Jog falls is a cascading wonder, formed by River Sharavati in Siddapura taluk in Uttara Kannada district, with its view point located in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Tucked away in dense evergreen forests, it is a hot spot amongst tourists and is a must visit place. Jog falls is alternatively known as Gerusoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls, and Jogada Gundi.
The Speciality of Jog Falls
Jog falls is popular for its plunge from a height of 830 feet as four beautiful cascades, Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. The Raja Fall cascades in one continuous flow to the depth of 250 m (830 ft). Halfway down, Roarer confronts it, which then gushes violently downwards to meet the Raja. The Rocket rushes downwards while the Rani flows in a quiet motion over the mountainside. Tourists can watch the spellbinding beauty of the Jog falls till the bottom of the hill from which it cascades from the steps at the viewpoint at the top. There are approximately 1,400 steps till the bottom of the hill from where tourists can view the waterfall.
Jog falls is an acclaimed major tourist attraction in Karnataka for being ranked as the 36th in the list of free-falling waterfalls. It is further claimed as the 490th in the world by list of waterfalls by total height and 128th in the list of single-drop waterfalls in the World by the waterfall database. It is also to be noted that Jog Falls is the tallest untiered waterfall in India, as it drops directly to the bottom.
Best time to visit Jog falls
The best time to visit Jog falls is from August to December, with the water cascading in full force. During the monsoon, the view is spectacular with rainbows now and then adding more charm to the falls.
How to reach Jog Falls
The Hubballi Domestic Airport is the nearest to Jog Falls, which is 159 km away from it. The Mangalore International Airport is about 217 km from it.
The nearest railway station to Jog falls is at Talaguppa which is about 18 km. The second nearest railway station to Jog falls is Sagara, which is about 36 km from it. You can also take a train to the Shimoga Railway station, which is about 104 km from Jog falls. From Shimoga one can take a train to Talaguppa to reach Jog falls.
The best way to travel from Bangalore to Jog falls is via NH 206 to Shimoga and Sagara towns, from where you can take a bus to the falls. There are direct KSRTC buses and private buses from Bangalore to Jog Falls, which involves a journey of 9 hrs. Otherwise tourists can also opt to take a direct bus from Bangalore to Shimoga or Sagara and then take a local bus from Sagara to Jog falls. The distance between Bangalore and Jog falls is 427 km.
Things to do near Jog Falls
- Linganamakki dam is 12 km from Jog falls, which offers a beautiful view of the River Sharavati.
- Honnemardu, which attracts adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts, is just 26 km away from Jog Falls.
- Keladi, the temple town, which houses the Rameshwara temple is about 36 km from Jog falls.
The distance from major tourist places to Jog falls.
The distance from Murudeshwar to Jog falls is about 95 km.
The distance from Shimoga to Jog falls is 106 km.
The distance from Gokarna to Jog falls is about 122 km.
A combined journey to Murudeshwar, Gokarna and Jog falls could be an exciting one.
Where to stay near Jog falls?
The Sharavathi Adventure Camp operated by Jungle Lodges is just 6 km from Jog falls and is an ideal place to stay while you visit the falls. The Lyca Resorts, Gundimane Homestay and Hotel KSTDC Mayura Gerusoppa are some of the best places to stay near Jog falls.