Shimoga is a beautiful land in Karnataka, which is blessed with various popular waterfalls. The land has various places to be explored and visited. Each one of the waterfalls has their own unique beauty and serenity. We have dived into the Shimoga travel guide and picked eight fabulous waterfalls to visit in and around Shimoga.
1. Shivangange Falls
It is an amazing waterfall which is located on the Western Ghats that is in the neighboring area of the three important taluks of Sirsi, Ankola, and Yellapur. It is located on River Sonda which flows from River Uttara Kannada. It cascades from the height of 74 meters. The luscious green color of the entire place adds a different level of beauty to the place. In the river’s center, a Lord Ganesh Temple can also be spotted.
To reach the temple, one has to go from the opposite side of the Shivangange Falls. It is very dangerous to go deep into the waters as the water near the fall is very steep. The road through which you can reach the waterfall is a very scenic place providing a very pleasant walk. You can even see the waterfalls from the Sahasra Linga. This foamy waterfall is located in the midst of thick forests. You can visit the waterfalls by road, by air as well as by rail.
How to reach?
By road: One of the nearest spots is Sirsi. The distance between Shivangange falls and Sirsi is 44 km. When you traveling from Karwar, the distance would be around 140 km. It is possible to reach Karwar or Sirsi by hiring a taxi, bus, etc. as they are connected from major cities.
By air: The nearest airport to reach Sirsi is Dabolim. Another important airport located nearby is Hubli. The distance between Bangalore and Sirsi is 425 km. It is possible to hire a cab or taxi from the airport to reach Shivangange falls.
By rail: Kumta railway station is about 61 km from Sirsi. This railway station is also connected to other major cities. It is possible to hire a taxi or cab or bus to reach Sirsi and then you can travel to waterfalls.
2. Kunchikal Falls
This spectacular and highest waterfall of India is located at a height of 455 meters near the Mashthikatte-Hulikal. It lies on the Shimoga-Udupi border. This waterfall is formed by the river Varahi and falls from the rocky boulders, the sight of which makes it looks fascinating. It flows from a great height in a gushing manner all over the rocky structures near the beautiful Hulikal Ghasi Temple. On the basis of its height, it is 116 in its rank, among the highest waterfalls in the world.
One can even spot a hydroelectric plant that has been constructed for generating the hydroelectricity. The Mani Dam reduces the flow of the water. You can enjoy the picturesque location and enjoy the ambiance of the place. The greenery in all around the place makes it even more attractive. The tributaries of the Varahi River form various other waterfalls which fall in the Kunchikal waterfalls. The cascading levels of the waterfall create a spellbound green beauty too. The place is unpolluted and well maintained and is also an amazing picnic spot. The rainy season is the perfect time to visit the place, as the flow of water and the currents are really high.
How to reach?
By road: It is well connected by major roads to popular cities like Mangalore, Mysore, Bangalore, etc. Several buses are available from Bangalore exclusively for the Kunchikal waterfall. After reaching Hulikal, the tourists can either hire private taxi or vehicle to reach the falls.
By rail: Udupi railway station is situated on the borders of Udupi and Shimoga. The distance between Agumbe and Udupi is about 67 km and from Shimoga, the distance is 97 km. After reaching Shimoga or Udupi, you can take a bus or taxi to reach waterfalls.
By air: The distance between Mangalore airport and Kunchikal waterfall is 142 km. Moreover, the Mangalore airport is connected to top cities. After reaching the airport, you can hire a taxi or bus to access the waterfalls.
3. Hidlumane Falls
A series of 6 or 7 waterfall flow in Hidlumane Falls. It is a beautiful sight to behold. Each of the falls is enthralling in their own way and are completely attractive. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls which is located on the top of the cascade and it is inside the Mookambika Reserve Forest. It is located in the Kodachadri Hills, which is in the Western Ghats. The milky white water falls from the topmost level to the pool below. It is not very deep so you can definitely enjoy taking a bath or a swim there, excluding only the rainy season, as the water levels are high.
