Kodasalli Backwaters is a mesmerising pool of water accumulated behind the Kodasalli Dam in the state of Karnataka. The dam with the same name is constructed over the Kali river in the Yellapur Taluk; the waters are used to generate electric power and this site is classified as hydroelectric power station. The pool is also fed by waters gushing down from the Sathodi Waterfalls above it. On your way downhill from the Sathodi Waterfalls, a mild downward trek off route can take you to the serene and tranquil backwaters. Besides the alluring beauty of the surrounding forests and the lake view in the front, several chopped tree trunks branching out from the lake give it a pretty artistic look. A small tea stall nearby serves piping hot tea and you can enjoy it in this misty enchanting environment.
Places to See
1. Sathodi Falls
Sathodi falls is a popular tourist attraction and is claimed to be one of the most exquisite locations of South India. The Sathodi waterfalls are in close proximity to the Kodasalli backwaters, as it is the water flowing downstream, from these falls that joins the Kodasalli dam. Several streams from the Kallaramanne ghat unite to form these waterfalls. The height of the Sathodi falls is approximately 15 metres. There is half a kilometre of enjoyable walk from the entrance to the actual falls. The waterfall runs all the year round and you can witness the white cascade of the water, which looks absolutely beautiful.
2. Magod Falls
This is also an interesting tourist attraction, near Sathodi falls. River Bedti falls from a height of approximately 200m in two steps, to form the Magod waterfall. Lying in the Uttar Kannada district, these group of waterfalls is refreshing and a single glimpse of it will rejuvenate you. The Magod fall goes dry during summers and appears misty in the monsoon season. It lies in between dense forest cover. There is no entry free for visiting this spot and it is open on all days of the week.
3. Kadra and Kodasalli Dams
These two dams are also known as the twin dams. They were constructed around two decades ago. Kadra and Kodasalli dams are built across river Kali for generating electricity. You are allowed to take pictures from outside the gate. Entry to the Kadra dam is not allowed. Kodasalli is 37 kms away from Kadra dam, and you can easily get access to this dam, by seeking prior permission from the authorities. You may also seek permission to visit the Kodasalli dam, if you happen to know some local people. The route from Kadra dam to the Kodasalli dam is smooth and you will not find much traffic here. Local buses also take passengers to and fro these sites.
The best time to visit the Kodasalli backwaters is from early November to the end of March.
Tips For Visiting Kodasalli Backwaters
1. You need prior permission to visit the dam. 2. There is no telephone network in the forest area, around the backwaters. 3. Going to the top of the Kodasalli dam is prohibited.
How To Reach Kodasalli Backwaters
The water flows downstream from Sathodi falls to Kodasalli backwaters and hence you have to take a mild downhill trek from the Sathodi falls. The biggest metropolitan city nearest to Kodasalli is Bangalore. The only international airport is also at Bangalore, around 500 kms away from Kodasalli. There are trains and local buses that travel in between Yellapur and Bangalore. It is pretty easy to reach Kodasalli once you are in Yellapur. You can hire a cab or take a taxi to Kodasalli. Also the Kodasalli backwaters fall en-route the Sathodi waterfalls. Sathodi waterfalls being a popular attraction, several buses bring tourists to this place.
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