DANDELI OF WESTERN GHATS
Some places are like hidden gems, you discover them serendipitously and then it’s a life-long love affair. Dandeli offers you a home-coming like no other. You would probably have never heard of this place had it not been for some Instagram posts or some friend’s pictures that took your breath away. ‘‘where is this” would have been your first expression followed by a disbelief when told that it’s in close proximity to major cities in this part of India. Easily accessible from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Goa and Belgaum, Dandeli offers an unbelievable holiday experience that rejuvenates your mind and body, heart and soul. From good roads, to exotic accommodation facilities, mouth- watering food and experienced guides, once here, you will find it all to make your stay more than just memorable.
A UNIQUE BIO DIVERSITY SPHERE
DANDELI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Anywhere in the world, a sanctuary is the abode of the real forest dwellers- the wild animals, the birds and the trees and plants. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is in the true sense the abode of the mighty Tiger. Together with the Kali Tiger Reserve, the Anshi National Park and the Anshi-Dandeli Tiger Reserve, the entire area earmarked for wildlife preservation is more than 1000 sq. kms.
The entire region houses a thick foliage of deciduous trees, teak and bamboo plantations, along with other species. That makes it an ideal natural habitat for over 200 species of birds including the hornbills, a variety of animals like the Tiger, Guar, Leopard, Black Panther, Elephants, the Malabar Squirrel, etc. Spotting a bison, an elephant or a fox is very common even on main roads.
KALI RIVER EXPERIENCE
The name Kali, synonymous with the Goddess who destroys evil, originates from the word meaning both dark, and roaring like the Goddess herself. The river’s course is strewn along rocky terrain causing it to burst into rapids as it crosses. This also results in several islands being formed on its way, making way for dense forests and hence attracting birds and animals. For long, the gushing waters of the Kali river have been used to generate electricity through small dams and for lugging timber through timber rafting. The Kali is a mighty river whose rich silt of alluvial soil, laden with iron ore and manganese gets deposited on the banks turning the entire basin fertile for all sorts of flora. A rich flora ensures a richer fauna, making the Kali the mother that nurtures the plants, animals and the humans alike.
Once you set your base at Dandeli for some adventure, you can also use it as a hub to explore other interesting places in the vicinity. Plan for a day trip to Supa dam (20 kms), Syntheri rocks (28 kms) to enjoy waters amidst the massive and mysterious volcanic rocks or to Ulavi to pay obeisance to Channabasaveshwara (30 kms), visit Sadashivgad (102kms) near Karwar for deep lessons in history as the mighty fort is built where the Kali meets the sea and club it with a visit to the Naval Museum, soak in the golden sands of the Gokarn beach (130 kms) and perform an early morning pooja at the Mahabaleshwar temple. Drop in to experience of the mystical Kavala Caves (21 kms) to know how the limestone formations happened over millennia or hop on to Mundgod (82 kms) to witness the serenity of the Buddhist Monastery. The entire itinerary can be completed just under four days with excellent stay and B&B available at every place.
Sykes Point - Supa Dam - Kaval Caves - Syntheri Rock - Molangi - Shiroli Peak
Shivendra Raje Bhosale
“Very rare location with river side property, which make it excellent and unique. Rooms are very clean. Food is good. Would like to visit again and again with family and friends, great entertainment with wonderful activities like River Rafting, Rollercoaster Zipline, Jungle trekking etc….”
Shivendra Raje Bhosale
Sachin Jayasheel Chavadi, Events Specialist
Stay at Whistling Woodzs a multi-coloured experience! Its myriad list of offerings, warm hospitality and list of things to do, make it for a delightful stay experience amidst the lush rain forest with misty mountains.
Sachin Jayasheel Chavadi
Kripa Desai, Principal, The Ardee School, Goa
It was a pleasant stay with kids at Whistling Woodzs. The staff is very helpful. The food served is delicious. It’s a good place to indulge in adventure & water sports. I’ve visited the resort a few times, I look forward to trying the zipline on my next visit.