Sight Seeing Around Dandeli
Fell like a microscopic single celled organism in the presence of the 300 foot tall monolith of granite in the heart of Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary called Syntheri Rocks. This is on the banks of river Kalindi, which is a small river that eventually merges into the Kali.
The route to Cavla Caves is often out of use since the slightest drizzle makes this path with an already rough terrain, a difficult one to tread. Once in the vicinity of these limestone caves that are said to have existed from the prehistoric times, you begin the descent by the seemingly endless steps into the darkest depths of the earth that house these caves; at the far end of the steps is a cave temple.
Get a taste of tribal life by driving into the forest. Dandeli forest is home to several tribal communities such as the Siddis who are the African slaves who escaped from Portuguese custody 400 years ago and took refuge in these forests, and the Gowlis who are semi-tribal, nomadic grazers. Their main occupation is to rear cows, and sell milk and milk products in order to make a living. They educate their young in the village’s single school and live in simple and clean bamboo and straw huts. As compared to the Siddis, the Gowlis are closer to civilization.
Visit the villages adjoining Dandeli and be charmed by their simple ways of life. Some of these are Anshi, Gund, Shivapura, Barade, Karsingal, Nujji, Patoli, Phansoli and Kulgi among others, which are all located within the wildlife reserve. It is commonplace for local conservation activists and forest department authorities to conduct nature camps for the residents of these villages so as to educate them on the importance of conservation and protection of wild life. This is a more effective way to keep anti social elements away and protect our natural reserves.
Ulavi Channabasaveshwara Temple is one of the important pilgrimage centers of Karnataka, especially for Lingayath community. Ulavi Channabasaveshwara Temple is situated amid thick forest in a picturesque location of Western Ghats in Uttara Kannada (North Kanara) district. Thick forests here hold tiger, cheetah, elephant, sarang, cobra, and other wildlife.
Yana is famous for these two massive rock outcrops known as the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the Mohini Shikhara ("Shikhara" means "hill"). The huge rocks are composed of solid black, crystalline Karst limestone. Bhairaveshwara Shikhara is 120 metres (390 ft) in height, while the Mohini Shikhara, which is smaller, is 90 metres (300 ft) in height. Yana is also well known as a pilgrimage centre because of the cave temple below the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara where a Swayambhu ("self manifested", or "that which is created by its own accord") linga has been formed. Water drips from the roof over the linga, adding to the sanctity of the place.
Along with the two huge rocks there is one more limestone rock structure (which is quite small in size compared to the giants) in the vicinity. When asked a localite said the waterfall got the name as Vibhooti falls because of this Lime Stone rock nearby.
Visit Sathodi Falls - formed by the union of several streams, it can be easily reached from Dandeli. Located near Kallarmanne Ghats in UttaraKannada District, this 49.2ft cascade is one of the picturesque waterfalls in Karnataka. The guided activity would take around 9-10 hours to complete.
The total straight line distance between Dandeli and Jog Falls is 115 KM (kilometers) and 472.46 meters. The miles based distance from Dandeli to Jog Falls is 71.8 miles. This is a straight line distance and so most of the time the actual travel distance between Dandeli and Jog Falls may be higher or vary due to curvature of the road .