Dandeli city is located in UttaraKannda District. It is very famous for wild sanctuary, Paper Mill, Syntheri Rock and Forest resorts. Kali River is the main water source.
Dandeli has got a curious history behind its name. Once upon a time there was a person named Dandelappa, who was working as servant in a Mirashi land Lord's house. One fine day Mirashi's family lady proposed Dandelappa. But as he was very innocent and obedient to his lord he rejected her proposal. She grew wild. She went to her brothers and lied that Dandelappa behaved very rudely with her. They got anger and decided to finish him. One sad day her brothers went to Dandelappa and with fine edged sword they cut his head. Dandelappa's head and body part went and placed in different places. At present there are two temples at two different places to memorize his existence. As his name was Dandelappa, people named that place as "Dandeli".
How Anshi came into being
The people who reside in Anshi, migrated years ago from Goa when the Portuguese attacked Goa. The locals of a village called Anshu, fearing them fled to the Hills to hide. Since they came from a place called Anshu, they named it Anshi. The local language usually spoken is Konkani.
As the local legend goes, a tribe of Brahmin’s consisting of about 60 came into the jungles of Anshi. The Brahmins settled down and started to make canals to aggregate their fields. They were into agriculture. The canals can be seen even today. The locals of Anshi especially the leaders were weary and worried that the Brahmin’s would take over them. Fearing this, the locals killed the head of the Brahmin tribe and buried his body. Then put a stone on top of his grave. It is believed that the rock has increased in size since then and is growing.
It is believed that Lord Bhima from his journeys walked through the jungles of Anshi carrying a huge rock. As darkness approached, Bhima rested and left without the rock in the morning. Footprints are seen near the rock even to this day.