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8 Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

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Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 16:32 [IST]
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Some mystic charm draws us again and again to Jog Falls; every monsoon whispers a lovely song to savour the best of Joga Jalapatha (Jog Falls)! Here we are again going to the most beautiful Jog Falls which is an integral part of Karnataka tourism for years. Aren't you curious to know what makes this waterfalls a special one? Check out these engaging facts about Jog Falls which is just amazing.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Jog Falls 
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What's With All the Names?

A place such as this must have different names! Jog Falls is an anglicised version of Jogada Gundi. Jog Falls forms a part of the region named Gerusoppa or Gerusoppe. Hence, it is also called as Gerusoppa Falls or Gersoppa Falls.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Jog Falls  
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A British Ship Named After Jog Falls!

In 2011, a wreck of the ship SS Gairsoppa or Gersoppa was discovered under the sea. As per the historical records, SS Gairsoppa was named after the town and falls of Gerusoppa in Karnataka.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

SS Gairsoppa

The Ship SS Gairsoppa was a British Ship which was brought to India during Second World War. The merchant ship sank while returning to Ireland in 1941. It was carrying tonnes of silver and other products back to Ireland. Surprisingly, 48 tonnes of silver was recovered making it one of the 'largest and deepest metal recovery from the ocean in the history'. It is one of the most interesting facts about Jog Falls.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Jog Falls streams 
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Second Highest Plunge Waterfall

Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Waterfalls of Meghalaya. Plunge waterfalls have a vertical drop and plunge directly without getting support from the cliff.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Jog Falls 
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Raja Rani Roarer Rocket

Four Falls named Raja Rani Roarer and Rocket together form the overwhelming Jog Falls. Raja is the highest waterfall which joins the Roarer at some point. Another is named as Roarer because of the noise it makes. Rani slithers and falls gracefully while Rocket dives like a jet!

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls


At the bottom of Jog Falls
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Steps to the Bottom

There are many viewpoints to get beautiful vistas of Jog Falls. One of them being from the bottom of the falls. Tourists should climb down around 1600 steps to reach the bottom to get a splendid view of the falls. However, be warned about the slippery surfaces and leeches on your way down.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Streams
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Untiered Waterfalls

Jog Jalapatha doesn't flow in a stepped fashion; it is an untiered waterfall. Each of the four falls, take a vertical plunge which creates a misty atmosphere around the falls.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Lush Green Surroundings
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Hydroelectricity Generation

The water from Jog Falls is used in the generation of electricity.

Reaches the Arabian Sea

The water from Linganamakki Dam further flows to form the jubilant Jog Falls. The water from Jog Falls cascades through the town of Gerusoppa and passes through Idagunji to join the Arabian Sea at Honnavar.

Spellbinding Facts About Jog Falls

Honnavar Beach
Photo Courtesy: Ashok Neelakanta

The postcard beauty of Jog Falls remains stashed in our memory forever. If you haven't seen the Jog Falls yet then it is one of the must-visit destinations near Shimoga. Visit during the monsoons to get the best of Jog Falls. Truly, it is a bliss to watch the waterfalls playing 'hide and seek' with the mist during rains. Don't miss out on one of the best waterfalls in India.

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