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"The guardian of waterfalls"

Shivanasamudra Falls Tourism

Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is primarily a hydropower project location but has gotten massive attention for its stunning waterfalls: Gaganachukki and Barachukki. Travellers enjoy the view of waterfalls from the benches, and there are steps that take visitors to many levels of vantage points.

The Barachukki Falls cascades down from 250 feet with a U section resembling the Niagara Falls. The Gaganachukki falls is a brilliant sight especially after the rains when the River Kaveri is full. 

There is paid parking available at the vantage point, and there are also some shops serving refreshments. However, there is a scarcity of restaurants near the vantage point.

The Ranganatha temple here, which attracts pilgrims. The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is another important attraction here and is popular if you go fishing and trekking.

Must Know Before You Travel to Shivanasamudra Falls

  • There is an INR 10 entry ticket to see the waterfall
  • Swimming is dangerous and not allowed
  • Visitors are not allowed to go near the waterfall
  •  Since it's a waterfall, it is best to visit during monsoons as it'd be in its more glorious state.
  • There are some local vendors selling refreshments  near the vantage point
  • Beware of the monkeys at the vantage point as they tend to get a bit playful and sometimes will grab your belongings. So avoid wearing jewellery and keep your wallets in your pockets and bags. 

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The Religious Connection

At every point where the Kaveri splits, there is a Ranganathaswami temple (Avatar of Vishnu). The first one is located at Srirangapatna, the second and unique one at Shivanasamudram and the third at Tiruchirapally.

The one at Shivanasamudram is known as s the Madhyaranga and is the only one out of three to have a seven-headed snake behind Vishnu. The other temples have a five-headed snake. This temple belongs to the Chola period of around 9th Century AD, and the structure is well preserved till today. There are extravagant celebrations and a grand pooja held at this temple on the occasion of Vaikunth Ekadashi, the 11th day of the waxing moon in the month of Magha on the Hindu lunar calendar.

Suggested Itinerary for Shivanasamudra Falls

Day 1: Reach Shivanasamudram in the morning. Since this city is relatively small, walking is the best way to get around, though public transport like auto-rickshaws is available for local transportation. In the evening, leave for the Ranganathaswami temple, located in the city centre and take time to explore the massive temple complex. Many markets around the temple sell various traditional goods like wood and brassware as well as different types of local food, religious items and toys.

Day 2:  Leave in the morning for the Shivanasamudram falls located some distance from the city. You can hire a taxi or take a bus to this location. Since this is a popular picnic spot, you can spend the day here. You can also carry lunch or eat at one of the many small restaurants located close to the waterfall, making it a whole day out. There are also some forests surrounding this waterfall making it an ideal spot for bird watching and observing different types of butterflies in their natural habitat.

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How to Reach Shivanasamudra Falls

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Shivanasamudra is only accessed by road. Shivanasamudra does not have a railway station or an airport, but the road connectivity is well maintained in all seasons. Many private taxis and buses regularly ferry tourists to and from this destination. The nearest airport is Bangalore International at 170 km away. The nearest railway station is the Mysore railway station at 77 km away.

How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls by flight

Shivanasamudra does not have an airport and Mysore is the nearest airport at 76 km away but is a domestic airport. Bangalore is also close by and major international flights land at this airport and is around 170 km away. Taxis are easily available for hire from both these cities.

How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls by road

Road travel is the fastest and most convenient way to get to Shivanasamudram since it does not have a railway station or an airport. The nearest city is Mysore which is about 65 kilometres away, and it takes just over an hour to travel this distance. Taxis from the smaller towns are not very frequent, but finding one from Bangalore or Mysore is very easy, and no prior booking is required except during the tourist season.

How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls by train

Shivanasamudram does not have a railway station and the rail line ends at Maddur which is 50 kilometres away. From Maddur, it takes about an hour to get the Shivanasamudram by road. Buses are regularly available from here but taxis and cars are less frequent. The major railway station is in Mysore at 76 km away. This connects to all the major cities in Karnataka. 

