Hidlumane Waterfalls has its charm, but to experience everything it has to offer, we recommend you to hit the road, right away! Hidlumane Waterfalls is a must-visit tourist place primarily because it is untouched by human activities. Moreover, it is less crowded and gives you enough time to admire the natural wonder while you have private time with your loved ones.
Located in a remote area in Shimoga district in Karnataka, Hidlumane falls is an adobe of water body formed by an array of 6 cascading falls that is lesser-known and just as beautiful. Each of these cascades is secluded, providing a refreshing sight to the tourists and travellers. Situated amidst the Western Ghats at the base of the Kodachadri Hills, it is one of the most visited waterfalls in Karnataka. Take a weekend off to stop for hikes, walk by waterfalls, and feel like you've got the whole place all to yourself.
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How To Reach Hidlumane Waterfalls
By air: Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport. Frequent buses and taxis from the airport to Kollur make it easy for the tourists to reach the destination.
By rail: Kundapura Railway station, located 40 km away from Kollur is the nearest railway station to the destination. From Kollur you can take private vehicles to reach Kodachadri and then proceed to the waterfall.
By road: Kollur bus station is well connected to other major bus stations in Karnataka. You can either take government or local buses from Kollur to reach Kodachadri.
Best Time To Visit Hidlumane Waterfalls
The best time to visit the waterfalls is during the winter and summer season, i.e., September to April. During this time, the Hidlumane FWaterfalls offers a refreshing sight to the visitors. During the monsoon season, the current in the water gets a bit strong, sweeping away anyone who dares to tame the cascade. Thus, it is not recommended for tourists to visit Hidlumane falls during the rainy season.
Things To Do
Kodachadri Hill acts as a base for the waterfalls, and it is a primary trekking route taken to the Hidlumane falls. The journey involves steep slopes and dense forest, thus, making it an adventurous one. The peak also offers beautiful sunrises and sunset, and stunning morning sky with millions of hues. Nonetheless, it involves crossing rocks and steep hills. But trekking across the dense forest enclosed by green canvas, entertained by colourful birds with rhythmic chirping make the trek more gleeful than challenging. During the monsoon season, the trail gets dangerous as the rain makes the rocks slippery, making it hard for tourists to enjoy the trek.
2. Explore the Mookambika National Park
Located a few hundred meters away from the main attraction, the Mookambika National Park is a forest reserve which offers a diverse variety of flora and fauna. It is home to more than 60 rare species of plants and 80 species of animals. A visit to this national park will connect you with nature and will leave you wanting for more.
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3. Pay homage to Gods at famous temples
The Sarvajna Temple and the Mookambika temple are the two well-known temples in Shimoga. However, Mookambika temple is the most visited and significant pilgrimage place, which allures tens of thousands of believers to pay tribute to Goddess Parashakti. The Sarvajna Temple, also known as the Shankarapeetham and is a top-rated attraction among believers and followers of Shankaracharya.
4. Shopping in Kollur
Besides temples and natural wonders, Shimoga also has a plethora of stuff to offer shopaholic tourists. Kollur flea market is home to authentic handicrafts, sarees with Kasuti work, sandalwood carvings and religious souvenirs. The market boasts a wide variety of clothes of different materials ranging from silk to chiffon and jewellery, much to the female shopper's delight.
5. Aralasurali Falls
Located 40 km away from Kodachadri peak, Aralasurali Falls is one of the Shimoga's best-kept secrets. River Sharavathi flowing across the dense forest of the Western Ghats forms Aralasurali Falls. It is a popular excursion point for families in and around Shimoga and also a perfect trekking spot for thrill-seekers.