Dandeli is a small town in the Uttara Kannada district in the western ghats. It is an abode to serene nature, forests, wildlife, and heavenly greenery all around. The sublime natural habitat, in and around Dandeli would drive any nature lover crazy. Dandeli is super perfect for those of you who are looking forward to a fine blend of alluring nature and adventure together. In that case, you have a plethora of things to do in Dandeli, let’s find out a few of them.
If you wish to trek the deep forests for exploring the wildlife horizons, none better than the Wildlife Sanctuary at Dandeli.This is one of the rare biodiverse forests in India and home to more than 300 species of animals and birds with varied breeds like the Bison, black panthers, Giant Squirrels etc. Hornbill is a prominent bird to be watched out for. The safari might consist of penetrating through dense, lush forests in an open jeep for about 14 to 15 km which is an extremely entrilling and an enticing experience ever.
Tourists who have a passion for adventure sports like biking in the mountains, it is a must try, at the forests of Dandeli. Riding on the rough terrains with specially adapted mountain bikes will put your riding skills to test. You would have a guide accompanying you to tell the formalities of the journey. People can explore the vast region of flora and fauna along the ride which is totally electrifying. Biking at the mountains will surely assure you with an enchanting ride, to be remembered for a lifetime!.
Coracle boat ride
The boat ride is one of the most interesting and delightful activities to do, at Dandeli. Coracle is a small, rounded, lightweight boat, made of bamboo traditionally used for river navigation here. You can enjoy the tranquil of the pleasant atmosphere and witness the in and around magnetizing, galvanizing natural exquisiteness of Dandeli. You can also have glimpses of crocodiles swimming in the layers of the river and beautiful hornbills flying high in the sky. This is undoubtedly heaven for the peace lovers!. A ride in these Coracles is simply an out of the world experience like nowhere!.
Remembered from generations trekking is one of the most adventurous activities ever, but trekking at the woods of Dandeli is certainly an experience like never before. The dense, thick forests of Dandeli let you explore nature, wildlife, birds, and much more. The guided tour starts with a ride into the gated forest reserve. A 3-4 km downhill walk and 350 steps down will take you to the caves located underground. Besides the day long trekking routes there are also a few short birding trails around the camp, which is great entertainment as well.
Natural Jacuzzi Bath
Jacuzzi bath is nothing but the experience in the tides of River Kali. Just reclining on the rocks amidst the soothing tidal force of the river, would certainly recharge, replenish and energize you unlike any expensive spas in the world. The Jacuzzi, with springs of water, aroma of flowers, enticing greenery, the chirping of birds and the blissful blue sky above simply renders you the most refreshing and reviving experience ever. The water which flows down from Supa Dam takes the shape of the river Kali and splashes the water back to you giving you the feel of a soothing massage to your body. Do not miss the pleasure of having a bath at nature’s best ever Jacuzzi.
River Rafting is a sure thing to do if you are looking for an adventurous trip with family or friends at Dandeli. There is an option of opting shorter run or long run depending on the rafting skills possed by the rafters. At first, you are escorted with a jeep to the top of the hill and after explaining the basic process, you are provided a boat and the journey begins. Depending on the wavering of waters, your boat may change the speed (being afraid as speed increases is not a very good idea!). This is truly an extremely thrilling, heart throbbing, a breathtaking experience which every person with a passion for adventure must go through once in a lifetime!.
The rock is a massive limestone rock formed due to volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The rock was named after an English woman, Cinthera who is believed to have discovered this place in the twentieth century. It is located in the dense forests of the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary which has whipped up the interests of geologists, archeologists etc. Hiking at the monumental rock which is 28 km away from town is simply phenomenal. It rises majestically from the banks of River Kalindi and merges into the River Kali. Syntheri Rock is remarkably a masterpiece of nature and truly worth a visit!.
River Crossing is one of the daring activities any adventurous sport could think of. Tourists have to cross the river using a safety bind that is attached to the rope which is tied to both sides of a river. The advice of an experienced guide is always recommendable. It is a challenging activity as water flows in full force underneath and also because it demands some great balancing skills. It is a fascinating activity as you are expected to cross the river working in teams. You could relish the experience of good teamwork as well.!. Anybody whose adventurously inclined cannot think of missing on this.
Exploring Kavala Caves
Situated 25 km from the base camp at Dandeli, Kavala Caves are limestone caves that emerged due to a volcanic activity dating back to ages. The cave openings in certain areas are very small, requiring the need to crawl through. A huge stalagmite is worshipped as Shivalinga here. You would have to climb down 375 steps to reach the entrance where there is a temple. And also crawl down 40 feet through the winding, narrow tunnels to catch a glimpse of the Shivalinga formed naturally. To watch this marvel located deep inside the forest is absolute bliss.
Kayaking is one of the exciting water sport and an important thing to do in Dandeli. This is done individually on a moving body of water where you would have a guide explaining the details. Make sure you do not fail to wear life jackets and follow instructions carefully as delivered by the expert. It is done on the water body where there would be no waves or has mild waves. The adventure of this trip is for sure sensational and unique experience like never before.
These are some of the sportive activities you should not be missing on, the next time you plan a trip to Dandeli. These are possibly the best pleasurable and adventurous things you could do every time you are at Dandeli.
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