places to visit in Dandeli

Best Adventurous Places To Visit In Dandeli

Here are a Few the Best places to visit in Dandeli.

Dandeli is a taluk Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. Dandeli is a town in the western Indian state of Karnataka.

 The Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, with its trails and dense forest, is home to animals including black panthers, monkeys, and elephants. As well as many bird species. 

A Temple stands at the entrance to the limestone Kalva Cave, known for its stalagmite formation.

Dandeli is famous for being surrounded by dense green forests. Apart from trekking and photography, the peak offers the view of the western ghats and the dense forest so it is also quite famous for nature lovers and bird watchers.

In Dandeli, each season offers a unique experience to visitors. However, the October to January period attracts maximum tourists. From October to January Dandeli is at its best during this period because the forest is beautiful green after the monsoon season. Waterfalls are at full force, whether pleasant wildlife is very active, River rafting Kalli starts during this season.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a birdwatcher paradise, housing nearly 200 species of birds, most famous for the great Hornbill and the Malabar pied Hornbill.

The forest in Dandeli is a mixture of dense deciduous trees interspersed with bamboo and teak plantation. 

Crocodiles are a Major Wildlife attraction in this Sanctuary. It offers a unique experience of birds watching and Crocodile spotting. Walkthrough the forest or enjoy bird watching and there are a variety of reptilians and amphibians.

Location: Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Dandeli, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka.

Entry Fee: ₹ 40 per person for Indians

                 : ₹ 80 per person for foreigner 

                 : ₹ 40 per person for a jeep 

                 : ₹ 100 pert still camera

Timings : 08:00am to 07:00pm, everyday

Dandeli River Rafting 

Government Dandeli River Rafting is done under Dandeli Kali adventure jungle lodges.

Dandeli river rafting is an adventurous sport and recreational activity using a raft to navigate a river. For those who enjoy adventure sports and the rush of adrenaline, Dandeli is the place to be.

Water sports have always been the key attraction of this place Kali river rafting, white water rafting in Kali river, Kayaking, and canoeing such as elaborate arrangements will definitely feel the passion of adventure.

Rafting cost : ₹ 500 for short rafting

                      : ₹ 1200 for mid rafting 

                      : ₹ 1350 for long rafting

Activity Timings : 4hours (opening 09:00am to 05:00pm)

Dandeli safari 

A Jungle safari in a jeep and venture into the land of sight and sound. 

Dandeli wildlife sanctuary has some of the exemplary green patches to spot wild animals like Crocodile, Bison, Tigers, Black Panther, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Leopards and a number of reptiles and birds.

The Wildlife reserve authorities or professional guides take you on safari covering a distance of around 30km into the deep dense forest. 

The open jeep can accommodate around 8 people in one trip. The safaris run in two slots out of which one sets off in the early morning and the second trip runs in the evening.

Safari Timings: Morning trips from 06:00 am to 08:00 am 

                          : Evening trip from 04:00pm to 06:00pm

Safari Cost: You end up paying somewhere between ₹ 2500 to ₹ 3000 which includes a vehicle, guide, a driver, permit, and entry fee


Kayaking in Dandeli is mostly conducted in supa reservoir or river kali. Dandeli is the only place in south India where one can attempt to learn Kayaking to an advanced level. It is one of the main Dandeli activities.

Kayaking is an activity with the use of a kayak for moving across water. Participate in this activity and enjoy an enriching and rewarding time paddling across the water.

With the quality instructors there to guide you and teach you all the tricks before you go into the water, there is nothing you have to worry about.

For those who would love to test their limits and go for an adventure, this is the best emerging spot to test yourself.

  • It is a 1-hour activity which can be completed between 09:00am to 06:00pm.
  • Activity is only permissible to children above the age of 12years.
  • Avoid wearing a saree, and wear comfortable clothes.
  • Pregnant women are strictly not allowed to do the activity.

Kayaking cost : ₹ 300 per person

Kayaking timings : 09:00 am to 06:00pm, every day


Jungle trekking is an adventurous journey along the thick Dandeli forests where visitors can explore nature, wildlife & birds.

 This is really an adventurous activity in the Dandeli forest, usually undertaken by young tourists. Trekking is one of the top things to do in Dandeli. 

There is only one trip organized by the forest department at 6am every day to Kavala Caves. The guided tour starts with a ride into the gated forest reserve. A 3-4km downhill walk and 350 steps down will take you to the caves. 

Trekkers are required to pay for the permit and guide fees at the kulgi Nature. Be careful to wear full boots, as leeches are big trouble during the monsoon and winter months. Besides the day-long trekking routes, there are also a few short birding trails around the camp.

Entry fee: ₹ 40 per person

Trek fee: ₹ 475 per person

Guide fee: ₹ 500 per group

Timings : ₹ 08:00am to 12:00pm.


Rappelling in Dandeli is an utmost adventure activity that really keeps you on your toes and feet. 

In this activity, you have to climb the stark rock and steep cliffs of the mountains and come careening down suspended by only one single piece of rope. 

The location of this adventure activity is Ganeshgudi near Supa Dam. If there is a skilled adventurer or a non-professional, the guide at Dandeli will take care of each and everything.

Price: 500 per person

Timings : 08:00am to 05:00pm

Not only this you can try other activities around Dandeli. Here is the list,

  1. Natural Jacuzzi
  2. River Crossing 
  3. Coracle Ride
  4. Rock Climbing
  5. Jungle Camping

If you are planning to visit Dandeli. There are some best resorts to stay in with full packages.

  1. Magenta Century Resort
  2. Bison River Resort 
  3. Jungle Nest
  4. River Side Stay
  5. Dandeli Shikra Jungle Resort – Stay in treehouse

How to reach Dandeli?

Looking for the vacation? If you are looking for adventure vacations then Dandeli is one of the best places in India for activities.

  • Bangalore to Dandeli – 460km
  • Travel time – 9 – 10hrs
  • Best time to visit – oct to jan

Dandeli is a traveler’s delight. The place is filled with a continuous humming sound with water adventure that rekindles your desire to enjoy the thrills and spills of the sport.