While Visiting Karnataka, Don’t Miss These 10 Waterfalls

Karnataka is popular tourist destination due to its rich flora, fauna and abundant scenic beauty. In the list of “1001 natural Wonders of the World”, you will find many waterfalls of Karnataka featuring prominently site.  For any nature lover, visiting these falls is a feast for the eyes.

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10 famous waterfalls in Karnataka

1. Jog Falls – The second highest single-tiered plunge fall In India, created by the Sharavathi River. Also called Gersoppa Fallas and Jogada Gundi, the fall is located in the dense evergreen forests in Shimoga district, Karnataka. Its total height is 253 m (829 feet) and comprises of four falls – Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. The best time to visit the Falls is between August and December.

2. Gokak Falls – Located at a distance of 60 km from Belgaum and 10 km from Gokak town, the 170 feet high Gokak Falls are located on the Ghataprabha River. It is located right on the main road and is a popular tourist center in the district. This fall is famous for its spread and shape. Other than the color of the water and the width, it resembles “Niagara Falls”.

3. Unchalli Falls – this is a waterfall on the Aghanashini river and features a 381 ft (116m) drop. Located near Siddapur in Uttar Kannada district, it is Also known as Lushington Falls, and Keppa Joga due to the deafening sound they make.

4. Magod Falls – this is not a single fall, but a group of falls located in the Uttara Kannada district. Here, the river Bedti takes a plunge of nearly 200 m in two stages. It is a popular picnic spot, and can be reached easily by road from the nearby town of Yellapur.

 5. Abbey Falls – Among thick coffee plantation and tall trees tangled with pepper wines in Western Ghats, lies Abbey falls. It is about 10 kms away from the town of Madikeri. The best time to visit is during monsoons and early winter. Taking precaution from leeches on the marshes of the fall is must.

6. Shivasamudram Falls – The name meaning Shiva’s Sea is situated 85 kms from Mysore and 139 kms from Bangalore. The island town of Shivanasamudra is located in between the two waterfalls known as Gaganachukki falls, which is shaped like a large horsetail and the Bharachukki Falls.

A view of Ganagachukki water falls as River Cauvery overflows in Mandya Dist on Monday. –KPN
A view of Ganagachukki water falls as River Cauvery overflows in Mandya Dist on Monday. –KPN

7. Hebbe Falls –these falls are located about 10 kms away from Kemmangundi, a famous hill station in Karnataka. A coffee estate surrounds the Hebbe Falls, and offers beautiful scenery all across. The fall features the 551 feet drop in two tiers making it look like two different waterfalls, which are known as “Dodda Hebbe” and “Chikka Hebbe”

8. Sathodi Falls – Known as the “Mini Niagara of Uttara Kannada”, the fall is positioned in the heart of dense forest. The waterfall is formed by several unknown streams near Kallaramarane Ghats near Sirsi and is 32 km away from Yellapur.

9. Iruppa Falls – Also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, its total height is 170 ft. The ideal time to visit these falls located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka is during the monsoons.


10. Kalhatti Falls – These falls are also known as Kalahasti Falls and is located in the Chikmagalur district. The waterfall can be reached from Kemmangundi hill station, which is just 10km away. While visiting these falls, the tourists can also visit the Veerabhadreshwara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is located nearby.

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