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Published: November 3rd 2008
Me and my cousins were hunting for a holiday destination when Dandeli appeared to be a good option and we finally zeroed in on Dandeli .
Dandeli is situated in Uttara Kannada district in Karnatak and is approximately 57 kms from Dharwad . Dandeli is a beautiful place with the lush greenery of Western Ghats and River Kali adding to its beauty.And if you are a nature lover trust me its worth a place to be visited atleast once.Its a joy to the eyes with its avid mixture of nature and adventure.
We started from Dharwad around 11:30 am on 26th Jan 2007 with my cousin's friends joining us from Mumbai .It was a hot day. Our adventure started with the boarding of the bus to Dandeli 😊...The bus broke down through mid way and we all were stranded in the hot sun . We managed to reach Dandeli around 2 pm. We had to take a jeep to the resort which was approximately 25 kms from Dandeli.
We had booked cottages at the Bison River resort.Bison River Resort is situated on the banks of river Kali.
We checked in at the resort, around 3 pm with everbody worn out . As we were already late for the day's adventure activities,we had to plan them for the next day.Everybody freshened up and we had to settle down for a small coracle ride that day.There was a barbeque and bonfire arranged that night and except for peanut masala the other veg dishes were ...hmmm....ok. I slept like a log that night.
The next day activites were to start off with a nature walk at 6:30 am(meant we had to wake up at dawn..😞 ) , the most exciting part of the trip -river rafting at 9am and coracle ride at 4 pm.
As was expected,we started off for the nature walk at 7 am the next day though we were to start early 😉 . We nature walked through the jungle to the back waters of River Kali. O man!!! It was a treat to the eyes...
As we were already late,we had to rush back to the resort for the most exciting part of our trip- the white water rafting. We returned back to the resort from our nature walk at around 8:30 am ,hogged properly 😊 and immidiately left for rafting.
We had a jeep arranged to drop us to the starting point of rafting.
The rafting was a 9.5 km affair in river Kali and I was very excited. We started off with our instructor Ashok from Nepal instructing us on rowing.And then we headed for our first rapid.We started rowing fast and there we went...wwaaaaaaoooooooooo......the water gushing with force....wow!!!
The scenery was just eye catching. Just imagine...u are rafting in the crystal clear water of river Kali surrounded by greenery all over .....hmmm...I must say, experience of a lifetime...
Well,all good things have to come to an end.So did our rafting. We were driven back to the resort where we had our lunch and freshened up for the coracle ride schduled at 4pm in the evening.
Coracle is a small round shaped boat with a capacity of about 10 people.Coracle ride is basically for bird watching ( i mean the real flying birds..😉 ). Hornbills are the most sighted birds in Dandeli. We could sight hornbills,kingfisher and some other birds.It was more of a leisure ride.
Jungle Safari was scheduled for next day at 4am in the morning.Though we were all excited about going to safari , the task of waking up so early was a little tedious one.So we settled down in our beds early partly because we were tired of the day long activities and partly bcoz we had to wake up early the next day.
And hurray!!! we managed to get ready by 4am...kudos to us!!! 😊.Jeeps were arranged for the safari and we were all geared up. But unfortunately even after driving for 5 long hours,we only managed to spot a fox, deer and a peacock though we desperately wanted to spot a bison.
We were back at the resort at around 10 am.
It was time to bid goodbye to Dandeli. We started from Dandeli towards Dharwad at 12pm.
Well..Well..thats my experience at Dandeli.Given a chance to visit Dandeli again, I would never miss it.It was a experience of a lifetime and i will always cherish it .
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