Bangalore is one of the most fun and friendly cities to live in, in India. With restaurants that serve all sorts of cuisines, gardens and lakes that make the city green, rainfall and cool temperature that keep the climate perpetually pleasant, Bangalore has something for all. What's more, the city is surrounded with scenic spots to visit that can keep your routine fatigue at bay.
One such place that is located just about 90 km from Bangalore is the scenic and relatively offbeat place called Chunchi Falls. When you wish to escape into the laps of nature on a weekend, there is no better place to go to than Chunchi Falls. On one such weekend, my friends and I decided to make a day out of it and headed to the scenic spot.
Since it was a weekend, we gathered at our own pace and began the journey at around 10 am. With two cars full of people meeting after quite sometime, the trip was surely a fun-filled one. We stopped at Kanakapura Road for breakfast, had some delicious idlis and dosas before continuing the journey.
Once you leave Kanakapura Road, you're going to find two roads, the left one leads to Chunchi Falls while the right leads to Shivanasamudra waterfalls. It took us just about 2 hours to finally reach the beautiful place. An open space is available for parking visitors' vehicles.
From afar, we could see a thin line of water cascading down the rocky landscape, along with a bigger stream of water falling from a height of about 330 ft. Set amidst a rocky terrain and lush greenery, the sight was simply beautiful. You can see the water fall into the quaint stream of river Arkavathi.
First you need to walk a bit from the parking space till a vantage point where you get the first glimpse of the falls. Next, a trek of about 1-2 km down the rocks will take you to the bottom of the falls and into the river. You must be mighty careful while doing so since the rocks are slippery and dangerous.
There isn't a well-defined route halfway down the trek so it is advised to hire a local guide for a nominal fee. They will take you through a series of zigzag rocky routes that will safely get you to the bottom of the falls.
We spent some time here, just laid-back and relished the nature around us before we finally got up to leave the place. It was afternoon by the time we reached the top.
Here you may find small vendors selling freshly cut fruits or vegetables smeared with salt and pepper. We ate that to fix our hunger pangs temporarily. It is also advised to carry along snacks and water bottles since it isn't easily available around the falls.
The best time to visit Chunchi Falls is certainly during the monsoon months of August to December, when it is gushing with water. During summer the falls might be at its lowest. Making a road trip out of this journey is probably the best way you can have a delightful experience.