Imagine a wide flat terrain with rocky hills surrounded with coconut and banana plantation… Imagine a massive river flowing silently through an arid terrain and herbal forest… Imagine a landscape with rich biodiversity and suddenly you see a same river falling down of rocky cliff and plunging into a deep chasm transforming a series of picturesque waterfalls... Blowing mist in the air and producing pleasant sound of the water. Yes… you are right…You are within the striking distance from Shivanasamudra waterfalls.
Shivanasamudra Falls: Situated on the river Cauvery, Shivasamudra is the series of twin waterfalls famous as the hosting site of Asia’s second Hydro-electric power station. It was the power station which electrified Kolar Gold fields and made it the second town of Asia after Tokyo to get electricity. Shivanasamudra waterfalls are considered as the second largest waterfalls of the country. Shivasamudra waterfalls are also famous as bluff and Shimsa falls in this region.
Bridges on the river cauvery
The left segment (Western Branch) of the falls is known as Gaganachukki fall where as the right segment (Eastern Branch) is popular as Bharachukki fall. It’s a perennial waterfall with average width of 849 meters, a height of 90 meters. Apart from the waterfalls the other attraction is the island known as Madhya-Ranga, a renowned pilgrim center. Ranganatha Swamy temple which lies on the Madhya-Ranga Island is very near to Barachukki fall. It is one of the three temples those are built on the islands formed by river Cauvery on its way.These waterfalls are 13 km apart and the distance can be covered in 20-30 minutes by your own vehicle after crossing two bridges on the river Cauvery.
This side of Shivanasamudra falls is maintained and provides better tourist facilities. There is also a resort where one can get a nice room if wants to stay overnight at fall side. Restaurant adjoining the resort serves decent breakfast and lunch (Dosas and Chutney). It is recommended if you reach there at sunrise which offer an incredible view to the Gaganachukki falls from the watch tower but reaching to the bottom of the fall is not possible from this side. There is a fence which will not allow you to get closer to the waterfalls. Another view point to Gaganachukki falls is a dargah which is on the other side of the river and closer to Barachukki Falls.
Bharachukki fall is easily accessible and more popular among the twin falls. Bharachukki fall is little wider than its counterpart. There is a narrow trail of stairs carved through rocks that goes down till the bottom of the fall. Bharachukki fall is much vibrant and offers some shallow area where you can enter into the water and enjoy peaceful bathing under the groves. Bharachukki fall is spacious with formation of many small islands under the falls across small streams. The coracle ride which takes you till the mouth of the massive water fall is the key attraction of Bharachukki waterfall. The coracle ride will cost 100 Rs per person and must recommended if not done before elsewhere.
Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
These waterfalls and surrounding hills fall into Cauvery Wild life sanctuary which provides a wide opportunity of excursion, trekking in the forest, rock climbing, bird watching, fishing and other activities for naturalists.
Coracle ride at Bharachukki waterfalls
Closer view to Bharachukki Falls
Another view to Gaganachukki Falls
Bharachukki Falls Karnataka