Sykes Point Dandeli is a popular tourist destination in Karnataka. Located on top of a tall hill, on the edge of a steep cliff, it is the highest vantage point around the Kali Wildlife Sanctuary and affords beautiful views all around.
From this strategically located spot, you can get a good overview of the surrounding areas including the confluence of the Kali and Nagzari Rivers, the lush forests of Dandeli and also see the famous sunset of Dandeli that lights up the sky in warm orange hues.
This spot was discovered by a British engineer called William Roberts Sykes (1840-1917) during a hunting expedition and is named after him. In recent times, the Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) has built a power station at the bottom of the hill and therefore requires visitors to get permission before they visit Sykes Point for security reasons.
Where is Sykes Point?
Sykes Point is located about 24 Km from Dandeli Bus Stop and about 5 Km from Ambikanagar. It can easily be accessed by car, bike or bus and the journey from Dandeli to Sykes Point takes only about half an hour.
To go to Sykes Point, one has to take the Ambikanagar Road, which leads through Ambikanagar, where one can stop to get permission. Usually, permission is easy to get and the place is open from 5 AM to 7 PM. There is no entry fee to visit Sykes Point.
Why visit Sykes Point?
Many tourists come from all over the world to visit Sykes Point in Dandeli. Its natural beauty and unimpeded views make it a virtual paradise for nature lovers, naturalists, photographers and adventure travellers. From here, one can get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding areas and get a feel for the place.
From Sykes point, one can also spot the famous Hornbill species of bird that is famous for living in this area. There are a number of other bird species that can be spotted from here and with a good pair of binoculars; there are interesting parts of the valley below that you can observe.
Good spots such as Sykes become a kind of social and cultural hub where people can meet up and hang around while they prepare for a trek, picnic or a round of photography. Some tourists find it interesting enough to spend the whole day there.
While visiting Sykes point, one can also visit some interesting places nearby such as Sathodi Falls, Syntheri Rock, Kadra Dam, Supa Dam, Kavala Caves, etc.
Where to Stay in Dandeli?
When visiting Dandeli, one must book accommodations in advance, as resorts in Dandeli can get very busy, especially during the peak tourist season. One of the best places to stay in Dandeli is the Starling River Resort.
For years, Starling Resort has been the standard bearer for resorts in Dandeli. It is a comfortable and luxurious resort located next to the Kali River and provides stunning views of the greenery all around it. The staff here is very understanding and accommodating and is always happy to help guests plan their excursions.
If you are visiting Dandeli for Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Trekking, Camping, Wildlife Photography or to visit areas around Dandeli, the Starling River Resort will surely be your best bet. They have all kinds of rooms such as Single Rooms, Family Rooms, Dormitories, Suites and Camps so finding something that suits your needs and budget will not be difficult.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. How do I get permission for Sykes Point?
Ans. To get permission to visit Sykes Point, one has to visit the security office in Ambikanagar. This is on the way when you are travelling from Dandeli to Sykes Point and permission is usually easy to get.
Q2. What is Sykes Point?
Ans. Sykes Point is a strategically located spot atop a tall hill from where you can get beautiful views of the surrounding areas and see the sunset.
Q3. What is the best time to visit Sykes Point Dandeli?
Ans. The best time to visit Sykes Point, Dandeli is between October to March. One should visit early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is about to set to get the most out of your trip.
Q4. What is the entry fees for Sykes point Dandeli?
Ans. There is no entry fees for visiting Sykes Point, Dandeli but all visitors have to get permission from KPCL (Karnataka Power Corporation Limited).