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About Jog Falls
#22 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka
Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day
Nearest City to Jog Falls: Hubli (161 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Jog Falls: October to January
Peak Season: October to January
At a distance of 400 km from Bangalore, 105 km from Shimoga, 161 km from Hubli, 87 km from Murudeswar, 150 km from Karwar, 31 km from Sagar, 60 km from Sirsi & 21 km from Siddapur, Jog falls is situated in Shimoga district of Karnataka. Locally known as Geruoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi, it is one of the highest plunge waterfalls in India, and among the best places to visit in Karnataka.
This is formed over the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m (830 feet). The Sharavathi River flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, 253 m deep and the water comes down in four distinct falls known as Raja, Rani, Rover, and Rocket. The four cascades merge to form the huge waterfall. The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft. Halfway down it is encountered by the Rover, another fall, which rushes violently downwards to meet the Raja. The third fall, the Rocket, shoots downwards in a series of jets; while the fourth, the Rani, is a quiet fall over the mountainside. Jog Falls is one of the best waterfalls near Bangalore.
Jog Falls can be visited along with Gokarna Packages. There is a viewpoint near the parking area which also has few shops available. A narrow path from the viewpoint leads to the bottom of the falls. The walk is steep & a little difficult and takes about 45 minutes one way. The view is amazing from the bottom and the showering sizzles of the falls at the bottom are worth the effort (water bottles are sold midway of the trek path). However, the path is mostly inaccessible or dangerous during peak monsoons and it's suggested to go down only in the winter & summer seasons. Besides, Unchalli Falls, Bennehole Falls, Kudumari Falls, and Koosalli Falls are some of the best places to visit as part of Jog Falls holidy packages.
Hubli Airport is the nearest airport which is 171 km away from Jog Falls. The nearest railway station is Shimoga at a distance of around 105 km from Jog Falls. The Shimoga Railway Station is well connected to Mysore, Bangalore, Birur and Talguppa. Jog Falls is accessible by bus from Sagar and Siddapur. Sirsi is also a good base station to visit Jog Falls & other places around. There are also 3-4 day Dandeli Packages that can cover Dandeli, Jog Falls & Sirsi.
The best time to visit Jog Falls is from August to January while the peak season is from September to December.