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"Second Highest Waterfall in India"

Jog Falls Tourism

The second-highest plunge waterfall in India, Jog Falls is a major tourist attraction in Karnataka and is the highest waterfall in the state. Second, to the Nohkalikai Falls of Meghalaya, Jog falls drops about a huge 253 m (850 ft. ) in a single fall. However, due to the construction of Linganamakki Dam which is a hydroelectricity plant closeby, the flow in the falls is hugely restricted before monsoons. So, it is best to go during the Monsoon season to see the falls in its full form.

Jog Falls is a 2 hours drive from the main Shimoga city. Also known as Gerosappa Falls or the Joga Falls, this seasonal waterfall is broken into four segments - Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani. They're named based on certain characteristics of the streams. Raja is an unbroken stream, Roarer is a strong and violent current that gushes down to meet the Raja stream, Rocket flows down in different jets and Rani is a quiet stream with falls in foam. Next time you visit, try identifying the streams!

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Activities & Places to Visit Near Jog Falls

Apart from the beautiful Jog Falls, there are many popular sights around. Here are a few places you must hit when visiting Jog:

1. Linganamakki Dam

It is one of the largest human-made water reservoirs of the country. The length of the dam is a mere 2.4 km but owing to the width, its water storing capacity is much higher than any other dam. Stretching over the Sharavathi River, it is at a distance of 6 km from the world-famous Jog Falls and is located in the Sagara Taluk near Kargal town.

2. Dabbe Falls 

Nestled within the lush green folds of Saravathi Wildlife Sanctuary, this is a hidden gem in the Shimoga region of Karnataka. The alluring call of the forest and the gorgeous stream of water rushing down the cliff attract the nature lovers and explorers to the Dabbe falls. The word 'dabbe' translates to 'steps' in the native language. The reason behind such a name is the streambed of the Dabbe falls which resembles steps or to be more precise, a kind of terrace jutting out from the steep wall of the cliff.

3. Tunga Anicut Dam

This is the most popular picnic spot near Jog Falls, with lush green paddy fields surrounding it. One also finds Teak jungles, all around the dam.

4. Kanoor Fort

Also known as the Keladi Kote, this fort is located in Shimoga district and is named after the Keladi dynasty that ruled this place. Food and tents must be carried by all visitors on their way here.

5. Water Sports at Honnemradu


Less than an hour away from Jog falls is Honnemaradu, a modest settlement on the backwaters of River Sharavathi. Literally translating into the 'golden lake', this one is the place to be if you happen to be at Jog Falls and all the gushing and falling water has left you tempted for some river rafting and kayaking. Kayaking is only allowed with a guide, while one can enjoy boat rides here too.

6. Unchalli Falls


The Unchalli Falls, also known as Lushington Falls, is 116 m tall. This waterfall originates from the Aghanashini River and is set amidst dense forests. The majestic falls are located near Hegganur, from which it is a 6 km trek. The trek offers an incredible view of the falls, with the numerous chances of spotting rainbows!

7. Sigandur

Locally known also as "Sigandooru", the city is well known for its Shri Chowdeshwari Temple that is dedicated to the Goddess Chowdeshwari. Present on the banks of the Sharavati River, the temple is a must-visit for many devotees from all over the world. The Chowdamma Devi, as the goddess is referred to, is an ethereal being who punishes thieves for stealing and protects her devotees from losing items to thievery.

Suggested Itinerary for Jog Falls

Jog Falls and the attractions around it can be typically covered in just a day. However, people looking for a longer stay and exploration of the nearby sites, a three to four days stay can also take place.

Day 1 - It takes a long drive to reach the wonderful Jog Falls. Upon reaching you can spend some hours at this spot and retire for the day.

Day 2 - A number of dams are situated near the Jog Falls like the Linganamakki Dam (about 6 Kilometers away from Jog Falls), and Tunga Anicut Dam (about 12 Kilometers away from Shimoga). A picnic over to these dams is well worth an experience! You can also visit other falls like the Dabbe Falls and Unchalli Falls.

Day 3 - Head over to Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger Reserve and get an opportunity to spot the different types of tigers, lions, bears, and birds, present there.

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What is the local food in Jog falls?

There aren't too many restaurants near the falls and your options can get a bit limited. It might be advisable to get some food packed from home or make personal arrangements. The most convenient options are usually the hotels and resorts. One can also travel to nearby towns which offer a more flattering platter and choices. One might just find some local dishes here such as Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Mysore pak etc .
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What are the places near Jog falls?

The top places near to Jog falls are Gokarna which is 64 km from Jog falls, Murudeshwar which is located 37 km from Jog falls, Honnemaradu which is located 8 km from Jog falls, Goa which is located 176 km from Jog falls, Kollur which is located 40 km from Jog falls

What are the things to do in Jog falls?

The top things to do in Jog falls are Jog Falls, Water Sports in Jog Falls, Sigandur, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger Reserve, Tunga Anicut Dam, Kanoor Fort. You can see all the places to visit in Jog falls here

What is the best way to reach Jog falls?

The nearest airport is at Hubli (130km), whereas the nearest railway station is at Sagara (30km), the nearest city to the Jog Falls. Bus services are also available right till the Sagara bus station.
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What is the best time to visit Jog falls?

Summers in Jog Falls is extremely hot, while the monsoons are the best to visit this beauty. Winters are also a great time to visit this place, with temperature conditions that are perfect for outdoor activities. Since Jog Falls is a seasonal waterfall, the best time to experience the Falls in its natural shade is the monsoons. Though the place is popular for winter picnics and outings, the beauty of the waterfall is suppressed due to the lack of rains in winter as well as summer. The magnificence of this glorious waterfall is unmatchable, and it is safe to say that it provides a sense of serenity that can hardly be found anywhere else.

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Who should visit Jog falls?

Jog Falls is a perfect weekend destination for nature lovers who want to take a break from the daily routine. The destination is mostly visited by people living in and around Bangalore and Mangalore.

What is not so good about Jog falls?

Seasonal falls, hence, cannot be visited throughout the year.

What is famous about Jog falls?

Extremely beautiful and picturesque location.

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Q. Can we enter into the falls or is it restricted for just Sightseeing?

Albaseer Ahmed

4 years ago
You cannot enter the falls it is only for sightseeing
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Q. Are there any hotels to stay near by or do we have to do a day trip from Bangalore?

Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
There are 3-4 hotels and homestays that you can stay in when you visit Jog Falls. Along with Private homestays, you can also find a KSTDC Hotel here (The Mayura Gerusoppa), which is decent enough. Ad (Read More)vance booking is recommended for the Private Homestays, although the Govt resort should be available on spot. however, there are many more options to stay within 22 km of Jog. Since It takes around 9-10 hours to get to Jog falls from Bangalore, so it isn't ideal for a one day trip, and a night halt is desired. There aren't many restaurants, so you might have to depend on the hotel food during your trip.
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Q. Stay room how is it reach?

Shashwat Kant

6 years ago
You can stay in - 1) KSTDC (Mayura Gerusoppa) 2) Private homestays 3) Other options for stay can be found a little away from Jog falls. Assuming you're travelling from Bangalore, it takes 9-10 hours (Read More)to reach Jog from Bangalore. You can get buses, or hire a cab, according to convenience.
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Yash Singhai

2 years ago
Awesome place one day destination u can see bird's also
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