Located near the Masthikatte-Hulikal on the Shimoga -Udupi border in Karnataka, Kunchikal Falls is formed by the River Varahi. The waterfall from a height of 455 meters in a cascading form on these rocky boulders giving an impressive sight. The Kunchikal waterfalls rank 116th in height in the world and India’s highest waterfall. The River Varahi flows down from a greater altitude in a cascading manner over these rocky structures close to the Hulikal Ghati Temple.
A hydroelectric plant is built up under the waterfall, which generated high power electricity. The water falls into the reservoir of the Mani dam, which greatly reduced the flow of water. The picturesque location is a splendid location to enjoy the nature’s delight.
Rainy season is the ideal time to visit the waterfall. The envelope of greenery surrounding the area truly enchants anyone. The trajectory of the Varahi river is an impressive sight to watch for. Several waterfalls will be formed by the tributaries of Varahi river, as it falls into the Kunchikal waterfall. The bewitching view is exquisite that one cannot take eyes off it. The several waterfalls formed by the other rivers flow down with the Varahi rivers, adding an elegance to the location. The poignant feature of the waterfalls is its cascading levels and the compelling backdrop of spellbound green beauty.
Hydro Electric Power Station at Kunchikal Falls
With the construction of Mani Dam, near Masthikatte at the base of the waterfall, most the water flows into the dam to generate high power hydroelectricity. With the dam built up there, there is a restriction in the visits to the waterfall. Special permissions need to be acquired before visiting Kunchikal Falls. The area surrounding the waterfall is preserved very well to maintain the serenity of the area.
The area is well maintained and is one among the unpolluted ones in the area. The dam restricts the public drive into the area, hence less frequent visits from the public. The area is a wondrous picnic spot to enjoy a day away from the hassles and bustles of the city.
Best Time to Visit Kunchikal Falls
The best time to visit the Kunchikal Falls is during the rainy season i.e. from July to September. The enormous flow of water that gush out of the waterfall is indeed a sight to watch for. During the rainy season, the water flow and current are high. The cascading levels look elegant in these rainy seasons.
How to Reach Kunchikal Falls
Kunchikal waterfall is in Shimoga which is well connected by roadways to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore etc. Numerous private buses ply to Kunchikal waterfall from Bangalore. Once Hulikal is reached tourists can take up taxis or any other private vehicles to the waterfall.
Located on the Udupi-Shimoga border, Udupi railway station from Agumbe is around 67 km and From Shimoga, it is around 97km. From Shimoga or Udupi, one can take up any taxis or even buses to the waterfall.
Mangalore Airport is around 142 km from Kunchikal waterfall. Mangalore Airport is well connected to major cities. From the airport, one can take up a taxi service, a bus or even train to reach the waterfall.