At a distance of 25 km from Yellapur, 76 km from Sirsi, 75 km from Dandeli, and 113 km from Gokarna, Sathodi Falls is a picturesque waterfall situated near Kallaramarane Ghat in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Karnataka, and among the must include places in Sirsi Tour Packages.
Sathodi Falls are formed by several streams and cascades down from a height of 50 feet. It further joins the backwaters of the Kodasalli dam built over the Kali River. This is popularly known as the Mini Niagara and also one of the top places to visit in Dandeli. This falls forms a part of the Ganeshgudi forest range. The fall drops into the natural pool that surrounds the rock and swimming is possible here. It is advisable to avoid this place during peak monsoon season. It is home to leeches which are very active in the rainy season.
Surrounded by the mighty Western Ghats and evergreen forests, the milky white waters of the falls offer a soothing contrast to the emerald natural beauty all around it. There is also a waterfall near to sathodi falls called Kumbal Falls. Kumbaal Falls is not familiar to the tourists though it is very close to Sathodi is because of the quiet interior forest. This beautiful waterfall cascades down from 100 feet height in the deep forest of Western Ghats. Make a note that it is quite difficult to reach there by vehicle, better walk a bit!
From Yellapur, visitors need to take the highway towards Hubli and then turn left towards Ganeshagudi (immediately after the petrol bunk). The road to Sathodi Falls is in bad condition and gets worse in peak monsoons. From Ganeshagudi, the falls is around 10 km. Only high ground clearance vehicles are suitable to drive on this route. The last half km from the entry gate has to be walked down. Also, to reach the place one can take a bus up to Baraballi and from there it is a long trek of about 10 km.
The best time to visit the Sathodi waterfall is from November to April. It is not a good idea to visit the Sathodi falls during the monsoons as it might be extremely slippery and dangerous.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM
Entry: Rs. 5 for Person