Famous for its stunning waterfalls, it is at a distance of 130 kms from Bangalore with a detour near Malavalli district. This island of Shivanasamudra divides river Kaveri into two streams. Gaganachukki and Barachukki. The place is a rocky terrain and the waterfalls is at its best form in the monsoon season. Asia’s first hydroelectric power station was set up in this falls. So this place is good if you are looking for some trekking, some fishing or just a one day outing.
To brush away the week's tiredness, we always look for getaways to replenish our minds. Some seek some time with nature, some seek spiritual, some cultural. I am sharing such weekend getaways from Bangalore.For nature seekers, waterfall lovers, Shivanasamudra is the Perfect Getaway.At a distance of 135 km from the city centre, these amazing waterfalls are a comfortable 3 hour ride by car.These are twin waterfalls dropping off from the Kaveri River. They are called Bharachukki and Gaganachukki which are separated by a few kilometeres.The best time to visit this waterfall is during the monsoon from July to September, while the fall is high and wide. Since this is a perennial waterfall, you will almost find water throughout the year. The first ever hydroelectric power station has been set up here.Let the gushing sounds of the waterfalls sooth your soul and calm your mind.There is no entry fees to this place.
Shivanasamudra falls, KarnatakaIf you want to see the equivalent of Niagara falls in India, then look no further than the Shivanasamudra group of falls halfway between Mysuru and Bengaluru. There are waterfalls at two locations and they are called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. The Gaganachukki falls also drive a hydroelectric project that powers Bengaluru city. Beyond this point, the river turns to take a north-south flow instead of west-east.
Plan phase of the Trip:We set off to Shivanasamudra from Bangalore in KTM. I have chosen this place just to enjoy the monsoon weather and also wanted to experience the bike trip. No precautionary wearables just a jean and shirt for him and a cool dress for me. Had taken jackets just in case if it rains and also from heavy winds.Beginning of the tripPlanned for 5.30 am but started around 9.30 :-P. We are lazy bums. Started the bike after having black coffee at home.Petrol check done - filled petrol for 600 bucksPacked 2 bottles of drinking water at home. Worst idea as it added up weight for me to hurt my back more for a pillion rider.Pack very light. Also KTM as a pillion rider, worst choice for the first bike trip.Took NICE Road (Paid a toll fare of Rs.25/-) to reach Kanakapura Road in 1.30 hrs from outer ring road.What to eat for:Through out Kanakapura Road you can see few fancy restaurants. We had thatte idli and coffee at a famous food joint called Sri Renuka Bidadi bisi thatte idli hotel, not sure about exact name but it comes Enroute . We went in without knowing this famous shop and found out that its pretty famous joint. Very quick service and a normal price.