Friday, 19 July 2013

Ten Waterfalls in Karnataka you should not miss this monsoon

Monsoon rains bring alive numerous waterfalls in the hills of Karnataka. This monsoon season, don't miss to see these water falls in full glory. 

Let me provide a list.

1. Jog Falls

Our eternal favourite. Sharavathi river dropping gorgeously over a the gorge of Gerusoppa splitting into four streams named as Raja, Ranai, Rocket and Rover. Among the tallest waterfalls in the country, this is the best time to visit  as Lingamanakki dam built upstream ensures that the falls is only a trickle once the rains are over.

2 Barkana Falls

Agumbe is known as Cherrapunjee of South India. Known for its beautiful sunset in winter, Agumbe and surrounding places in Tirthahalli taluq are at their best in monsoon. It is a riot of green all around. Barkana falls is one of the tallest water falls in India. It is not easily accessible and have to be trekked. If you don't mind few leeches sticking you, you are in with a beautiful sight of the falls. The Barkana falls are formed by the Sita river

3 Kunchikal falls

The second tallest water falls in the country. One need permission to go closer to the falls. But one can see the beauty of it by treking to Metkal gudda ( Please see this nice post by Rakesh Holla in his blog here Metkal in Monsoon) .

Kunchikal falls are formed by Varahi river cascading down hundreds of rocks near Hulikal ghat.

4 Iruppu falls

The Iruppu Falls are located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka. The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls.

5. Gaganachukki and Bharachukki falls

Twin falls on river Cauvery very close to Bangalore. The beauty of the falls can only be savoured during monsoon. This is a segmented waterfall. Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. It has an average width of 305 meters, a height of 98 m, and an average volume of 934 cubic meters / sec. 

6. Unchalli or Lushington falls

Lushington Falls, also called Unchalli Falls, is a waterfall created by a 116 metres (381 ft) drop in the Aghanashini river. The fall is located in Siddapura, Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. The falls are named for J. D. Lushington, a District Collector for the British Government, who discovered it in 1845.
Heggarne, a hamlet in Uttara Kannada district, is 35 km from Siddapur. The falls are reached by a 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) trek from Heggarne through thick forest. Here the river makes a cavalcade of water falls and eventually leaps into a steep valley to form a spectacular, picturesque waterfall. The falls are sometimes called Keppa Joga because of the deafening sound they make.

7 Mallalli falls

Not very well known but nevertheless a lovely falls formed by Kumaradhara river. Mallalli falls is situated in the foothills of pushpagiri, around 25 km from Somwarpet

8 Magod falls

Magod Falls is a group of waterfalls in Karnataka, India, where the river Bedti falls from a height of nearly 200m in two steps.

9 Gokak falls

The Gokak Falls is formed when the Ghataprabha river takes a leap of 52 metres (171 ft) over the sand-stone cliff amidst a picturesque gorge of the rugged valley, resembling Niagara Falls on a smaller scale. The waterfall is horse shoe shaped at the crest, with a flood breadth of 177 metres (581 ft). There is a hanging bridge across the river, measuring about 201 metres (659 ft). Its height above the rock bed is 14 metres (46 ft). 

10 Hebbe falls

Hebbe Falls are situated at  about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka, India. This waterfalls are inside a coffee estate and can be reached by walk. Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.)

Travel Information

a) Jog, Barkana and Kunchikal falls - Make Tirthahalli as the base which has many stay options. For more details on Tirthahalli please click on this post in this blog.

b) Magod falls - Make Yellapur as the base. For more details on Yellapur please click on the following post in this blog.

c) Iruppu falls - Make Madikeri as the base. For more details on Madikeri, please visit the following post on this blog.

d) Mallalli falls - Make Sakleshpur as the base which has many stay options. For more details on Sakleshpur, please click on this post in this blog.

e) Gokak falls - Belgaum is the best place to stay to visit Gokak falls. Belgaum is well connected to different parts of the country by Air, train and road. 

f) Gaganachukki and Bharachukki falls can be visited either from Bangalore or Mysore. 

g) Hebbe falls can be visited as part of day trip to Kemmanagundi making Chikmagalur as base. For mored details on Chikmagalur please visit the following post on this blog.

h) Unchalli falls - Make Sirsi as the base. For more details on Sirsi please visit the following post in the blog.

We invite you to read the following interesting posts on this blog

Dudhsagar Falls - A Monsoon Trek on Railway track!

Triund Trek - A Heavenly Hike in Himalayas!

Photo Courtesy

Jog Falls - Basavaraj Yadawad (

Mallalli Falls - Aditya Hemmige

Kunchikal Falls - Rakesh Holla (

Magod Falls - Srikanth P (

Unchalli Falls - Vivek Kunchinadka (

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