly.
How to enjoy- Most resorts in Dandeli offer nature safari and wildlife safaris, as also early morning tours for wildlife spotting.
The splendid theatrical settings of the blue mountains and dense forests if something reminiscent of the hill stations. Dandeli falls bang in the middle of the rocky trails of the Western Ghat that trails into the seas further towards Karwar and Goa. The tropical highland climates across the year ensures an average daytime temperature of around 27degrees and night temperatures hovering around 18 degrees.
How to enjoy- Plan a guided tour of the numerous routes to the mountain tops and peaks surrounding Dandeli, overseeing the Kali river.
The river Kali which originates at Kushavali in Joida taluka nearby, meanders through the rocky terrain and hence is a perfect location for the several small dams built over it. The Kali river provides a scenic backdrop to the thick dense green cover housing a variety of flora and fauna.
How to enjoy- The Kali river flows mighty across the forest region. Hop on to a boat, take an exciting rafting experience, go for river crossing or river trail walks.
The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, the Dandeli Elephant Reserve, the Anshi-Dandeli Tiger Reserve all provide a natural and safe abode for wild animals like elephants, tigers, the rare black panther, Indian Guar, bears, leopards, the Malabar squirrel, etc. The sanctuary is a haven for birdwatchers with over 200 species of birds in that area alone, with the Great Hornbill and the Malabar Pied Hornbill being frequently spotted. Ornithologists and bird enthusiasts frequently plan bird watching trips to Dandeli, especially to pursue Bird Photography in Dandeli. Tourists can venture on early morning bird watching forests treks and nature walks that prove an experience of a lifetime with the help of a trained expert guide.
How to enjoy- The Kali Tiger Reserve or the Dandeli Tiger Reserve has plenty of guided day tours for tiger spotting. Inquire with your resort.
Being situated at a slight elevation, Dandeli region offers great camping sites along the river and in the midst of the mountains. Several safe camping options with amenities ensure that tourists get to experience nature in its truest form. Once can also visit Supa dam, Syntheri rocks, Sykes point, Sattodi falls and the nearby Jenukallgudda for a mesmerizing sunset view.
How to enjoy- Book a tree house or a tent with all amenities for a safe and thrilling experience along the riverfront.
A short adventure holiday Dandeli can be combined with day trips to nearby places of worship including Uluvi, Gokarna, Murudeshwar, Shri Mallikarjun Temple, the natural Shivaling at the Kavala Caves, etc. Make a day trip to Mundgod to visit the Tibetan Monastery and also include nearby Karwar for some great seafood and a visit to the Naval Museum and the Sadashivgad Fort, if you wish.
How to enjoy- Book a vehicle from Dandeli and experience spiritual bliss like never before in the lap of nature.
Except ice, there’s water in all forms in the vicinity of Dandeli. If you’re someone who loves a quiet boating experience, you’ve got the boats that take you around the small islands in the course of the Kali river. If gushing waters is what pulls you to Dandeli, enjoy the adrenaline rush in a raft with all safety measures to experience the thrill of jumping across rapids, the myriad waterfalls nearby are beckon those who love to soak in the showers and the sea, for those who want to respond its call, is just a short distance away.
How to enjoy- choose from a plethora of choices- boats, rafts, kayaks or book a cab to visit the nearby waterfalls.
Dandeli has fast turned into a preferred adventure holiday destination in Karnataka because it provides the best adventure activities, exemplary comforts in stay, expert guides, age-specific safe tours and activities, excellent approach roads and exotic food.
So when are you visiting Dandeli for an unforgettable sun-soaked, water holiday amidst the mountains?