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Trip to Dandeli (Karnataka) [India] – My Fun Travel

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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

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Written by Sushil Katre

December 27, 2009 at 9:51 PM

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  1. Please contact Mr Narasimha Chapakhanda, Who stays in nearby vilage, if you are wiling to stay in remote village house. No is 08383- 250 600/250666Or contact WIldlife office at Dandelia walk away distance from state lodgeand try to book at Kulgi Nature camp or Anshi Nature campPlease do not forget to visit Wildlife Safari, Syntheri rocks, Akala gavi, Ulvi,etc.Regards,

    Anonymous

    December 28, 2009 at 4:58 AM

  2. Sushil,Nice post indeed,I believe you havent have seen my blogpost and if you have had given a visit to http://www.dandeli.blogspot.com.Well we even have started a home stay in Dandeli with some of the features and options you will never find in any other place.Do get in touch with us for a better service. RgdsMurali- 9845028667

    Murai

    December 29, 2009 at 12:28 AM

  3. Bhai…ekbar mujhe call kar leta….i would have gone with you…..train mein kyon…um ready to take out my cheetah…… i mean swift….dude 2200 km to delhi in 3 days….what else can I say……next trip mudumalai?? only u nd me….

    Abhijit Bhowmick

    January 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

  4. Anonymous: Thanks I have made a note of this number. It may be helpful for the next trip. After going there I came to know about kulgi and anshi camps. Wildlife safari was useless for me on that day, we spotted Langurs. That's it!!!Murli: I remember going through your blog before going to dandeli, but I believe that I didn't found any information which you have mentioned here, or I must have missed to see.Dada: Next trip we'll take your Cheetah for the outing.

    Sushil

    January 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM


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