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Waterfalls near Bangalore

Bangalore is well-known for its beautiful waterfalls. Some famous waterfalls near Bangalore are gaganachukki waterfalls, barachukki waterfalls, gokak waterfalls, magod falls, mekedatu falls and unchalli falls. In fact Kudremukh National Park and waterfalls of Bangalore are listed under 1001 natural wonders and must visit places of the world.

Bangalore is definitely one of the luckiest places in the world as it was surrounded by waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and thick forests. Bangalore city has over the years emerged as a hub of trekking and rock climbing because of the presence of several hills in and around Bangalore, especially in Kanakapura, Kolar, Ramanagar, Chickballapur and Doddaballapur.

Bangalore also has many waterfalls nearby. Unfortunately, the major waterfalls in its vicinity are seasonal like during summer the water flow either stops or it is just a trickle, due to the decrease of water in almost all the major rivers in south India.

Even the amazing Jog waterfall is not an exception of this reduced flow of water. This is also true in the case of Barachukki and Gaganachikki in Shivanasamudra and also at Hogenkal and Mekedatu. Therefore, the season to visit the waterfalls in Bangalore is appropriate during the rainy season or during the final period of monsoons.

Thus the best time would be sometime after September to February months and even the climate might be a little sunny and pretty cool with a breeze. This would be the most appropriate time for a trip with family and friends and there is something about waterfalls in Bangalore that attracts people to it like a butterfly to nectar or bear to honey.

Bangalore people definitely urge a relaxation in the Holidays and weekend and that is why the local people choose Beautiful waterfalls to see. Bangalore situated in the south part of the Karnataka state and closer to many waterfalls, located in Uttar, Dakshina Kannada, Coorg and Chickmagalur. A Bangalorean would love to visit nearest waterfalls for relaxation for adjusting timings in their businesses or Jobs which is around the Bangalore City.

Major Waterfalls near Bangalore At A Glance

Gaganachukki and Barachukki Waterfalls

amazing view of the Gaganachikki Falls

Shivasamudram is an island village dividing the Kaveri River into two waterfalls, the Barachukki and the Gaganachukki. The Bharachukki waterfalls, with a nice graceful cascade along the side, just a kilometer away from the Dargah. One section resembles a 'U' section, like the Niagara Falls. The Barachukki, falling out from 250 feet height, which looks very spectacular.

The Gaganachukki has a western facade and another to eastern facade. Many energetic youngsters trek down the hillside daringly towards the cascade to get the pleasure of the water shower. People can move over to see the fantastic Dargah at the upstream side of the falls. The upstream is mainly awesome inspiring after the monsoon season when the Kaveri River is full.

Gokak Waterfalls

The Gokak waterfalls situated on the Ghataprabha river in Belgaum. The Gokak waterfall is six kilometers away from Gokak, a nearby town. The river Ghataprabha takes a leap of 52 meters over the sandstone cliff after a long winding course among a picturesque gorge of the rugged valley. Except the breadth and color of the water, the general features of the falls, its size, form, and rapidity resembles Niagara Falls on a small scale.

The waterfall is equine footwear formed at the crest, with a breadth of 177 meters. During the rainy season, the thick reddish dark water clears far over the brink of the cliff with a dull roar that can be perceived from some distance. There is a hanging bridge over the river, measuring about 201 meters. Its size above the rock bed is 14 meters. One of the intriguing characteristics of this destination is the Chalukya era monuments that are present on either bank of the rocky gorge.

Magod Falls: a glorious waterfall

Magod Falls is a one of the most attractive waterfalls of Bangalore, where the Bedti river falls from a height of 200m in two steps forming an amazing waterfall. This is considered as the best waterfalls in Bangalore even during summer. The waterfalls is so attractive and serene, one will love it the first time they see it and ever after. It is a good plan to keep a torch, match box and blade just in case.

There are several trekking and climbing trails in the surrounding green forests. One could visit an attractive town called Kalache, 30 km from Yellapur, which is set amidst hills. Jenkalgudda is an attractive spot nearby which is popular as the Sunset Point.

Mekedatu Falls

Water gushing through the rocks at MekedatuMekedatu is a lovely location in Bangalore rural area. Sangama is the spot where Arkavati merges with the river. From this point, about 3.5 kilometers downstream, the Kaveri river flows through a deep gorge so narrow that one would believe that a goat can leap and cross it (in Kannada "goat's leap" is the meaning of 'Mekedatu'). Of course, it is not actually so slender and no goat normally seen in that part of the country would do that length in a single leap. Mekedatu is about 90 km from Bangalore by Kanakapura route. There are many mythological significance to this location.

As per one group of people, the goat or meke that is believed to have lept across the Kaveri river was Lord Shiva in disguise. On both rocky precipices, one can find some gigantic holes, whose forms resemble goat's hooves, though several times larger. Only heavenly or Godly goats can mark their 'footprints' in such hard rocks.

Lushington Falls or Unchalli Falls

Unchalli Falls, which is also known as Lushington Falls, is a beautiful waterfall which falls from a 116-meter height from the Aghanashini river. This waterfall is situated 30 kilometers from Sirsi town in the Uttara Kannada District. The fall is entitled after J. D. Lushington, a District Collector for the British Government, who discovered the falls in the year 1845.

One can reach the falls by a five-kilometer trek from the Heggarne village through broad forest. Here the stream makes a cavalcade of waterfalls and eventually leaps into a steep valley to form a stunning, picturesque waterfall. The falls are occasionally called Keppa Joga because of the extremely loud sound they make.

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