Located at a distance of just 85 km from Mysore, the Shivanasamudra falls is a combination of two different falls on River Cauvery, which are divided by the island town of Shivanasamudra falls. The sight of cascading waterfalls, surrounded by greenery and rocks is simply breathtaking. On one side is the Bharachukki Falls, and on the other side is the Gaganachukki falls, with a shape like a huge horsetail. Counted among the hundred best waterfalls in the world by The World Waterfall Database, Shivanasamudra falls comes on the 45th position.
Hike up to the Shivanasamudra watch tower and you can spot the Gaganachukki waterfalls (left segment or Western branch), which can also be accessed from the Darga Hazrath Mardane Gaib. The second waterfall, Bharachukki falls (right segment or Eastern branh) are just 1 km away from the Dargah junction. During the monsoon season, the waterfalls are in full flow, however, they look enchanting all over the year.
The other nearby attraction is the Ranganatha temple, which belongs to the Hoysala period. It is also known as Madhya-Ranga. Your can also visit the Hydro-electric Power station, the forts one in Asia that was set-up here in 1902. These waterfalls are known to be the second largest falls in the country.
Best time to visit Shivanasamudra Falls
July to October
How to Reach Shivanasamudra Waterfalls
The falls are 5 km from Malavalli, 85 km from Mysore and 139 km from Bangalore, and can be assessed by KSRTC-run Buses as well as Private Buses. One can also opt for rented cabs.