Dandeli- Resting in the Lap of Nature

  At last, it was the turn of our much awaited trip to Dandeli. Dandeli is a town located in the Uttara Kannada district and is a part of the Western Ghats, which is one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the world. Dandeli is home to some of the finest forests and rarest species of flora and fauna. Dandeli's major tourism activities include the very popular water sports of white water rafting in the Kali rapids, Kayaking, Coracle Ride, Rappelling, Jacuzzi Bath, Angling, Nature Walks, Trekking, Jungle Safari, and Bird Watching. Dandeli proves to be one of the best getaways for nature lovers and adventurers.
The Sun Rise
Road to Destiny

  Our journey started  as we watched a  few playful river terns by a lake near Haliyal, thus guaranteeing a great bird watching ahead.  The list of birds sighted only grew with our journey. Due to lack of time, we chose bird-watching over white water rafting and enjoyed the hours we walked through the jungle and spotted birds.  My wife was doubly excited as we went on to spot the Thrush and Hornbill with the help of our guide and a great bird spotter, Hanumanthu.
Playful River Tern
Indian Magpie Robin

Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker
Black Lored Tit
Dense Forest

   The list of birds sighted is as follows- Scarlet Minivet (pair), White Throated Thrush, Greater Racket Tailed Drongo, Common Iora, Marshall's Iora, Greater Flame Back, Common Flame Back, Wood Swallow, Crested Serpent Eagle, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blue Winged Leafbird, Golden Fronted Leafbird, White Rumped Shama, Great Tit, Black Lored Tit, Barn Swallow, Ashy Drongo, Black Drongo, White Throated Fan Tail, Brown Capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Streak Throated Woodpecker, Hill Myna, Sun Bird, Magpie Robin, Fly Catcher.
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Camouflaged Gecko

 Our trip was arranged by Dandeli.com. Dandeli.com is a first official travel website on Dandeli, launched to help travelers visiting Dandeli. In response to the incoming requests and inquiries about Dandeli, and with increasing popularity of the website, a thought of starting a resort arose and the result was, Dandeli Jungle Camp. DJC is located at Pradhani, a village situated on the Dandeli-Karwar Road and is professionally and jointly run by Mr.Sanjay and Mr.Ramnath.  DJC being nestled in deep wooded surroundings overshadows the feeling of being in a resort. The resort being so close to nature, has been designed with the sole purpose of providing the best facilities at affordable prices, without stealing away from mother nature. For further details, contact Ramnath-9900547763, Sanjay-9448797270 or e-mail at: dandelitours@gmail.com.

Tents pitched in the Resort
   The staff at the resort are most hospitable, humble and helpful. Accommodation is comfortable with the basic facilities being made available. The food was simple and tasty. The place is quite rustic and is perfect for people who wish to be with nature. Overall, our stay was pleasant and we surely wish to visit Dandeli again and again! Our first time experience at Dandeli will always remain close to our hearts and by far is the most enjoyed bird watching trips ever.
Malabar Giant Squirrel
 Why Dandeli : Dandeli is amongst the most densest of  forests in India with a thick canopy of evergreen trees, making it difficult for light to pass through. River Kali, the life line of Dandeli provides ample opportunities for water adventure sports and  is internationally acclaimed for White Water Rafting. Dandeli is one of the very few places in India where black panthers roam and are sighted regularly. The bird life here is so diverse that we were spellbound at the varieties of birds we spotted in just a few hours. During our visit, we met two bird- watchers from Maharashtra who also acknowledged the same. Dandeli Jungle camp, located amidst the forests gives one an opportunity to explore nature closely. Places worth exploring around Dandeli  include Syntheri Rocks, Kavala Caves, Ulavi caves, Supa Backwaters, and Ganesh Gudi.
Indian Wild Bison
Syntheri Rocks
Ulavi Caves

  Heartfelt thanks to Rajesh, Sanjay, Ramnath, Dharmesh, Hanumanthu, Mahesh and all involved in making our trip memorable.Though this was our first visit to Dandeli, our enchanting experiences here crossed the limit of our expectations by a great margin. It was quite thrilling and much refreshing.We'd like to believe there are many places in Dandeli that are waiting to be explored. Dandeli promises much more than just the water sports and adventure activities. It is a treasure trove of nature with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
Panoramic View of Supa Backwaters
Suggested Readings:
1 Huchchara Santhe
2 A Wandering Mind
3 Travel with Neelima
4 Be on the road with Sankara 


Shantheshwara Temple , Tilavalli

Tilavalli, a village located in Haveri district is home to a beautiful 12th century Chalukyan temple. The inscription in the temple complex gives details of its construction in 1239 AD by Kalideva Thakkura. The east facing temple has a grabhagriha housing a Shiva linga, an antrala and a huge Sabhamantapa. The Sabhamantapa has 48 lathe turned pillars. The central ceiling is heavy decked with Astadikpalas. On the outer walls  are carvings of erotic  figures.
East Entrance

Lathe turned Pillar
Inscription Stone
A Closer Look at the Pillar
Erotic Images
This temple is a good piece of art from the Yadava Period. Though the temple was open during our visit, the priest was unavailable for gathering more information. The temple needs more maintenance and restoration.
A joyful moment
    With this post, Teamgsquare completes a joyful journey four years of adventure, traveling, learning, and sharing .


