Dandeli is a popular adventure sports destination in Karnataka due to white water rafting opportunities in the Kali river. Experience the thrills of white water rafting on some unpredictable stretches of the Kali River in Dandeli – probably the best place after the options available in the Ganges. There are many private operators along with Karnataka Forest department (state-run) organising rafting operations. Other adventure activities include boating, Kayaking and Bird watching.
Distance and Duration: Kali River in Dandeli offers a rafting stretch of up to 12 kms. The stretch of river is covered with dense forests, offers several grade 2 (simpler to negotiate) and grade 3 (needs a bit more effort) rapids making the rafting experience exhilarating, adventurous and memorable. The 12 km rafting excursion lasts 3 to 4 hours end to end, including transportation from the resort to the starting point.
Where to book: Rafting is operated by the Karnataka Forest Department. Booking counter operates in JLR’s Kali Adventure camp reception. Several private resorts and online portals also help you book your rafting excursion in Dandeli.
Other activities to try: Boating, Kayaking, Bird watching are the other adventure activities to try in Dandeli.
Points to note:
- Rafting activity depends on the release of river water from nearby dams. Rafting activity will be suspended during the rainy season and when water levels are low. Best time for rafting is from November till February.
- No locker rooms are available near the rafting start point. Do not carry anything valuable to the rafting venue.
How to reach Dandeli: Dandeli is 460 kms from Bengaluru. Hubballi Airport is the closest airport (65 kms). Londa, Alnavar is the nearest railway station (35 kms). One can reach Hubballi by flight /Alnavar by train, road or rail and taxi can be availed to visit Dandeli.
Places to stay near Dandeli: Jungle Lodges & Resorts run two facilities in Dandeli- Kali Adventure Camp and Old Magazine house. Several homestays are also available in Dandeli.