How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls by bus

There are regular buses from nearby major cities like Bangalore and Mysore as well as from smaller towns like Salem, Mandya, Peelamedu and Ramanagara.

Local transport in Shivanasamudra Falls

Very few bus services are available here and local taxis are not easily available. It is preferred by most tourists to hire a taxi from Bangalore.

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Shivanasamudra Falls, Karnataka
Shivanasamudra Falls, Mandya, Karnataka, India
Shivanasamudra reservoir
Sivanasamudra Falls from the other side

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What is famous about Shivanasamundram?

Easily accessible by road. An unexplored destination with not much crowd and lots of waterfalls to soak under. 

What is not so good about Shivanasamundram?

Not reachable by train or flight. Since it is a small town it does not have many luxury resorts. 

Who should visit Shivanasamundram?

This destination is perfect for a family vacation or a trip out with friends. The temples, calm, natural settings and excellent authentic food make for a relaxing family trip while the waterfalls, backwaters and the many adventures activates are ideal for the adventurers. 

What is the best time to visit Shivanasamundram?

September to January is the best time to visit Shivanasamudra. Although the weather in this place remains agreeable throughout the year, the waterfalls are at their full glory during the monsoon season. Summers are not ideal to plan a trip to Shivanasamudra as the waterfall is scarce and its natural beauty isn't enchanting as the monsoons. Winters, on the other hand, is also an ideal time to plan a trip as the weather is pleasant and breezy, and the waterfalls are replete with cold water making the whole place look spellbinding.
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What is the local food in Shivanasamundram?

One can indulge in a rich variety of Udipi and South Indian cuisines in the area. You can find delicacies like Dosa, Bisi Bele Bath, Akki Roti, Jolada Roti, Idli, Vada, Sambhar, Kesari Bath, Ragi Mudde, Uppittu, Vangi Bath and traditional and local sweets like Mysore pak, Obbattu, Dharwad Peda, Chiroti etc .
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What is the best way to reach Shivanasamundram?

Shivanasamudra is only accessed by road. Shivanasamudra does not have a railway station or an airport, but the road connectivity is well maintained in all seasons. Many private taxis and buses regularly ferry tourists to and from this destination. The nearest airport is Bangalore International at 170 km away. The nearest railway station is the Mysore railway station at 77 km away.
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What are the places near Shivanasamundram?

The top places near to Shivanasamundram are Mysore which is 57 km from Shivanasamundram, Ooty which is located 110 km from Shivanasamundram, Coorg which is located 156 km from Shivanasamundram, Bheemeshwari which is located 12 km from Shivanasamundram, Wayanad which is located 133 km from Shivanasamundram

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5 years ago
A must-visit place for nature lovers for people in and around Bangalore is the Shivanasamudra waterfalls and the surrounding areas. This place is ideal for photography enthusiasts, trekkers, bird wat (Read More)chers, or anyone looking for a weekend getaway not far from the city. We found a very easy access holiday stay-in just a few minutes drive from the river Kaveri and the waterfall, the place is also just a few meters away from the main road, it is called ChukkiMane, a lush green vast expanse. It is a nature-friendly stay-in where the food is just lip-smacking tasty, they serve pure vegetarian, one of the best that we ever tasted. Even the story behind the coming into existence of this place is quite inspiring. We went for bullock cart rides, bird watching, nature walks, visited the organic farm and so many other activities. But, remember, this place is an eco-friendly sustainable set-up exclusively aimed to let visitors feel the rural way of living and so do not expect luxurious hospitality treatments. You can stay in the rooms or if you wish to experience camping they have the facility pitching tents as well. We took the tents and it was awesome. The walk around the campus of this place itself is so refreshing and rejuvenated us in so many aspects. So, if you plan to take a break, plan to visit this place at least once. "Link Hidden"

Atul Kumar Sao

on Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls 5 years ago
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