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Dandeli Adventure Trip

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People who see a jump in their adrenaline when they hear adventure, this is the destination for them. Not surprisingly, Dandeli is famous for being the adventure water sports capital of South India. Nonetheless, we wouldn’t sell the myth that Dandeli is just about water sports and resorts. We wanted to show you the natural face of Dandeli by combining precisely what it is famous for and its less explored areas. And that’s why we have added Ulavi caves(Akala Gavi) and  Secret waterfalls to our two day Dandeli Adventure trip. Read on.

Located 480 km from Bangalore and 100 km from Goa, Dandeli is a taluk in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Perched on the banks of the Kali river, Dandeli is genuinely a fascinating mix of wildlife, scenic beauty, and adventure sports. It is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears. Also, it is the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated as a tiger reserve. Because of the rising tourism and other activities, the government is promoting eco-tourism with proper planning.

Along with spending time in the water, we will witness a sunset by the Kali river, explore 12th-century old Ulavi caves and visit a hidden waterfall. Ulavi caves are formed of limestone and are some of the most beautiful and unique caves. We get to see Vibhooti Kanaja, Akka Nagamma Gavi and Rudrakshi Mantapa and explore many other caves on our way in the forest. 

We are offering the whole package at a slightly higher rate than other organisations because of the following reasons:

  1. Ulavi Caves and Secret Waterfalls are elements of Dandeli. You should not skip these if you are in Dandeli. They are on a different route altogether. We will have to cover an extra distance to and fro, which will be an additional cost for us.
  2. We have tied up with a trusted adventure sports provider. Individual activities – Kayaking, Jacuzzi, Boating, Zorbing, Swimming with life jackets – cost between 100 to 350 INR. A Short White Water Rafting costs approx. 600 rupees. The sum cost of these is included in the package. You will not pay anything extra on the spot. 
  3. We are sponsoring five meals. All the meals will be covered in the package, excluding the dinner on day 0 and day 2

With that being said, Plan the Unplanned team is excited to take you to Dandeli in the Summerof2022. Go through the complete itinerary of Dandeli Adventure Trip for the comprehensive plan and book your tickets at the earliest.

Trip Highlights

  • First, enjoy water sports including kayaking, zorbing, swimming, jacuzzi and boating;
  • Second, go for white water rafting;
  • Third, witness a sunset in the backwaters on the shore of river Kali;
  • Fourth, visit 12-century old Ulavi caves;
  • Fifth, go to a secret waterfall;
  • Last, Photography amidst natural settings.

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Dandeli Adventure Trip - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 6:30 PM (approx)

Day 1

  • Reach campsite
  • Freshen up & have breakfast
  • Spend a day full of adventure activities
  • Late lunch 
  • Relax for a while before you head to watch sunset at Kali River backwaters
  • Conversations and fun around bonfire
  • Retire for the night in your tents

Day 2

  • Wake Up, Freshen up & have breakfast
  • Head to Ullavi Caves via a Jeep Ride ( 2 – 4 hrs )
  • Stop for lunch en-route
  • Head to secret falls
  • En-route dinner ( self-sponsored)
  • Reach Bangalore by 5:00 AM (approx)

Note:

  • The status of white water rafting will only be announced by Forest/Dam authorities on Saturday morning. No travel company can promise it beforehand 100%.
  • In the unlikely event that your visit to waterfalls is cancelled, we will proceed with our return journey back home.

 

Price

With Travel ( Bangalore to Bangalore )
5299
( Plus 5% GST)

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in tents on 2/3 sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast,1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Jeep Ride to Ulavi Caves and Waterfall
  • Water Activities - Kayaking, Jacuzzi, Zorbing, 2 km ( White Water River Rafting )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer 
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Dandeli Adventure Trip - Detailed Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Dandeli

An overnight bus journey of 450 km commences from Bangalore to Dandeli. On the bus, we shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trippers better. Also, the trek leaders will brief you about the plan for the following day of the Dandeli Adventure Trip. Here you will get an understanding of what to expect, what to carry, and the trek information in general.

Day 1Day full of Water Activities and Sunset by the Kali River

After breakfast, we will start ‘all-day fun in the sun‘ aka water activities. Dandeli is ‘THE DESTINATION’ for White Water Rafting and adventure sports. These include Zorbing, Swimming, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Jacuzzi and boating. 

We cover all these activities. Hence, you do not need to pay anything extra at the venue. Just hop on your favourite sport as soon as you see it. 

Have lunch, rest for some time and then watch a soothing sunset by the Kali river. Sit by the shore of the backwaters and relax. 

Later we will return to the stay, have dinner and slowly drift to sleep amidst mellow conversations. 

 

Day 2Visit the lesser known Ullavi Caves and relax at the seceret falls

Day 2 starts with freshening up and breakfast. Wear nice clothes and get out in a light temper. Today will be all about exploration. Firstly, we will go to Ulavi Caves

Ulavi is a small village, and it takes around 1 hour to drive there from our campsite. Once we reach, we hop on to Mahindra Pickups for our further transit. The route to the caves is adventurous and will be covered within a couple of hours. Each cave has a unique historical significance, and the stories date back to the 12th century.

The main cave is the Akala Gavi cave. This cave is at a higher position, and thus, an iron ladder is placed so visitors can easily climb and reach the cave. Spend some time here, and then we will make our way to the hidden waterfall. 

After lunch, we will go to a waterfall. This waterfall has no name yet and is so remote that it has managed to stay out of the tourist spots list, and that’s what has kept it clean and serene, and we intend to keep it that way. It’s nestled in the middle of a thick forest, and thanks to our off-road vehicles, the journey takes around 45 minutes of a Jeep ride, and then we need to trek approximately 1-1.5 km in the forest to reach the waterfall. 

The first view takes you by surprise, and you have to witness it by yourself to believe how beautiful the place is. Luckily the area below the waterfall is not too deep and makes it a perfect spot to get into the water and enjoy it. The cold water in the harsh summer sun in the middle of a jungle is much more awesome and exciting than it sounds. 

During this time of the year, a dense waterfall is one of the rarest things to find, and we found it just for you! Imagine, dipping your feet here, registering that you came here and not even leaving a trace of it. After spending some time here, we will start our journey to Bengaluru. 

If reading this is not exciting enough, you must book this Dandeli Adventure trip. We bet you will love it. 

That is it from the jolly weekend. We hope you get everything you’re looking for from this trip. Don’t forget to stay in touch with all your new friends and don’t ever stop exploring. We would love to see you againCheck out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure hosting you again. Till then, take care and love life. 

FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.

 

Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

Notes

 

  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Plan The Unplanned does the short river rafting of around 1-2 km. 9km and 12 km rafting are not included in the cost
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.

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