Check out this natural vantage point over the forests of Dandeli
One of the most beautiful spots for watching the sunset in Karnataka is Shiroli Peak, Dandeli. This is the highest point in the Uttara Kannada region, near the Kali Tiger Reserve in Sannamaga, Karnataka, from where one can enjoy the lustrous forests and undulating hills of Dandeli.
Why you should visit Shiroli Peak?
In Dandeli, Shiroli Peak is a staple stop for wildlife safaris. In the midst of driving through dense forests in Jeeps, visitors always love stopping to climb a flight of stairs and appreciate the beautiful surroundings after touring the dense forests in Jeeps.
But off lately, Shiroli is gaining its own fan following. Hundreds of people climb the peak to sit in a small gazebo at the top and watch the sunset while enjoying a restful picnic.
A bird’s eye view of the surrounding Sahyadri Range of mountains can be obtained from the top spot of the Wildlife Sanctuary. Hardly 25 Km from the Dandeli Bus stop, Shiroli Peak is a must-see place for all visitors in Dandeli.
Who can visit Shiroli Peak?
There are no entry fees for Shiroli Peak and anyone can reach this natural vantage point by seeking permission from the forest department. Climbing to the top requires a strenuous trek up winding pathways and footholds in the rock face. If visitors do not want to make the Shiroli Peak trek, there is a way to get here in a jeep or car and then climb a short flight of stairs to the top.
Best time to visit Shiroli Peak?
The best time to visit Shiroli Peak is in the evenings when the sun is setting or early in the morning. The hues of the sun on the vast and seemingly infinite horizon carved by undulant hills create a kaleidoscope of warm colours that is impressive to watch and inspirational to experience.
However, the peak is open throughout the year and can be visited anytime. Sometimes, when there is work going on in the area or some special VIP guests are visiting the spot, guards may make visitors wait for a while or tell them to come back at another time.
Where can you stay at Shiroli Peak?
One of the best places to stay amongst the many resorts in Dandeli is the Starling River Resort next to the River Kali. The resort is a favourite of seasoned travellers who enjoy the adventure activities and immersive experiences it offers.
The Starling River Resort provides comfortable rooms of all types, from single rooms to large rooms for groups and even dormitories for that authentic adventurous experience. They also have a stunning pool from where one can see beautiful views of the river and the greenery that surrounds the resort.
If you are staying at Starling River Resort, you can opt to go on Wildlife Safari or ask to visit Shiroli Peak. The management and staff of the resort are very helpful and will be happy to arrange the trip for you. Additionally, one can also participate in River Rafting, Rock Climbing, Outdoor Camping, Grappling, Zip Lining and Kayaking in Dandeli.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Is Shiroli Peak the best place to visit in Dandeli?
Ans. Even in a place like Dandeli with many tourist attractions, Shiroli Peak remains one of the best places to visit and is the most popular tourist spot.
Q2. What are the entry fees for Shiroli Peak?
Ans. There are no entry fees for visiting Shiroli Peak but one needs to get permission from the guards stationed there or the forest department.
Q3. What is the best time to visit Shiroli Peak?
Ans. Shiroli Peak is open throughout the year and visitors can visit it anytime. The best time of day to visit is early morning to avoid the crowd and evenings to see the famous sunset of Dandeli.