Nestled in green surroundings of the Western Ghats with River Kali as its centrepiece, Dandeli is in the northern part of Karnataka and it is one of the most attractive and incredible tourist destinations in India. This splendid place is quite famous amongst the tourists across the nation as well as abroad for its gorgeous natural backdrop, wildlife and adventure activities. White water rafting, kayaking and canoeing on the Kali River, night camps, nature walks, boating, bird watching, tiger and crocodile spotting, eco-tourism, caves, temples, treks, cycling and mountain biking, black panthers, Sambhar deer, bison and Malabar giant squirrels, king cobra, Dandeli is full of surprises. The city is completely bounded with thick green forests that rejuvenates the visitors and makes them visit this place again. The flowing river also provides an extra charm and beauty to it.
Dandeli does not have its own airport. The approachable airport to this city is Belgaum which connects this region with different parts of the country. It is around 90 km away from the heart of Dandeli. The nearest railway station to the city is Dharwad which is approximately 55 km away from Dandeli.
Dandeli is surrounded by dense forests and therefore, one will find a moderate climate throughout the year. A number of visitors come here to get the real pleasure of nature. Summers in Dandeli are not on the hotter side as the average temperature remains around 33°C. Monsoon usually comes in the month of June and ends in the month of September. Temperature during this period ranges from 20°C-30°C and the city witnesses heavy rainfall. Most of the travellers avoid visiting the place during the monsoon season. Winters are on the pleasant side in Dandeli and the average temperature remains around 26°C. People from different parts of the world love to visit the place in this season. Though, the climate remains pleasant all through the year but the best time to visit Dandeli is from October to May.
Kulgi Nature Camp
Kulgi Nature Camp is situated around 12 km away from the city. It is seen as a substitute of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. The place is quite famous amongst the tourists. It is nestled in the mid of the dense forests of the city. The natural camp is spread in the large area and you can comfortably enjoy your trip here.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
The otherwise sleepy town of Dandeli in Karnataka is proud to be the nestling zone of a magnanimous tiger reserve, popularly known as Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is spread in an area of 834.16 sq. km and has earned the status of the largest wildlife sanctuary in India. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is counted amongst the most attractive tourist spots in Karnataka because of abundance of flora and fauna, easy spotting of tigers and other wildlife species and chance to go deep into the wilderness. The calm and blissful ambience of the forest reserve is best enjoyed with a thrilling jeep safari or boat cruise. A journey to Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is not only about venturing into the wild and enjoying the roaring sound of animal, but also about cherishing the captivating landscape speckled with valleys, rivers and hilly terrains.
Kavala Caves is located at a distance of 26 km from Dandeli, it is one of the renowned caves in the region. With 376 steps down, reach the entrance gate of this cave and then crawl down almost 40 feet deep in the tunnel to catch the glimpse of Shiva linga which is a naturally created lingam. A number of devotees come on the day of 'Shivratri' to worship Lord Shiva here.
Shiroli Peak is another renowned place in the region of Dandeli where people from different parts of the country love to visit. Placed inside Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, it is approximately 25 km away from the city. Being the highest point of the region, it offers picturesque view to the travellers.