Posted On : October 29, 2020
It's time to reach the open road again with the damage wrought by the monsoon nearly behind us. The small town of Dandeli lies approximately 90 km south of Belgaum in Karnataka, in the heart of the Western Ghats. This little town, cut in two by the Kali River, has acquired a reputation for two things. Birdwatching and water sports.In the dry season, from October to June, the river, which during the monsoon can be a fearsome beast, becomes even more manageable and has rapids that rafting enthusiasts swear by. There are four styles of hornbills then, Present in these pieces, attracting birdwatchers from all of them Sub-continent-wide.When you get off the highway, the roads leading to Dandeli get even more fascinating, cutting through green farmland and small villages. Rest briefly en route and literally take in the rich canvas offered by the Karnataka countryside as soon as you would like to get to the destination. You will come across some properties selling "jungle stays" when you are around Dandeli. Keep on and search the lodging before you get to the main town.
Several of the properties offer rafting and Certain activities of adventure, along with the pledge to live "in the heart of the jungle."
Pick, maybe, Kali Adventure Camp, formerly an adventure camp, Department of State Tourism guest house. The convenience of the government association, along with this property, is that Safaris also offer water sports and birdwatching tours. Through the adjacent Kali Tiger Sanctuary.
The camp is scattered around a reasonably wide area, with rooms by the river in one main building and cottages. Due to its proximity to the capital, you could hear a few vehicles now and then, but the gushing of the river and calls of the various local birds offer a touch of a "in-the-middle-of-nature" atmosphere.
The safari comes as part of the camp package, and everything from barking deer and spotted deer to peacocks and flying squirrels can be spotted. And then the focus, the big cat, is there. Its elusiveness is part of its charm-you can only see pugmarks, but on a birdwatching walk, the other local celebrities-the hornbills-usually bring in an appearance. You might see all four, if you're fortunate, the great Indian hornbill, the Malabar pied hornbill, the Malabar grey hornbill and the Malabar hornbill. In the surrounding timber yards, birdwatching tours take place and it's quite an attraction to see these birds jump from tree-top to tree-top, usually in pairs.
If you would like rafting, you took several kilometres upstream and then took a couple hours to walk down the Kali River. Some events include zip-lining, some of the camps. If you want to make it a little easier, you can sail a coracle, a revolving boat in use since the Roman empire. While it is a peaceful rite, with the boatman friendly talk and tranquil waters that represent the lives of the citizens of the Dandeli on the river, the crocodiles that make these waters home are the edge of the scenery. Their diet mostly covers seafood and is also very careful towards individuals. Your best bet is on binoculars to have a proper look at one of these top predators-as they vanish in a flow of tail and water every time you have closer.
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