Dudhsagar and Dandeli - New Year 2024
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People who see a jump in their adrenaline when they hear adventure, this is the trip for them. Strategically located on the Goa-Karnataka border (but mainly in Goa), Dudhsagar Falls attracts thousands of tourists to its bounty. The gushing water from the streams creates an illusion of milk flowing through the hill slopes. To put it straight, ‘Dudhsagar’ literally translates to Sea of Milk, describing the milky white water trickling down a height of 1,050m. The 5th highest waterfall in India is one of those picturesque falls that give you goosebumps just by looking at the tremendous force of the gushing water.
Also, not surprisingly, Dandeli is famous for being the adventure water sports capital of South India. We wouldn’t sell the myth that Dandeli is just about water sports and resorts. We wanted to show you the natural face of Dandeli by combining precisely what it is famous for and its less explored areas. And that's why we have added Ulavi caves(Akala Gavi) and Secret waterfalls to our two-day Dandeli Adventure trip. Read on.
Located 480 km from Bangalore and 100 km from Goa, Dandeli is a taluk in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Perched on the Kali river's banks, Dandeli is a fascinating mix of wildlife, scenic beauty, and adventure sports. It is a natural habitat for wildlife, including tigers, leopards, black panthers, elephants, gaur, deer, antelopes, and bears. Also, it is the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was designated as a tiger reserve. Because of the rising tourism and other activities, the government is promoting eco-tourism with proper planning.
Along with spending time in the water, we will witness a sunset by the Kali River, explore 12th-century-old Ulavi caves and visit a hidden waterfall. Ulavi caves are composed of limestone and some of the most beautiful and unique caves. We get to see Vibhooti Kanaja, Akka Nagamma Gavi and Rudrakshi Mantapa and explore many other caves on our way in the forest.
We are offering the whole package at a slightly higher rate than other organisations because of the following reasons:
- Ulavi Caves and Secret Waterfalls are elements of Dandeli. You should not skip these if you are in Dandeli. They are on a different route altogether. We will have to cover an extra distance to and fro, which will be an additional cost for us.
- We have tied up with a trusted adventure sports provider. Individual activities - Kayaking, Jacuzzi, Boating, Zorbing, Swimming with life jackets - cost between 100 to 350 INR. A Short White Water Rafting costs approx. 600 rupees. The sum cost of these is included in the package. You will not pay anything extra on the spot.
With that being said, Plan the Unplanned team is excited to take you to the Combo of Dudhsagar and Dandeli to Welcome the New Year 2024. Go through the complete itinerary of the Dudhsagar and Dandeli Adventure Trip for the comprehensive plan and book your tickets at the earliest.
- Trek to Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
- Enjoy water sports, including kayaking, zorbing, swimming, jacuzzi and boating;
- Second, go for white water rafting;
- Witness a sunset in the backwaters on the shore of river Kali;
- Visit 12-century old Ulavi caves;
- Go to a secret waterfall;
- Photography amidst natural settings.
- Leave from Bangalore at 5:30 PM (approx)
- Reach base camp (Kulem Village) by 8:00 AM (Approx)
- Freshen up and have breakfast
- Unwanted luggage can be dumped in the Vehicle
- Take a packed lunch
- Start the trek along with the guide by 9 AM
- Reach Falls after walking through a forest trail.
- Witness the beautiful Dudhsagar Falls
- Return to Trek start point
- Drive to Castlerock resort
- Have dinner and gather around for some fun
- From Dudhsagar resort, leave to Dandeli resort
- Leave the resort as early as possible
- Reach campsite
- Freshen up & have breakfast
- Spend a day full of adventure activities
- Late lunch
- Relax for a while before you head to watch the sunset at Kali River backwaters
- Conversations and fun around the bonfire
- Welcome New Year 2024
- Wake Up, Freshen up & have breakfast
- Head to Ullavi Caves via a Jeep Ride (2-4 hrs)
- Stop for lunch en route (Self-Sponsored by around 150 Rs per person)
- Head to Secret Falls
- En-route dinner (self-sponsored)
- Reach Bangalore by 5:00 AM (approx)
- Our trek to Dudhsagar Falls begins promptly at 8:30 AM in adherence to stringent guidelines. Access will be restricted beyond 9 AM.
- Our journey from Bangalore necessitates an early start, commencing at 5 PM from the initial pickup point. We kindly urge all participants to plan their schedules proactively.
- Upon the bus's arrival at each boarding point, we maintain a precise 10-minute waiting period. We kindly request punctual attendance.
- As the Goa Forest Department stipulated, entry to the waterfall is prohibited.
- A forest department guide will be allocated for every group of 8 individuals.
- Our accommodations will only be accessible after completing the trek. Basic refreshment arrangements are available at Kulem Village, allowing us to commence the trek at the earliest convenience.
