We were planning for a class trip (12 people) from NITK, Manglore and that's when we stumbled upon an article on Dandeli. That short read promised us that the surging river Kali of Dandeli will stir the adventurer in us. It also talked about lush green forests of Dandeli and its unique but powerful hosts. Also a flurry of places which we can see when we visit Dandeli. It didn't took us long to pack our bags and go for a weekend trip to Dandeli.
We started our journey from Surathkal, Manglore around 11:05 PM in a Karnataka State road transportation bus (KSRTC) which was prior booked. (Spoiler alert: KSRTC buses are hugely unreliable. Our return bus was cancelled we were not even informed. Yikes!). As there were no direct buses we were forced to book tickets to Sirsi and then from Sirsi to Dandeli.
Bus fares: Surathkal-Sirsi: Rs.250/- per head
Sirsi-Dandeli: Rs.107/- per head
We reached Sirsi around 5:00 AM and the bus to Dandeli started at 6:00 AM from there which allowed us a nice morning tea break. We reached Dandeli by around 8:15 AM.
We had our breakfast from hotel Kalpana, opp. Dandeli bus stand. The food was quite good.
Cost: Rs.570/- per 12 people
By around 9:45 AM our transport to the pre-booked “Parampara Cottages” had arrived; a 14 seater Force Toofan jeep. We reached our stay by 10:15 AM. Apart from the complementary pick up and drop from Dandeli bus stand, Parampara cottages offered kayaking, boating and a natural jacuzzi experience too. The package also includes collection of camp site games including archery, caroms, cricket, volleyball and badminton. A light morning walk through woods and a campfire is also in there itinerary apart from buffet lunch, dinner and breakfast and the 1 night stay at tend.
Cost: Rs.1350/- per head
After fresh up we went on to play some of the games they offered; archery being the main attraction. Then after lunch we went for the much awaited water sports.
Rafting is the primary attraction of Dandeli. However that doesn’t include under the Parampara cottage’s package. We had a choice to do 1.5 Km rafting and 9 Km rafting. We chose the former one which cost us Rs.500/- per person. In case anyone is interested, 9 Km rafting costs Rs.1350/- additional to transportation cost of Rs.1500/- per jeep. However, if you have a student ID card the rates will come down to Rs.1000/- per head. Transportation charges remains same. An additional Rs.500/- per boat is required if you want your rafting experience to be photographed( for 1.5 Km rafting).