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Shivanasamudra Falls

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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. Literally translating to 'Shiva's Sea', Shuvanasamudra is a picturesque town with rocky terrain and gushing waterfalls and is a popular tourist destination with Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls being the ones you don't want to miss.

Tourists enjoy the calm town amongst the roar of the cascading waters and the view from the vantage point. This calmness is infused with subtle hints of spirituality, given the Ranganatha temple here, which attracts pilgrims. The Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is another important attraction here and is popular if you want to go fishing and trekking. There is parking available at the vantage point and a well-maintained place with many benches and steps which take you to many levels of vantage points. 

Since it's a waterfall, it is best to visit during monsoons as it'd be in its more glorious state. 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. There is a scarcity of restaurants near the vantage point. You'd have to go to the town for that. 

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Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls

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. Swimming is dangerous at both waterfalls.

Get in touch with your spiritual side

The Kaveri river forms the backbone of the spiritual life in the state of Karnataka, and 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 one 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 very 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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Shivanasamudra Falls

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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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Shivanasamudram in the morning and explore the sights and smells of the city. 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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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 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

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 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 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 famous about Shivanasamundram?

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

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CHUKKI MANE 9 months 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 watchers, 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 1 year ago
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