Dandeli, hidden in the jungles of Karnataka, is one of the most underrated destinations in India. Most people visit here just to see the 300-feet-high monolithic granite structure called Syntheri Rocks. But there’s a lot to do in terms of adventure activities in this city by the Kali river.
For those who like to undertake hiking trips, a hike to the famous Kavala Caves is a must in Dandeli. These are limestone caves mostly known for their stalagmite formations and a temple that stands right at its entrance.
Dandeli is a delight to water sports enthusists; there’s nothing you can’t do here. You can indulge in activities like zorbing at Kali Adventure Camp, one of many government-owned jungle lodges; white water rafting, kayaking and fishing in a coracle on river Kali, as well as its tributaries called Nagajhari and Kaneri.
Dandeli has the most dense forests in the whole of Karnataka; imagine flying over the canopy of trees at lightning speed. You can choose to curl into a ‘cannonball’ to go faster or spread out your arms and legs wide to go at a slower pace.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for a jeep safari; the sanctuary is a natural habitat for several wildlife species such as tiger, leopard, black panther, elephant, gaur and langur. Jungle jeep safaris are the best way to spot these elusive animals. A river safari through the park will help you spot a large variety of birds as well; the most common ones being the hornbill, kingfisher, darter and egret.
Spice plantation tour
The spice plantations in Dandeli are worth a guided tour. It’s an incredible experience learning about the different South Indian spices and trekking through the gorges and valleys of the forest. These can be arranged by the campsites or the home-stays where you put up.