When you hear the name Karnataka you start referring to Bangalore which is the IT Hub of the country. It is believed that the city is the land of opportunities and those wishing to make a successful career should move in here.
But what stays unnoticed is the rest of the state. The many hill stations, natural beauty and the essence of Karnataka's many natural wonders is still something that is yet to be fully explored. One of the most attractive aspects of the state of Karnataka are its many beautiful waterfalls that are spread around the entire state.
These majestic falls are bound to leave you astonished by their beauty and magnanimity. The waterfalls are also located in some of the most scenic places and attract nature lovers, adventurers and tourists. Here is a small guide to the astonishing waterfalls in Karnataka.
Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls
One of the famous waterfalls in Karnataka is the Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls located at Shivanasamudra. Falling from a height of 200 ft both these falls lie opposite to each other thus making this place picturesque. The best time to visit these falls are during the monsoons when they are at their best. Tourists come here to see the beauty of these falls and also take in the scenic view of the surroundings.
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One of the best waterfalls in Karnataka is the Dabbe Falls located close to Shimoga. This waterfall is located amongst mountains that are yet untouched by tourists. It is absolutely beautiful to see the water falling down from amongst the lush green mountains. Tourists are left mesmerised by the view and keep coming back here for more.
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Another waterfall in Karnataka is the Abbey Falls, which is a key attraction for tourists travelling to Coorg. Also called Jessi Falls, it is located in the Western Ghats and is a major crowd puller. There is a pool that is formed at the bottom of the falls, where tourists can take a dip in the cool waters. There is also a Kali Mata temple atop the waterfall which you can visit here.
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Another famous waterfall in Karnataka is the Hebbe Falls, which is a popular tourist attraction in Kemmanagundi. Cascading from a height of 551 ft, it is located in a coffee estate. Tourists coming here can visit the coffee estate and also enjoy the scenic view of the waterfall. There is also a trekking route here which attracts trekkers to this place as well. The best time to see this fall is during the monsoon when it is at its best.
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Iruppu Falls located in the Brahmagiri Hill Range is also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. It is believed that Lord Rama and Lakshmana had come here in search of Sita and on Lord Rama's request to get him some water, Lakshmana shot an arrow here from which this water fall sprung. It is considered holy and also believed that those who take a dip in the pool at the bottom of the falls are cured of any sickness.
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Another astonishing waterfall in Karnataka is the Mallali Falls located at the foot of the Pushpagiri hills. This waterfall is formed by the Kumaradhara river that falls from a height of 203 ft. Tourists coming here can enjoy the picturesque view of the waterfall and the surrounding regions.
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One of the famous waterfalls in Karnataka is the Jog Falls, which originates from the Sharavathi River. The sight of the water cascading down a height of 830 ft is absolutely mind blowing. The fall breaks into four segments while it falls down, namely; Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. There are several points from where you can view this majestic waterfall.
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A major tourist attraction in the island town of Shivanasamudra is the Shivanasamudra Waterfall, which has the first hydroelectric power station of Asia, built in 1902. The water falls from a height of 200 ft and merges into the Cauvery river that flows through here. A unique feature of this waterfall is that it is the second largest waterfall in the country and is among the top 100 waterfalls across the globe. Tourists are left mesmerised by the beauty of this waterfall and also the lush green forests that surround it.
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The Srimane Falls located in the town of Sringeri is the smallest yet the most beautiful waterfall located in the Western Ghats. Tourists coming here can explore the region which is mostly covered with forests. It is a perfect getaway for those in search of serenity and tranquillity. It is also an ideal place to head for a picnic with your family.
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Hanuman Gundi Falls
Another waterfall in Karnataka is the Hanuman Gundi Falls, which is located in Kudremukh and falls from an elevation of 100 ft. Also known as Suthannabbe Falls, it is located in the Kudremukh National Park and is a perfect place for those interested in going on a trek as there are many trekking routes here. You can view this fall from different points and take in the beauty of this place as well.
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