Dandeli is a small town in the western ghats of North-West Karnataka, India. Dandeli is known as a wildlife sanctuary and is proud of being one of the tiger projects. People have also moved from across India to work in the industries in Dandeli. Dandeli is also known for its adventure activities on the River Kali. Located close to the Supa Dam on Kali, Dandeli offers options for white water rafting and canoeing. The rapids are class 3 and there is one recirculating rapid in the circuit.
There is no Airport in Dandeli. The nearest Airport is in Hubli, which is 80km from Dandeli.
Dandeli is 78 km from Hubli and 32 km from Alnavar. The nearest railway stations are Londa, Alnavar, Dharwar and Hubli.
There are many buses plied by state government-owned North West Karnataka Road Corporation (NWKRTC) to nearby villages and towns. There are Bike & Scooty are available for rent, autorickshaws (three wheeler) and car taxis are available at Dandeli town.
Kavala Caves: Ancient Kavala caves are a perfect destination for tourists to visit while their trip to Dandeli. This place is located around at a distance of 25 km from the Dandeli. Tourists will have to trek some thousands of steps through a dense forest to reach Kavala caves. These caves are revered as the abode of Lord Shiva-the Hindu god of Destruction.
Kulgi Nature Camp: Kulgi Nature Camp is located at a distance of around 14 km from the Dandeli National Park. This camp has small museum, nature interpretation centre. It is located on the Ambika Nagar- Yellapur Road. The main highlight of this museum is the stuffed remained of 13-ft king cobra which was caught a few years back in this area.
Syntheri Rocks: Syntheiri Rocks is located at around 25 km from Dandeli on the road to Gund village. Kaneri River rushes through a canyon of huge granite formation. There is a 300 feet tall monolithic granite on one side. This location is a favorite picnic spot.
Ulvi Temple: Ulvi Shri Channabasaveshara temple is located deep inside Dandeli wildlife sanctuary. This is one of the most famous pilgrimage location in the northern part of Karnataka.
Anshi National Park or Anshi Tiger Reserve is few miles away from Dandeli. There are many resorts and homestays around Dandeli which arrange trips to the tiger reserve.
Supa Dam near Ganesh Gudi is built across Kali river for generating electricity.
Dandeli Wild Life Sanctuary and Anshi National Park are dominated by river Kali, be it from its banks or from atop a mountain. The activities at this national park include: Coracle Rides (in water, would be able to spot crocodiles, hornbills and other birds), Rock Climbing (small), Mountain Biking, Rafting/Kayaking/Canoeing, Camping, Jeep Safari ride, Trekking in the forest, bird watching. Other nearby places to visit include: Kavala Caves, Syntheri Rocks, Sykes point, Siroli peak.
Dandeli Wildlife sanctuary is very calm and peaceful. This sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka state. This sanctuary nestles some very rare birds and animals. This sanctuary has unspoilt and not much explored hidden treasure of wildlife, which can surely leave any nature lover speechless.
Rafting: Dandeli is located to near to Kali River, which is a great location for the rafting. There is a route of around 9-14 km for rafting. This rafting route is of class III and continues for around 2 to 3 hours, it may also go more than that. The rafting starts only after 2nd or 3rd week of November. Plan travel accordingly.
Kachori and Samosa are very famous in Dandeli.
There are KSTDC (Karnataka Tourism Development Corporation) guest houses available which provide packages to the tourists which include accommodation, food, safari, coracle ride and rafting. These guest houses are well maintained and good food is available.