Karnataka is a state which is blessed with natural wonders – beautiful valleys, waterfalls, natural pools, tea estates, beaches etc. It is the perfect place to enjoy nature at its best. Approximately thirty-five waterfalls in Karnataka are spread across the state and no matter where you are road tripping to within the state, you are sure to be able to enjoy some of them. Here are some of the best waterfalls in the state!
Situated in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, the Jog Fall is one of the most popular waterfalls in the state of Karnataka. Plunging from a height of about 830 feet, it is the second largest waterfall in India. The Joga Falls, or Gersoppa Falls as it is locally known, is formed by Sharavathi River that plummets at a height of 830 feet and the backwaters are formed by the presence of a dam in Sagara Taluk of Shimoga District of Karnataka. Jog falls is a combination of four falls named Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket. The nearest city to these falls is the Sagara city which is easily accessible from both train and bus. The unspoilt natural beauty of the falls wins the heart of many visitors who come to experience the breathtaking fall and is an absolute must-visit.
Located in the Brahmagiri Hills, sandwiched between Srimangala and Kutta in Coorg District, Iruppu falls is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka. Also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls by the locals, it plunges down from a height of 170 feet in various stages, amid thick forests. You can drive up to the Rameshwara Temple from where you can trek through the forest to reach the waterfalls. During monsoon, the Iruppu Falls are at its glorious best.
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Located in Chikmanglur amidst lush green forest, the beautiful Hebbe Falls offers an unmatched view. The falls rush down from a height of 550 feet in 2 stages, comprising of Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). The falls create a natural small pool before the second stage. You have to trek for about 2 km from where you park your vehicle to get to the falls. October to February is the best time to visit Hebbe Falls.
Sathodi Falls is located at a distance of about 32 km from Yellapur district. It plunges from a height of 42 ft. However, it has a large width. Sathodi Falls is a more delightful sight to behold but unfortunately it has never got its share of limelight. Its beauty is breath-taking. Surrounded by rocky caves and thick forests, you will feel like you are some Jurassic Park/Indiana Jones kind of Hollywood set. A number of streams near the Kallaramane Ghat mingle together to form these falls, which gushes down, So, it is also sometimes known as ‘Mini Niagara’. Sathodi Falls is around 32km from Yellapur. From Yellapur take an auto or cab to reach Sathodi Falls.
Located at a distance of 81 km from Mysore, Shivanasamudra fall is a popular fall of the region that is placed in Mandya district. The view of the waterfall is phenomenal and soothing to the eyes. Shivanasamudra Island segments the Kaveri River into 2 parts, forming 2 waterfalls, Gaganachukki fall and Bharachukki that collectively form Shivanasamudra falls. Best time to visit the falls is from April to October especially during Monsoon months when its beauty is at its best.
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