July 19, 2020 By RJ

Kali River is flowing through Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka  state in India. The river rises near Diggi, a small village in Uttar Kannada district. The Kali river is the lifeline to some 4 lakh people in the Uttara Kannada district and supports the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people including fishermen on the coast of Karwar. There are many dams built across this river for the generation of electricity. One of the important dams build across Kali river is the Supa Dam at Ganeshgudi. The Kali river runs 184 kilometers before joining Arabian Sea.

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Kali Wildlife Adventures

The forest in the area was declared the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary on 10 May 1956. The state proposed carving out a section of the sanctuary to form the Anshi national park, and the proposal was implemented on 2 September 1987. The initial proposal covered 250 square kilometres. When the final notification of the park area was issued in 2002, it was extended by another 90 square kilometres.

Kali River is Located in the Western Ghats range from l4°54′ to l5°07′ N latitude and 74°l6′ to 74°30’ E longitude, Kali River’s elevation varies from 27–1,059 m (89–3,474 ft) above MSL. Despite of high rainfall in this area, water holes go dry early in the summer because the soil is laterate, with minimal water-holding capacity.

The Karnataka Forest Department (KFD) and members of the Bangalore Butterfly Club (BBC) have spotted more than 4,500 individual butterflies in Uttar Kannada’s Kali Tiger Reserve. On December 14 and 15, for the first time in Karnataka, an assessment or a butterfly survey was carried out in the reserve. KFD and the club had also spotted 160  butterfly species in a span of two days. The number, according to them, is overwhelming.

Adventure Spots Connected by Kali River

  • Wildlife:Kali River offers lush flora and rare species of fauna. Some unusual mammals you will come across in this wildlife sanctuary are sloth bears, black panther, barking deer, the Indian pangolin (an ant-eating mammal), the Malabar giant squirrel, rare black panther amongst others.Birds like Casque, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blue-Throated Barbet, Peregrine Falcon, are often spotted by nature-lovers. There are ample medicinal plants amongst the evergreen and deciduous growth.
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  • Kali River: You can listen to the soothing, gurgling sound of the river which is surrounded by lush greenery. Sadashivgad is a picturesque fort which is located on the Kali river bridge and is amongst the popular places to visit in Dandeli..
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Kali River
  • Kavla Caves: It is way below the surface of the Earth, into the darkest depths where it houses a temple. To reach the temple you climb down over one thousand steps which seem never-ending. It is engulfed by darkness but you will also have to brave the snakes and bats which inhabit the caves. The attraction of this cave is a naturally formed Shiva linga which is said to be in the shape of a Rudraksh
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Kavla Cave
  • Syntheri Rocks: Though advisable to refrain from swimming or rock climbing, brave hearts can and do face the rocky adventure.You will find lots of behives all over the rock and chances are that you can slip on the honey droplets or yellowish bee wax. One has to walk up to the rock as it is around 200 steps.
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Syntheri Rocks
  • Shiroli Peak: It gives you a breathtaking view of the brave and mighty Sahyadri ranges. And it is a popular spot for trekkers and nature lovers.It is surrounded by dense green forests. It is said to be staying back to view an exquisite sunset. To get to the viewpoint one has to take a flight of stairs. It is said to be one of the most famous tourist spots in Dandeli.
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Shiroli Peak
  • Anashi National Park: One may spot a distinctive fauna while on this path and the fauna may range from Indian elephants to black panthers and Bengal Tigers. You may also find some common flora such as bintangur, Calophyllum wightianum, Malabar tamarind, Garcinia Morella, Knema attenuata, Hopea wightiana, etc.
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  • Supa Dam: The dam is built across river Kalindi. It is a second largest dam in the state of Karnataka and allows for the best dam backwater trek experience.With the height of 101 meters and length of 332 meters, Supa Dam is a concrete gravity dam. It is the most appreciated projects of Karnataka government for its hydroelectricity plan. 
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Supa Dam
  • Kulgi Nature Camp: n the heart of nature, amidst the serene melodies of birds chirping, the heart tearing roars of mammals this is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Kulgi a species measeum whear we can 1000 of diferent insect species.
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  • Sykes Point: Sykes Point is said to be named after a British officer who found it during one of his hunting expeditions. One has to take permission before heading to the Sykes Point.It is well known for Sunset point.Sykes point is around 700 meters above the sea level. It’s proximity to the Supa dam and hydroelectric plant, Kali river and the dense greenery makes it beautiful site.
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Sykes Point
  • Ulavi Temple: It is the temple of Shri Ulavi Channabasaveshwara. It is located in the tiger reserve and is very famous amongst the pilgrims. Every year lakhs of pilgrims and devotees come to seek blessings of Shri Ulavi Channabasaveshwara.The annual fest of the temple is held in February or Magha Poornima.Statues of Shiva Sharanas, a devotee of Lord Shiva, adorn the temple premises.
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Ulavi Temple
  • Maulangi Eco Park: Surrounded by the blissful landscape comprising thick evergreen forests. Moulangi Eco Park is a breathtaking place where you can enjoy the serenity of nature at its best. It is replete with beautiful bamboo trees.This place is a paradise for adventure enthusiasts as one can enjoy an exhilarating trek in the jungles on the steep cliffs, indulge in rock climbing and appreciate the plummeting silence of the wilderness. 
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The park is in the eco regions of North Western Ghats Mountain rain forests and North Western Ghats moist decideous forests , both of which are deemed endangered by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).The forests have high biodiversity.

Some common trees and plants are  bintangur, Calophyllum wightianum, Malabar tamarind, Garcinia morella, Knema attenuata, Hopea wightiana, Tetrameles nudiflora, blackboardtree, Flacourtia montana, Machilus macrantha, Carallia brachiata, aini-maram, Artocarpus lacucha, true cinnamon, bamboo, bauhinia, eucalyptus, lantana, silver oak, teak and jamba.


The black panther, elephants and tigers live in the park but are rarely seen. Other large mammals here are Indian bison, sloth bear, Indian wild boarbonnet macaquenorthern plains gray langur, gray slender loris, several deer including: barking deer (muntjac), mouse deer (chevrotain), sambar deer and spotted dee

  • Wild dog, jackal, jungle cat, leopard cat, small Indian civet, Indian gray mongoose, flying squirrel, porcupine, Malabar civet, Indian giant squirrel and pangolin also make their home in the forests here.
  • Reptiles in the park include the king cobra, spectacled cobra, Russell’s viper, saw-scaled viper, common krait, Indian rock python, rat snake, vine snake, green or bamboo pit viper and monitor lizards.
  • Interesting birds include the Ceylon frogmouth, great hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill, Malabar grey hornbill, Indian grey hornbill and Asian fairy bluebird. Around 200 species of birds are recorded in the park. These include the distinctive adjutant stork, ashy woodswallow, black-crested bulbul, blue-headed pitta, brahminy kite, broad-billed roller, crested serpent eagle, great hornbill, golden-backed woodpecker, Malabar pied hornbill, Sri Lanka frogmouth and yellow-footed green pigeon.

If you are nature lover you have got one more place to add into your bucket list. It’s just 450km from Bangalore, 614km from Hyderabad, 600kms from Mumbai, 98kms from Goa, 800Kms from Chennai. So if you want to escape city life and enjoy nature one perfect destination to relax.

The following activities that you can enjoy in Kali River:

  • Dandeli wildlife sanctuary is very famous. This is paradise for bird watchers.
  •  Track through deep dense forest and explore wild animals through Jungle Safari.
  • Water activities like : Rafting, Kayaking, Water Zorbing, Natural Jacuzzi, Boating, Coracle ride.
  • River Crossing through zip line.