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  • Waterfalls are one of the most calming and beautiful elements of nature, and that is exactly the effect that these waterfalls near Bangalore have on their visitors. Because of the location of this city, which is quite near to the spectacular western ghats of India, you can get to witness some of the most mesmerizing spectacles on the rivers that originate and pass through these majestic hills. And when you combine rivers and hills, you definitely will get waterfalls. Starting from the nearest ones, the Chunchi falls in Kanakapura is one of the best outing destinations for Bangaloreans that involves a small bit of trekking to reach the falls. Though caution is advised, it never stops people from coming to admire the 80 feet plunge of the water of the Arkavati river, 6 km before it merges into the Kaveri.

    Another name in the list of waterfalls around Bangalore is the majestic Mekedatu Falls in Kanakapura. Its name in Kannada means “the goat’s leap”, and has a legend attached to the name. The river Kaveri shrinks from a 150m width to just 10m as it passes through the Gorge at Mekedatu, resulting into a beautiful and wild flow of the waters here, giving it the popularity that it enjoys in the region. A little further away from here is the famous Abbey Falls of Kodagu, or Coorg as it is more commonly known. Gifted with many waterfalls, the Abbey Falls have a special place in Coorg because of its 70ft drop that transforms into a small rivulet at the bottom.

    Straying a little further away from Bangalore and into the Uttara Kannada region of Karnataka is the very well known Jog Falls of Shimoga. With a drop of whopping 253m on the Sharavathi river, Jog Falls is India’s second-highest plunge waterfall and easily the most beautiful ones too. This guide brings to you the best places you can visit near Bangalore for a splash on your face and a refreshing feel to rejuvenate your soul as you lose yourself in the stunning green-scapes and plunges here.


    Here are some off the best waterfalls near Bangalore:

  • 01Chunchi Falls, Kanakapura

    Chunchi Falls, Kanakapura

    About 90 kms from the city, located in Kankapura taluk, is the breathtaking Chunchi falls which is also a popular picnic spot for the local population. It is located on the River Arkavati, 6 kms before its confluence with River Kaveri at Sangama. Bang in the middle of a dry deciduous forest, the river plunges from a chasm into 80 feet deep weather-beaten crater of rock.

    The terrain around is rocky and continuous falling of water over the years has eroded these boulders. The waterfall has a scenic background around it and offers eye-catching panoramic views of the neighbouring land. One can embark on a day’s trip to these bewitching waterfalls near Bangalore by driving onto the Kanakapura-Sangam road which will take you to your destination in under 2 hours.

    One has to undertake a short trek to reach the falls that is some distance away from the road and with the rock surface being quite slippery, you must proceed with care on this path. Even though it is a small waterfall, the beauty of its cascading water with gleaming ripples that appear like quicksilver set amid the rough, rock-strewn valley charm tourists deeply.

  • 02Mekedaatu Falls, Kanakapura

    Mekedaatu Falls, Kanakapura
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    Mekedaatu, or 'goat's leap' in Kannada, is an impressive waterfall near Bangalore located in the Kanakapura taluka, around 100 kms from the city. The confluence of Rivers Kaveri and Arkavati takes place at the Sangama area and the river Kaveri flows through a very deep and narrow ravine of hard granite rock, 3.5 kms downstream from here.

    The river is more than 150 meters wide at the Sangama or meeting point and narrows to about 10-meters-wide as it flows through the gorge at Mekedatu. As per local legend, a goat being chased by a tiger managed to cross over the raging river by leaping across the gorge and saved its life in the process – thus giving rise to the name ‘goat’s leap’.

    As you come within reach of this fall, you can see the wild flow of all that water as its roars down the chasm. However, you must venture carefully in this region since the rocks are misleadingly slippery and the water below is deep.
  • 03Abbey Falls, Coorg

    Abbey Falls (also known as Abbe Falls) is one among the several small waterfalls in the region that flow as small rivers and empty their contents into the River Kaveri is located 8 km from the town of Madikeri in the Coorg district. To reach this waterfall near Bangalore, you need to start from Madikeri and take the narrow and twisting Galibeedu road that leads to the falls situated amidst private coffee plantations.

