Summer is in the air, the air packs a hot punch and the mouth gets parched and thirsts for water.
In such hot climes, thoughts of the gallons and gallons of water hurtling down a ravine and the cool spray as the water drops hit you, come as a welcome respite.
This is exactly my condition as I write about our – Weekend drive to the magnificient Shivanasamudra Falls.
This is a beautiful waterfall that is not very far from Bangalore which is the capital of the southern state of Karnataka in India.
Weekend drive to the magnificient Shivanasamudra Falls
The falls are located in a small town called Shivanasamudra, which is situated on the banks of the river Kaveri. The place is set amidst lush greenery and the river Kaveri after winding its way through the Deccan Plateau, plunges downhill into a gorge. There are in actual fact two waterfalls which are about a kilometre apart, one is called Bharachukki and the other is known as Gaganachukki. Together these falls are popularly known as Shivanasaumdra falls, after the town where they are situated.
Watch the splendid Shivanasamudra falls. Here is our short video on Shivanasamudra falls. Please watch in HD on full-screen:
How to Get there
Shivanasamudra is about 120 kms from Bangalore and 65 kms from Mysore and is an ideal weekend getaway from the concrete jungles of these cities.
One can drive down to the place from either of these cities.
One day trips can be booked during the season (Every Sunday & holidays (During monsoon season – July to October)) to these falls. The trip covers Gaganachukki Falls, Keshava temple at Somanathpur & Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. The trip can be booked here:
When to visit
The best season to visit Shivanasamudra is during the rainy season, between July-August when one can view the majestic falls in full flow with the river Kaveri overflowing.
Some tips & facts
- Asia’s first Hydro-electric power plant was set up here in 1902 and is still functional
- Though this is an ideal day trip, in case you want to spend some time relaxing in the lap of nature, there is a hotel run by the State tourism development corporation called Hotel Mayura
- If you are on a day trip, please pack your snacks and beverages, as the options here are limited
- There is no entry fee for this attraction
Overall, we were bowled over by the natural beauty and the magnificence of the waterfalls! Which according to you is the best ever waterfall that you have seen? Would love to know.
Did you enjoy reading this post? We had an adventurous road trip to Nathula at 14,400 feet. Do check it out here – A road trip from Gangtok to Nathula at an altitude of 14,400 feet.