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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