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Jog Falls created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft) is the highest plunge waterfall in India. Located in Shimoga District of Karnataka state, these segmented falls are a major tourist attraction. It is also called by alternative names of Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi.
Trekkers, mountain climbers, river rafters and all those adventurous souls make Shimoga a focal point to disembark on their journey towards the Western Ghats. One hundred and five kilometers from Shimoga is the magnificent Jog Falls. The railway route from Bangalore comes to a dead end here and the next stretch towards Jog Falls turns into a meter gauge track. In fact, this is one of the last remaining meter gauge stretches left in the country.
The short journey from here to Talguppa is one of the most enchanting rail routes through lush green paddy fields, nestled among the mist laden mountains where evergreen forests are slowly being replaced by plantations. Winding through verdant forests full of exotic birds and butterflies, the train slowly slumbers into the tiny station of Talguppa. This is the town of the Deewaru Community who decorate their houses with exquisite wall murals called Chittaara art.
The rail route cannot move further due to the steep terrain and now we have to get onto a bus toreach Jog Falls. The private bus service provides an excellent service not only in Shimoga district but also the neighbouring districts of Chikmagalur, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada.
Accessible from Shimoga and Hubli, the road passes through dense teak forests that block your view of the sun. After crossing the Sharavathi river, (stop by at small streams flowing down the rocky slopes and taste the fresh spring water – the taste is unforgettable) you make a detour and face a stunning spectacle across a deep gorge. The Sharavathi river flowing over a rocky bed takes a spectacular leap from a height of 292 metres and divides into four smaller ones – known as the Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket – presenting a glorious view. The river leaps over an 800-foot precipice in four separate cataracts – the four R’s. The Rajah is the grandest; halfway down, the violent Roarer meets it; close byare the Rocket and Rani glidinggracefully over the cliff. The columns of foam and spray created by the four streams together make up Jog Falls; sparkling in sunlight, breathtaking in moonlight.
If you are captivated by the beauty and want a closer look, you can walk down a narrow pathway to the bottom of the gorge and take a dip in a pool of water at the foot of the falls. The best time to visit this place is just after the monsoons between August-November when the falls are at their most impressive.
Distance: 376 kms from Bangalore by Road.
Accommodation: Only Government rest houses are available (Need prior reservation from Bangalore).
Nearest city: Shimoga – 274 kms from Bangalore.
Check these amazing visuals of Jog Falls
Physical Description Information:
Total Height: 829 feet
Tallest Single Drop: 829 feet
Average Width: 1,550 feet
Average Volume: 5,387 cubic feet / sec.
Maximum Recorded Volume: 120,000 cubic feet / sec.
Watercourse: Sharavati River
Seasons of Best Flow: Oct-Dec 1 1
Location, Directions & Maps:
Continent: Asia Country: India
State / Province: Karnataka
Locality: Shimoga District
Specific Location: 18 miles east of Gersoppa
Best Time To Visit
For a Tour to Jog Falls, the best time to visit is between the months of August and December.
Make your Tour to Jog Falls memorable by visiting these famous tourist places near Jog Falls –
Situated on the back waters of River Sharavathi, this island formed with the backwater of Linganmakki Dam is famous for water sports.
Tunga Anicut Dam:
Situiated 15 km from Shimoga, this dam was built across the river Tungabadra. You can enjoy boat trips around the lake.
* Lion Tiger Reserve:
This Lion – Tiger Reserve / Safari is located nearly 12 km from Shimoga towards Jog Falls.
Places around Jog Falls
Explore the land of Jog Falls, visiting the places around it, while on a Tour to Jog Falls –
A small town in the district of Shimoga, located 30 km from Jog Falls, Sagara is home to several ancient temples.
a small town in Kodagu district, Siddapura lies in Western Ghats, providing captivating views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges.
A town in Uttara Kannada district, Sirsi is like a hill-station set amidst emerald green forests and several waterfalls.
Fairs And Festivals
* Ganesh Festival:
Black marble idol of Lord Ganesh is worshipped every year at Sirsi, a place near Jog Falls.
Where to stay
Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Jog Falls at the hotels in Jog Falls, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Jog Falls are Sharavati Tourist Home, Tunga Tourist Home, Inspection Bungalow, Jog Falls Guest House, etc.
How To Reach
* By Air
The nearest airport is at Bangalore.
* By Rail
You can take a train to Sagara from Bangalore, from where you can get into buses to Jog.
* By Road
You can reach Jog Falls directly by availing of buses to Jog from Bangalore. Alternatively, from Bangalore you can take a bus to Sagara, from where local bus to Jog is available.