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Time Required : 1-2 hrs

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Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Chunchi Falls, Bangalore Overview

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. This spot is extremely popular as a picnic spot. It derived its name from a tribal couple, Chuncha and Chunchi. These falls are a perfect way to escape the grind, as they are tucked away from the commercialisation and are usually deserted.

On the way to Chunchi Falls, travellers also come across a watch tower which enables them to devour a panoramic 360-degree view of the scenery around. The rocky terrain adorned with deciduous forest and the enchanting waterfall is undoubtedly a sight to behold. If you are an adventure junkie, then you can trek down to the falls to soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

There is a power station ahead of Chunchi falls. Chunchi falls had a lot of water before the installation of this power station. However, after the installation of the power station, the amount of water has reduced significantly in the Chunchi falls. One should not try to step closer to the falls; as it might be risky and dangerous. Chunchi falls witnessed accidents before. Hence, staying here until late evening is not advisable. As when the place is deserted, the chances of mishaps are high. Swimming is also prohibited here due to the strong undercurrents and presence of crocodiles.

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Things To Do Around Chunchi Falls

The rock formations and water is a great combination that attracts a lot of travellers. It is a great spot to relax and enjoy with family. If one loves adventure, one can go down and explore more below the Chunchi falls. The waterfall becomes almost flat, and one can also enjoy there with friends and family.

There are a few attractions nearby Chunchi Falls, which are namely Sangam, Galibore Fishing Camp, Mekedatu Falls, Bheemeshwari and other tourist spots of Mysore. Travellers, who include Chunchi Falls in their itinerary, usually cover Sangam and Mekedatu along with the falls.

Best Time To Visit Chunchi Falls

The best time to visit this fall would be right after the monsoon when there is enough water in the Arkavati River. The months from August to February are the ideal months to visit Chunchi Falls. It is not advisable to visit this spot in summers as most of the water dries out, and the travellers are often disappointed by the scorching heat and a dried up waterfall.

Tips For Visiting Chunchi Falls

1. Pick up your most comfortable pair of shoes while visiting Chunchi Falls, due to the rocky terrain.
2. Carry some snacks and clean drinking water with you as the river water is unfit for drinking.
3. Beware of the crocodiles in the water. Also, the area near the waterfall is slippery and hence requires the visitors to be careful.
4. Staying till late here may result in some accidents.
5. There are a few small shops near the parking area, from where you can fuel yourself.

How To Reach Chunchi Falls

Since the public transport is not so readily available here, it is recommended to use your transportation. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to reach this waterfall. The closest railway station to Chunchi Falls is Kanakapura, and the nearest airport is that of Mysore.

If you are coming from Bangalore, it takes about 2.5 hours to reach here. The roads are well maintained except the last 10 km, which are a bit rugged. You have to cross Yeleguri Village after taking the Kanakpura exit to reach the waterfall.

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