Dandeli Jungle camp is a down to earth accommodation facility deep inside the buffer zone of Dandeli forest. It is located at about 13 kms from Dandeli town. It is a good place to stay if you want to experience a life away from luxuries and flamboyancy, enjoy a comfortable stay with only essential facilities, deep inside the forest, with lots of birds to company. A simple walk around the campus may enable sighting of several birds, including the hornbills.
Dandeli Jungle camp also arranges forest safaris and visits to nearby attractions- such as Syntheri rocks, boating/rafting, bird watching etc. We spent a night here, courtesy Dandeli.com
If you’re going to stay for short duration, do tell your preferences to the staff clearly and they will organize activities accordingly. (What’s your interest- bird watch, sun set, safari, visiting tribes, visiting tourist places, watersports etc)
Dandeli Jungle camp reportedly has a bit of history too, as told by one of the staff. There’s no proof available to validate this claim though.
The facility was set up few decades ago by a foreign lady (reportedly British) in tie up with a local business man. The place was then closed to Indians and only foreign tourists were allowed. Every year the lady would tour Europe for few months, meet travel agents and prospective customers and come back with lots of bookings for the facility. During those days itself (few decades ago), she used to charge INR 6000-7000 per couple for a 2 night-3 days package. Eventually at some point her partnership with Indian businessman turned sour and she left the country. The Indian partner couldn’t manage the facility well and it lay closed for few years, before being purchased by its current owners.