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12 Grand Waterfalls In Karnataka that will leave you in Awe of Nature

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Sl. No.Waterfalls in KarnatakaDistance from the airportBest time to visitOperating hours
1Jog Falls407 km from Bangalore Airport and approx. 133 km from Hubli Airport.August to January6am-6pm
2Shivanasamudra Falls174 km from Bangalore AirportSeptember to January8am to 4pm
3Gokak Falls52 km from Belgaum Airport July to October7am -5pm
4Iruppu Falls291 km from Bangalore AirportAugust to January07.30am – 6pm
5 Abbey waterfalls290 km from Bangalore AirportSeptember to January9am -6pm
6Hebbe Falls281kms from Bangalore AirportNovember to February9am-2.30pm
7Sathodi Falls103 km from Hubli AirportSeptember to February8am-5pm
8Unchalli Falls140 km from Hubli AirportSeptember to February8am-6pm
9Kalhatti FallsApprox. 209 km from Mangalore AirportJuly to November8am-6pm
10Godchinamalaki Falls42 km from Belgaum AirportMid-June to SeptemberOpen 24 hours
11Benne Hole Falls143 km from Hubli AirportSeptember – December8am-4pm
12Chelavara Falls178.3 kn from Mangalore Airport
September to November8am-4pm

As city dwellers, the mention of waterfalls brightens up faces and brings smiles. The closest most of us get to see a waterfall is as the wallpaper of a laptop or a wander lusting traveller’s Instagram feed.  India is fortunate enough to be blessed with some extremely gorgeous waterfalls in Karnataka. Be it the Jog Falls of Karnataka or the magnificent Athirappilly Falls in Kerala or the Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya, all are beautiful beyond description. One state in India which is privileged to host some of the most enchanting waterfalls in Karnataka. There are some magnificent waterfalls all along the length and breadth of the state.

These waterfalls bring in a lot of national and international tourists around the year. These waterfalls are accompanied by some beguiling fauna and flora that will make one drop their jaws in awe. Here is a list of some highly recommended Waterfalls in Karnataka.

1. Jog FallsJog Falls-Waterfalls in Karnataka

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The Jog Falls has the distinction of being called the ‘Niagara of India’ and is one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country. The waterfall sits snugly on the border of Uttara Kannada and Shimoga district. The waterfall is locally known as Jogada Gundi and Gersoppa Falls too. The waterfalls are formed when the Sharavathi River falls from a height of 253 metres in four streams named – Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer.  The Rocket is named so because of its ability to nosedive at rocket speed. The Roarer roars as it falls and hence the name.

Just next to the parking lot is a viewpoint. A narrow path takes you straight to the foot of the waterfalls. This is a steep walk of around 45 minutes one way. Walking on the path can be dangerous during the rains, as the pathway gets slippery. A trek down to the foot of the waterfalls is recommended only in summers or winters.

  • Distance from the airport: 407 km from Bangalore Airport and approx. 133 km from Hubli Airport.
  • Best time to visit: August to January
  • How much time to spend: 45-60 minutes
  • Operating hours: 6am-6pm
  • Approx cost for two: No entry fee
  • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5

2. Shivanasamudra FallsShivanasamudra Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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The Shivanasamudra falls is one of the most popular getaways from Bangalore. Located in Mandya district, about 81kms from Mysore, this waterfall is also known as Bluff. Two streams of water come together to form this spectacular waterfalls falling from a height of 320 feet.  The two streams are a part of the Kaveri River and are called Gaganachukki falls and Baharachukki falls. The two together form a single stream as they fall and are collectively called Shivanasamudra Falls. The waterfalls and the surrounding scenery is a delight to watch, especially in the monsoons. The waterfalls can be viewed from the watchtower.

  • Distance from the airport: 174 km from Bangalore Airport
  • Best time to visit: September to January.
  • How much time to spend: 45-60minutes
  • Operating hours: 8am to 4pm
  • Approx cost for two: No entry fee
  • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5

3. Gokak FallsGokak Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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The Gokak Falls is located in Gokak taluka of Belgaum district.  It is often referred to as the mini version of the Niagara Falls, this waterfalls, falls from a height of 171 feet through a sandstone cliff. The waterfall is formed by River Ghataprabha and has a horseshoe-shaped edge. There is an old temple depicting the Chalukyan style of architecture, dedicated to Lord Mahalingeshwara just near the waterfalls. Right across the river is a hanging bridge which is at a height of 201mts and offers an astounding view of the waterfalls. At any given time, only 30 people are allowed on this bridge. The waterfall is located 6kms from Gokak town and 65kms from Belgaum city.