    A short walk amongst thickset coffee bushes and trees covered with pepper vines and you will  be welcomed with the roars of the voluminous water as it cascades 70 feet downstream into a rivulet. Soothing walk with romantic of many chit chat, plans of many couples can be fulfilled at Coorg as it provides perfect honeymoon spot to honeymooners. 

    A hanging bridge just opposite the falls allows you view the scene from up close but when the waterfall is full soon after the monsoons, those standing on the bridge are sure to get soaked in the spray issuing in the air. While enjoying the gushing beauty of the flowing water, a small word of caution, the region is slippery and one must be a little cautious about leeches.

  • 04Irupu Falls, Virajpet

    Irupu Falls, Virajpet
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    Within the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in the Kodagu district, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala, are the Irupu Falls. Emerging from the Brahmagiri Range, the river Lakshmana Theertha dives down from a height of 170 ft. forming the Iruppu Waterfalls; also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls after this tributary of Cauvery River.

    To reach these waterfalls near Bangalore, one has to head towards the Nagarhole National park and then go on the Gonikoppal-Kutta road. This fresh water cascade is a major tourist attraction as well as a pilgrimage spot due to a famous Rameshwara temple situated on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, en route to the falls.

    Legend has it that the river originated when Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and hence, these waterfalls are believed to have cleansing powers. One can reach up to the Brahmagiri Peak by walking up a forest trail along the falls as it creates a constant rumble amidst the silence of the thick woods.

  • 05Hogenakkal Falls, Dharmapur

    Hogenakkal Falls, Dharmapur
    Image Credit : Praveen

    For those of you who want to view the ‘Niagara Falls of India’, Hogenakkal Falls is just a 2-hour drive from the sweltering Bangalore temperature. The word Hogenakkal is formed of two Kannada words hoge (smoke) and kal (rock) which refers to the smoky appearance of the water as it falls on the rocks below. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through the state of Karnataka, it descends down the lofty landscape forming the Hogenakkal Waterfalls.

    The river originates at Talacauvery near Coorg and gathers water from various tributaries as it moves on and while approaching Dharmapuri district, swiftly gathering momentum. Plummeting down the stony ground, the Kaveri creates numerous waterfalls - some as much as 20 m high - amid constant deafening roars. It then flows through to the Mettur Dam and creates a 60 sq mi lake called Stanley Reservoir.

    To reach these waterfalls around Bangalore, one has to drive for 3 hours on the Malur-Hosur-Adiyamancottah Road. Once there, you can indulge in swimming in the lower reaches of the falls and take photographs of the gushing waters above. The local forest department also maintains a mini zoo and a crocodile park which can be included in your outing. Coracle riding is one of the main attractions of the area which is allowed during the dry-season when the waterfalls are not strong enough to upset the boats.

  • 06Shivanasamudra Falls, Mandya

    Shivanasamudra Falls, Mandya
    Image Credit :  Nagaraju Hanchanahal
    Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri is the small town of Shivanasamudra, which is also the site for one of the first Hydro-electric power stations in Asia. At a distance of 135 km from Bangalore, the nearest populated area is the small town of Malavalli. Of all the waterfalls near Bangalore, this one comprises of multiple segmented waterfalls plummeting over a cliff. Once the Kaveri River makes its way through the stone-filled topography of the Deccan Plateau, it drops off in the form of the Shivanasamudram Falls.

    The town of Shivanasamudra has a group of very old temples built on it and being an island, it divides the river into two waterfalls – Barachukki and Gaganchukki, The eastern branch of the falls is called the Bharachukki, which is a few kilometers to the south of the place where the Kaveri again splits into the twin Gaganachukki falls. There is a watchtower at Shivanasamudra which enables you to have splendid views of the Gaganachukki falls and take photographs of the waters in its entire splendour.

