This town under the Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka is considered as one of the most beautiful places on Earth and the major credit goes to the dense cover of natural forests here. The name Dandeli is derived from an old legend. Once there was a man named Dandelappa who was a manor in the court of the royal Marishi. The daughter of the master fell in love with Dandelappa but to keep the respect of his master, he rejected the proposal of the lady. In a motive to take revenge for her rejection, the lady went to her brothers and accused Dandelappa of having misbehaved with her. This is how the honest man was killed and the [arts of his body were buried at two different places. To respect the man, two temples were built on these two sites and the name of the place was kept as Dandeli. The town is on the banks of the Kali River and thus there are opportunities to enjoy a lot of adventure sports such as kayaking and canoeing. Another important attraction here given the natural beauty and the richness of flora and fauna is the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Dandeli is from October to February
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Also known as the kalinadi, this river flows through the Karwar region of the district of uttara Kannada in Karnataka. This is a very important river as it is the main source of water supply for almost 4 lakh people and also the main source of livelihood for the fishermen around this place. There are a number of dams built here for the purpose of generating hydroelectricty which will in turn provide electricity to the families around this river. The Kali Bridge is built over the river and is a part of the National Highway or the NH 17 which is an important road network too. Adventure sports such as river rafting is very popular over here and the scenic beauty is a delight for photographers and well as nature lovers.
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
This is a premier attraction of Dandeli and is loacted in the Uttara Kannada Region of Karnataka. This is a project which was started together with the Anshi Wildlife Reserve. Because there is an abundance of flora and fauns, this has become heaven for nature and wildlife lovers. This place was once known for wild animals roaming around and then the forest department took the decesion of naming and framing it one of the known wildlife sanctuaries of the country. Wild animals such as gaur, sambhar, leopards, panthers, tigers and lions and very much found over here. This is an open area where animals can live freely and not worry about being hunted. Tourists find immense pleasure in enjoying the wildlife tours under the guidance of experts.
This is a volcanic rock standing tall and you have steps to go up and come down. You do have to walk a lot about 450 steps wach time but the surrounding beauty does not let you feel the stress up there. The view of the Dandeli valley and the panoramic view of the Kali River are marvelous. This is also an ideal spot for photography.
Anshi National Park
Located at a little more than 50 kilometers from the Uttara Kannada District, this was first opened as a Wildlife Sanctuary in May, 1956. Later, a part of this was declared as a National Park and then again later, in January 2007, the status of this was promoted as a Project Tiger Sanctuary. The place is of course rich in both flora and fauna and the main species of flora found here are the lantana, bauhinia, silver oak, bamboo, teak and eucalyptus. The major species of fauna here are the bonnet, Malabar Giant Squirrels, Malabar civets, deer, panglin, sloth bear and bisons. The common leopards, tigers and elephants are also found here. There are a number of birds which come here as migratory birds round the year.