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Shivanasamudra Falls & Talakadu Beach! – Detailed One Day Trip Guide !

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Last updated on August 19th, 2021 at 05:00 pm

Shivanasamudra falls are the perennial favourites of Bangaloreans for a weekend picnic. We present a complete one day trip guide here.

Breaking News – The water from Kabini dam is likely to be released anytime and the falls will be lovely like in this link below. Plan on a weekday as it is closed on weekend.

Twin Falls are Lovely – Go now!

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This trip from Bangalore will take you to two lovely waterfalls on Cauvery River at Shivanasamudra. At Shivanasamudra, Cauvery river splits into two and jumps over rocks to create two spectacular falls. This day trip will also give you an opportunity to spend sometime by the river side, on a sandy beach at Talakadu!

All you can comfortably do in a day. We will tell you how!

The Circuit

Bangalore – Kanakapura – Malavalli – Gaganachukki falls – Bharachukki falls – Talakadu – Bangalore

Distance – 315 KMs

Road condition – Very good

Route – Google Map of the circuit

The Itinerary

6.30 AM – Leave home and hit NICE road if you near it. Exit at Kanakapura road. Drive along the road with few lakes to give you company. Driving early morning on this road is pleasure as there is no traffic.

8 AM – Have Breakfast at Kanakapura. Vasu hotel is an excellent option. A traditional self-service hotel. This is not a hep hotel but has excellent Idlis, vadas and of course yummy Masala Dosa.

8.45 AM – Depart Kanakapura and drive along NH 209 (New No is 948). At Malavalli, continue on the bypass road and drive straight to the first of the two falls at Shivanasamudra – Gaganachukki. Follow excellent signage from the highway to the falls. Gaganchukki as the name says is the taller of the two.

10 AM – Arrive at Gaganachukki falls. Park your car and proceed to the view-point. Enjoy the spectacular view of the falls. Gaganachukki as name suggests cascades from the tall rocks and forms a lovely waterfall. Do not venture to walk down to the bottom of the falls and try to swim in water. It is dangerous as rocks are slippery and there are whirlpools. You may find some young boys venturing into it but we don’t advise.


Gaganachukki falls. Falling from taller cliffs, it is a spectacular view.

10.45 AM – Depart from Gaganachukki and proceed towards Bharachukki. It is a fifteen minutes drive and you reach another spectacular falls. On the way stopover and enjoy the panoramic view of the huge lake formed by the barrage against Cauvery river. As the name suggests, this is wider with larger volume of water. Go to the view-point and enjoy the panoramic view of the falls. Spend 30 -45 minutes here.


Bharachukki Falls is more spread out and voluminous.

11.45 AM – Depart for Talakadu. This is a comfortable 45 minutes drive. Reach Talakadu. Park your car in the parking area and enjoy the lovely sandy beach! Do not try to swim in the river. But you can play in the water near the bank. Please be careful of sudden depths due to loose sand pattern. You will also see coracles being rented out for rides. You can try at your own risk as these are not authorised and they don’t come with any life jackets.


The sandy beach at Talakadu.

Shivanasamudra Falls

The lovely sands @ Talakadu (Picture Courtesy – Amit Kumar Sinha)

1.30 AM – Lunch time. There are some shacks in the town and you can have lunch there. Else, you can drive to any of the two resorts – Raya Resorts or Jaladhama Resort – close by for lunch.

3 PM – After lunch, you can visit the temples in Talakadu. There are around 30 temples. Some of them buried under sand and some of them excavated. The five temples of Shiva – Pancahalinga – are all excavated and opened for darshan. Also don’t forget to visit lovely Keerti Narayana Temple built in Hoysala Style.


Exquisite sculptures on the facade of Vaidyanatheshara Temple

4.30 PM – Depart for Bangalore. You can either stop at Vasu hotel or MTR near Art of Living ashram for snacks on the way and reach home by 7.30 PM.

Travel Tips

a) The best time to visit the Shivanasamudra waterfalls is in monsoon when the water is released from KRS Dam. But the falls and surroundings are lovely in all seasons.

b) Do not enter the water at the waterfalls. Many lives have been lost here due to misadventure.

c) At Talakadu, either you can visit the temple first, have lunch and then relax on the beach or vice versa.

d) You may take the help of a guide in Talakadu who will charge a nominal fee and take you around the temples and explain interesting stories about them. That way, one will not waste precious time.

e) Though there are trees on the Riverside, if you have a tent, carry it and pitch it on the beach closer to the river.

f) In the last few years couple of resorts – Raya Resort and Jaladhama Resort – have opened in the region. If you are planning to stay overnight, you can do so. Staying overnight will help you explore Mudukuthore and spectacular Hoysala temple of Somnathpur. These resorts also have boat rides with life jackets.

g) A resort by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation has been opened in the last couple of years near Gaganachukki. We are not sure about the quality of it.

h) Make sure you have a good hat and also sunscreen as afternoon sun at Talakadu will be scorching.

Postscript – When water is released from KRS Dam and Kabini reservoir, Shivanasamudra falls will be a glorious sight like you can see this post

Twin Falls is lovely – Go Now!

We encourage you to explore more around Bangalore! Do check these posts below.

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About the author

Poorna & Brinda

We are Brinda and Poorna from Bengaluru, the “Silicon city” or “Garden city” of India.

We travel together. We caught the travel bug 20 years back. On our honey moon, we traveled over the sea, in the train, by bus and in an aircraft! Our adventures probably started in that year. It continues, ever since.

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