  • Distance from the airport: 52 km from Belgaum Airport
  • Best time to visit: July to October
  • How much time to spend: 45-60 minutes
  • Operating hours: 7am -5pm
  • Approx cost for two: INR 10
  • Parking Fee: INR 10
  • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5

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4. Iruppu FallsIruppu Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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Sandwiched between the two villages of Kutta and Srimangala in Coorg District, the Iruppu falls is another one of the magnificent waterfalls in Karnataka located in the Bramhagiri hills. The locals also call it the Lakshmana Tirtha falls. Mythology connects the falls to the Hindu epic, Ramayana and hence the name. The falls plunge down from a height of 170 feet at various levels amidst dense forests. The falls are formed by streams from the Bramhagiri peaks and Lakshmana Teertha and finally ends up joining River Kaveri.

You can trek through the Narimale forest camp to the Bramhagiri peak with permission from the Forest Department. The route is filled with scenic views all throughout. There is a Rameshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva which is believed to have been founded by Lord Ram himself.

  • Distance from the airport:  Approx. 291 km from Bangalore Airport
  • Best time to visit: August to January
  • How much time to spend: 1-2hours
  • Operating hours: 07.30am – 6pm
  • Approx cost for two: INR 40
  • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5

5. Abbey waterfalls in KarnatakaAbbey Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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Coorg is home to many waterfalls and this one is one of the most popular attractions in Coorg. The Abbey falls is surrounded by fragrant spice plantations and exuberant coffee estates and is about 8kms from the Madikeri bus station.  The British called this the Jessi falls in memory of the daughter of the first British Captain of Madikeri, Captain Chaplain. Gushing from a height of 70 feet, this waterfall is formed by numerous small streams.  There is an iron bridge where one can stand and enjoy the beauty of this waterfall.

  • Distance from the airport: 290 km from Bangalore Airport
  • Best time to visit: September to January
  • How much time to spend: 45-60 minutes
  • Operating hours: 9am -6pm
  • Approx cost for two: INR 30
  • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5

6. Hebbe FallsHebbe Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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Located inside the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, the Hebbe falls is surrounded by thick forests and lush coffee plantations. The fall rushes down from a height of 550feet in 2 stages, rightfully named Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls). Take a dip in the pool as it is believed to have therapeutic properties.  The waterfall is situated inside the jungle and comprises of a steep trek of almost 2kms through the forest. Soak yourself in the bounties of the lush greenery and treat your senses to the incredible flora and fauna around.

  • Distance from the airport: 281kms from Bangalore Airport. Forest department vehicles take tourists in a group of 6-8 from the entrance of the forest.
  • Best time to visit: November to February
  • How much time to spend: 45-60 minutes
  • Operating hours: 9am-2.30pm
  • Approx cost for two: No entry fee
  • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5
  • Tip: Wear proper shoes that have a good grip as the trek is steep.

7.Sathodi FallsSathodi Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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Located 32kms away from Yellapur district, amidst lush greenery is the Sathodi Falls. This is a popular tourist attraction and is considered among one of the most scenic waterfalls in Karnataka.  A number of streams merge near the Kallaramane Ghat and together form a fall which plunges down from a height of 15mts. The falls join the waters of the Kodasalli dam and then flows into the Kali River. This is a popular weekend getaway. Take a while and refresh and rejuvenate with a swim here.

  • Distance from the airport: 103 km from Hubli Airport
  • Best time to visit: September to February
  • How much time to spend: 60-90 minutes
  • Operating hours: 8am-5pm
  • Approx cost for two: INR 10
  • Trip Advisor rating:5/5
  • Tip: Beware of monkeys. Carry your own food and drinking water

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8. Unchalli FallsUnchalli Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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About 54 km away from the Jog Falls, near Sirsi in Uttar Kannada district is the Unchalli Falls, also known as the Lushington Falls. This waterfall is 380 feet high and is situated amidst thick forests. Formed by the Aghanashini, this waterfall is also known as Keppa Joga owing to the sound the stream makes.  From the entry gate, it takes about half an hour trek to get to the falls. Travellers and enthusiasts can enjoy the top view of the waterfall, they can further explore the falls by taking the stairway to the bottom of the fall. It is recommended that this downward trek is done only during the summers and winters.

