There is a strong belief that the city is named as "Dandeli" after Dandelappa, a loyal servant of the Mirashi landlords who lost his life because of his loyalty. Even today, people worship him in temple. Leopards in the Forest Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife. Safaris in open jeeps into the Dandeli wildlife sanctuary accompanied by trained naturalists are the best way to view wildlife here. It is home to big cats such as tigers, leopards, and even black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, many kinds of reptiles and a rich variety of birds. It is also a perfect place for white water rafting. Of late, it has become a hot tourist spot and attracts many local and foreign tourists all the year around. A adventure trek into the dense forest with expert guides you can follow trails, which leads all the way up to the peaks of nearby hills. The views from atop the hill are astounding with the panoramic view of backwaters of Supa Dam, misty mountains and greenery spread out for miles. Owing to the expansion of tourism industry today, many jungle resorts and camps, and also nature camps have come up around the place catering to the needs of the tourists. Connecting Dandeli Air Closest airport: Belgaum (65 kms) Hubli (75 kms)and Goa (125 kms). Rail The nearest railhead, Londa (35kms), Dharwad (57 kms). Road Some distances are Bangalore -481 Kms Goa -125 Kms Dharwar - 57 Kms Belgaum - 95 Kms Hubli - 75 Kms Karwar - 117 Kms
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