Well known for its wildlife sanctuaries, white-water-rafting and lush green forests, Dandeli is a town in the Uttar Kannada district in the northern side of the Karnataka state, situated at about 125 km from Goa. The place Dandeli is a package in itself combining eco-tourism, adventure sports, pilgrimages and scenic beauty. Since two major hydro-electric projects of the Karnataka state are in Dandeli, it is known as the backbone of Karnataka. The Kali River is the lifeline for the people of Dandeli and nearby villages. Animal lovers and wildlife buffs will want to stay in Dandeli forever since the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offers them with many rare species of animals like elephant, tiger, leopard, gaur, flying squirrel, mouse deer, slender loris along with a variety of species of birds like magpie robin, golden-backed woodpecker, crested serpent-eagle etc.

It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated a tiger reserve in the year 2007. The black panther, which is an almost extinct species is found in the Dandeli Sanctuary. The River Kali and its tributaries, the Kaneri and Nagajhari, flow through the forest. Rafting in the Kali river is a must for the adventure sports lovers to get that extra kick of adrenalin. Apart from white-water-rafting, canoeing and kayaking are also enjoyed by the adventure lovers in the Kali River. Overnight rafting and canoeing are also options available for those who love more adventure. Rafting is possible even in the summer months of March to June. Dandeli has many other irresistible attractions like trekking, cycling and mountain biking. Dandeli which is on the banks of the River Kali with a beautiful backdrop of the Western Ghats is growing in stature as a leading tourist destination and also has two major hydro-electric power stations, one at Ambikanagar, called Nagjhari Power Station, and the other at Ganeshgudi known as the Supa Power Station which are together known as the Kali Hydel project. A walk through the forest, boating, bird watching and angling can also be done in the sanctuary. The other nearby tourist spots in Dandeli is Ulavi temple, Syntheri Rocks, Anashi National Park and Moulangi. An exciting trek through the dense forest leads to Kavala caves. These caves are revered as the abode of Lord Shiva. About 14 km from the Dandeli National Park is the Kulgi Nature Camp. This camp has a small museum and a nature interpretation centre. Dandeli is well connected through roads. Buses run by the KSRTC ply daily between Dandeli and Bangalore. Nearest airports are Hubli, Belgaum and Goa, and the nearest railway stations are at Alnavar, Londa, Dharwad and Hubli.

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