About Dandeli

Dandeli is a town in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India, in the Western Ghats region in North Karnataka.


A significant part of Dandeli's population consists of economic migrants from all over India, especially the north/south Indian states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Andhra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and many districts of the Karnataka state.[citation needed] The official and predominant language of communication is Kannada. The diversity of its population is reflected in its culture, and the Dussera, Ramleela, Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali festivals are all celebrated.


A local legend states that the city is named after Dandelappa, a local deity, a servant of the Mirashi landlords, who lost his life because of his loyalty.[1] An alternative legend states that a king named Dandakanayaka passed through the forests and named them after himself, and the city is believed to stand on the place where Dandakaranya stood when he named the area.[2]

Geography and Climate

Dandeli is located at 15.247719N, 74.629678W.[3][4] It has an average elevation of 473 metres (1,552 ft) and has received heavy rainfall during August to November (see chart below).

Because of good forest cover and moderate elevation, the location has a tropical highland climate, averaging about 27 °C (81 °F) in summer and 18 °C (64 °F) in winter.

Wildlife sanctuary

Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears.[5][6] It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka[6] and was designated as a tiger reserve in 2007.[7] The jungle is also home to several varieties of reptiles and almost 300 varieties of birds.[citation needed] The rapid expansion of industry has raised fears of ecological damage to the area, and local volunteer groups have formed to address the issue.

Other attractions

The sanctuary provides rafting opportunities at the Virnoli Rapids connected to the Kali River. Other tourist activities include nature walks, boating, bird watching, crocodile spotting and angling. Nearby tourist spots include Ulavi, Syntheri Rocks, Anashi National Park, and Moulangi.