The Lesser Known Astonishing Waterfalls to be reached through Trekking in Western Ghats of Karnataka

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19th Feb 2018
Photo of The Lesser Known Astonishing Waterfalls to be reached through Trekking in Western Ghats of Karnataka by Anil Kumar

Karnataka being an abode of numerous astonishing and mesmerizing waterfalls in India, also a home of few highest waterfalls never put down an adventure seeker in you. This state also has many hidden gems in it which are yet to be discovered and known to many people. The Western Ghats running on the side of Arabian Sea also has diversified Flora and Fauna along with dense canopy of evergreen and tropical forests. The waterfalls like Jog, Shivasamudra, Dudhsagar, and Hogenakkal are the most visited here and have a good access through roads, whereas there are many hidden waterfalls which can only be reached through a walk or a trek through the dense jungles in the protected forest reserve areas. That pleasure of taking a trek of 4 to 6 kms within the forest and then witnessing a waterfall is priceless. There are few waterfalls listed here which requires a trek to be taken to reach the waterfalls.

Hidlu Mane falls: - These are the waterfalls set amidst the dense forests and mountain peaks of Kodachadri in Mookambika Wild Life Sanctuary in Western Ghats. They are a series of 5 to 6 cascading waterfalls each falling from 50 to 70 feet. The entire cascade of the falls from 1 to 6 can be trekked and few stretches are steep and dangerous also. The falls is located near Bellakka village near Nittur and are 15 kms from Kollur. The falls is 150 feet high and this also has a natural pond in which one can swim easily in non-monsoon seasons. This secluded waterfalls can only be reached through trekking and has two routes from which it can be reached. One route is from Nittur and the other is you can take a Kodachadri trek route also. The entire trekking route offers you an awesome mixture of Flora and Fauna along with the best sites of dense canopy and meadows to behold.

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Photo of Hidlumane Falls, Shimoga, Karnataka, India by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - Kodachadri Water Stream.

Best time to visit: - September to January.

How to reach:-One can reach Nittur by a public transport from Kollur, or 53 kms from Sagara and 109 kms from Shimoga. From Nittur you can hire a jeep all the way till the peak of the waterfall or you can trek also after 3 kms of the motor able road.

Level of Difficulty: - Moderate to Difficult.

Koosalli Falls: - The waterfalls are also called as Kusalli, Abbigudde, Abbigundi, Gudanagundi and Boorlagundi Falls. These waterfalls are also a group pf cascading falls which flow down deep into the bottom from a height of 380 feet. This magnificent waterfall is located in a deep forest near Koosalli village, from where the trek starts to the water fall and is 5 km trek one way to the falls and easily takes 2 hrs to reach there. The trek is difficult due to the rocky forest areas which has to be passed through all the way from Koosalli (village from where Koosalli waterfalls can be reached).

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Photo of Koosalli Falls, Karnataka by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - Streams from the forest.

Best time to visit: - September to November.

How to Reach: - Located 95 kms from Udupi and 20 kms from Shiroor (on Udupi-Karwar highway). Have to reach other village called Koosalli, which is 15 kms from Shiroor.

Level of Difficulty: - Difficult.

Kudumari/Chaktikal Waterfalls: - This waterfall is also located in the same area where the Koosalli falls are located and is another 2kms far from Koosalli fall and is located in a village called Chaktikal and the waterfall is also named after the village. This waterfall springs over from 300 feet and this is also breath-taking and similarly beautiful as Koosalli waterfalls. But the trek to this waterfall is arduous and long as you have to cross all the way from Koosalli till Chaktikal in a forest area. This can be mixed up with Koosalli waterfall visit if you are physically fit.

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Photo of Kudumari Falls, Karnataka, India by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - Streams from the forest.

Best time to visit: - September to November.

How to Reach: - Located 95 kms from Udupi and 20 kms from Shiroor (on Udupi-Karwar highway). Have to reach a village called Chaktikal through trek from the Koosalli village.

Level of Difficulty: - Difficult.

Onake Abbi Waterfalls: - Named after a long pole which is used to grind species, the cliff from which the waterfall gushes stands tall like an Onake. This waterfall is one of the tallest waterfalls that can be seen on the Western Ghats belt with a height of 450-500 feet and can only be reached through trekking of 5 to 6 kms one way. The evergreen forest on the way is really breath-taking and animals like Sambhar, mouse deer, and civet cat can be spotted sometimes. The water falls into a natural pool at the bottom where one can take a quick dip in water, but need to be careful in monsoon about the force of the water which gushes down the fall. The last point where you can buy some food is at the Agumbe bus stand.

