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    Muktihole offers a secluded and serene retreat if one wishes to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life and enjoy the splendour of the splash. Nestled in the forests of Western Ghats, this waterfall site provides an unforgettable experience. The water cascades in three stages, and the pond created by the falls is ideal for swimming. Near the falls is the ideal place for pitching camps. There are plenty of rocks in the area suitable for rock climbing adventure.

    This enchanting waterfall is located in the midst of Kodagaddae forest, and a not so well-defined Trekking Trail leads to this destination. Initially, one has to trek uphill a mountain, and then trek down a steep hill to reach a valley on the other side. Walking along the valley for around 5 to 6 km will lead to Muktihole

    Alternatively, the trek can also be started from Dodda mane side via Kodigadde, and also there is an uphill trekking route to Medini village.




    Exact Location: 

    Muktihole is located in the village of Hirebailu, nearly 15 km from Hadinabala.

    Nearest Town: 

    Honnavar (25+ km)

    Distance from Bangalore: 

    470 km

    How to Reach: 

    Bangalore ’ Honnavar ’ Hirebailu ’ Muktihole Falls
    Overnight buses from Bangalore to Honnavar are available. Muktihole can be reached via two routes. The first route goes through Hirebailu and crosses Hadinbala, Gundabala and Kadehalla. The second route is from Kodigadde through Dodda mane. Hadinbala is on the Shimoga to Honnavar road while Dodda mane is on Shimoga to Kumta route.

    Other Info

    Other Attractions in the Vicinity: 


    A port town in Uttara Kannada district, Honnavar is known for its beaches. Its located nearly 200 km north of Mangalore city. There is a picturesque small town near Honnavar called Apsara konda. This place has a beautiful beach to relax and view the magnificent sunsets. 


    An important pilgrimage center for followers of Hindu religion, Gokarna is also a significant tourist spot in Karnataka. It is an important center of Sanskrit learning and houses Bhandikeri Math and Toggu Math. There are a number of beaches around this temple where the tourist can enjoy recreational activities.

    Trek Length: 

    10 km one way.

    Best Time to Visit: 

    Early September to early March 

    Keep in your Trek Bag:

    Walking stick 
    Hiking shoes 
    Woolen clothes 
    Water, juices, snacks
    Electric torch
    Medical kit
    A good compass
    An extra pair of clothes


Trekking in India