Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dandeli Trip

My Dandeli trip pictures are now available on Flickr. Dandeli is by far the best place I've visited as a trekking spot. One can find more information on Dandeli from the master. I'll try and share some wisdom anyway.


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  • Visit during end of September or early October. Season starts from October to March. If September-end the forests are wet and have that rain-foresty look though most are deciduous.
  • The Bison River Resort
  • Book a good resort. All resorts are in Ganeshgudi and NOT in Dandeli. Dont think you can drop in Dandeli and expect rooms to be made available or expect to be in the middle of a jungle. Dandeli is a proper town.
  • Take the private buses, Suguma Travels and TRL are better options than the 14-hour KSRTC bus. The best route is the Bangalore-Hubli-Dandeli-Ganeshgudi route when travelling by car.
  • This is not the place to go with your family(grandpa's and grandma's and auntie's). If you have a healthy family then it's fine.
  • Be prepared to walk atleast 10KM every day to really make use of the trip.
  • Leech's will bite you. So learn to live with these parasites.
  • Parasite wound
  • You will slip, fall and have a few scratches.
  • Syntheri Rock is a good place to die. Be careful on the rocks!
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  • You _must_ be _inside_ the Wildlife Sanctuary before daybreak (4:00 AM) or you've missed all the animals. Don't expect to see lions, tigers, (your favourite big cat). At the most you might see a wild-cat if you are really lucky.
  • If you are planning to visit Kavala Caves, you have to explore them on all fours with bats flying at you if you turn on your torch/candle. Also the cave-surface is filled with bat droppings and it STINKS!
  • If you see rapids don't think of swimming, most of the rapids have whirlpools and if you get sucked in you might emerge in Kerala.
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  • You might end up spending Rs.2000-3000 for the weekend. 1250/- extra if interested in white-water-rafting.


dsc00749.jpg Have fun, Dandeli/Ganeshgudi is a thousand times better than Coorg, Ooty and (insert commercial hill-station) and at the same times thousand times painful/dangerous if you are not careful. All the pics were taken using my trusted Sony Ericsson k750i. A big thanks goes to lawgon who suggested the place.


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20 Comments:

At 1:13 AM, July 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i would like to appreciate on the great work by you and also would be happy if you can edit the text which stresses on "all resorts are in Ganeshgudi and not in Dandeli".. Dandeli also boasts 3 of the major Resorts for your updation... If you have any comments on Dandeli do post it to me as i am a freak of this place.

satya.sar@rediffmail.com

 
At 11:43 AM, December 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dandeli is a nice forest. We had fun water rafting but that was about all the fun. The Bison resort is overpriced for the very basic amenities it provides. The food was below average - the cleanliness was below average.

It is overhyped - watch out...

The jungle safari - BE WARNED - with 99% probablity you are going to see nothing more than a rat, a pigeon and a butterfly - that too after a backbreaking 3 hour dusty ride.

Avoid Bison resort - unless you are going offseason or don't care about the kind of hotel.

 
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At 5:35 PM, October 25, 2010, Blogger ThrillOPhilia said...

hey i would like to appreciate on the great work by you ...

can you provide any information regarding dandeli resorts

 
At 12:00 AM, March 19, 2011, Blogger Prajwal Shyale said...

I had a very nice time reading your blog because I could recall the sweet memories i spent in Dandeli. Also feel free to read mine http://tripdandeli.blogspot.com/

 
At 8:24 AM, September 20, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm..... you are calling google a master. I was hoping some readily available information like it is in your blog :-)

 
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At 12:37 PM, November 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was born and brought up in Ganeshgudi.. But I am a kodava.. So I know both places very well.. I guess you haven't really explored Coorg. You might have visited some tourist spots. There is more to Coorg. Both places are different in terms of what they have to offer. So please dont make amateur comments like Coorg is not good.

 
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At 12:33 AM, August 27, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 4:41 PM, September 11, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! How long does it take to drive from Bangalore to Dandeli? Realistically? I will leave at 5 and have 1 quick stop.

 
At 11:51 AM, June 08, 2015, Blogger dimpy roy said...

Nice pictures. Its very adventurous. Thanks for sharing. However, Bengaluru (Bangalore) is not only about industries, it has more to offer in terms of tourism as well. The place is lively, vibrant, bustling with people and very urban in its approach. Not only that, it is also bestowed with long stretches and parks which are lined with beautiful trees, famous historical monuments, busy shopping markets, well maintained gardens and magnificent buildings. Check out all best places to visit in Bangalore for joyful vacations also.

 
At 12:25 PM, September 09, 2015, Blogger dimpy roy said...

Nice trip. Thanks for sharing your trip experience. Haven for nature buffs, Dandeli is located by the banks of the Kali river. Surrounded by dense forests, this small town is bestowed with a plethora of unexplored and uncharted spots. One can indulge in kayaking, canoeing, rafting and other activities to satiate the adventurous cravings. Check out all best Hotels in Dandeli also.

 
At 3:00 PM, March 28, 2016, Blogger Poonam said...

Dandeli, a small river side town in North West Karnataka which is famous for Wild sanctuary, Paper Mills, Syntheri Rock and Forest Resorts. You can check out places to visit in dandeli so that the next time you plan your holiday there.

 
At 2:27 PM, January 19, 2017, Blogger Raksha Varma said...

Excellent Post! Rejoice life during holidays through Dandeli Resorts; located in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka state.

 
At 6:40 PM, March 28, 2017, Blogger bhanu durga said...

Thanks to your blog...You provide nice information.
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At 11:06 AM, June 06, 2017, Anonymous Martin Lois said...

Your post reminded me of the best moments spent in Dandeli. Hope to visit this place soon.

 
At 3:36 PM, June 20, 2017, Anonymous Martin Lois said...

Dandeli the best place to visit.

 

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