  • Distance from the airport: 140 km from Hubli Airport
  • Best time to visit: September to February is the best time to visit these waterfalls in Karnataka
  • How much time to spend: 2-3 hours
  • Operating hours: 8am-6pm
  • Approx cost for two: Parking fee varies
  • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5

9. Kalhatti FallsKalhatti Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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10 km away from Kemmangundi is another wonderful waterfall. The Kalhatti or Kalahasthi falls forms an impressive view as it cascades down from the Chandra Drona Hills from a height of 400 feet. The Veerabhadreshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is another major attraction here.

These falls are extremely popular amid trekking enthusiasts. The ascending trek has a number of trails to get to the top of the falls.  Taking a local guide along is highly recommended.

  • Distance from the airport: Approx. 209 km from Mangalore Airport
  • Best time to visit: July to November
  • How much time to spend: 40-60 minutes
  • Operating hours: 8am-6pm
  • Approx cost for two: No entry ticket
  • Trip Advisor rating: 3/5

10. Godchinamalaki FallsGodchinamalaki Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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The Godchinamalki Falls is also known as the Markandeya falls and is situated in the Belgaum district which is about 35 km away from the famous Gokak falls. The falls streams into two sections, one plunging at a height of 25 meters and passing by a rough ragged valley and the other taking a plunge at the height of 20 meters.

This waterfall is accessible by two routes, one from the Gurusiddeshwara Temple and the other from Malebail Road.

  • Distance from the airport: Approx. 42 km from Belgaum Airport
  • Best time to visit: Mid-June to September
  • How much time to spend: 1-2 hours
  • Operating hours:  Open 24 hours
  • Approx cost for two: No entry ticket
  • Trip Advisor rating: 4.5/5

11. Benne Hole FallsBenne Hole Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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About 70kms away from Jog Falls and 30kms from Unchalli Falls is the Benne Hole waterfall. Formed by the tributary of River Anhanashini, this waterfall is surrounded by lush green forests and narrow pathways. Falling from a height of around 200 feet, this waterfalls is just about 1km from the Sirsi-Kumta road.  A narrow walkway from the parking area takes you to the fall.  This walk is about 20 minutes long and you are sure to lose the count of time as you walk amid the hues of greens that colour the forests leading to the waterfalls in Karnataka. This is a great place for nature enthusiasts who enjoy bird watching and ornithology.

  • Distance from the airport: 143 km from Hubli Airport
  • Best time to visit: September – December
  • How much time to spend: 1-2 hours
  • Operating hours: 8am-4pm
  • Approx cost for two: No entry fee
  • Trip Advisor rating: 5/5

12. Chelavara FallsChelavara Falls-waterfalls in karnataka

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The Chelavare waterfall is a stunning one located about 43kms from Madikere. It is also known as Emepaare by the locals. This falls cascades from a height of 150 feet and is surrounded by lush coffee and fragrant orange plantations. This is one of the popular weekend getaways and also hugely popular among trekkers.

  • Distance from the airport: 178.3 kn from Mangalore Airport
  • Best time to visit: September to November
  • How much time to spend:2-3 hours
  • Operating hours: 8am-4pm
  • Approx cost for two: No Entry Fee
  • Trip Advisor rating: 4/5

Karnataka has over 40 waterfalls. However, these are some of the most prominent and well-known ones. A trip to a waterfall is never complete without a trek and these trips are the most popular weekend getaways for many. While the difficulty of trekking varies, it is recommended that one wears appropriate shoes and clothing while heading out to see these waterfalls.

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Going on a trek to see the many amazing waterfalls in Karnataka and have questions on mind? Here is a list of Frequently asked questions

1. Do cars and bikes go right up to the waterfall?

No. Most waterfalls are in the forest and trekking or walking for a certain distance is required.

2. What kind of clothes must be worn when visiting waterfalls in Karnataka?

Make sure to wear clothes that help you merge with the surroundings. Bright clothes are a strict no-no. Shades of greens and browns are recommended.  Wear flat and comfortable shoes with a good grip.

3. What accessories can be carried?

Carry sunglasses, hats, caps and torch lights with you. Also, carry a first aid kit and some table salt to get rid of the leeches.

4. What are the rules and regulations pertaining to the waterfalls in Karnataka?

Every location will have specific sets of rules and regulations and it is important to adhere to them for one’s own safety. Do not carry or consume alcohol. Also, do not venture into the waters without some advice from the locals.

5. What is the best way to keep away from wild animals?

Do not talk loudly or make noise. Don’t tease animals or feed them. Also, do not touch any insects.


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