Jog Falls is a massive exuberant force of nature. If you want to see the nature's power in all its glory, then this is it. Created by the Sharavathi river, dropping down from a height of 830 feet, this magnificent Jog falls is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. The sight of it crashing down the rocky slope in the midst of the dense greenery is not something you could forget easily. This site becomes a witness to dazzling rainbows quite often. The monsoons are therefore an extremely attractive season to visit.
The monsoon has a deep camaraderie with the fogs. The waterfall is anyway foggy at the beginning and end of the day but the monsoons love the fog so much that it simply doesn’t leave but the good news is this that nothing defeats wanderlust from reaching its destination. All you need to do is go up to the British Bunglow and view the falls from there. The misty Jog Falls is in a class of its own. Just stand in front of it and close your eyes. Let your senses take you over and feel the magic. This waterfall creates music.
One most definitely gets to see the all the 4 waterfalls that join one after the other to create the Jog falls after a good rainfall. Hence, if you have completely made up your mind to say hi to Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani, make sure you visit after a heavy rainfall. Let nobody tell you otherwise. Do not forget to pay a visit to the bottom of the gorge when Linganmakki’s sluice gates are closed. River rafters need not feel left out because you are most welcome to try your sport out at Honnemardu located at a paltry distance of 20 Kms from Jog Falls.
When visitors have had their fill of Jog Falls, which is almost close to impossible, there are other great attractions in the area like the Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and the temples in Sigandur, Keladi, and Ikkeri.
Adventure seekers can climb down the valley and can reach the base of the Jog falls. There are some 1500 steps to overcome to reach the base but the climb downstairs is one you will not be able to forget. It’s like you are entering deeper and deeper into the womb of Mother Nature. It’s ancient, it’s imposing and it’s gorgeous. You really don’t want to imagine the spot from what you’re reading here. You want to go. You really really do!
Jog Falls is situated 30 KMs away from Sagara, 100 KMs from Shimoga and 380 KMs away from Bangalore.
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