Several unnamed streams near Kallaramane ghat unite together to form the Sathodi Falls. This beautiful waterfall lies in the Uttara Kannada district of Yellapur, in Karnataka. A few years back the non-locals were completely unaware of its existence until it started attracting tourists. The Sathodi waterfall is 15 metres tall and appears to be rectangular.
The magnificent Sathodi falls, that soars from the blending of various streams- is an absolute delight to watch. After falling down, the water from this fall joins the backwaters of Kodasalli dam. These exquisite waterfalls run through the forest. There is half a kilometre of an enjoyable walk from the entrance to the actual falls with accurately placed signboards for your convenience at particular spots. It is a favourite picnic spot for the locals who also call it the Mini Niagara Falls. The waterfall has a natural pool where swimming in the water is possible.
Trek at Sathodi Falls
There are several locations that are worth trekking, in Karnataka. One among these exquisite trek worthy location is the Sathodi falls. The waterfalls are rapturing enough, while the road which leads to the waterfalls from Yellapur is an enjoyable jungle ride. The only high ground clearance vehicles can go through this route. As the vehicles cannot go beyond the parking spot at Sathodi waterfalls, You will get the golden chance to go on a trek.
While on your on-foot trek, you will notice well-placed signboards along the trek route. After parking your vehicle, there is an on-foot trek of about half kilometre from the entry gate to the waterfall which takes less than 20 minutes, and you will surely enjoy it. At the entrance you will have to pay Rs. 5 per head. As you walk for about 10 minutes, you will clearly hear the sound of cascading water. The path that leads to the waterfall is very narrow and you will have to walk slowly. You can witness the White water flow over washing through the rocks. The waterfall runs all the year round.It is advisable to carry water bottles, torches, medications and light snacks if you plan on going for this trek. Also wearing comfortable clothes will make your trek more enjoyable. Also sports shoes or a footwear that has an excellent and firm grip with grooves, would be great for the trek.
Other Places To See
1. Kodasalli Reservoir
This is the place where the backwaters of sathodi falls reach and then join the river ?Kali?. The Kodasalli reservoir has been built by the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited and is a major source of irrigation. Apart from this fact, it is scenic in view.
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. Kavadikeri Lake Temple
This lake temple has many beautiful landscapes to offer. Situated on the banks of the lake, this is a highly visited religious spot. It lies at a distance of 10 kms from Magod falls. This temple is dedicated to the goddess ?Kavadiamma? or popularly known as goddess Durga. You can spot the red and black crested Bulbul and the river Lapwing here. Also there are beautiful wild orchids growing around the lake. This temple is indeed scenic There is a well-constructed road that leads to this temple. It is a belief that the Kavadikeri Lake temple dates back to the Dwapara Yuga (third of the four yugas as mentioned in the Hindu scriptures). The temple premises is also known as Shree Kshetra.
4. Jenukallu Gudda Sunset Point
This is another mesmerising place that is simply picture perfect. The Jenukallu Gudda sunset point is also called ?honey rock hillock? point, since ?Jenu? means honey, ?Kallu? means stone and ?Gudda? means hill. You can view the sun slowly settle down from this location amidst the never ending valleys. You can also catch a glimpse of the entire Western hills. It is at a distance of approximately 17 kms from Yellapur. And from Magod falls, it is only 7 kms away. Pack some light snacks since nothing is available at this spot.
Activities at Sathodi Falls
1. Click amazing photographs, capturing memories for a lifetime. Sathodi falls is picture perfect and scenic. 2. Enjoy picnicking with family or friends. Spend quality time with them, in the lap of nature. 3. Experience the power of tumbling water, towering rocks and be overwhelmed by the cascade of water. 4. You can even go for fishing at the Pansoli backwaters once you have seen the waterfall.
There is only one restaurant nearby the Sathodi falls. Therefore it will be more convenient for you to be prepared in advance. It is advisable that you pack food and light snacks or beverages. Carry water as well. There are several shops and restaurants in Yellur. You can easily get your food packed on your way to the waterfall.
The Sathodi falls, locally known as 'mini- Niagra' are worth visiting. Situated in the midst of a dense forest, Sathodi Falls are majestically charming. Take some time off and relish nature at its best. What is it like to experience the hustle of water and its cascading beauty, set amidst nature? Sathodi falls is a must visit. 30 kms away from Yellapur- lies your perfect picnic destination. It is relaxing for the mind and is totally rejuvenating.
It is not a good idea to visit the Sathodi falls during the monsoons. It might be extremely slippery and dangerous. Any time other than the rainy season, is absolutely fine to plan a trip to the Sathodi falls. Although March to mid June would be absolutely perfect.
Tips For Visiting Sathodi Falls
1. There are several leeches around the waterfall, especially when the rainy season is approaching. You can wear covered clothes to prevent them from sucking blood. 2. Carry mosquito repellent ointments, since a lot of mosquitoes breed here due to the lush greenery and availability of water. 3. Do not proceed close to the waterfall, if you feel that the rocks are a little slippery.
How To Reach Sathodi Falls
You can go by air to Hubli, which is the nearest airport to Yellapur. A direct flight for Hubli is easily available from major cities like Bangalore and Mysore. From Hubli, you can hire a bus or a taxi to your destination. Hubli is opposite to the Magod falls and travelling from Magod falls to Sathodi, will take approximately 90 minutes. There is a turnoff from Hubli, following which the Sathodi waterfall is 25 kms away.
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