Non A/C Push Back Seats Vehicle
Meals Not Included
(Dinner break ( Self-sponsored ))
We begin our journey at around 5.30 in the evening. We’ll start early compared to the usual trek as we have over 560 km to cover. So, once we get out of the iconic Bangalore traffic and hit the Mumbai- Bangalore highway, our energetic trek leads will take over. Armed with fun activities & ice-breaking sessions, you’ll soon feel at home after knowing about everyone else on the bus. The trek leads will brief the itinerary of the trip ahead and leave you to catch some much-needed sleep
Multiple sharing basis separate for men and women Doms / Rooms / Tents
We will reach Kulem at around 8 am.
If you look outside, you should be on the narrow country roads of Goa, surrounded by vast lands of untouched wilderness. Embrace the untouched Goa while we slowly drive into Kulem through winding roads & picturesque landscapes.
The stay is one of the best you can find in Kulem and is only a minute’s walk from where the bus will be parked. Get your luggage, check into the designated rooms & freshen up quickly. Grab breakfast, pick up your packed lunch and start the trek. It is mandatory to have a guide and life jacket along with you. Without these, entry into the national park will be prohibited.
The initial walk is along the train tracks. This portion of the trek is about 4 km but is the most daunting one of all. It truly tests your patience and endurance while you’re taking baby steps. Watch out for the odd train and get off the tracks. You will be accompanied by chirps of birds, running streams, some hidden waterfalls & of course, your new-found family.
No need to rush on this track as we have ample time to cover the rest of the trek, more so because of the slippery rocks on the tracks. After about 4 KMs of walking on the tracks, we enter the jeep trail.
The trail from here is pretty flat and is filled with running water streams and dense evergreen forest stretches. After about 40 minutes of walking, you will reach the village of Sonaulim, which is marked by a shack selling refreshments and a Hindu temple on your right-hand side.
The trail gets narrow from here as you take a shortcut to avoid a longer jeep trail. The falls are only a 30-minute walk from here. Once you take the shortcut, you will get to see the adjoining mountain ranges. These ranges are the physical boundaries between Karnataka & Goa. After a walk through the muddy trail, you will encounter a hanging bridge. The bridge is slightly inclined, so be sure to hold onto the rope and walk slowly.
Once on the other side of the bridge, the narrow trail continues until we hit the jeep trail again. You can get the first glimpse of the mighty Waterfall on this trail. And soon after getting a glimpse of the falls, you will see the entrance to Dudhsagar Falls. There are changing rooms and a police outpost as well. After crossing a river stream filled with slippery rocks, and water flowing with incredible force, we’ll reach the foot of the fall.
We’ll stop here for lunch and refresh ourselves with a jump into the pool at the foot of the fall.
We’ll head back to Basecamp on the same way back and take a refreshing bath. After which, we will settle for a fulfilling dinner and a good night's sleep
Non A/c Push Back Seats Vehicle
Stay Not Applicable
(Self sponsered Lunch & Dinner)
In the morning, we will set out for the resort in Dandeli. To have maximum time at our disposal, we will leave as early as possible. Upon reaching, freshen up and have breakfast.
We will soon start for 'all day fun in the sun' aka water activities. Dandeli is 'THE DESTINATION' for White Water Rafting and adventure sports. These include Zorbing, Swimming, Kayaking, White Water Rafting, Jacuzzi and boating.
We cover all these activities. Hence, you do not need to pay anything extra at the venue. Just hop on your favourite sport as soon as you see it.
Have a late lunch, rest for some time and then watch a soothing sunset by the Kali river. Sit by the shore of the backwaters and relax.
Later we will return to the stay, have dinner and slowly drift to sleep amidst mellow conversations.
Day 3 starts with freshening up and breakfast. Wear nice clothes and get out in a light temper. Today will be all about exploration. Firstly, we will go to Ulavi Caves.
Ulavi is a small village, and it takes around 1 hour to drive there from our campsite. Once we reach, we hop on to Mahindra Pickups for our further transit. The route to the caves is adventurous and will be covered within a couple of hours. Each cave has a unique historical significance, and the stories date back to the 12th century.
The main cave is the Akala Gavi cave. This cave is at a higher position, and thus, an iron ladder is placed so visitors can easily climb and reach the cave. Spend some time here, and then we will make our way to the hidden waterfall.
After lunch, we will go to a waterfall. This waterfall has no name yet and is so remote that it has managed to stay out of the tourist spots list, and that’s what has kept it clean and serene, and we intend to keep it that way. It’s nestled in the middle of a thick forest, and thanks to our off-road vehicles, the journey takes around 45 minutes of a Jeep ride, and then we need to trek approximately 1-1.5 km in the forest to reach the waterfall.
