Shivanasamudra Falls

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This place is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Karnataka. The Shivanasamudra island town is located on the banks of the Kaveri or Cauvery river and divides the river into two twin waterfalls named Gaganachukki and Barachukki. Tourists from all over the country arrive here to witness the picturesque view of these twin waterfalls. This small island town is in the Mandya area of Karnataka. Shivanasamudra is also the place where Asia's first hydroelectric power station was set up in 1905. 

The weather remains pleasant throughout the year hence one may plan a visit during any time of the year. In case you wish to explore the place to the fullest, then the best time to visit the Shivanasamudra Falls would be the Monsoon season. This is the time when the river is loaded with water that only adds to its charm! 

History of Shivanasamudra Falls 

The name Shivanasamudra literally means Shiva’s sea. Shivanasamudra is situated 65 km east of Mysore and 120 km away from Bengaluru. The region has been encompassed by forested hills and lavish green valleys. The Cauvery river finds its way through the Deccan Plateau and drops downstream to form the lovely twin waterfalls. 

It is believed that the western stream is known as Gaganachukki while the eastern one is known as Bharachukki. Gaganachukki falls down from the height of 98 meters with the greatest stream of 667,000 cubic feet per second. Bharachukki is one km far from the Gaganachukki Fall and the falling edge of Bharachukki is somewhat more extensive than that of Gaganachukki. The rivers here are very solid and the valley is very deep. Accordingly, swimming isn't permitted here because of safety concerns. 

Places To Visit Near Shivanasamudra Falls

1. Somnathpur

Somnathpur is quite an amazing tourist destination, known for its phenomenal Prasanna Chennakesava Temple. This 12th century built Hindu temple is one of the famous representations of Hoysala architecture. This tourist spot has also been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage site.

2. Mysuru

Located at the foothill of Chamundi Hills, the city is the second biggest city in Karnataka. And there is no doubt that Mysore retains an iconic charm which it owes to its immense palaces and heritage buildings. Perhaps that is the main reason owing to which it is known as the City of Palaces.

3. Talakadu

Talakadu is yet another historical destination that was once a very famous pilgrimage site situated on the banks of the Kaveri River. It is believed that this desert-like town once had more than 30 temples. Moreover, Talakadu is a very beautiful place that is surrounded by scenic views.

4. Kaveri River

Forming the island of Shivanasamundra along with Srirangapatnam which are around 80 km apart from each other, the Kaveri River is a gem to visit, explore, and discover. The island of Shivanasamundra Falls is a very famous tourist attraction that your children will especially love.

5. Shimshapura Falls

Situated in the Shimsha village, this place is one of the most amazing places to travel to with your loved ones. The aura and the beauty of this place will certainly make you forget the worries and stress of life. Shimshapura waterfall is also known to be the site for the second hydroelectric project in Asia.  

6. Shimsha Dam

The Shimsha Dam is also known as the Markonahalli Dam. It is constructed across the Shimsha river at a height of 731.57 meters. This dam was built by Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV for the purpose of irrigating 6,050 hectares of land. Tourists may also spot orange-fin Labeo and Arulius barb fishes in the dam. 

How to Reach Shivanasamudra Falls

To reach Shivanasamudra Falls in Karnataka, you will need to cover a total distance of about 2,303, 1,057, 2,016, 133 km from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Here are the details on how you can reach here by the following means of public transport.

By Air

Deboard at the Mysore Airport (MYQ) situated about 80 km away from this place. The airport has overall good flight connectivity with other Indian cities via connecting and direct flights. From the airport, you will need to continue your journey via some means of public transport. 

  • From Guwahati - Board IndiGo, Air India flights from Guwahati Airport. The airfares start from INR 6,000-7,000
  • From Kolkata - Board Air India, IndiGo flights from Kolkata Airport. The airfares start from INR 4,000-5,000

By Train

You can travel to this place by train as well. The nearest railway stations are the Hanakere Railway Station or the Maddur Railway Station. Both the stations are situated within 60km distance. If you are looking for a budget-friendly travel option then, trains would suit you quite well. After deboarding at the train station, you will need to continue your journey via some means of public transportation. 

By Road

To reach the falls by road you can either drive to this place yourself or you can take interstate buses. There are buses available at regular intervals of time thus making it easier for you to travel to this place. Otherwise, from the nearby regions, you can also consider booking a taxi. 

  • From Dharmapuri - 207 km via NH948
  • From Coimbatore - 190 km via SH38
  • From Ooty - 158 km via Mysuru-Ooty Road

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