The engulfing greenery of the surrounding place enhances the beauty of the waterfall. There is also a trekking route for the adventurous people. It starts from the Nittur Village and the Kodachadri Peak. Trekking through the thick forest area would remain as the best experience. September to January is the best time to visit as, during the monsoons, the trekking routes are slippery.
How to reach?
By air: Mangalore airport is the nearest airport. It is also possible to take a taxi or bus from the Mangalore airport. You need to reach Kollur or Nittur Village and from there, you need to travel to the waterfall.
By rail: Kundapura railway station is the nearest station. It is possible to hire jeep so that you can travel to Kodachadri. After reaching, you can continue your trip further to reach the waterfall.
By road: Several bus ply from Bangalore and various other cities to Kodachadri and Kollur. After reaching any of these two places, you can travel by a private bus to reach Nittur Village. The visitors can take a taxi to visit the falls. It is also possible to trek from Nittur or Kodachadri.
4. Barkana Falls
Barkana Falls is located in the Balehalli forest area. It is at a distance of 7 kms from Agumbe village. This 850 feet high waterfall falls flows from 259 meters. This waterfall originates from Seeta River and is perfect for hydroelectricity. Surrounded by lush green forests, it is a fascinating sight and becomes even more beautiful during the monsoons. It came from the word Barka. You can get a mesmerizing view of the Western Ghats from the Barkana View Point. It is also a very popular picnic spot. The route was restricted to the forest department for the Naxals, but now the people are free to visit it.
The trekking route is a steep route which goes from the Western Ghats to the Gumbo Ghats. On the route, you can find a huge variety of herbs and shrubs which creates a beautiful ambiance. There is also a plant called Guruji, which blossoms every 7 years. The blossoming of the plant even helps to increase the production of honey. If you can ride a bike, you can go through the dense forests too. The Gopal Krishna Temple, the Sunset Viewpoint and the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Nishani Gudda are some of the major attractions nearby.
How to reach?
By air: Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport and it is located 135 km from Agumbe.
By rail: Agumbe has no railway connections yet. Udupi railway station is the nearby railway station to Agumbe village. The distance between Agumbe and Udupi railway station is 60 km. The Shimoga railway station is 90 km from the village Agumbe. There is various transportation to reach Agumbe from any of these railway stations.
By road: Agumbe has well-connected bus services. Several buses function between Agumbe and Bangalore. It takes around 9 ½ hours to reach Agumbe from Bangalore. It is also possible to book private taxis or cabs to reach Agume. After reaching, you can proceed from there to reach the waterfall.
5. Dabbe Falls
The serenity and the beauty of the Dabbe falls make it popular among all the people. It is located very close to the Hosagadde village, which is located in the Sagar taluk. It provides an enchanting view in the midst of a resplendent atmosphere. It is in the Sharavathi Valley and the expanse of the greenery and the dense trail of the place creates an attractive balance. In the native language, it is popularly known as the Kepjoga. It is called so because it makes a lot of noise while flowing down. Various legends have also been associated with this waterfall, of which, the one associated with Ramayana is the most popular one.
The trekking distance is around 8 to 9 kms, but certain places do have proper steps and some are really slippery, which makes it very risky. Sometimes it takes 30 to 45 minutes to reach the place. The best activity is standing under the cold shower which will make you feel completely rejuvenated. The large rocks and the waterfall makes it a perfect place for photography. You can just sit beside the fall and enjoy the relaxing sound of it. October to December is the best time to visit Dabbe Falls and for trekking, May to July is a perfect time. Some of the popular tourist attractions near the Dabbe Falls are Kodachadri Peak, Sakrebailu Elephant Camp, Gajanur Dam, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, and Jog Falls.
How to reach?
By air: Mangalore International Airport is the nearest airport to access the Dabbe Falls. It is well connected to various towns and cities in India and beyond. After reaching the airport, you can take a taxi or cab to visit the Hosagadde village and start to trek to reach the waterfall.
