1 River Rafting in Dandeli
It is 2km From the city centre 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.
There are a number of setups and tour providers that offer facilities for the sport. There are rapids of different classes. Some of the rapids here are known by the names Snuggler’s trove, Adi’s beard, the stitch, Stanley’s squeeze etc. Located at the tip of Nothern Karnataka, Dandeli is an adventure enthusiasts delight with its myriad water sports offerings. It is situated 1,800 feet above sea level and is surrounded by dense tropical forests which are home to diverse species of fauna including Hornbills,giant squirrels, sambar deer and wild boars. The River Kali is quite mercurial in nature and offers a perfect blend of calm waters for novices and stretches of turbulent rapids to cater to professionals.
2. Kali Tiger Reserve
Located 2km from the city centre 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.
Along with the nearby Anshi National Park, Kali Tiger Reserve houses around 40 tigers. The entire forest area is covered with a mixture of dense deciduous and evergreen vegetation interspersed with bamboo and teak plants. Available in the early morning and during sunset, you can take the jungle safari to explore the wildlife. Fishing, trekking, crocodile sighting and white water rafting in the river Kali that flows through the sanctuary are some of the other adventures you can go for in the jungle.
3. Magod Falls
Nearly 25 km from the city centre 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.
Located near Sathodi falls, these group of waterfalls are located in the Uttar Kannada district. The Magod fall goes dry during summers and appears misty in the monsoon season. It lies in between dense forest cover. There is no entry fee for visiting this spot, and it is open on all days of the week.
4. Ulavi Temple
It is 30km from the city center, 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.
5. Kavala Caves
Located 20km from the city centre, these limestone caves with their winding tunnels and 375 entrance steps were formed by volcanic activities. They are home to snakes and bats. The huge stalagmite here is a major attraction for Shiva devotees.
Its 22km from the city centre, 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
It is 9km from the citycenter 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
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.
These exquisite waterfalls run through the forest, and there is half a kilometre of an enjoyable walk which takes around 20 minutes from the entrance & parking spot to the actual falls. There are accurately placed signboards for convenience. At the entrance, you will have to pay INR 5 per head. As you walk for about 10 minutes, you will clearly hear the sound of cascading water. The path that leads to the waterfall is very narrow, and you will have to walk slowly. The waterfall runs all the year-round. The waterfall has a natural pool where swimming in the water is possible.
The waterfalls are rapturing enough, while the road which leads to the waterfalls from Yellapur is an enjoyable jungle ride. The only high ground clearance vehicles can go through this route. After falling, the water from this fall joins the backwaters of Kodasalli dam.
9. Kulgi Nature Camp
Situated at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, this is popular for tourist accommodation providing a comfortable stay whilst exploring the wildlife sanctuary.
The twelve tents here are named after different birds, spread over a large area in the middle of the forest.
10. Shiroli Peak
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
There is a well-constructed road that leads to this temple. It is a belief that the Kavadikeri Lake temple dates back to the Dwapara Yuga (third of the four yugas as mentioned in the Hindu scriptures). The temple premises are also known as Shree Kshetra. You can spot the red and black-crested Bulbul and the river Lapwing here. Also, you can find beautiful wild orchids growing around the lake.
21. Sri Tulaja Bhavani Temple
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
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, an evergreen tropical rainforest. 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 high biodiversity that is most specific to the Western Ghats of India, the attraction is a favourite amongst nature and animal lovers. The park is home to hundreds of species of wild animals, endemic birds, herbs, shrubs, and reptiles. Overlooking the Kali river which flows through it, the remarkable topography of the park includes beautiful deep valleys, dense forests and narrow hills slopes.
23. Kodasalli Backwaters
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
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
While in Dandeli, one can take home some Bamboo handicraft items like baskets, flutes and bags.