The first view takes you by surprise, and you have to witness it by yourself to believe how beautiful the place is. Luckily the area below the waterfall is not too deep and makes it a perfect spot to get into the water and enjoy it. The cold water in the harsh summer sun in the middle of a jungle is much more awesome and exciting than it sounds.
During this time of the year, a dense waterfall is one of the rarest things to find, and we found it just for you! Imagine, dipping your feet here, registering that you came here and not even leaving a trace of it. After spending some time here, we will start our journey to Bengaluru and reach by 5 am the next morning.
That is it from the jolly New Year Dudhsagar and Dandeli Trip Combo. We hope you get everything you're looking for from this trip. Don't forget to stay in touch with all your new friends and don't ever stop exploring. We would love to see you again—Check out our other itineraries and ring us soon. It would be a pleasure to host you again. Till then, take care and love life.
Plan The Unplanned
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What’s life without adventure? Isn’t the real purpose of life to travel, to experience new places, and witness the sunrise from new mountaintops? This thought is what united Jatin and Tarun over a cup of chai, in spite of being from two unrelated backgrounds (CA and IT). They knew each other since the time Jatin was helping Tarun learn the ways of the wilderness through weekend treks and outings with another traveling group. Their love for traveling and trekking together motivated them to start something of their own. Thus was born “Plan The Unplanned”, where travel goals come true. Under the Companies Act, Plan The Unplanned is incorporated as Unplanned Journeys Private Limited They started their journey on unsteady ground, much like any other company, but they shared an infatuation for travel and adventure with their customers, which amplified their determination, and thus, Plan the Unplanned family keeps getting bigger every day! Just about any travel idea can come alive with Plan The Unplanned…treks, adventure activities like rock climbing, kayaking, rafting, backpacking trips across the country, cultural outings, photo walks; everything that fellow travelers need, to explore the great outdoors together. Well now that the wanderlust has kicked in and you can already see a vacation in your nearest future, here’s what we have to offer!
- To and fro transport from Bangalore (Non A/c Pushback seater tempo traveller/ minibus ) 3 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
- Freshen up at Kulem ( 3 Rooms - Depending on Group size )
- Accommodation in Rooms/ Dorms on multiple sharing bases separate for men & women at Castle Rock
- Accommodation in tents ( 2/3 sharing) at Dandeli
- Driver Allowance, Tolls Parking
- Interstate Road Taxes
- Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
- Experience that you gain
- Any meals not included above
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
- Anything not included above
- Any kind of water adventures at Beach
THINGS TO CARRY
- Soft Copy of you Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
- Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
- Power Bank
- Warm Layer
- Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
- Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
- Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
- A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
- Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
- Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
- Portable chargers for your electronics
- Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
- Polybags to pack your wet clothes
- Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary
Policy and Terms
Refund/Cancellation Policy – New Year Trips from Bangalore
In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow:
7 days or more
15% of the total invoice value
Between 3-6 days
50% of the total invoice value
Between 0-2 days
100% of the total invoice value
- *Intimation Period means the number of days before the tour is scheduled to start
- **Cancellation Fee is the amount of money that will be deducted from the total billing amount before offering the refund.
- Refund/Cancellation requests are accepted only by email at [email protected] and not via call or Whatsapp.
Cancellations on the day of departure or a day prior due to work/family emergencies, health issues, etc. would not be entertained, and no refund or transfer to further dates shall be allowed for the same.
If you are wanting to cancel on the day of departure or a day prior to departure and move the trek to a future date an additional charge of RS 1500 would have to be incurred to make the movement to a future date. This can be availed only within 3 months from the date of the actual trip departure.
Additional charges would be deducted (based on where you booked) if you cancel the trek at any given date (along with the scenario described above), as payment gateway/event listing charges.
Transfer of Dates Policy
If you wish to shift your date of booking due to any unforeseen circumstances, the same should be intimated to us not less than 72 hours before the date of the event. (Not valid for group or corporate bookings)
Only one transfer per booking shall be permitted. Your booking shall stand canceled if you fail to join the event on the transferred dates.
Once the option of data transfer is made, the booking amount shall be held as credits with us, and in no case will a refund be made further on.
Transfer of Dates is not valid for Bhutan, Meghalaya, Himalayan Treks, Spiti or any other event worth above 5000/- INR.
For all the above choices, you can transfer your tickets to your friends. We would be more than happy to have them on board and you could save your hard-earned money.
Terms and Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by PLAN THE UNPLANNED (hereinafter referred as ‘PTU’) constitutes a contractual arrangement between PTU (‘First Party’) and Client (hereinafter referred as ‘You’) (‘Second Party’). Booking of services with PTU represents your unconditional acceptance of the terms & conditions set out herein. These terms and conditions shall be binding on you and all the travel companions booked by you.
