About Shivanasamudra Falls

Country: India | State: Karnataka

Ideal Trip Duration: 4 Hours/Half Day

Nearest City to Shivanasamudra Falls: Mysore (81 Kms), Bangalore (130 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Shivanasamudra Falls: October to January

Peak Season: October to December

At a distance of 130 km from Bangalore & 81 km from Mysore, Shivanasamudra is a famous waterfall situated in the Mandya district of Karnataka State. This is one of the best waterfalls in Karnataka, and among the popular places to visit near Bangalore.

Shivanasamudra is among the popular Tourist places in Karnataka. The island of Shivanasamudra divides the Kaveri River into two parts that form two waterfalls, one is Gaganachukki and the other is Bharachukki. Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls are collectively called Shivanasamudra Falls though Gaganachukki is most commonly represented as Shivanasamudra Falls. This place offers breathtaking sights in the peak monsoons. Shivanasamudra Falls is among the must include place in your Mysore tour packages.

Gaganachukki includes a huge horsetail-shaped waterfall dropping from a height of 90 m and two large parallel streams that cascade down through a rocky bed from a height of over 320 feet. The currents here are quite strong and the gorge is quite deep. So, swimming is not permitted here. Asia's first hydroelectric power station was set up downstream of the falls in the year 1905. The power generated here was initially used in Kolar Gold Fields. The power station is situated near a Dargah, from where you can have excellent views of the other side of Gaganachukki.

Bharachukki is situated at a distance of approximately one km from the Gaganachukki (Dargah point). The cascading edge of Bharachukki is a little wider and more popular than that of Gaganachukki. Barachukki is a cascading fall with a height of 70 m forming several streams through the wide rocky formations establishing superb natural beauty. There is a well-laid plight of about 200 steps that lead down to the waterfall. The way down to the waterfall is relatively safe as it is fenced with railings and there are benches to sit on and relax. An interesting way to watch the beauty of the waterfall is to take a coracle ride to the mouth of the magnificent waterfall. Barachukki also has a section of the waterfall where the water flows less in volume and an ideal spot to play and enjoy a bath under the waterfall in this area.

Though geographically both the falls are adjacent, the viewpoints of these falls are about 15 km away. The Gaganachukki waterfalls are best viewed from the Shivanasamudra watch tower. There is another approach to the Gaganachukki falls from the Dargah Hazrath Mardane Gaib which provides the best view of the right branch of the falls. Reaching the bottom of the waterfall from the watchtower side is not possible as the area is fenced and no one is allowed to go near the water. There are also warnings posted near the fence that caution visitors against crossing the barrier and proceeding to the water from that side of the falls.

Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is about 175 km from Sivanasamudra. Mysore Junction is the nearest railway station, at a distance of 81 km from Sivanasamudra. Shivanasamudra is not well connected by bus. Buses fly regularly to Kollegala from Bangalore as well as Mysore. From Kollegala, one can hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to reach the falls.

July to January is the best time to visit Sivanasamudra Falls while August to October is the peak season.

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STD Code: 08231
Languages Spoken: Kannada, English
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How to Reach Shivanasamudra Falls

By Air

Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (175 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Mysore Junction (81 Kms)
Bangalore City Railway Station (130 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Sivanasamudra (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Shivanasamudra Falls

#1 of 2 Places to Visit in Shivanasamudra Falls

At a distance of 137 km from Bangalore, 35 km from Mysore & 50 km from Shivanasamudra Falls, Somnathpur is well known for the breathtaking Prasanna Chennakesava Temple, one of the three famous & finest representations of Hoysala architecture (other two being temples at Belur & Halebid). This is one of the three Hoysala temples nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Mysore and one of the wonderful weekend getaways from both the cities. The Hoysala temples are known for minute & intricate carvings and sculptures with metal like polishing. It is one of the well known Karnataka tourist places and also one of the best places to experince Mysore Tourism.

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Distance (From Shivanasamudra Falls): 46 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shivanasamudra Falls - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day

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#2 of 2 Places to Visit in Shivanasamudra Falls

At a distance of 128 km from Ooty, 139 km from Bangalore, 203 km from Coimbatore, 247 km from Mangalore, & 476 km from Chennai, Mysore is the 2nd biggest city in Karnataka. It is one of the top places to visit near Bangalore, and among the must include places in Karnataka Tour Packages.

Mysore is the erstwhile capital of the Mysore Maharajas, who ruled the Mysore State between 1399 & 1947. Mysore is also the stopover for Coorg Tour Packages. Mysore still retains its old-world charm with its palaces, heritage buildings, traditions, and temples. At an altitude of 763 meters surrounded by hill ranges from north to south, it is known as the City of Palaces. Mysore Palace is among the must include place in your Mysore Tour Packages.

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Distance (From Shivanasamudra Falls): 68 Kms
Trip Duration (From Shivanasamudra Falls - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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