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Dandeli: Syntheri Rocks

There is a warning board which says ’12 dead till now. Please do not add to it’. And there is a lone watchman by its side  – Lost in his thoughts and bidding time looking at the ferociously flowing water deep down. Deep inside the jungle, in the middle of nowhere.

.Syntheri Board

Syntheri is a good 30-km drive from Dandeli town. The narrow and pot-holed roads meandering through the forests rarely have sun rays touching the ground even on sunny days. Apart from langurs and monkeys, all we saw were a couple of snakes crossing the road. But trampled bamboos along the road suggested that mighty pachyderms had fun last night.


Syntheri Rocks is a huge 300-ft tall monolithic stone deep inside the jungle. The Kaneri River gushes fast and furious by the side. The rocks are chiseled fine with flowing water over the years, as if it is done meticulously on lathes.

rock carve

The forest department has done some interesting informative work here: sort of a rock museum. Different kinds of rocks are installed along the pathway with an explanation on each. Tastefully done.

The Photostory is here

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