Abbey falls or Abbi falls, Coorg, is a popular waterfall in the mountains of the Western Ghats. It is a beauty to behold and hence a must visit place in Coorg. Here’s all that you need to know about Abbey falls.
Why is Abbey Falls famous?
Abbey falls is widely acclaimed for its picturesque beauty in serene surroundings. It is formed by many mountain springs and at a certain point joined by River Kaveri, it cascades about 70 ft over the rocks to form a breathtaking waterfall. It may not plummet from a great height, however it falls over a wider area, which makes it appealing to the eye. Since it is just 8 km from Madikeri, Coorg, it is more accessible for tourists.
There is a hanging bridge that is found in front of the Abbey falls at a distance from where tourists can gain a good view of the waterfall.
History of Abbey Falls
Abbey falls was formerly called the Jessy falls during the British era. Coorg’s first British chaplain, enamoured with its fascinating beauty, named it after his daughter Jessy.
Later, after independence it was taken over by the government after which it changed hands to one Mr. Neravanda B. Nanaiah, who planted coffee and spices in the surrounding area. This provided a better visibility of the falls for the tourists. Though the falls cascades in a private property, this doesn’t serve as a deterrent for tourists to flock it all round the year.
What is the best time to visit Abbey Falls?
The waters cascade with full body during monsoon from July to October and so is a good time to visit Abbey Falls. However, it is ideal to visit the falls all round the year.
Things to do in Abbey falls
- The beauty of Abbey falls is enough reason to spend some good time there.
- Tourists can also trek through the surrounding greenery.
- People capture beautiful pictures from the hanging bridge.
- Tourists can also visit the small shrine of Goddess Kali near the bridge.
Things to remember during your visit to Abbey Falls
- Though Abbey falls/Abbi falls offer a spectacular view during the monsoon, tourists should be cautious because the ground can be slippery and will have to guard themselves from the leeches too.
- It is dangerous to bathe or swim in the waters of Abbey falls though the waters can be inviting. Attempting to do so has caused many deaths as well.
- Carry some food or snacks with you as there aren’t any shops at Abbey falls, if you are planning to spend a longer time there. However, en route you will find some tea stalls and small shops which sell tea, water and snacks.
How to reach Abbey falls
The distance from Abbey falls to Madikeri is just 8 km and one can reach it by hiring a cab or an auto. Tourists will have to take the Galibeedu road from Madikeri to reach Abbey Falls.
Distance from Abbey falls to other tourist places in Madikeri, Coorg
From the entrance, tourists will have to trek a little to reach the falls.
Abbey falls is well connected with the other major places to visit in Madikeri and other parts of Coorg.
Abbey falls to Raja Seat, Madikeri is 6.7 km
Abbey falls to Madikeri Fort is 6.4 km
Abbey falls to Talakaveri is 48.9 km
Quick facts about Abbey Falls
- Abbey Falls timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
- Entry Fee: Rs, 15
- Parking Fee: Rs 10 – 15
- Washroom: Available