At a distance of 13 km from Dandeli Bus Stand, Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the banks of the River Kali at Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This is the second largest sanctuary in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit in Dandeli.
The Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 2007. The sanctuary is contiguous with the Mahaveer Sanctuary in Goa and Anshi National Park in Karnataka. Karnataka state government has officially notified the Dandeli Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant on 4th June 2015.
Spread over an area of 866.41 sq. km, the sanctuary lies at an altitude ranging between 100 m to 970 m with highest point being Hegada Temba. The dense forests of the Sanctuary are crisscrossed by the meandering streams of River Kaneri and River Nagzari, tributaries of River Kali.
Dandeli is a natural habitat for several wildlife animals like tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, crocodiles and various kinds of snakes. This sanctuary is also a birdwatchers paradise, housing nearly 200 species of Birds. The birds in the sanctuary include the golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent eagle, white breasted kingfisher, grey hornbill, great pied hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill.
The wildlife lovers can enjoy the jungle safaris and boat safaris in the area of Dandeli. Safaris in open jeeps into the sanctuary accompanied by trained naturalists are the best way to view wildlife at Dandeli. One can use their own vehicle for a jungle safari. Apart from jeep safari, tourists can also enjoy the nature walks, bird watching, crocodile sighting trips, fishing and trekking in the jungle. White water rafting, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking are the other activities in Dandeli.
Sanctuary entry tickets can be bought at Nature Interpretation Center, Kulgi. Entry to the sanctuary is 3 km from the Kulgi Nature Camp, which offers accommodation and other adventure activities in and around the sanctuary.
At a distance of 31 km from Dandeli, Syntheri Rock is monolithic granite structure with a height of 300 feet, which is located in the dense forests of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the top Dandeli tourist places to visit.
Syntheri Rock is a huge, massive limestone rock formed due to volcanic eruptions some million years ago. It is named after an English lady called Ms. Cinthera who is believed to have discovered this place in 20th century. River Kaneri passes along the side of this rock. Owing to the flow of the river from the vicinity, erosion has resulted in the rocks getting hollowed. The corners of this rock cave are inhabited by numerous pigeons and honeybees.
Entry to the venue is controlled by forest department. The site can be reached either by jeep or by walk through the dense forest from the entrance. At the entrance visitors need to pay nominal entry fee and vehicles can go up to the parking area from where visitors need to climb down to reach the base.
There is a 15-20 minute walk from the vehicle parking to the rock. A flight of 200 odd steps downwards lead you to the base. The steps are very steep and various types of rocks found in the forest are displayed along the steps.
At a distance of 24 km from Dandeli, 93 km from Sirsi, 120 km from Karwar and 139 km from Gokarna, Kavala caves are the natural caves located in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the popular points of interest in Dandeli.
These caves are formed by volcanic activity ages back and are situated deep with-in the forest. It is believed that these caves have been in existence since the prehistoric times. Currently, the caves are inhabited by numerous snakes and bats. Also known as Limestone Caves or Sidda, these caves are very small in dimension and have a lot of stalagmite formations. At some places the opening gets smaller and visitors need to crawl through.
Visitors need to climb down 375 steps to reach the cave entrance. There is a temple at the entrance of the cave. One has to crawl down 40 feet through winding, narrow tunnels to see the Shivalinga formed naturally. The narrow passage is dark and visitors may have to carry a torch or use the candles sold there.
Bulbs are lit only during Shivaratri when thousands of devotees visit the caves. The Shivalinga is about 4 feet high and has a diameter of approximately 3-4 feet. The texture of the Linga is in the form of raw nuts (used with beetle leaves) known as Kavala in Kannada and hence the name. There is an udder shaped stone formed over the Linga from which water trickles all the time.
After seeing the Shivalinga, devotees have to come out through the other way that goes out from the cave. The trek back from the caves is amazing as one can see the beautiful view of River Kali winding her way through the valley below.
There is only one trip organized by the forest department at 6 AM every day to Kavala Caves. A 3-4 km downhill walk and 350 steps down will take you to the caves. Visitors can also take a private four-wheeled vehicle inside the sanctuary or rent a jeep, which is the preferred mode of transport here.
At a distance of 6 km from Ambikanagar and 24 km from Dandeli Bus Stand, Sykes Point is the top viewpoint in Dandeli and also one of the famous places of sightseeing in Dandeli.
It is a popular sightseeing attraction offering a beautiful view of deep valleys and thickly forested hills. Sykes Point is named after a British engineer who discovered it. From this viewpoint, one can get a good view of Nagzari River & River Kali confluence.
