Dandeli is ideal mix of nature and adventure. Situated on the banks of river Kali it is excellent White water rafting location in Western India. Large number of rivers originate in Western ghats, Most of them are are short and swift rivers moving westwards. Kali is one such river located in North Karnataka on the borders of Maharashtra and Goa.
It is one of the popular tourist locations in North Karnataka. Mix of nature, adventure and wildlife, makes this city in Uttar Kannada district the leading tourist destination of South India.
About 9-14 kms of river rafting facility is located here with Class 3 rapids lasting for couple of hours to half a day. Non-swimmers as well as children above 12 are allowed doing rafting here. Rapids along the route are named as well. The first rapid is known as ‘Adi’s Beard’. It was a class-2/class-3 rapid depending on the water level. The second rapid or the ‘The Stitch’ is a wide formation of rocks over which water flows. The other rapids are the Smugglers’ Trove, the Stanley’s Squeeze, etc. Each rapid has a feature of its own.
Water sports is gaining attraction each day. Kali river rafting, kayaking and canoeing provides ample opportunity for flow of adrenaline.
A number of tour operators organize water sports in the region and have excellent guide and training facilities.
The rafting is organized along with several other adventure and wildlife packages. The average daily package offered by some of the tour operators is in range of USD25-40. Rafting is suspended in monsoon (June-Sept); the best season thus is from November onwards.
Dandeli is about 125 kms from Goa and can easily be reached by road from Goa and Bangalore. It is about 85 kms from Hubli railway station. It is accessible by road from Dharwad, Karwar or Londha railway station. Panji is the nearest international airport for Dandeli, while domestic flights from Mumbai/Bangalore are available to Hubli, Belgaum and Panji.
(Source – archives of old portal india-travel.co.in)