Trip to Dandeli (Karnataka) [India] – My Fun Travel
Ok, so here I am, posting after a long gap. Reason – didn’t had a chance to go out on a travel for a long time.
So this month I decided let me a take a week off and go somewhere and roam around. I selected Dandeli for my trip which is about 480 Km from Bangalore. I booked a train for Bangalore to a place called Alnawar which is about 35 Km from Dandeli. I was supposed to leave on Friaday reach Alnawar on Saturday Morning and then to Dandeli (I had no idea as to how I would go to Dandeli from Alnawar). So that Friday I reached home at around 6:30 PM. I though my train is at 11:30 PM, so I was pretty relaxed and started packing my luggage. As always I do the packing at the last moment. all of a sudden when I saw the ticket the departure time mentione was 21:15. The time was 7:30 PM when I saw this. Somehow I managed to catch hold of an auto at 8:00. I had 1 hr 15 mins to reach the railway station. To my surprise I reached the station exactly at 9:00 PM. I breathed a sigh of relief. I got into the train and my journey started.
I didn’t had dinner that night. I had some biscuits and water, managed to get some sleep in the night and landed Alnawar at about 6:30 AM. I come out of the station (which is a very small railway station) and saw few 4 wheelers outside. On enquiring I came to know they are all booked in advance and are going to Dandeli (where I wanted to go), but can’t accomodate me. I was disappointed. I had no clue as to how I can go Dandeli. After asking few people overe there, they told me I have to catch a bus for Haliyal, which is a about 20 mins drive from Alnawar and then I can get another bus from Haliyal to Dandeli which is about 45 mins drive.
I came out of the station and saw a bus whcih just came. I ran towards the bus and IT WAS GOING TO HALIYAL!!! I reached there in about 20 mins. Then I went to Dandeli in a 4 wheeler since the bus was going to take some more time to arrive.
As soon as I reached Dandeli, the next question was where do I go now??? I had no booking for stay… This was a completely unplanned trip apart from the fact that I had railway booking from bangalore to Alnawar. Opposite to the bus stand there was a lodge called State Lodge. I called one of my friends friend who organises adventure activities in Dandeli. He said on a Saturday/Sunday there is very little chance that I would get accomodation here easily and suggested I should stay at State Lodge is I find a place there. I went there, booked a room WHICH WAS PATHETIC, REALLY BAD. But I didn’t had any choice.
This is all for today. I’ll be posting about what I did on each day till I was there at Dandeli.
In summary you can find more information at http://www.dandeli.com/
How to reach Dandeli from Bangalore??? The route I followed was –
1) Bangalore to Alnawar (480Km) – Rani Chinamma Exp train, takes about 9 hrs
2) Alnawar to Haliyal (20 Mins) – Go out of the Alnawar Station, bus stops right opposite to the exit near few shops
3) Haliyal to Dandeli (45 Mins) – From Haliyal Bus Station, you can either get a bus or 4 wheelers and you’ll land up at Dandeli Bus Station, opposite to which is ??? STATE LODGE