Yellapur may be the stereotypical one-horse town, but its stunning natural beauty makes it a popular destination. Nestled in the thick forests of the Western Ghats in the Uttara Kannada district, Yellapur, at an elevation of 1774 ft, has wonderful waterfalls that gush down the hills into the scenic valleys.
Sattoddi Falls, which is counted among the most popular waterfalls of Karnataka, originates from the union of numerous unnamed streams in the vicinity of Kallaramane Ghat. Situated at a distance of about 25 km from the town in the Ganeshgudi forest range, Sattoddi Falls has been titled as Mini Niagara of the Uttara Kannada District. It falls from a height of 49.2 ft amidst a dense forest and ends up meeting the backwaters of Kodasalli Dam. Some of the activities that travellers can enjoy here include picnicking, trekking, river rafting and bird watching. Tourists planning to visit this site should avoid the rainy season, while the period between November and April will be the ideal time to undertake a trip to this waterfall.
Scenic view of the waterfall.
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Tourists planning their trip to Yellapur can explore Magod Falls that is located in proximity of Magod Village. This site is situated at a distance of 19 km from town. Bedthi River creates this waterfall when it comes down from an elevation of 650 ft in two steps. Tourists can easily locate this site as it is located nearby the popular sunset point, Jenukallu Gudda. Upon visiting Magod Falls, travellers will get the chance to enjoy a beautiful view of a thickly-wooded countryside. While on the way to Magod Falls, tourists can spot a beautiful lake named Kavdi Kere located in the middle of the evergreen forest. The best time to visit this site is the end of monsoons and the onset of winters.
Admire the beauty of Magod Falls
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Tourists are advised to visit Kavadikeri Lake, which sprawls over an area of more than 62 acres, while passing by Yellapur. This lake is situated 20 km away from town and 9 km from Magod Falls. Travellers planning to visit Kavadikeri Lake can explore various hills surrounding this site. An ancient temple is situated in proximity of the lake, which is devoted to Goddess Durga. Upon visiting the site, travellers can see giant sized butterflies as well as beautiful red and black crested bulbul.
A sense of serenity at Kavadikeri
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How to Reach Yellapur
By Air: Hubli Airport is the nearest airport connecting Yellapur to major Indian cities, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai, to name a few. It is situated at a distance of about 73 km from Yellapur.
By Rail: Hubli Railway Station is nearest railhead to Yellapur, situated at a distance of about 71 km. Hubli is well connected to major cities of India, such as Mangalore and Bangalore, to name a few.
By Road: Yellapur is well connected to major cities and nearby areas via regular bus services that are frequent, comfortable and cheap.
So when are you heading to Yellapur?
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