By rail: The Manki Halt railway station and Honnavar railway station are the nearest stations. Another railway station that is close to the Hosagadde village is Madgaon railway station.
By road: The KSRTC buses stops on main road, which you need to travel 9 km further to reach the waterfall. There are no private or direct buses to reach the waterfalls from Bangalore. It is possible to arrange private taxis or cabs to reach the waterfall for about 3 km. Trekking is the only possible route to reach Dabbe Falls.
6. Achakanya Falls
It is a natural beauty which is very less explored. Achakanya Falls is located near Aralasurali in the Shimoga district. It is formed by the River Sharavathi and it falls from a height of 6 to 7 feet. During the monsoon season, it is a breathtaking sight to behold. It is surrounded by lush greenery on all sides and is slightly hidden from the view. To reach the waterfall, you will have to trek to the place and witness the beauty of nature. Since it is a bit hidden, it is difficult to locate it without the help of the locals. The surrounding areas make it completely worth the effort to reach the place.
The trekking route is filled with mesmerizing flora and fauna. To see it in its full glory, you should visit it during the monsoon months. July to October is the best time to visit Achakanya Falls. Some of the most popular attraction here are Ambuteertha, Tunga Bridge, Sri Rameshwara Temple, Anandagiri, Siddeshwara Gudda and Kuppalli.
How to reach?
By airport: Mangalore International Airport is the closest airport where you can take a bus or taxi to reach the Aralasurali village.
By rail: It is best to make use of Shimoga railway station as it is 60 km from Aralasurali Village.
By road: There are several buses between Shimoga and Bangalore. You need to take connecting buses from Shimoga to reach the village. After reaching the village, you have to reach a certain distance to reach the falls.
7. Unchalli Falls, Yellapur
It is located in Uttara Kannada and was discovered by J.D. Lushington, in the year, 1845. It falls from a height of 450 feet and is also known as Mini Niagara. Unchalli Falls is also commonly called as the Keppa Falls. It should be visited in the months of July and August. One can even try trekking down Heggarne Village with deep gorges, tracks, and mountain slopes. Rare Avain species can also be spotted over here. The falls plummet down in a very beautiful manner. It can be reached by train, by Road, and by air. The water here cascades beautifully from the Aghanashini River and falls from a huge height. It looks beautiful during the monsoons as it remains flooded with water.
How to reach?
By rail: Sirsi railway station is the nearest station. The distance between Bangalore and Unchalli Falls is 400 km and from Sirsi is 25 km.
By road: You need to reach Siddapura taluk that is located in North Kanara via road.
By air: The nearest airport is the Goa Dabolim airport.
8. Honnemaradu Falls
Honnemaradu Falls is located at a distance of 25 kilometers from Sagara. It is located on the Sharavathi River and is popular for having loads of water sports. The shimmering waters of the place can easily attract any person visiting the place, and lets to enjoy various adventure sports. Kayaking, scuba diving, canoeing, and windsurfing are some of the popular water activities that you can take part here. It is located amidst the greenery of the Western Ghats. It spreads up to 50 kilometers to 80 kilometers. It houses the lake and the great expanse of it makes it look even more beautiful. The swimming experience in this waterfall is completely enthralling and it is completely worth trying.
You can reach the falls from Madikeri and you can also reach there by train or by flight. The best time to visit the waterfall is during the early winter. The view looks spectacular during that time and it is totally worth visiting it because of its view and the spectacular pleasant weather during that time.
How to reach:
By air: Mangalore International airport
By rail: Shimoga railway station and Talaguppa railway station
By road: The distance from Talaguppa is 12 km and from Bangalore 400 km.
Waterfalls near Shimoga remain as the most magical spectacles of nature. It is must to add these picturesque destinations in your Shimoga trip. If you are a person interested in trekking, wild swim or other adventurous activities, you need to visit these waterfalls located in and around Shimoga.