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10 Waterfalls of Karnataka you should not miss this monsoon!

Written by Poorna & Brinda

Waterfalls of Karnataka are at their best in Monsoon. Karnataka has numerous waterfalls in Western Ghats region who come to life during monsoon.

This monsoon season, don’t miss to see these waterfalls in their full glory. 

We will provide the list. Please click on the pictures to see them in larger size.

1 Jog Falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

Our eternal favourite. Sharavathi river dropping gorgeously over a the gorge of Gerusoppa splitting into four streams named as Raja, Rani, Rocket and Rover.

Among the tallest waterfalls in the country, this is the best time to visit  as Linganamakki dam built upstream ensures that the falls is only a trickle once the rains are over.

2 Barkana Falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

Agumbe is known as Cherrapunjee of South India. Known for its beautiful sunset in winter, Agumbe and surrounding places in Tirthahalli taluq are at their best in monsoon. It is a riot of green all around.

Barkana falls is one of the tallest water falls in India. It is not easily accessible and have to be trekked. If you don’t mind few leeches sticking you, you are in with a beautiful sight of the falls. The Barkana falls are formed by the Sita river. 

Latest update – The forest department has banned trekking in Agumbe forests till August.

3 Kunchikal falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

The second tallest water falls in the country. One need permission to go closer to the falls.

But one can see the beauty of it by trekking to Metkal gudda ( Please see this nice post by Rakesh Holla in his blog here Metkal in Monsoon) .

Kunchikal falls are formed by Varahi river cascading down hundreds of rocks near Hulikal ghat.

4 Iruppu falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

The Iruppu Falls are located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka. The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls.

5. Gaganachukki and Bharachukki falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

Twin falls on river Cauvery very close to Bangalore. The beauty of the falls can only be savoured during monsoon. 

This is a segmented waterfall. Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls.

It has an average width of 305 meters, a height of 98 m, and an average volume of 934 cubic meters / sec. 

6. Unchalli or Lushington falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka
Lushington Falls, also called Unchalli Falls, is a waterfall created by a 116 metres (381 ft) drop in the Aghanashini river. The fall is located in Siddapura, Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. The falls are named for J. D. Lushington, a District Collector for the British Government, who discovered it in 1845.

The falls is 35 km from Sirsi. The falls are reached by a 1 kilometres (3.1 mi) through thick forest. Here the river makes a cavalcade of water falls and eventually leaps into a steep valley to form a spectacular, picturesque waterfall. The falls are sometimes called Keppa Joga because of the deafening sound they make.

7 Mallalli falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

Not very well-known but nevertheless a lovely falls formed by Kumaradhara river. Mallalli falls is situated in the foothills of pushpagiri, around 25 km from Somwarpet


8 Magod falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

Magod Falls is a group of waterfalls in Karnataka, India, where the river Bedti falls from a height of nearly 200m in two steps.

9 Gokak falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

The Gokak Falls is formed when the Ghataprabha river takes a leap of 52 metres (171 ft) over the sand-stone cliff amidst a picturesque gorge of the rugged valley, resembling Niagara Falls on a smaller scale.

The waterfall is horseshoe shaped at the crest, with a flood breadth of 177 metres (581 ft). There is a hanging bridge across the river, measuring about 201 metres (659 ft). Its height above the rock bed is 14 metres (46 ft). 

10 Hebbe falls

Waterfalls of Karnataka

Hebbe Falls are situated at  about 10 km away from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka, India. This waterfalls are inside a coffee estate and can be reached by walk. Hebbe Falls gushes down from a height of 551 ft in two stages to form Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.)

These are the major waterfalls in Karnataka we have listed.

There are many lovely ones in the hills. Monsoon is the time to enjoy their beauty.

Travel Information

a) Jog, Barkana and Kunchikal falls – Make Tirthahalli as the base which has many stay options. For more details on Tirthahalli please click on this post in this blog.

 Experiencing Monsoon in western ghats – An itinerary

Check this for more details on Jog falls here –   Spectacular Jog Fall and breathtaking backwaters!

b) Magod falls – Make Yellapur as the base. Alternately, Magod falls can be seen while driving to Goa from Bangalore. A small detour from highway will take you to the falls.For more details on Yellapur please click on the following post in this blog.

Driving Holidays from Bangalore 6 – Enchanting Uttara Kannada

c) Iruppu falls – Make Madikeri as the base. For more details on Madikeri, please visit the following post on this blog.

Driving Holidays from Bangalore 5 – Hill holiday in Coorg, Wayanad and Ooty

d) Mallalli falls – Make Sakleshpur as the base which has many stay options. For more details on Sakleshpur, please click on this post in this blog.

 Check this for more details – Monsoon road Trip from Bangalore 2 – Three waterfalls in Captivating Coorg! 

e) Gokak falls – Belgaum is the best place to stay to visit Gokak falls. Belgaum is well-connected to different parts of the country by Air, train and road.

f) Gaganachukki and Bharachukki falls can be visited either from Bangalore or Mysore. 

Check this for more details – One day trip from Bangalore 10 – Shivanasamudra falls and sandy beach

g) Hebbe falls can be visited as part of day trip to Kemmanagundi making Chikmagalur as base. For more details on Chikmagalur please visit the following post on this blog.

Chikmagalur – A Monsoon drive in Western Ghats

h) Unchalli falls – Make Sirsi as the base. For more details on Sirsi please visit the following post in the blog.

Driving holidays from Bangalore 6 – Enchanting Uttara Kannada

We invite you to read the following interesting posts waterfalls on this blog

Dudhsagar Falls – A Monsoon Trek on Railway track!

Athirapally falls – Awesomely beautiful

Chitrakoot falls – Niagara of Asia!

Cherrapunji – Where wet is beautiful

Photo Courtesy

Hebbe Falls – Girish (http://www.flickr.com/photos/myphotographylife/)

Mallalli Falls – Aditya Hemmige

Kunchikal Falls – Rakesh Holla (http://rakeshholla.blogspot.in/ 

Magod Falls – Srikanth P (http://www.wonderjourney.org/)

Unchalli Falls – Vivek Kunchinadka (http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivek_kunchinadka/)

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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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