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Shivanasamundram Falls

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Best time: Aug-Feb (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Bangalore (Check Flights)


"The guardian of waterfalls"

Shivanasamundram Falls Tourism

Situated on the banks of river Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is essentially a hydropower project location but is more commonly known for its waterfalls.

Literally meaning Shiva's Sea, this picturesque town with its rocky terrain and gushing waterfalls is a popular tourist destination with Gaganachukki, Shivanasamudra waterfall being the ones you don't want to miss. Tourists enjoy the calm 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 will only fill your visit with more excitement with fishing and trekking.

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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.

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 .

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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10 months ago by Anitha devi

Visit to this amazing waterfall is a must for People in and around Bangalore. You need to plan your visit carefully as there is lot of traffic jams during weekends. As we were returning to Bangalore, it got late & we were lucky to find a place called Hidden Campsite near channapatna. we stayed there at night. Its an awesome place literally hidden amidst 300 mango trees. Food offered by them was very tasty. They took us on a trek to a hill right in front of their campsite and it was rejuvenating & refreshing.

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  What's Great?

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

  What's not so Great?

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

For Whom

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. 


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Shivanasamudram is a very popular destination for residents of Bangalore and Mysore, and it is most convenient to travel here by road. Shivanasamudram does not have a railway station or an airport,... (Read More)

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