Time Required : Post-monsoon i.e. October to March
Thottikallu Falls, Bangalore Overview
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 local name of this falls aptly describes the beauty the falls boasts of. You can either take a cold shower from the waterfall or sit on one of the rocks in the surrounding area. The alluring beauty majorly magnetises visitors and also the shrine near the waterfall. The essence of spirituality is felt in the breeze of the lush green surroundings.
Note that you need to trek for a reasonable distance to reach the fall. This implies that people looking for trekking scenes can fulfil their need at this place. One can also find many people living nearby the waterfall. You cannot take the four wheelers quite far because the road leading to the fall is narrow and getting a vehicle there can be an uphill task. If you are opting for a trekking scene then, you will find a steep, narrow trail leading to a high cliff. The view from the cliff is astounding. Getting down the cliff is risky and can be fatal if precautionary steps are ignored. A narrow descend will lead to the foothill which is opposite to the waterfall.
At Thottikallu Falls, you will find two adjacent falls. One fall has a wide shower, and the other is a narrow jet stream. You can take a shower after the tedious trek or inhale the fascinating beauty of this place. People also visit the Muneshawara Temple that is located under a huge tree right at the entrance of Thottikallu Falls. It is a peaceful site for visitors to spend a few moments.
Timings for Thottikallu Falls
The timings to visit this place is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on all days of the week.
Entry Fee for Thottikallu Falls
You do not have to pay any entry fee to visit this place.
Best Time to Visit Thottikallu Falls
It is an absolute wastage of time to visit Thottikallu Falls during summers. One will not find ample water in the falls to enjoy the glamour of this place. Hence, it is advised to visit it right after the showers of the monsoon season have ceased. This comes between October to March. Though there is no entry restriction to this place, it is suggested not to visit this place after it is dark. Also, a group visit is preferred over a solo journey. Make sure that you carry enough water and some food as you may not find anything other than Bhelpuri (puffed rice).
How to reach?
Ideally, google maps will help you to reach this place. Google navigation is accurate to Thottikallu Falls.
However, below is a brief route map to reach your destination:
If you are driving your vehicle then from Bangalore take the Mysore Road, and enter the NICE Bangalore Mysore Expressway. You will get a Toll Road called the NICE Ring Road from where you need to take the Kanakpura exit to the Kanakpura road. Turn left from the Saaluhunase Bus Stop and continue on the path until Gulakamale Lake. After this lake, you need to turn left and stay on the curved road until you spot the TK Falls Parking Area.
If you are to take the bus route, you have to board a bus from Banashankari Bus Station. From Kaggalipura Bus Stop, the bus makes a left, and you will have to get down at Nallakkana Doddy Bus Stop. From here, Thottikallu Falls is at a walking distance. Or you can also board a local bus from Majestic Bus Stand. It is an hour journey from Kempegowda Bus Terminal. If you are looking for accommodation, you will find many options situated close to the falls.
The other major attraction near Thottikallu Falls is the Bannerghatta National Park which is only 7 km away from the place. You can also visit the Byatarayana Doddi Lake (7.3 km away) or the Chudahalli Reservoir (5.6 km away) if you yet not satiated with nature walks. More places to visit within a radius of 15 km from the falls are Mantapa Lake, Kalkere State Forest, Anjaneya Temple Ravugodlu, etc.