If you are one of those people who would love to enjoy the monsoon by dancing in the rain amidst Mother Nature and not in the concrete jungles of Bangalore, well, then all you have to do is head to the scenic Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls in Coorg, which is roughly a 3-4 hour drive away from the city.
Abbey Falls is a destination which you cannot afford to miss, especially during the monsoon. Nestled close by Madikeri, the cascading beauty is wrapped by a thick blanket of greenery. To reach the place one has to trek up a short distance via lush plantations, which give out aromas of spices and coffee.
The gushing of the water along with the aroma from the plantations give out a delightful experience. The breathtaking views of the cascading beauty, from a hanging bridge on the opposite side, are sights which one would cherish for a lifetime. The waterfall is formed by a number of small streams, who join forces to form the gorgeous Abbey Falls; it gushes down from a height of 70 ft to form a pool which further joins the river Cauvery.
During the monsoon season, the streams tend to widen themselves and the water level increases, which contributes to the waterfalls becoming thicker and more magical to watch. The water at the falls may lure you into taking a dip or going for a swim, but it is advisable not to try out these stunts as the water may turn out to be risky to be in, especially during the monsoons.
The Beauty Called Iruppu
Taking birth amidst the Brahmagiri range is the river Lakshmana, which comes crashing down from a height of approximately 170 ft to form the Iruppu Falls, which creates a thundering noise breaking the silence of the lush forests.
Iruppu Falls is not only a major tourist destination but is a pilgrimage spot to many others as well. As per legends, it said that Rama and his brother Lakshmana happened to pass along the Brahmagiri ranges while in search of Sita Devi.
Rama felt thirsty and asked his brother to get him water to quench his thirst, for which Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri mountains and soon a river started flowing down, which was named Lakshmana Tirtha.
Due to the popularity of this legend, the waterfalls is said to possess powers to cleanse the sins committed and hence, attracts a large number of devotees throughout the year, especially during Shivarathri.