Jog Falls

 

Jog Falls

Jog Falls in the state of Karnataka near Sagara Taluk attracts tourists in large number. It is a beautiful waterfall. The Joga is a Kannada word meaning fall. It is also called Gerusoppe Falls, Gerosoppa Falls, Joga Falls or Jogada Gundi. Located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, it is the second highest plunge waterfall in India. These falls are also ranked 13th in the World. The falls are dependent on the rainwater and the season. The best time to visit falls is in monsoon season, and that is from August to January and the peak season is September to December.

            

The Sharavathi River is the source of Jog falls. The fall of water from the height of 253 metres makes it second highest falls in this country. The first is Nohkalikai Falls in Meghalaya with the drop of 335 metres. As the Sharavathi River passes through a rocky bed of 230 metres, it reaches the enormous chasm here. The falls come down in four parts-Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani. These four merges into a magnificent, beautiful waterfall with lush green surroundings. There are steps from viewpoint to the bottom made by the tourist Department to have a close look at the falls. There are approx. 1400 steps to the bottom of the hill. The view of the waterfall from the bottom is fantastic. You can go to the base and take a plunge. However, it is dangerous to go down in the peak monsoon season. It is better to go to the bottom part in winter and summer only.

The nearest railway station is Talaguppa, 13 km and Sagara, 30 km. The nearest bus stops are Sagara and Jog Falls bus stop. You can reach this place by both domestic and international airport. Local Airports are Hubli Airport (130 km), Mangalore Airport (135 km) and Pune Airport (500 km). Bengaluru International Airport is also at an aerial distance of 340 km. Taxi services are also available under travel agencies of Sagara and Shivamogga.

Other places for sightseeing near Jog Falls are:

 Linganmakki Dam

The Government of Mysore conceived a hydro-electric project in the middle of 1943. That project is operating since 1948.The project was known as Krishna Rajendra Hydro Electric Project but later changed to Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric Project. The project is based on the Linganmakki Dam across the Sharavathi River and connected to the falls. There is less water in the dam before the monsoon. Therefore the water of the falls is exclusively collected in the dam for power generation before monsoon making it a pair of a thin stream. In the monsoon, the rainwater is the primary source of the falls.

 Honnemaradu: This is a place for water sports on the backwaters of Sharavathi River. It is just at the distance of an hour. You can enjoy river rafting, Kayaking with guide and boat rides.

Sigandur or Sigandooru:

 This is a small town on the bank of the Sharavathi River. There are backwaters of the Linganmakki Dam on the three sides. This place is famous for Shri Chowdeshwari Temple. The deity is Goddess Chowdeshwari. It is a place of must visit for devotees. Devi Chowdamma protects the belongings of her devotees from theft. Devotees believe that if the board "Shri Deviya Rakshane Ide" placed in the house keep away the thieves.  The thousands of visitors attend the annual fair of the temple in January.

Tunga Anicut Dam: This is a famous picnic spot. There are also lush green paddy fields and teak jungles.

Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger Reserve:  

               

It is within the Shettihali Sanctuary. There are rare species of tigers and lions. You can also spot deer and bears.

There are also places like Unchalli Falls, Dabbe Falls, Bennehole Falls, Kanoor Fort, Shavaganga Falls, Yana, Murudeswar, Koosalli Falls, Kudumari falls, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Banavasi etc.

There are many options for hotels, lodges here. The guest houses of forest department, campsite and home-stays are available for ready accommodation. There are also good numbers of restaurants. The vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available in almost all the restaurants.

There are not too many shopping options, but you can visit local shops or shacks for local items.

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