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Manikyadhara Falls, Chikmagalur Overview

Endearingly known as Nellikayi Theertha, Manikyadhara Falls is one of the most enchanting and gorgeous waterfalls located on the Bababudan Road near Chikmagalur in Karnataka. Nestled in the heart of the Shola Forest, the perennial cascading waterfalls with sparkling clean water is not only a remarkable visual delight but is also the halting point of the various treks undertaken at the Baba Budangiri hills. Falling down a height of 30 feet, the waterfall offers stunning views of the mist covered green mountains in the backdrop and of the narrow valley down below.

Although the waterfall has spine chilling water, still there is no dearth of people- tourists, adventurists and pilgrims, who are forever willing to take a dip in the pool. The water is also said to have medicinal qualities that can cure several skin diseases and ailments. Besides, several people just visit here to unwind and relax from the chaotic city life.. For the same reason, it is considered to be one of the finest and most popular retreat spot from the city. The place is also a popular picnic place and is a haven for adventurists, bikers, trekkers, nature lovers and wanderers.

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Etymology of Manikyadhara Falls

The name ‘Manikyadhara’ can be literally translated to ‘string of pearls’ in English. The waterfall has been so named as the water cascading down would fall in droplets that would reflect sunlight and shine like pearls.

Legend of Manikyadhara Falls

Manikyadhara Waterfall holds significant religious importance for both Hindus and Muslims. It is believed that the saint Baba Budan came to the site with 4 of his disciples in search of water. But when he couldn’t find any, he offered a long prayer. After which the rock paved way and a gushing stream of water came out. This eventually came to be called Manikyadhara Waterfall.

Religious Importance of Manikyadhara Falls

As said earlier, Manikyadhara Waterfall is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Muslims. It is believed that leaving a piece of clothing at the site can fulfill their wishes. Muslims believe that if their daughter is of marriageable age and is facing difficulty finding a groom, then bringing her here will help. People leave bangles here and if these girls finds these bangles and wear them, then they are supposed to get good alliances.

Things to Do at Manikyadhara Falls

  1. Carry a book, a sheet and some food, and have a picnic of your own, alone or in the company of friends.
  2. Take a dip in the cold water pool formed at the base. Besides the chilling vibe and the adrenaline rush, the water is also said to have medicinal properties that you can benefit from.
  3. Shop at the stores nearby that sell herbal medicines, jams, pickles and several other items.
  4. Enjoy trekking at the Manikyadhara Hill.
  5. Soak in the scenic surrounding beauty and admire the bounteous beautiful nature.
  6. Relax by the waterfall and unwind from a hectic city life.

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Best Time to Visit

The area experiences hot summers and cold winters. Although any time of the year is considered ideal to visit the waterfalls, the time between the months of October and April is considered best. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and the climate is moderate thus making your trip the most enjoyable

How to Reach

The best way to reach the Manikyadhara Falls is either by hiring an SUV or a jeep or by trekking down. Some people prefer to walk to the falls from the Baba Budan Shrine while others tend to take a shared jeep. Once the vehicle drops the tourists here, there is fencing all around and around 200 steps lead the way downwards to the base of the Falls where you can take a dip.

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