Places to visit and things to do Dandeli, Karnataka - eNidhi India Travel Blog

Places to visit and things to do Dandeli, Karnataka

If you're planning to visit Dandeli, here are a list of activities you can indulge in.

Try white water rafting.
Kali river is one of the best places in India to try rafting. Rafting will be suspended during peak monsoon months (July-October). Best time to try rafting here would be November to Feb. There were two-three operators earlier, but currently only one organizer conduct rafting here. In coordination with dam authorities, organizers get some water released few moments before the rafting starts. This ensures some extra water and extra fun.

Rafting can be booked via travel agents like or via your resort. Advance booking is recommended for weekends. Current cost is Rs 1400 per person. About 9 people are allowed per raft and there’re about 10-12 rafts when we visited. Expect water levels to dip a bit if you happen to be on last few rafts. [Related: we were made to wait for an hour in the forest by JLR)

Other water sports: Kayaking, boat rides. There’re more activities like rappelling, but these need to be planned in advance in consultation with organizers. A group might be needed or activity could be seasonal or subject to organizers’ availability.

Bird watching:
Dandeli is famous for its birds-primarily the hornbill. Don’t expect them to come and pose in front of you but if you have some time and patience, you’re sure to spot one. Some resorts like Old Magazine house has a dedicated facility for bird watchers. Provisions are made to feed the birds with food and water and photographers can watch from a distance, separated by a net, so that birds don’t get disturbed. You’re very likely to find groups of bird watchers with their super bazooka lens here. Kattige depot near Dandeli town is also good place to watch birds. You’ll also see Indian Rollers and Malabar giant squirrels aplenty.
Syntheri rocks:
It is a scenic place where a river flows below a gigantic rock. Dangerous place to swin but good place to relax for a while. Read more about Syntheri rocks here (coming up)

Sunsets: There’re few very good places to watch sunsets. I clicked few from a rock inside private property of Kadu Mane estate, while S R bhagavat viewpoint and another one near Old Magazine house are very popular for this

Forest Safari: Dandeli forest is famous for black panther sighting. But you should be lucky to spot one. Probablity of sighting animals is much lower, compared to Safaris in say Nagarahole forest near Mysore.

Tribal visits: If meeting tribal communities interest you, get in touch with folks at They can organize a few visits. Read a post by Sankara Subramanian on this topic.

Doodhsagar falls: Scenic Doodhsagar falls is less than 100kms from Dandeli. You can leave early morning and come back by evening. However, for best experience go there immediately after monsoon, not after November.

Nature walks & Trekking: Just a simple walk around the trees early in the morning can be highly refreshing, accompanied by chirping sound of birds. Don’t be lazy, go for a nature walk.
But note that each activity can take about half a day, so plan your duration depending on what all you’d like to do.  For a more exhaustive list, check this link.

Other nearby places to Dandeli

Karwar (100kms), Goa (150kms), Unchalli falls (150kms ), Yana (180 kms)

Reaching Dandeli
Goa is the nearest and practical airport at 150kms. Hubli is another airport (just 75kms) but there aren't too many flights to Hubli except one spicejet late evening flight from Bengaluru.

By Train from Bangalore-Rani Chennamma Express (Alight at Alnavar) or take trains to cities like Hubli, Dharwad, Karwar, Belgaum etc, which are in about 100kms from Dandeli

By Road: Not much direct buses to Dandeli from Blr- take a bus to any of the above cities and take another transport.

Places to stay: Old Magazine House * Kali Adventure Camp * Dandeli Jungle Camp * Kadu Mane * Hornbill resort, Kamats and half dozen other resorts provide stay options suiting various budget needs


  1. good info for any tourist. the polluting paper mill and famous ganapathi temple r my memories of dandeli

  2. Good information Nidhi. Will keep this in my list.


  3. Nice post karnataka tourist places. It's always pleasure to visit karnataga and especially bangalore. thanks for sharing amazing info

  4. Nice Article and very useful information.


  5. Great post, I was looking for something like this one.

  6. Your post reminded me of the best moments spent in Dandeli. Hope to visit this place soon.

  7. Dandeli is one of the best tourist places in Karnataka. There are large number of users who used to visit Dandeli as they look for the best experience.
    The article shared above is really very helpful for the visitors who are planning to visit Dandeli as it shares the information about best places to visit in Dandeli.

  8. Nice content you can also add Magod falls Sathod Falls which is around 50 KM from Dandeli really nice place to hangout

  9. Dandeli is a beautiful place to spend quality time. If you want to visit this place. So,the best time is October to January where you can do lots of fun and make a memorable trip.

    You can Book Luxurious Resorts & Stays at the Official Booking Website: OR

    If you visit at the perfect time. So, there are so many activities like river rafting, kayaking, trekking, river crossing, and zorbing, etc.
    1. River rafting
    It is a must-try in Dandeli. It is stunning recreational water activity. The rafting will start from Ganeshgudi and will end up in Maulangi. It is the only thing to do in June with your group of friends in Dandeli. You can go for river rafting from 9 towards the beginning of the day and proceed for 3 hours at a stretch.
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    2. Kayaking
    Another experience filled water game is kayaking in the white waters of river Kali. Kayak is a thin, slender watercraft that can be worked utilizing a twofold bladed paddle.
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    3. Zorbing
    It is another recreational adventure game of rolling downhill inside a straightforward ball called zorb, by and large, made of transparent plastic.
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    Happy Holidays in Dandeli!


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