The Ultimate List Of Karnataka's Best Waterfalls That You Need To Visit
If you didn't know already, Bangalore's backyard is filled with some of the most mesmerising waterfalls in Karnataka. Some of these waterfalls are all-year around, while others are seasonal, and there's a whole bunch of falls that are hidden deep inside the jungles. We have gone through the various waterfalls in Karnataka that we have written about to present you this ultimate list. In fact, treat this list as a must save recommendation, because we have, according to us, listed out the best waterfalls in Karnataka that you must visit at least once.
We believe Jog Falls is arguably the best waterfalls in Karnataka and that you need to visit it at least 10 times. Yeah, once to watch River Sharavathi plunging down from a height of over 800 feet into the four cascades -- Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket -- that form the glorious Jog Falls. Other times to catch the elusive double rainbow and get sprayed by the fine mist produced by the falls at the viewpoint.
Best Time To Visit: Jog Falls is present all-year around but it's during the monsoons (around July to December) when you'll get to truly marvel it.
If Jog Falls is called the best waterfalls, the Sural Falls (or Surla Falls) is known as the Venezuela of Karnataka. The waterfalls in Belgaum is another all-year around waterfall that's nestled in the jungles of the Western Ghats. The trek to the falls is an adventurous one that takes you through the heart of the jungle, with the final destination being Goa Madie Wildlife Sanctuary. Yes, it's a cross-state adventure.
Best Time To Visit: Sural Falls are best viewed during the peak monsoon season (around August), so we recommend carrying raincoats unless you don't mind getting drenched.
Hebbe Falls is best described as a secret waterfall that's hidden inside a coffee plantation and surrounded by the Kemmangundi Hills. The picturesque falls is around six hours from Bangalore, and it's a perfect one-day road trip. It's perfect for trekking too and but if you are going during peak season watch out for the leeches and loud city slickers.
Best Time To Visit: Hebbe Falls can be visiting during the winter season (October to January), with a lot of local trekking groups conducting treks.
Shivanasamudra Falls is the go-to waterfalls from Bangalore that's perfect for your next road trip too. Located in Mandya District, the falls are by the Gaganachukki and Bharachukki tributaries. If you make it to the top of the gorge, they view can be quite jaw-dropping. The most photographed is Gaganachukki, while Bharachukki offers you a panoramic view of the place.
Best Time To Visit: Shivansamudra is an all-year waterfall in Karnataka, so during December or monsoons (June onwards), you can plan a trip here.
North Karnataka's magical Sathodi Falls is nestled amidst a green, green wonderland and should be on your itinerary if you are visiting Gokarna or Karwar. Surrounded by rocky terrain, Sathodi Falls cascades from a height that forms a pool at the base, where you can happily dip your toes in or skinny dip.
Best Time To Visit: Sathodi Falls is a big no-no during monsoon since the whole place can be really treacherous to navigate. We recommend anywhere between October to January.
Magod Falls is on the opposite direction of Sathodi Falls and this all-year round two-tiered waterfall is formed by the rivers Bedti and Shalmala. The viewpoint here promises a bird's eye view of the waterfall as well as the surrounding mountain range.
Best Time To Visit: Magod Falls is best during the October-January period and during summers there's sparsely any water for you to actually get the usual mesmerising views.
One of Madikeri's most popular tourist spots, Abbey Falls is formed by the River Cauvery descending down from a height of 70 feet. Unlike the other waterfalls on this list, we do not recommend wading down to the pool below as it can get quite dangerous. But hey, the hanging bride across the cleft offers an uninterrupted view of this beauty.
Best Time To Visit: Abbey Falls can be visited between the months of July and October. During the off-season, the spot is great for trekking too.
Often called the Niagara Falls, Gokak Falls is another all-year round waterfall in Karnataka that located in Belgaum. The falls get its 'Niagara' tag because the River Ghataprabha leaps over a nearly 180-feet sandstone cliff, into a horseshoe-shaped gorge. If you get the chance to walk over the century-old bridge, take it, because it's nothing short of an adventure.
Best Time To Visit: Gokak Falls is best visited after the rains between September and March since, during the rains, Ghataprabha River will be overflowing and can be dangerous.
Hidlumane Falls is Shimoga's other mesmerising waterfalls that located at the base of Kodachadri Hills and deep in the reserve forest of Mookabika. The falls are formed by six milky white cascading falls, with each cascading fall more beautiful than the previous one.
Best Time To Visit: Hidlumane Falls can be visited all through the year, but for that truly stunning views, it's the monsoon season. Apparently, you can hear the gushing falls miles away.
On your way to Gokarna, Goa, or even Mumbai, stop by Apsarkonda Falls that is near a beach and is a good spot for catching the sunset. Depending on the season, the pool underneath the falls can be anywhere near the depth of two to seven feet deep. Enjoy a dip and visit the park that's close by the waterfalls.
Best Time To Visit: Apsarkonda Falls is best visited during the rainy season, but if you don't want to visit the waterfall during the monsoon, October to February is also ideal.