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Photo of Onake Abbi Falls, State Highway 1, Agumbe, Karnataka, India by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - This waterfall is fed mostly by seasonal streams which flows during rainy season in Agumbe, and hence this waterfall goes dry in summer.

Best time to Visit: - September to November.

How to Reach: - This waterfall can be reached by 6 kms from Agumbe bus stop. Thirthahalli is the nearest town in 30 kms. From the main district headquarters Shimoga, many buses ply to Agumbe with a distance of 90 kms.

Level of Difficulty: - Moderate.

Barkana Waterfalls: - This is located 10 kms from Agumbe in Shimoga district and leaps down from a height of 259 feet and has a place in top 10 highest waterfalls of India. This is also a prime source of hydroelectricity in Karnataka. The name Barkana is derived from ‘Barka’ means Mouse Deer referred to in the region. The trek to the waterfall is bit tricky due to the dense forest and also the steep tracks in a regular interval you find on the way. This waterfall is quiet famous in the region of Agumbe than many other falls and is also sometimes closed to entry due for safety reasons. One has to get down at the Barkana road on the route from Agumbe to Sringeri and then trek the remaining miles to the waterfalls.

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Photo of Barkana falls, Karnataka by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - Seetha River.

Best time to Visit: - Early winter season.

How to Reach: - This waterfall can be reached by 6 kms from Agumbe bus stop. Thirthahalli is the nearest town in 30 kms. From the main district headquarters Shimoga, many buses ply to Agumbe with a distance of 90 kms.

Level of Difficulty: - Moderate.

Kudlu Theertha Waterfalls: - This is also spelt as Koodlu Theertha Waterfalls and also called as Sita falls and is located amidst the jungles of Western Ghats in Udupi district in a village called Hebri. This waterfall falls from a height of 126 feet directly into a natural pond below. It is also believed that the pond is holy as many sages performed penance many years ago in this place. There is also one more small falls above this called as Manga Theertha, which can’t be reached due to sheer steepness and the name is given as only monkeys can reach to this point.

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Photo of Seetha Falls Koodlu Teertha, Nadpalu, Karnataka, India by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - Sita River.

Best time to visit: - In the monsoon.

How to reach: - Nearest railway station is Udupi, 30 kms from Hebri which can be reached by a public transportation. From Hebri one has to hire a private vehicle to reach the nearest road point next to the Sita River and trek 4kms to reach falls from there.

Level of Difficulty: - Easy to Moderate.

Shivaganga Waterfalls: - This is a spectacular waterfall set amidst the luscious green forests around in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The river Sonda here falls from a height of 74 metres. A Ganesha temple can be found near the waterfalls which is situated in a small island called Ganeshpal Island which is also one of the attractions nearby. The trek to the waterfall is adventurous and a great one to go on. The pond below is very huge and also not suggested to swim here in the water as it is deep due to the huge volume of water that leaps down the river.

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Photo of Shivaganga Falls, Ilehalli, Karnataka by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - Sonda River.

Best time to visit: - November to March.

How to reach: - The nearest taluk is Sirsi (44 kms) which is 110 kms from Karwar. From Sirsi one can take a public vehicle till Kodnagadde which is 5kms from the fall and from there has to trek for 5ksm to reach or can also take a motorbike for other 4kms and walk the rest one km to reach the bottom of the waterfall.

Level of Difficulty: - Moderate.

Shirley Waterfalls: - Also called as Shirale or Shirle waterfalls. This waterfalls is located in the Yellapur taluk in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The ghat area is Arabail ghat which has this waterfall hidden. Many tourists and travellers are unaware about this falls till date and one has to trek down a muddy road of 4 kms to reach the falls. This beautiful cascaded waterfall plunges from a height of 100 metres. Even this falls is not suggested to swim along as there are huge boulders around the natural pond below. It is a private falls set amidst the Areca plantation and has an entry fee of 10 rs per head. One can also hire a jeep to the falls.

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Photo of Shirley Falls, Arbail, Karnataka, India by Anil Kumar

Source of River: - water streams of River Kali and Bedti.

Best time to visit: - Best in Monsoon.

How to reach: - From Yellapur taluk one has to take a Yellapur-Ankola National Highway and has to traverse 18 kms and get down at the Shirley cross to trek downwards for next 4 kms to reach the falls.

Level of Difficulty: Easy.

All of these waterfalls can be trekked in one day and you can get back to the nearest town for the stay. It is always advised to carry a poncho if you are planning to visit these in monsoon and also be aware of leeches and see that you hire a local guide if you are not well versed with forest trekking. It is also advisable to check with locals before heading into the forest trails on the way to waterfalls. Good to carry drinking water and food also into these parts.

Happy Travelling!!!

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