Thottikallu Falls is only 35 km away from Bangalore. The fall is more popularly known as TK Falls and locally as the Swarna Mukhi falls. The word Swarna Mukhi translates to ‘Golden Face.’ The venue is excellent for trekking or to spend an entire day away from the clatter of the city. Since this place is relatively close to Bangalore, college students and others often pay a visit to this place on weekends.
The Barachukki Falls cascades down from a feet of 250 feet with a U section resembling the Niagara Falls. The Gaganachukki falls is a brilliant sight especially after the rains when the River Kaveri is full. Swimming is dangerous at both waterfalls.
A quaint place near Bangalore, Muthyala Maduvu is a perfect weekend getaway to rejuvenate yourself and spend some quality time in the lap of nature. The picturesque beauty, dense forests, enchanting waterfalls, diverse flora and fauna will make you fall in love with this place. The liveliness of this place is very welcoming and the mysterious forest will beckon you to explore its mysteries adding thrill and excitement. A perfect balance of history and beauty makes this place a traveler’s paradise.
Situated in the district of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, the Kaigal fall is nestled amidst the Koundinya Wildlife sanctuary. The Kaigal waterfall derives its name from the village Kaigal, that surrounds it. Locally known as Dumukurallu waterfalls ( a Telugu word used for a sound resembling the sound of falling stones from above), Kaigal falls are perennial. The waterfall is subdivided into three cascading falls and water falls from a height of approximately 40 ft. The water forms several small pools at the bottom.
Among 35 waterfalls in Karnataka, the Hebbe Fall is the most exotic ones located in the Chikmagalur district in West Karnataka. This enchanted waterfall is housed in the beautiful Kemmangundi hill station, which is an 8-hour drive from Bangalore, thus offering a scenic road trip for the enthusiastic tourists. The water of Hebbe falls comprises medicinal herbs offering healing qualities, thus attracting a large number of tourists to come and have a dip in it.
Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is essentially a hydropower project location but is more commonly known for its waterfalls. Literally meaning Shiva's Sea, this picturesque town with its rocky terrain and gushing waterfalls is a popular tourist destination with Gaganachukki, Shivanasamudra waterfall being the ones you don't want to miss.
Best Time: August to February
Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. Located in the state of Karnataka, this place is visited by a lot of people because it is ideal to get away from the pell mell of city and enjoy some serenity in the lap of nature. Manchanabele Dam is replete with cool and clear water. This dam is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills that makes the place look even more mesmerizing. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset.
Ayyana Kere is a very less known location near Chikmagalur. Situated about 30 kms from Chikmagalur, its 4 kms off Sakrepatna on the Chikmagalur – Kadur highway. We got up early in the morning, and headed out towards Ayyana Kere at 6:00 am. Early morning seemed to amplify the freshness and beauty of the surroundings. The drive on a deserted highway (good roads too!) was scintillating and having reached there by 7:00 am, with not a soul around to stir the tranquil of the huge lake that unfolded in front of us – that was priceless. The crisp morning air and the gentle sunshine reflecting off the lake surface made us delay heading back more and more.
Kabini Dam is located in Mysore District, in the South-Western Indian State of Karnataka. It is built on River Kabini, which is a major tributary of River Cauvery in Southern India. The dam forms an enormous reservoir called the Kabini Reservoir near the town of Sargur and is at a distance of about 60 kilometres from Mysore. The location is picturesque with lush green surroundings and the pristine river water flowing serenely towards its destination. Visitors often come here to experience peace; hence the reservoir is a preferred picnic spot for locals.
Known For : Cauvery Fishing Camp Doddamakkali Nature Camp Boat Rides in Bheemeshwari
Bheemeshwari, a small town in Karnataka's Mandya district, is popular as a paradise for fishing enthusiasts as it is home to the Mahseer fishes - one of the finest game fish in the world. The tranquil site is the perfect getaway for a short trip from Bangalore, one that is close to nature. Due to its proximity with the Cauvery River and its extensive forest cover with a variety of flora and fauna, Bheemeshwari is visited by adventure enthusiasts for boating, adventure camps, trekking up the hills and bird watching.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Chunchi falls, is an almost 50 feet high cascade of falls, which is fed by the river Arkavati. Chunchi Falls lies en route to Mekedatu and Sangama in Karnataka. Mekedatu is a rocky valley, while Sangama is the meeting point of three rivers. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls near Bangalore; with routes adorned with lush greenery and gorgeous scenery. It is placed at around 83 km from Bangalore and offers a breathtaking experience; especially after monsoon and during winter months.
Hogenakkal Falls is a scintillating waterfall that is located on river Kaveri in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. The place gets its name from Hogenakkal, which means 'smoking rocks', owing to the unique rock arrangement that exists around it. The gushing beauty of this cascade is one of a kind and is often quoted as being the "Niagara falls of India".
A unique feature of this lake is that it was a dump-yard for residents in Harlur until the administrative body decided to transform it into a lake. This lake is a bio-diverse ecosystem in itself. Home to reptiles, amphibians and birds, Kaikondrahalli Lake, is bordered by trees of all sorts and hosts a small island at the centre like most lakes. Around the lake are jogging and cycling tracks, play areas, and parks. Despite all of this, the bird population here is significantly more. Each month brings its own set of migratory birds. Some of its guests are the White-throated Kingfisher, Purple Heron and Spot-billed Pelicans. This lake is full throughout the year but is in all its glory in July.
Located near Panchalinga Nageshwara Temple, the Begur Lake is in the process of being restored. Jogging tracks and gardens are planned along the path. Also, a Shiva statue would be installed in one of the islands of the lake.
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