- Destination: Shivanasamudra Falls
- Time Of Visit: During monsoon (July – October)
- Visited On: September 2013
- Suggestion: Carry extra set of clothes as there is nice provision of taking bath in water-fall
- About: The Shivanasamudra Falls is on the Kaveri River after the river has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfalls. The island town of Shivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. This creates the fourth largest island in the rivers course. A group of ancient temples are located here and there likely was a village.
This is a segmented waterfall. Segmented waterfalls occur where the water flow is broken into two or more channels before dropping over a cliff, resulting in multiple side by side waterfalls. It has an average width of 305 meters, a height of 98 m, and an average volume of 934 cubic meters / sec. A common misconception about these waterfalls are that the left segment is called Gaganchukki and the right segment is
called Bharachukki. In reality the Bharachukki falls are a few kilometers to the south-west of the Gaganachukki falls. This is due to the Kaveri river itself splitting a few kilometers to the south into western and eastern branches. The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki, whereas the eastern branch results in the Bharachukki falls. The Gaganachukki waterfalls are best viewed from the Shivanasamudra watch tower. There is another approach to the Gaganachukki falls from the Darga Hazrath Mardane Gaib (Imam Ali). Despite warnings being posted, people climb down the rocks and attempt to view the waterfalls from behind/top, resulting in many fatal accidents. It is 139 km from the city of Bangalore.
- How To Reach: The two falls are not well connected by bus. Buses fly regularly to Kollegala from Bangalore as well as Mysore. From Kollegala, one can hire cab or autorickshaw to reach the falls. However, buses to Kollegala can be crowded and hiring a cab from Bangalore or Mysore is advisable.
- The Journey Starts: We were in a group of 12 people. So we booked a Tempo Traveller (TT) from Bangalore which is a perfect vehicle for 12 people. We all boarded the vehicle at 5AM and reached Shivanasamudra after a drive of 3 hours. We had breakfast on the way in Mysore Road. There are some good restaurants which serves nice veg food. We had a lovely Dosa there.
Once reached Gaganachukki falls, the view is breath-taking. It’s a nice waterfall. We climbed down through boulders to experience the fall from the closest range. To get down, there is small broken gate on the left. Getting down is difficult and could be risky. It is not advisable to get down. Never take a chance of getting down if going with family. Water is gushing out just next to us with a roaring sound. Spend quite a long time there, taken photos enjoyed every bit of it. Then we boarded the vehicle once again to reach Bharachukki falls which is about two kilometers from Gaganachukki. We went there with a mindset of taking bath in the falls.We changed dress in the vehicle, took around 100 steps in stairs to get down. The view is nice from the stairs itself. Once we are down, we found a small stream passing by, which needs to be crossed to reach the main waterfall. One should be always careful in these streams and waterfalls. Slightest of careless movement can break your bones.
We reached the waterfall after crossing the stream. It is a huge and magnificent waterfall. All were taking bath there. We also rushed to the fall to take bath. In one part of the fall, there a section caved inside. Go inside that, you will find yourself behind the water. People do jump around and swim. Caution once again – Don’t go too deep in the valley, as water current might pull you inside. There are security guards blows whistle to make one alert if going too deep.This is the step taken after reporting lot of accidents. One of my office colleague died there two months back, when water current pulled him far away while taking a bath and moved too deep inside. One can enjoy Coracle ride also in the stream. They charge quite a bit. Don’t forget to bargain. After taking bath, taking number of photos, we all climbed up the stairs and boarded our vehicle. On the way again, we had nice Veg-lunch served in banana leaf. After completing lunch, all were too tired. We boarded the vehicle and got back to Bangalore. It took around 5 hours while coming back in heavy traffic of Bangalore. In the end, it was a nice fun and my first ever bath taken in a water-fall… It’s a lovely day out…Don’t get scared with lot of warnings. Be matured, stay safe and enjoy every bit!! Click Here to See All Pics Of Shivanasamudra