At a distance of 52 km from Agumbe, and 77 km from Udupi, Kunchikal Falls is a stunning waterfall located at Nidagodu village near Masthikatte in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Situated on the Shimoga-Udupi border, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Agumbe.
Formed by Varahi River, Kunchikal Falls cascades down from a height of about 455 m. The Kunchikal waterfall is 116th highest waterfall in the world and the highest waterfall in India. The River Varahi flows down from a greater altitude in a cascading manner over these rocky structures close to the Hulikal Ghati Temple. It is the main source of one of Karnataka's hydroelectric projects. Its evergreen natural beauty and vitalizing airs mesmerize visitors and attract tourists in large numbers every year. Situated amidst the dense lusty woods, the waterfalls are also a popular trekking spot.
After construction of Mani Dam near Masthikatte and underground power generation station near Hulikal, the water flow to this falls is greatly reduced and visible only during the rainy season (July-Sept). As the waterfall is within the restricted area, Gate pass is required to visit and the pass is being issued at Hosangadi village (about 15 km away). The area surrounding the waterfall is preserved very well to maintain the serenity of the area.
The best time to visit the Kunchikal Falls is during the rainy season i.e. from July to September. The enormous flow of water that gushing out of the waterfall is indeed a sight to watch for.
Timings: 7 AM - 5 PM