    Most visitors also enjoy a coracle ride over the gushing waves of the water at the bottom of the falls. The perennially flowing Shivanasamudram Falls can be visited anytime during the year but the fall is in its full glory during the monsoon season of July to October.
  • 07Hanuman Gundi Falls, Chikmagalur

    Hanuman Gundi Falls, Chikmagalur
    Image Credit : sarvana

    Also called the Suthanabbe Falls, the Hanumanagundi Falls is located in the hilly region between Karkala and Lakya dam surrounded by the Kudremukh National Park in the Chikkamagaluru district. Hanuman Gundi waterfalls is one of the main attractions for the several hiking groups that come to trek on the routes within the national park. The water falls onto natural rock formations from a height of more than 100 feet (22 metres) making it a spectacle worth experiencing. 

    To enjoy the beauty of these majestic waterfalls near Bangalore, you must take a 350 km drive on the pleasant Mangalore - Bangalore highway. To reach the falls from the main road, tourists need to trek a short distance on a well-constructed pathway which allows access the waters safely and where you can indulge in a rejuvenating swim. The green and dense foliage surrounding the area is home to many small creatures, which adds to the charm of the trip.
  • 08Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa & Karnataka Border

    Dudhsagar Waterfalls, Goa & Karnataka Border
    Image Credit : Cajetan Barretto

    The exquisite Dudhsagar (or sea of milk) Waterfall is perched among the high peaks of the Western Ghats on Goa's border with Karnataka state. With a total height of 310 metres (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet) Dudhsagar is listed as India's fifth tallest waterfall. Amongst all the waterfalls around Bangalore, this waterfall is a sight to behold, especially in the monsoons when it is in full glory; the cascading water looks foamy white, giving it the apprance of milk, which is why the falls is called ‘Dudhsagar’. 

    This energetic and stunning four-tiered waterfall is located within the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary, 60 km from Panaji city in Goa. Trekking to Dudhsagar is a favoured tourist activity; Dudhsagar is a nature lover’s delight! the area surrounding the fall is covered with deciduous forest it is house to many species of birds, insects, plants and animal. A small rest house in the forest is the only place to stay here. Roads leading to the waterfall are closed in the rainy season from June to September as fast flowing streams cross the roads and make them unsafe to drive.

    Waterfalls present a grand spectacle to their viewers as their abundant water drops down sheer cliffs of varying heights. They are just one of the many ways that Mother Nature draws our attention to her unmatched splendor. And Bangalore is fortunate enough to have several of them in its vicinity, giving you a wonderful opportunity to visit them during the next post-monsoon season. 

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  • 09Jog Falls, Shimoga

    Jog Falls, Shimoga
    Image Credit : Bharath Achuta

    Jog Falls or Joga Falls, located near Sagara on the Shimoga and Uttara Kannada district border, has a drop of 253 m (830 ft) making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. The Sharavati, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, reaches an incredible chasm of 290 m (960 ft) deep - constituting the Jog Falls. It starts as a small rivulet at Tirthahalli and gradually accumulates water as it moves in the north-west direction to empty into the Arabian Sea near Honnavar.

    A major tourist attraction, this waterfall near Bangalore is segmented the water comes down in four distinct falls. The longest of the four falls is the Raja Fall which pours in one uninterrupted column to the depth of 830 ft (253 m). Halfway down it is faced with the Roarer which hurls itself into a huge cup and then rushes fiercely downwards to meet the Raja.

    The third fall is the Rocket and it shoots downwards in progressive jets; while the fourth, the Rani, moves quietly over the mountain’s surface in a foamy sheet. One can reach the bottom of the hill by climbing down nearly 1400 steps, from where you have a clear view of the waterfall from the opposite side.

  • 10Hebbe Falls, Kemmangundi

    Hebbe Falls, Kemmangundi
    Image Credit : Sanjib Mitra

    One of the most picturesque waterfalls near Bangalore is the Hebbe Falls positioned at about 10 km away from the famous hill station of Kemmangundi. This gushing waterfall is situated right in the middle of a coffee estate. The water streams down a stupendous height of 168 meters in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls).

    Splash around in the refreshing and cool stream or have a relaxing picnic sitting around the edges. One can even explore the lush flora growing around the falls. As of 30th Sept 2012, the falls remain closed due to a recent Supreme Court order banning tourism in tiger reserves.


