Ermayi Falls / Ermai Falls
At a distance of 5 km from Didupe, 18 km from Ujire, 19 km from Charmadi, and 89 km from Chikmagalur, Ermayi, or Ermai Falls is a mesmerizing waterfall situated near Kajoor in the Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. It is one of the lesser-known waterfalls in Karnataka, and among the best places to visit near Chikmagalur.
Ermai Waterfall is a hidden waterfall located at the foothills of the Ballalarayana Durga range of the Western Ghats. This is a multi-layered waterfall that slides down the rocky terrain from 75 feet. It forms a 5 feet deep pool at the bottom where tourists can swim or play with water. However, avoid getting too close to waterfalls during monsoon as the water level tends to increase along with strong currents. Don't climb without the guidance of locals or experienced trekkers as plenty of people have lost their life.
It is a seasonal waterfall, which comes to full glory in the peak monsoon season. The waterfall is situated on private property but the public can visit this place. In addition to this, there are 2 other waterfalls near Ermayi which can be trekked with the help of locals. This is a remote place so avoid getting into the jungle on yourself because it is very confusing to find a way out. Moreover, there are no eateries or restaurants in and around the corner, so it will be better to carry food.
To reach this place one can travel to Uijre, from there reach Mundaje, take the diversion towards Didupe village. After heading 6 km from there you get the point to take the route to Ermayi Falls, just before the Kajoor Dargah, on which four-wheelers can move for about a kilometer. One has to cross the Ermai stream thereafter and resort to trekking to cover the remaining stretch of about 1.5 km to reach the destination. While the stream can be negotiated by foot during the summer, one has to walk on the foot-bridge made of areca nut tree logs during the rainy season. There are no signboards to guide, so it is better to ask the locals or hire a guide for an accurate route.
Timings: 7 AM - 5 PM
Entry: Rs. 15 for Person