Shivanasamudra is a small city in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is around 120 KMs away from Bengaluru, making it an ideal one-day getaway. This place is famous for the twin waterfalls (of Kaveri River), the Gaganachukki and the Bharachukki falls. Gaganchukki cascades down from a height of 98M. Asia’s first hydroelectric power plant was set up for this fall in the year 1905. Both the falls are a distance of 2KM apart.
Best time to visit: June to January.
Pro tips: It is advisable to carry food items as there are no good restaurants available near Shivanasamudra and Talacadu.
Carry a set of extra clothes if you are getting into the water in Bharachukki. Changing rooms are available near the entrance.
Weekends are super crowded. If possible plan this trip on a weekend. You will enjoy the serenity of the place.
Talakadu is 30 KM away from Shivanasamudra and is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri. Talakadu had 30 temples, out of which many are still buried under the sand today. Few of them have been excavated now. There are 5 Shiva temples here namely Pathaleshwara, Maruleshwara, Arkeshwara, Vaideeshwara and Mallikarjuneshwara Temple. The Keerthinarayana temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu has wonderful carvings.
The entire place is covered in Sand, unlike the surrounding places around Talakadu, that has soil.Legend has it that the entire town was buried under the sand owing to a curse by their queen Alamelu, who drowned herself and her jewels in the river Kaveri when the army of Mysore Kingdom attacked her for her jewels.