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Dandeli River Rafting and Camping

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Dandeli is a small town in North Karnataka situated on the banks of the river Kali. By the virtue of being a home to Mountains, Jungles and the river, Dandeli is one of the favorite getaways for adventure enthusiasts, with white water rafting being the most favoured sport. The jungles of Dandeli are also famous for being home to the big five; Elephant, Bison, Panther, Tiger and Leopard. It houses the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated as a tiger reserve in 2007. A local legend states that the city is named after Dandelappa, a local deity, a servant of the Mirashi landlords, who lost his life because of his loyalty. An alternative legend states that a king named Dandakanayaka passed through the forests and named them after himself, and the city is believed to stand on the place where Dandakaranya stood when he named the area.


Dandeli River Rafting - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 7:00 PM (approx)

Day 1

  • Reach Campsite
  • Freshen up & have breakfast
  • Hike to Syntheri Rocks
  • Self Sponsored Lunch in Dandeli
  • Report for Rafting
  • Rafting / Water Activities
  • Sunset Walk at Backwaters
  • Return to campsite
  • Dinner & Campfire
  • Camping in tents

Day 2

  • Wake Up, Freshen up & have breakfast
  • Leave campsite by 9.30 AM and leave for Chitradurga
  • Have Self Sponsored Lunch on the way
  • Reach Chitradurga
  • Explore Chitradurga Fort and Do Sunset Hike
  • Depart for Bangalore & reach by 11:00 PM (approx)

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Tents on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast,1 Dinner, Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain
  • Rafting or Other Water Activities (If Rafting is not allowed - subject to Water Level)

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

  • Following are the pick-up points & timings:

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 River Rafting - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Dandeli

The overnight journey starts from Bengaluru around 9 PM. Once everyone is aboard, the trek leads will make you participate in some activities to get over with the residual office thoughts. The fun sessions involve getting to know the trek group who will become your buddies throughout the trip. Of course, even after doing all of that, we know how important sleep is for you to enjoy the trip so consider that taken care of.

Day 1River Rafting in Dandeli & Hike to Syntheri Rocks

Wake up to the beautiful and dense greenery of the Jungles & the songs of birds of the Kali Tiger Reserve.  A short drive later from Dandeli town with a road passing through pepper & coconut trees, you will reach the homestay.

After freshening up, having a refreshing breakfast and packing the necessary things for trek and rafting, we head to Syntheri Rock by bus. The trek is around 4 km to and fro. Get familiar with the various types of rocks while walking through the dense jungle. The end of the trek is a beautiful Kaneri River (A small part of Kali River).


PC_ Harshal Kadam


Post the activities, have a self-sponsored lunch and get ready for thrilling water adventure i.e. Rafting. Make sure you reach the Rafting base point by 2 PM as the reporting time for rafting is 2 PM.

Get the thrilling experience of white water rafting which is said to be the best water rafting in Karnataka (5 Km, 1-1.5 Hours). Rafting depends on the water level and amount of water coming from the dam. In case the water level is too high for rafting, we’ll replace the Rafting with other water activities.

Reach the backwater part of the trip and enjoy the shades of orange while the sun sets over the landscape filled with mountains and the river.

Day 2Chitradurga Fort Trek

Get up in the morning, freshen up and have breakfast.

Start back to Bangalore with a pitstop at Chitradurga city and have self-sponsored lunch on the way.While in Chitradurga, Chitradurga fort is a must visit, which can be reached via a short hike.( Chitradurga Fort is a fortification that straddles several hills and a peak overlooking a flat valley in the Chitradurga town. The fort’s name Chitrakaldurga means ‘picturesque fort’ in Kannada, is the namesake of the town Chitradurga and its administrative district and a beautiful spot to witness the sunset.)

Reach Bangalore by 5 AM


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

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).



  • 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.
  • 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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Solo Traveller

PTU is an excellent choice for solo and group travel. Went on a trip to Dandeli which was lead by Abilash and Prateek. The trip was very well organized and we have done lots of adventurous activities like rafting, rock climbing in the Chitradurga fort. Kudos to Abilash and Prateek for the way they have led the trip. Never felt bored even a minute during the trip.

October 23, 2020

Rakshith Somanna

Solo Traveller

I went on a group trip to Dandeli through plan the unplanned and the experience was truly a great one. It was very well planned and there was never a dull moment. Everything you needed was well taken care of. The trek leads abhilash and pratheek were amazing, full of energy, friendly and very helpful. They ensured that we had the time of our lives on a wonderful and safe trip. It really was an all round wonderful experience. Will definitely recommend traveling with Plan the Unplanned to all.

February 18, 2020

Rashmi R

Solo Traveller

I recently went on a trek to dandeli through plan the unplanned (PTU). I must say it has been a wonderful experience. The trek leads know what they are doing and are always there to help us out when we get stuck. The experience with PTU and the crew has been wholesome as the whole journey was planned and executed with immense care. I hope PTU gets the reputation it deserves and hope to join them on new expeditions.

February 9, 2020

Shubham Maheshwari

Solo Traveller

I started the year 2020 with a firm resolution of traveling places. No matter what’s the distance, time or situation. Resolved for not wasting my weekend time sitting idle at home. I was scared of going solo and pretty bad in convincing friends for planning trips. Then 1 friend told me about the concept of weekend getaways by travel organizers in Bengaluru.
Here’s where PTU (Plan the unplanned) came to my rescue. Done 4 trips to beautiful locations till date with amazing trek leaders.
Traveled Gokarna with trek leaders Rashmi, Arpita, and Lahar. Since that was my 1st Ptu trip, they explained the whole process and the way PTU works. They all were friendly and truly motivating. The beach view was awesome and I made some kewl friends. (There were 5 CAs on that outing, unexpectedly)
Traveled Kodaikanal with Trek leaders-Debasmita and Akshay. Akshay is an amazing photographer, who has also helped me reach at echo rock point without any fear. Debasmita taught me how to climb the rock and the importance of physical fitness in trekking.
Traveled wayanad with trek leaders Shashi and Sahil. The entire trek was fun especially the night trek and jeep ride.
Traveled dandeli and Chitradurga fort with trek leaders Deeksha, Medha, and Murali. while 1st time rafting gave me thrills and chills but hiking at Chitradurga fort was the best in all. All thanks to Medha and Deeksha for making it possible for me to reach the top.

February 7, 2020


Solo Traveller

From where should I have to start?
The vibe I got From this trip?
Super amazing best people I met?
The fun?

sigh!! This is the best group trip of my life.
All Thanks to ” PlanTheUnplanned”
The Leads Abhilash & Pratheek were the best. Tender hearted, Full of energy, Full of Fun, Perfect planners. They did not make us feel bored even for A sec. They were just amazing.
I never felt like they are our leads.
I have no Complaints.
Coming to the group? I always wished I had a friends group like this. Though I don’t remember their names but, I can still feel the Vibe this group gave me.
We had Lots of Fun.
Cheers to leads??
And I got to taste “Davangere benne dosa” too ? That was the best ending for this super crazy Trip to Dandeli with “PlanTheUnplanned”
– Nithyaa sree?

December 21, 2019