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Shivanasamudra – Where Cauvery Cleaves Into Two


Shivanasamudra, or Shiva Samudram, is a popular picnic spot situated in the Mandya District of Karnataka. Shivanasamudra, which literally stands for ‘Shiva’s Sea’, is a quaint island town situated on the River Cauvery.

Islands, Falls And Fun – Tourist Places In And Around Shivanasamudra

It is a famous tourist destination known for its waterfalls. It is listed among the top 100 waterfalls in the world. The River Cauvery, on its course through the rocky beds and ravines of the Deccan Plateau, gets split into two streams – Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, on reaching Shivanasamudra.

The two streams gather momentum on their downward flow and cascade down a huge cliff from about 98 m high. The Gaganachukki Falls are situated towards the western part of the cliff, whereas the Bharachukki Falls lie towards the eastern part.

A panoramic view of Gaganachukki Falls can be seen from the Shivanasamudra Watch Tower or from the view point near the Darga Hazrath Mardane Gaib. The Bharachukki Falls is situated about 1 km away from Gaganachukki Falls and is known for its strong currents and deep gorges below.

Shivanasamudra is an ancient town known for its ancient temples and it is also home to Asia’s first hydro-electric power station, which was constructed to meet the demand of electricity for the gold mines of Kolar.

How To Reach Shivanasamudra

Shivanasamudra is well connected by roads to destinations such as Bangalore.

Best Time To Visit Shivanasamudra

The most suitable season to visit Shivanasamudra is during the post-monsoon months of July to October.

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How to Reach Shivanasamudra

  • By Road
    Buses are available till Kollegela, situated about 15 km from Shivanasamudra. Regular KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) and private buses for Kollegela are available from Mysore, Bangalore and other nearby cities. From there, tourists can hire auto rickshaws and cabs to reach Shivanasamudra.
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  • By Train
    The nearest railway junction to Shivanasamudra is Mysore Railway Station, which is situated at a distance of about 77 km. The railway station is well connected to all the major cities and towns in India. Travellers can hire taxis and cabs or take buses to reach Shivanasamudra from here.
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  • By Air
    Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to Shivanasamudra that is situated at a distance of about 170 km. This airport makes it convenient for tourists from European, Asian, American and Middle East countries to reach Shivanasamudra. Bangalore International Airport is also connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and other major cities in India
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