Jog Falls , Karnataka
Scenic, Adventure, Waterfall
Kannada & English
About Jog Falls
The Jog Falls is a spectacle of Supernatural Grandeur, produced as a result of the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 830 feet. The Jog Fallsis the second-highest plunge waterfall in India and its located near Sagara, Shimoga District of Karnataka state. The waterfall is known by many other names such as Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. 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. 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.
‘Raja', 'Roarer', 'Rocket' and 'Rani' are the different parts of the segmented Jog falls. The Tourism department of India has created steps to reach the bottom of the falls and also steps to access a view point, which is just opposite to the falls. 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.
Visitors can often enjoy picnics from safe viewing spots near the falls. Adventure seekers could enjoy water sports like kayaking and river rafting. Tourists can also opt for boating, to view a few segments of the Jog Falls more closely.
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. People can take bath in the falls downstream the river. When water levels are very low it is possible go near the base of falls.
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. Jog Falls can be reached by bus and train via Sagar. Nearest airports are Mangalore and Hubli.
One could also stop by the Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi, which is one the highest hydro electricity generating stations in India. Explorers could also visit Sigandur a small but beautiful town known for its Chowdheshwari Temple, Kanoor Fort and Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger Reserve. Other destinations that can become part of your holiday itinerary are Murudeshwar, Udupi, Mangalore, Gokarna and of course Goa.