Back in 1930, Dandeli’s populace stood at a mere 515, their livelihoods centered around the government’s sawmill and forestry domain. Among them, the Konkanis, Devali, Marathas, Kuruba, Lambani, African, and Muslim communities formed a colorful mosaic. Nestled by the Kali river’s edge, this settlement transformed into an industrial nucleus with the advent of enterprises like The Indian Plywood Manufacturing Company, Lalbhai Ferro-manganese Factory, West Coast Paper Mill, Indian Saw Mill, and sundry small industries near Dandeli and Karnataka Power Corporation, constructing power-generating dams across the Kali river. Hence, the moniker “Old-Dandeli.”

Prior to 1936, education had yet to grace this modest town. It wasn’t until Shivaji Narvekar, Pundalik Pai, Sadanand Gopal Nadkarni, Balappa Chavan, and Bapshet joined forces that a rudimentary one-room school emerged atop a nearby hill—now the abode of the government Urdu school. Ramachandra Ganapat Nayak, hailing from Sanikatta near Gokarn, relocated to steer this nascent institution. With a humble inaugural class of 18 students, three even older than their teacher R.G. Nayak, the school gained British government recognition in 1939.

Entwined in local lore, Dandeli’s nomenclature unveils intriguing tales. One whispers of Dandelappa, a devoted servant to Mirashi landlords who met his fate due to unwavering loyalty. In a parallel saga, King Dandakanayaka’s wanderings christened the woodlands, and the city found its dwelling where Dandakaranya stood as he bestowed the land with his name.

Situated at coordinates 15°14′51.7884′′N 74°37′46.8408′′W, Dandeli occupies an average elevation of 473 metres (1,552 ft). Rainfall cascades generously from August to November, a natural symphony embraced by the land. A canvas adorned with lush forests and gentle elevation paints a tropical highland climate, where summer temperatures embrace an average of 27 °C (81 °F), while winter offers the comfort of around 18 °C (64 °F).


Experience comfort at its finest at the Tourist Lodge, which presents 10 thoughtfully priced and impeccably maintained rooms. Revel in the embrace of a roomy bed, organised furnishings, an in-room TV, a convenient vanity mirror, and an array of thoughtful amenities. Complementing the experience, these budget-friendly lodgings feature en-suite bathrooms with round-the-clock access to running water, ensuring a seamless stay.

Experience the allure of Dandeli, where a welcoming lodge awaits you, conveniently situated opposite the bus stop. Nestled along the tranquil banks of the River Kali in the captivating Uttar Kannada District, Dandeli City invites you, just 481 kilometres away from Bangalore and a mere 117 kilometres from Karwar, Hubli, and Dharwad.

Step into a realm of elegance and opulence at one of the premier hotels in Dandeli. Discover exquisitely appointed lodgings, complemented by some of the city’s finest dining establishments, culminating in an experience that seamlessly merges luxury and homeliness. At the Tourist Lodge, contemporary amenities harmonise with an ambiance that pays homage to the surrounding wildlife, resulting in an experience that’s characterised by its graceful uniqueness. Stringent hotel hygiene and sanitation protocols ensure the well-being and safety of every guest, inviting you to partake in an unforgettable and priceless encounter.

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More than just accommodation, a stay at the Tourist Lodge introduces you to a lifestyle that unravels a world of luxury and leisure. Revered for its captivating activities, the lodge redefines the concept of vacationing. Offering an array of guestrooms replete with contemporary eco-friendly and wellness-centric features, including lavish suites and plush beds, the experience is elevated to new heights. The lodge’s exceptional restaurant, boasting a meticulously crafted menu, adds to the appeal.

A sojourn at the Tourist Lodge isn’t just a stay—it’s an immersion into an elevated lifestyle, a realm of luxury and relaxation that transcends mere words. Infused with remarkable activities and groundbreaking vacation experiences, the Tourist Lodge invites you to redefine your getaway entirely.




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