Gokak was a chance discovery on the return trip of a week-long road trip from Mumbai to Hampi. It was the halfway point on the shortest route suggested by Google Maps from our halt at Badami to our next halt at Kolhapur. It's about 2 hours from either of the places. A quick online research showed a waterfall (which we were skeptical about given the onset of the dry season in March) and an ancient Shiva temple. We were already over-satiated with ancient temples over the week, nevertheless we decided to break our journey at the waterfalls which was a 10 minute detour from the route to Kolhapur. And what a discovery it was!!!