Dandeli & Ganeshgudi

Ganeshgudi is a small town at a distance of 25 km from Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Supa Dam is built across Kalinadi (Kannada) or Kali river in the state of Karnataka in India. The dam is situated at Ganeshgudi, which is in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district. The powerhouse at the foot of the dam has two electricity generators of fifty megawatts each. The electricity generated is supplied to different parts of Karnataka. The dam was built by Hindustan Steel Works Construction Limited (HSCL) and is now operated by Karnataka Power Corporation Limited.

Dandeli is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears. It is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated as a tiger reserve in 2007. The jungle is also home to several varieties of reptiles and almost 300 varieties of birds. The rapid expansion of industry has raised fears of ecological damage to the area, and local volunteer groups have formed to address the issue.

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.

History: The population of Dandeli was only 515 and predominantly worked in the forestry department and government sawmill. Most residents belonged to the Konkanis, Devali, Marathas, Kuruba, Lambani, Negro, and Muslim communities. The settlement was located on the bank of the Kali river and developed into an industrial town with the establishment of a number of companies, including The Indian Plywood Manufacturing Company, Lalbhai Ferro-manganese Factory, West Coast Paper Mill, Indian Saw Mill, and a number of small industries around the Dandeli and Karnataka Power Corporation which were engaged in the construction of several power-generating dams at different places along the Kali river. The place was later called Old-Dandeli.

*(All the above information are from Wikipedia.)


Airport: Hubli airport is the located at a distance of 89 km from Dandeli. This is the nearest airport and is connected to many major cities across India.

Rail: Alnavar Junction is the nearest rail station which is connected to the nearest major cities by train. It is located at a distance of 35 km from Dandeli.

Road: Dandeli is well connected to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Goa, Belgaum, Karwar, Dharwad and Hubli by road. State-owned bus services connect Dandeli with Alnavar (35 km), Dharwad (55 km), Hubli (72 km) and Belgaum (90 km).

Local: Auto Rickshaws and vehicles on hire are available from the town while vehicles are arranged on request by the hotel.

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