Trekking and other outdoor activities provided by the PTU depend on various factors and have inherent risks associated with life. PTU does its best to reduce all types of risks, discomfort, and hazard to the best of its ability (within financial constraints), yet there are chances of accidents, mishaps, and deficiency in service.
Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these terms prior to confirming your booking.
Pictures used on the website and collateral are meant for marketing purposes. These do not imply the inclusion of the pictorial content to be a part of your vacation or any guarantee that you will experience, encounter or view whatever is depicted through the pictures.
PTU offers trip(s) and trek(s) that require varying levels of fitness. The level of difficulty can be based on the extent of physical stress, the terrain, weather, and/or climate. The degree of difficulty for some trips can be physically demanding. To enable you to choose appropriately and prepare accordingly, carefully review the level of difficulty of each trip before booking the same.
PTU doesn’t have any medical expert(s) and it is your responsibility to obtain medical advice, latest health requirements including inoculations and vaccines before you join a trip. PTU takes no responsibility for your inability to cope with the level of difficulty on a trip. While there is no age limitation on any PTU trips, any disability, pregnancy, mental or physical, or any other medical condition that may affect your fitness to complete the trek must be revealed at the time of booking the trip to PTU. You also undertake that you and Your travel companions, for whom You have signed up, do not suffer from any condition or disability that could create a hazard to Your own wellbeing or to others on a trip.
You are solely responsible for verifying the correct dates mentioned on the travel documents.
PTU reserves the right to modify or cancel the trip or part of the trip under circumstances, including but not limiting to Acts of God, road blockage, political unrest, sickness, accidents, events beyond PTU’s control etc. Any extra cost arising from such circumstances shall be borne by you on the spot. Wherever possible, PTU shall intimate you of such changes in advance or while on the trip.
Baggage and personal effects are at your risk throughout the trip. You are solely responsible for your personal belongings while on the trip. PTU is not responsible for the loss of baggage, goods, air tickets, passport, cash, traveler’s cheques, or any other travel document or item owned by you while on tour, whatever the cause.
You are required to behave in a manner that is acceptable and conducive to group travel. PTU reserves the right to terminate your trip (if you are found to be causing distress/annoyance to co-travelers, endanger/damage property of any supplier or of other traveling companions), without assigning any reason whatsoever. No refund for unused services is possible in such cases.
You also agree to abide by the authority of the group leader designated by PTU. The decision of the tour leader is binding on all participants on matters that affect the safety or well-being of any person participating in the trip. Behavior that causes danger, distress, or annoyance to others, or interferes with the mobility of the group can result in the group leader terminating your participation from the trip, with no right to refund for missed or unused services.
Protect The Environment
The entire trip/ trek would be through natural trails and we would spend most of the time in eerie forests, serene valleys, soothing hillsides, or at golden beaches. You should know that it’s your duty to protect the environment and not create nuisances on the way by throwing your plastic materials and other wastes like packets of chips or wrappers of chocolates. PTU shall not consider any such behavior towards nature. We expect you to be responsible and aware adults.
No Smoking Or Alcohol Consumption
PTU doesn’t support smoking or any sort of alcohol consumption during the journey and as a team, we earnestly request you to not indulge in those practices while you are with us. Smoking is not only injurious to your health but also equally bad for nature. We should ensure that there’s sustainable natural conservation and our acts, in no way, hampers that. Also, alcohol consumption might ruin your experience as well as cause discomfort to your fellow mates. No action of smoking or drinking shall be tolerated by PTU during the trip/trek.
PTU makes every effort to ensure the comfort of our guests, but PTU requests you to understand that the amenities around the trekking region may not be the same as the ones you are accustomed to, at home. Weather is another factor that will have a direct impact on your journey. Hence, you are requested to have patience, enthusiasm and be prepared for compromising, before you choose to undertake this journey.
You accept that the very nature of active, adventure travel requires a degree of personal risk. You are likely to visit places where political, cultural, and geographical attributes might pose certain risks, dangers, and physical challenges. By booking a tour with PTU, you accept that you are aware of the personal risks, dangers, and challenges that might arise and that you are aware of the risks involved. You hereby assume all such risk and release PTU from all claims and causes of action arising from such damages or injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with customs, weather conditions, physical challenges, and laws in effect as well as your local embassy contacts in each destination.
In the event you fall ill or suffer an accident during the trip, all hospital expenses, doctor fees, repatriation expenses, evacuation from road or mountain, any other charges incurred as a direct or indirect result of your illness/accident are your responsibility.
PTU reserves the right to take photographs of you during the trip and to use them for promotional purposes. By booking a trip with us, you automatically grant us a royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide, and irrevocable license for using your images in photographs and videos that may be used for promotional material, website, social media, collateral, and any other marketing and publicity materials.