Make way for the epic cascades of Karnataka.
Waterfalls make for gorgeous getaways. Karnataka with its network of rivers and undulating terrains give way to cascades that hold you spellbound. Stepping stones along the length of forest brooks lead you to natural springs and tumbling waterscapes. Rivers plummet off the tip of a rugged hillock roaring with the sheer delight of experiencing a free fall. Each cascade with a charisma of its own is sure to lure you into the abundance of nature and jolt you out of the blues.
Take a plunge, camp out next to a cascade for your next holiday.
In Shivamogga district, the Sharavati river makes a spectacular drop of 830 ft in four distinct cascades – known locally as Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket – to create the highest untiered waterfall in India and one among the highest falls in Asia. The beauty of the rapids is heightened by the wild and serene region surrounding it. The falls are at their best during the monsoon, with arching rainbows colouring the mist.
Discover nature’s handiwork in this tiny island-town, 65 kilometer east of Mysuru. Forested hills and lush green valleys cradle a small hamlet and two fine temples. Together, they provide a startlingly calm setting for the Cauvery river as it plummets from a height of 75 meter into a deep, rocky gorge with a deafening roar, to form two picturesque falls, Barachukki and Gaganachukki. During the monsoon, the falls are at their best. Downstream from the falls is Asia’s first hydroelectric project, established in 1902.
Amidst the exotic hill stations at Kemmangundi are the spectacular Hebbe falls. This cascade, carefully tucked away inside dense forests and coffee plantations, is accessible by a steep and narrow path. Hebbe falls gushes down a height of 250 ft in two stages, to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls).
Nestled amidst private coffee and spice estates, Abbey falls is surrounded by a blanket of greenery. To reach the waterfall, you need to make your way past bushes and tall trees. Enjoy the roar of the water as it cascades down in steps into clear pools to join the Cauvery river. A trek through the foliage and streams leaves you refreshed.
Originating from the Brahmagiri range, the river Lakshmana Theertha plunges down from a height of 170 ft. forming the Iruppu waterfalls. The pristine falls set amidst vibrant landscape brimming with lush green vegetation is a sight to behold.
Sathodi Falls is a picturesque rectangular shaped waterfall about 32 kilometers away from Yellapur. Several unknown streams converge near Kallaramane Ghat and plunge from a height of about 15 meter to create a picturesque natural pool and a freshwater brook. In between the bushes and the rocky terrain, there are small pathways leading to the waterfalls. Sathodi Falls is locally known as the “Mini-Niagara of Uttara Kannada District”.