Winged Jewel : A Cute Family

Male Purple Sunbird
Female Purple Sunbird
The Cutest member of this Family
Juvenile Purple Sunbird 

The Mighty Madhugiri

The Fort of Madhugiri had long since been on our to-explore list of Forts. We had read of many trekkers either failing to reach the hill top or having returned half-way and couldn't gather much courage to explore this fort. However, since we had successfully explored the two forts of Rehmangarh and Ambajidurga, the time was right to explore Madhugiri. We planned to reach the hill base at the earliest so as to have  enough time for our ascent. We had decided not to drive to Madhugiri as it could prove strainful. In the process of boarding local buses towards Madhugiri, we lost much time. Unfortunately, we managed to reach Madhugiri only at around 11 am, which added to our difficulties. Luckily, the weather was favorable, being quite pleasant and breezy. After a good dose of hot tea, we were at the entrance to the fort. We started our ascent and decided to climb the entire stretch non-stop. We kept all our additional explorations of ruined structures if any, during our descent. 
The Mighty Madhugiri Fort
Crown of the Fort
   We completed our ascent in just a little over an hour and were very thrilled to be atop the Fort of Madhugiri . The climb was pretty steep and tough at many places Thanks to the iron railings present at such places, without which, crossing  an entire stretch certainly would have been impossible. The strong monsoon breezes added to the tough climb. We had the company of some boys, who were equally thrilled to have made it to the hill top in a short time. All of us rested a while as we were tired. The boys were kind enough to offer their snacks to us and also made sure we eat them. We had quite a good time on the hill top and also enjoyed the company of the group of boys to the fullest!
Top View

Our Companions for the Day
   Trekking Options  
Vertical Limit
The Town of Madhugiri 
The Gateway
   Madhugiri ( Kannada Translation: Madhu - Honey; Giri - Hill) is a  monolithic hill and considered to be the second largest monolith in Asia (as per Wikipedia). There are 7 fort walls protecting the hill, with a series of door-ways up till the hill top. The fort was initially built during the Vijayanagar times and later improvised by Hyder Ali. Currently, the Fort is under going a much needed renovation under the ASI. Our time of descent was much longer as we explored many ruined structures and ended our quest of exploring this fort.

Hampi Unseen Part5 Panoramas

Panoramic View of River Tungabhadra and Vijayavittala Temple
Vijayavittala Temple
Enjoying the Scenic Tungabhadra

Year 2013 Part 3 - Waterfalls

Waterfalls, Madkeri
Umbalagundi Falls @ Madikeri
Waterfalls, Shimoga
T A falls @ Shimoga
Chandikamba Falls, Hulikal Falls
Chandikamba Falls @ Shimoga
Kunchikal Falls, Shimoga
K Falls @ Shimoga

Jog Falls, Sagar
Jog Falls @ Shimoga
Waterfalls, Yadgir
Dabb Dabi Falls @ Yadgir
Gavi Siddeshwara Falls, Yadgir
Gavi Siddeshwara Falls @ Yadgir
Ethipotla Falls, Gulbarga, Chincholi
Ethipotla Falls @ Gulbarga

Waterfalls, Madkeri
K K Border Falls @ Madikeri
Waterfalls Madkeri
Sliding Falls @ Madikeri
Malalli Falls, Somwarpet, Coorg
Malalli Falls @Madikeri
Mankyadhara Falls, Bababudangiri, Chikmagaluru
Manikyadhara Falls @ Chikmagaluru
Abbi waterfalls, Chikmagaluru
K Abbi @ Chikmagaluru
Chamdka water Falls South Cananra
Chamadka Falls @ South Canara
Hogenakkal Falls, Tamilnadu , Karnataka
Hogenakkal Falls @ Tamil Nadu
Sirimane Falls, Chikmagaluru
Sirimane Falls @ Chikmagaluru
Balamuri Falls @ Mysore

Shivansamudra waterfalls
Gaganachukki Falls @ Mysore
Cauvery Waterfalls, Mysore
Barachukki Falls @ Mysore
Barachukki Falls @ Mysore

K K Border Falls2 @ Madikeri

K Abbi @ Madikeri