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Snow City

This indoor snow theme park garners plenty of visitors who aim to escape in the scorching heat by entering a snow house that spans an area of 12,500 sq. feet. The unparalleled experience of playing, sliding and throwing snow at each other can be achieved in the middle of a tropical town and you do not have to travel to the mighty Himalayas, neither have to wait for the winters. The freezing hall offers a number of crazy slides and rides with skiing and rock climbing activities. Snow city is the first indoor theme park in the city which is open 365 days maintaining a temperature of minus 5 degree Celsius. The crazy snow box, various virtual snow animals, snow parties and snow slides are some of the features which lure visitors into trying this freezing hangout location.

Location: Jayamahal, Fun World Complex, Opposite TV Tower, J C Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560006

Best Time to Visit: Summer season.

Price: INR 600 per head.

Timings: 10 AM to 8:30 PM on all days of the week.

Average time required to visit the place: one-time entry is for 45 minutes.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 30 KM.

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Ramanagara

If you remember the classic Sholay scenes then you will be amazed to see the rocky mountains of this town that is situated around 50 KM from Bengaluru city and Sholay was originally shot here. 

From Silk farming to Mysore-Pak, from leading into the huge Hanuman statue entrance to the Ramadevara Betta Vulture Sanctuary; Ramanagara is one of the places to visit in Bangalore to enjoy heaps of activities like camping and trekking, and also an abundance of sightseeing option. 

The iconic rock elevations where the dacoit Gabbar was filmed in the cult classic Sholay can be visited during the day where you walk and climb some steep elevations of approximately 400 staircases to reach the top where you will find a temple as well. 

These rock elevations are of Ramadevara Betta Hill which is a part of Ramadevara betta Vulture Sanctuary.

Location: Mysore Road, Ramanagara, India

Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to March)

Price: Ramadevara Betta hill can be visited by paying an entry charge of INR 25 with a separate parking charge.

Timings: The gates of the sanctuary open around 9 AM and closes by 4:30 to 5 PM.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 55 KM

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Bheemeshwari

Bheemeshwari is a short distance hideaway in the Mandya district of Karnataka and is situated around a hundred KM from the city on the banks of river Cauvery.  This picturesque is visited mostly for fishing and angling as it is an ideal destination to indulge in such activities. 

It is home to Mahseer, the tropical game  fish along with schools of other fishes and that is why it is called “the angler’s paradise.” Wedged amid the Shivanasamudra falls and the Mekedatu falls, Bheemeshwari lures travelers with its mesmerizing natural beauty. 

Sangam in Bheemeshwari is the confluence point of river Cauvery and river Akravati which enables many water activities such as boating, rafting, coracle rides etc. Kokrebellur Pelicanry is another attraction is Bheemeshwari which one of the five most famous pelican breeding habitats in the world. It is one of the famous sightseeing places in Bangalore that is a ‘must-visit’ location.

Location: 100 KM on the Kanakapura road from Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season or post-monsoon, winter season.

Average time required to visit the place: one or two days.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Approximately 100 KM.


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Dodda Alada Mara

The sprawling branches of a Banyan tree has captured a land of over 3 acres in Kethohalli village, making it one of the unique sightseeing places in Bangalore. This 400-year-old Banyan tree is stated to be the second largest tree in the country and the first largest in Karnataka. 

A thousand aerial roots hanging out from this tree covers a circumference of over 250 meters. Dodda Alada Mara is a well-maintained and well-kept secret of Karnataka which is properly fenced and protected with cemented seats placed beside it for the visitors to enjoy the magic of nature. 

The interesting fact about Dodda Alada Mara is that it stands erect on the thousand aerial root without having the main root as it died out of some natural diseases in the past.

Location: Tavarekere Hobli, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Best Time to Visit: Evenings are ideal to spend at Dodda Alada Mara to enjoy cool breezes and a blazing sunset.

Price:

Timings: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM on all days of the week.

Distance from Kempe Gowda Bus stand: Around 26 KM.


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