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 as 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 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.
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 the Hoysala architecture. This tourist spot has also been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage site.
Mysore. 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. Read More
Talakadu. Talakadu is yet another historical destination which 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.
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 for Shivanasamundra Falls is a very famous tourist attraction that your children will especially love.
Visit 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 of Asia.
Pay a Visit to 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.
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!
By Air. Mysore airport that is located 80km away is the nearest airport to reach the falls. Flights from all the metro cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru arrive here. From the airport, one can take a taxi or a bus to reach the falls.
By Train. You can travel to this place by train as well. The nearest railway station is Hanakere railway station which is approx. 60km away. Tourists can take a taxi or a bus to reach their desired place. Trains from all parts of the country arrive here hence tourists may consider traveling by train if looking for a budget-friendly option.
By Road. To reach this place by road you can either drive to this place yourself or you can take an inter-state or intra-state tourist bus. There are buses available at regular intervals of time thus making it easier for you to travel to this place. If you are driving to this place then from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru you have to cover approx. 2,300, 1,000, 2,000, and 130km respectively to reach Shivanasamudra Falls.
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