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Jog Falls

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"The majestic waterfalls"

Jog Falls Tourism

The second-highest plunge waterfall of India, Jog Falls is a major tourist attraction in Karnataka. Located on the border of Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka, Jog waterfalls is the highest waterfall in the state.

Joga in Kannada means falls. Joga may also be a derivative of another Kannada word Javugu which means marsh.

Also known as Gerosappa Falls or the Joga Falls, these falls are one of the most important attractions in all of South India. Second, only 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, the flow in the falls is hugely restricted before monsoons.

Before monsoon season, the water in Linganmakki Dam is used for electricity generation and hence the fall is a very thin stream of water. It is best to go in Monsoon season to see the falls in its best form.

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The Enchanting Cascade

Created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 830 feet, the Jog Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India. Also known as the Gerusoppe Falls, this seasonal waterfall located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka is comprised of segments 'Raja', 'Roarer', 'Rocket' and 'Rani'. Located in the dense evergreen forests of Karnataka, Jog Falls is evidence of supernatural grandeur and a treat to the eyes. The unsurpassed beauty and magnificence of the waterfall is an enriching experience for tourists and a walk down the steps to the depth of the falls and feeling the vaporous sprays is a unique and refreshing experience one must indulge in.

Restaurants and 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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Suggested Itinerary

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's Great?

Extremely beautiful and picturesque location.

What's Not So Great?

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

For Whom?

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.

How 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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