This picturesque waterfall is over the Sharavathi Roiver in the Shimpga District. This fall originates from the meeting point of four cascades known as Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. The waterfall is locally also known as the Gersuppo Falls or the Jogada Gundi. The best part about these falls is that the water does not touch the rocks when it flows down and because of this the Jog Falls has been rated as the tallest un- tiered waterfall of the country. There are also a number of points from where the view of the lush greenery everywhere is visible. The best out of all is the Watkins Point. Other than this, you can also do some adventurous hiking downslope and take a plunge into the cool waters of the fall. The Swarnavati Riverbank and the Sharavathi Valley are also breathtaking. The nearby attractions include the Dabbe Waterfalls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and the Tiger Reserve.
This is a spectacular waterfall which was earlier known as the Cauvery Waterfalls and is in the Mandya District of Mysore. The picturesque scenery is wrapped with greenery in the form of the Cauvery National Park. This is the second largest waterfall in India and the sixteenth largest in the whole world. The river Cauvery here divides into two branches and cascades down the rough and rocky cliffs to form the Gaganachukki and the Bharachukki waterfalls which are both at a kilometers' distance on both east and the west.
The Hogenakkal waterfalls is located just 2hour drive away from Tharamangalam, is a settlement to its mother river, Kaveri. Locals claimed it to be the ‘’Niagara of India’’ and after we witnessed its water streaming down the deep and uneven gorges, every word stood for itself. We propelled our coracles around to benefit from this long travelled journey.
This is one of the most picturesque tourist attractions of Karnataka and is in the Chikmagalur District. The snow white falls drops down from quite a height and forms two levels- The Dodda Hebbe or the big falls and the Chikka Hebbe or the small falls. The waters of here are known to be herb infused and has certain therapeutic values for the health. Taking a dip here will prove good for your body. This is because, the mountain, along whose body the water ripples town has bushes small herbal plants and the goodness of these are going into the water continuously. If you come here during the early winters, you will be able to experience the real beauty of the flora and fauna of this place.
This hill is in the Teerthahalli Taluk of Shimoga District and is above 3000 meters above sea level. This is a very challenging trek as the path up is surrounded by dense forests and rugged paths. This is a monolithic rock structure with a variety of outgrowth. On top of the hill is a Jain Settlement and is named after the Jain Teerthankara, Kundakundacharya who is said to have performed penace here. There is no place to stay on top of the hill and you will thus have to come back to Teerthahalli. The Monsoon season is not suitable for trekking due to slippery paths.
Directly ahead of you will be a jaw dropping waterfall where the water falls from the 30 meter height in two phases making a small pond of water at the bottom. This pond might seem harmless but the flow of water directly beneath the falls makes the depth a good 10-12 ft. That said, the area a few meters away from the base of the falls is pretty safe and is hardly having a depth of 4-5 ft. This depth gradually increases as you move towards the base of the falls.
Apsara Konda Falls
This is more of a waterfall than a beach and is in the Honnavar Region. It is a seasonal waterfall and is adjacent to a beach with the same name. The waterfalls drop down from a steep height and looks like froth gushing out. It is a picturesque place with very calm and serene surroundings. It is like a breath of fresh air when you are coming from big cities. The forests, greeneries and colors of nature around are soothing and the cool waters are refreshing.
Muthyala Maduvu Falls
For all those who can not travel as far as the Hogenakkal, head out on Bannerghatta Road, continue from National Park to reach Anekal, for the Muthyalamaduvu falls. Muthyalamaduvu is a multi stage waterfall. With the water gurgling through the rocks making a soulful sound is one of the most peaceful and scenic places in the outskirts of Bangalore. A Nilgiri plantation close to the top of the waterfall is a perfect place to visit to escape the heat while away on a sunny day. Base of the waterfall has enough shade with a small pond where you can test you swimming skills. The valley also has good nunber of birds and flowers.
These don’t have direct access from the main road but you’ll have to walk down on a narrow lane overgrown with shrubs and highly infested with leeches, but at the end of the day it’s fun and let me tell you one more secret – you can get to swim with King Cobras! Exciting, right??!!You must be familiar with Malgudi days and Swamy? Well, then you would definitely remember Swami’s house in some of the episodes. Don’t be surprised when I tell you that the house still exists! Yes, it’s currently run as a home stay called Dodda Mane, managed by Kasturi akka. The house boasts of the rustic architecture from the old times and is a perfect place to stay. Not posh unlike many hotels, but akka’s hospitality makes you anchored to this place and that was the reason why we decided to go to Agumbe.Kasturi Akka makes a very special tea called ‘Kashaya’ made out of Milk, Cumin seeds, Black pepper, Cinnamon and Cardamon, yes and no tea leaves! It’s supposed to be very good for cough and cold and if you happen to get it somewhere, taste it! It’ll give you a great feeling.After having met akka, we proceeded towards Jog falls. And that was when we met with astonishing beauty. I had heard from people that Western Ghats is one hell of a drive, the beauty casts a spell on you and you are stuck there forever. I always used to think of this statement as a fairytale notion, but that day, I was proven wrong. As the raindrops caressed the serpentine roads and lush green valleys, the ghats looked even more serene and en-capturing. Clad in fog, the misty mountains welcomed the clouds and I was literally on cloud 9!If you want to enjoy the beauty of this drive, then start early morning because there are many view points where you can witness a beautiful sunrise and sunset. You can stop by at one such point, have tea by the roadside stall and enjoy a peaceful time. There are many sanctuaries and reserves in Western Ghats, you might as well spend a day there. Western ghats is very rich in flora and fauna and there are many research centres hidden amidst the wilderness. If you happen to visit those centres, you’ll be astonished to see innumerable samples of tiny animals and reptiles, some endangered and rare, that flourish in the Western Ghats. In short, you can call this place as the Amazon of India.Anyway, we continued to drive and after a while the ghats gave way to lush green fertile plane laden with paddy crop. In that green carpet, we could find splashes of colours here and there, these were the farmers with colourful polyethylene covers wrapped around them to protect them from rains. You can stop by and click pictures if interested.We finally reached Jog falls. By the time we reached there, it had become hot and humid and I was definitely missing the cool mountains. As many of you would know, Jog falls is India’s highest waterfall. And being an attraction, you can find a throng of tourists here and there either clicking pictures or getting clicked. The maintenance is done by Karnataka tourism and given that this is a fact, the place is pretty clean. But again, if you are a person who likes to be away from crowd, Jog falls is a place where you should spend not more that half an hour.We reached there in afternoon when the sun was almost overhead. The volume of water in the waterfall was less compared to what it should have been. But then, there are specific days when they release water from the dam to make this waterfall look picturesque and you should target those days to visit the place. At night, you’ll have sound and laser show and locals say that this is the time when the entire landscape looks even more beautiful.If you want to stay at Jog falls, there is good Karnataka Tourism hotel right at the top of a hill and as the sun sets, that place will be all empty and you can have all the peace in the world in the company of India’s highest fall. But if you still want to get away to quaint mountain surroundings, then you must do what we did.