Adventure sports In India – Dandeli forests-Karnataka


Dandeli stands on an altitude of 1,551 feet. It abounds in forest cover and wildlife. The species primarily found in forests and wildlife sanctuaries of Dandeli include tigers, bears antelopes, black panthers, and elephants. It is also residence to more than 300 varieties of birds and multiple varieties of reptiles. The closest airport to Dandeli is Belgaum at a distance of 90 km from the place. The nearest railway station and bus services are in Alnavar at a distance of 35 km from Dandeli.

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Dandeli can be reached from Bangalore and booking can be done in eTravelSmart.

Following operators run services from Bangalore to Dandeli 

TRAVELS       BUS TYPE                   DEPT  ARR  FARE        BOOK 
SRS Travels
2+2, Semi Sleeper, Non-AC, LCD….
10:00 PM
07:15 AM
Rs 600
VRL Travels
Non A/C, Seater & Sleeper…..
07:30 PM
07:30 AM
Rs 600, Rs 750



The place was named after Dandelappa, a resident deity. According to folklore, It is believed by people there that Dandelappa was a servant of the Mirashi lords and had to sacrifice his life due to his loyalty. There is also another legend that saying that the place gets its name after Dandaka Nayaka a king who while passing through the forests he himself named them after him. A considerable population of Dandeli consists of North Indian diaspora.

Many adventure activities such as angling boating, rafting, wild life reserve visiting and crocodile spotting are performed in Dandeli. The Virnoli Rapids of the Kali River are famous for rafting in Dandeli. The exotic beauty and scope for adventure in Dandeli attract tourists from all over the country and the world. Notably, it is one of those few places in the country where rafting is possible in all seasons. Dandeli is popularly known as a white water river rafting destination in India.


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