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Shivanasamundram Falls

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Best Time: Aug-Feb Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

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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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 Shivanasamundram 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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Holidify's Opinion

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. 

How To Reach Shivanasamundram Falls

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, but the road connection is well maintained in all seasons. Many private taxis and buses regularly ferry tourists to and from this destination. 

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CHUKKI MANE 4 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 10 months ago
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Atul Kumar Sao 10 months ago
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