Abbey Falls, also known as Abbi Falls, are located amidst large spreads of coffee plantations and are around 10 km away from the town of Madikeri, Western Ghats. The water here joins the river Kaveri. The misty spray of water cascading down to a small river provides a mesmerising view.
Abbi in Coorgie means a waterfall. Located on private property and amongst tall trees entwined with pepper vines, the falls cascade 70 ft down to flow as a small river in itself. You must surely walk on the hanging bridge to get a mesmerising view of the falls. To reach the destination, you have to go through a small path through the coffee and cardamom plantations. The best time to visit Abbey falls is during the monsoon when the force of gushing water increases and it makes a picturesque sight.
The rise in tourists influx over the years has taken a huge toll on the natural beauty of the place and resulted in polluted water that stinks during the summer season and a high amount of plastic littering throughout the estate and the river.
The falls were earlier known as Jessie waterfalls by the Britishers in memory of Madikeri's first captain's daughter. The place used to be a jungle area earlier. Years later, Mr Neravanda B. Nanaiah bought the place from the government when he discovered it and converted it into a coffee and spices plantation; which surround the waterfall today.
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There are several private bus operators along with Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation; who provide bus facilities from Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore. People who are staying close to Madikeri can use two wheelers or the local transport.
As tempting as it maybe to take a dip in the cool water, it may turn out to be risky. Also, watch out for the leeches during the monsoon on the marshes of the falls.