Picturesque Waterfalls in Karnataka

When the monsoon gears up, the earth comes up to the best of its beauty. The waterfalls in Karnataka becomes the best places to visit in monsoon. They become too splendid and becomes an amazing picturesque. Waterfalls in Karnataka are not only famous in India but they come in some famous waterfalls in the world. These waterfalls are surrounded by forests. Some are located in the Western Ghats, which is recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. These waterfalls are natures beautiful landscapes and hence they become an amazing spot for nature lovers. It becomes a splendid destination for those  who loves to spend their time with their camera.

1) Gaganachukki: Located in Mandya district of Karnataka, Gaganachukki (the name means “Fallen from the Sky”), and its twin Barachukki , are just over an hour’s journey from Bangalore. These falls are formed by the Cauvery River.

2) Barachukki: The spectacular Barachukki Falls are on the eastern side of the Cauvery River and located just over an hour’s drive from Bangalore. A visit to these falls make a refreshing day-trip.

3)  Iruppu Falls: These picturesque waterfalls are situated at the edge of the Brahmagiri range  in Karnataka’s Kodagu district, about 50 km from the district headquarters at Madikeri. They are also known as the Lakshmana Theertha Falls, a tributary of the Cauvery River that rises in these hills.

4)  Chunchi Falls: Falls among the rocky range of Kanakapura in Bangalore, these falls formed by the Arkavati River are just 90 km by road from the city. A  off-road trek leads you to the falls, which are a an amazing sight to behold.

5) Hebbe Falls: An adventurous drive along a private coffee estate in Kemmanagundi – a famous hill station in Karnataka – leads you to Hebbe Falls. The water from the falls goes into the Bhadra River.

6) Jog Falls: One of the most fabulous waterfalls in India and  second-highest fall in India. Formed by the Sharavathi River in Shimoga district of Karnataka, it falls from a height of over 900 feet. It has four branches named Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani.

7) Sathodi Falls: Located about 50 km from the town of Yellapur in Kannada district of Karnataka. Falling nearly 50 feet, eventually goes into the river Kali. Together with lush forests infested with leeches, makes access to this waterfall difficult.

8) Magod Falls: Located in Sirsi, Uttara Kannada district, about 20 km from the town of Yellapur, which is the nearest railway station. Formed by the Bedti River, it falls in two steps and falls nearly 650 feet.

9) Unchalli Falls: These magnificent waterfalls in Uttara Kannada district are formed by the Aghanashini River. It is also known as Lushington Falls, it falls about 450 feet.  The nearest station is Sirsi town.

Photos by : Shivakumar L Narayan

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