The viewpoint also offers a beautiful view of the sunset. Bird watchers frequent the site to watch the giant hornbills at this place. The Nagzari Power House of the Kali Project is situated at the bottom of the hill. Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) operates this power station. The surge tank, water moving facility, which feeds the turbines of Nagzari Power House, is located near Sykes Point. Kavala Caves are situated nearer to this point.
At a distance of 1 km from Ganeshgudi Bus Stand and 23 km from Dandeli, Supa Dam, built across River Kali, is situated in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. This is one of the largest dams in the Karnataka and also one of the well-known Dandeli places to visit. This dam is built to manage the water of Kalinadi River to provide irrigation facility to the surrounding area.
The construction of the dam started in 1974 and ended in 1987. The dam was built by Hindustan Steel Works Construction Limited (HSCL) and is now operated by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. The power house was commissioned in 1985. The name of the dam is derived from Suparulu (God of forests).
The height of the dam is 101 m from foundation level and the length is 332 m. It has a catchment area of 1057 sq. km and 145 TMC live storage capacity. Three radial gates of size 15 x 10 m are provided to regulate the flood discharge. The reservoir has two saddle dams of length 705 m and 940 m.
The power house at the foot of the dam has two electricity generators of 50 MW each. They generate about 542 Million Units annually. The electricity generated is supplied to different parts of Karnataka. Visitors are not allowed near the main dam entrance. On the way to the dam, there is a bridge over Kali River from where one can have a view of the dam and see the water gushing out if the gates are open.
Kayaking, white water rafting, canoeing and many more water adventures offered by the mighty Kali river attracts a huge number of adventure seekers throughout the year. Not such a big deal for a tropical location, but river rafting never loses its charm. Which is why, Kali river has become one of the most promising places to visit in Dandeli.
Visit the mighty river on your trip to Dandeli and strengthen your bond with the nature.
Deduced to be the highest peak in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Shiroli Peak is a must see on the list of places to visit in Dandeli. Shiroli Peak serves in many ways to the travelers. First, they act as trek routes due to the altitude of the place. Second, they enable the vacationers to witness magnificent sunsets and last but not the least, Shiroli Peak allow the travelers from across the nation to see and sink in the beauty of the widely spread Western Ghats. Besides nature and photography lovers, Shiroli Peak is also an ideal place for adventure lovers.
Dedicated to Dandelappa, as the name suggests, Dandelappa Temple is one of the important places to visit in Dandeli which attracts pilgrims and devotees all over the year. This is one of the oldest temples in the Dandeli town. Also, according to the people of Dandeli, it is believed that if one worships Dandelappa, his wishes might get fulfilled with the love of Dandelappa.
Visit the mighty river on your trip to Dandeli and strengthen your bond with the nature.
Location :   Ganesh Gudi, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka – 581365
Not just yet another picnic spot among other Dandeli sightseeing places but also a perfect place to swim out the city stress, Molangi Falls are located amidst the dense, lush green tropical forests of Dandeli. Molangi Falls meet the mighty river Kali and this is the place where rafting ends. One can spend some real quality time at this picnic spot to strengthen their bond with their loved ones.
Location :   Near Molangi
Distance from the city centre :   8 kilometres
Pre-dating the Shivaji fort, Sri Mallikarjuna Temple stands as yet another oldest and most important Dandeli places. The temple witnesses pilgrims throughout the year. Majorly famous for the incomparable architecture of the temple.
Location :   GaneshGudi, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka – 581365
Distance from city centre :   20 kilometres
Nearby attractions :   Dandelappa Temple, Supa Dam, Dandeli wildlife sanctuary
An impeccable destination for heritage lovers and trek enthusiasts, another most desired tourist destination among the places to visit in Dandeli is the historic Shivaji Fort.
It is believed to be once built by the Maratha Head, Chhatrapati Shivaji back in his times. The fort proudly boasts of the clever warring techniques and strategies implemented by the warriors to win an ongoing war and protect the fort from the enemies.
Location :   Haliyal Taluk, Uttara Kannada District, Karnataka
Distance from Dandeli :   22 kilometres
Dudhsagar is one of the India’s tallest waterfalls having the height of 310 m (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 meters (100 feet). The fall of water from that height creates the illusion of a literally sea of milk falling from the top. Dudhsagar is a four-tiered waterfall located on the Mandovi River in the border of the Indian state of Goa and Karnataka.
Location :   Sonaulim, Goa 403410 (Karnataka-Goa Border)
Nearby attractions :   Castlerock, Dandeli wildlife sanctuary, Supa Dam Hydroelectric Power Station
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