Shivanasamudra Falls – One Day Trip from Bangalore
Shivanasamudra falls is one of the best tourist attraction near Bangalore. I really don’t know how many times I have visited this place from childhood. In fact, Shivanasamudra falls is the only falls (considering the amount of water) near Bangalore, which definitely makes the best weekend getaways from Bangalore and Mysore.
Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Mandya District, Karnataka, India. Shivanasamudra, The waterfalls are on river Kaveri which is flowing from KRS Dam. The island of Sivanasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. The left waterfall is Gaganachukki and right waterfall is Barachukki. The segmented falls are listed in the 100 most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Gaganachukki falls is 100 meters in height which pours down with amazing sound and sprinkles spectators. Barachukki falls is 90 meters in height and 800 meters in width which is long and wide. Pours down like milk taking a huge amount of area. Gaganachukki and Barachukki falls are just 2 to 3 km away, where the Kaveri (cauvery) divide and join again. This creates the fourth largest island in the river’s course. Hence the Island Shivanasamudra.
Diwan Sheshadri Iyer designed the first hydro-electric power stations in Asia, which was established in 1902. The hydro-electric power stations are still functioning.
Quick Overview :
Type of Place – Waterfalls
Located – Mysore
Distance – 130 Km from Bangalore, 65 Km from Mysore
Ideal Trip Duration – 4 to 5 Hrs
Best Time to visit – September to January
Peak Season – September to December
Entry Fee – Free
Weather – 16 °C to 34 °C
Transport – Frequent buses from Mysore, Malavalli, Kollegal
Facilities – Hotels, Restroom, parking and lodging
Shivanasamudra falls timings – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Words are not just enough to describe this place. The waterfalls are located approximately 140 km from Bangalore and 60 km from Mysore. This is one of the major attraction for people visiting Mysore and Mandya.
I will share you the complete details about Shivanasamudra falls in this blog. Before that I would love to share my experience of traveling from Bangalore to Shivanasamudra falls and going back from Shivanasamudra falls to Bangalore as a one day trip, or you can skip ahead to the detailed overview sections (best timing, places near to falls, weather, distance from cities, travel tips, etc) of Shivanasamudra by scrolling down.
Let Me Share My Travel Experience
This ride was planned instantly on a NICE road, as I came to NICE road for shooting a review video of my motorcycle (Honda Hornet 160R). Because of this instant plan I did not carry my GoPro Hero and wear my riding jacket. Apart from these, I carried my MT Helmet with pullover (as I thought initially this could be just a review and go home) and shoes. But I suggest you to wear complete gear as the Kanakapura road is not safe sometimes. At the time of this ride, the road was under construction. By 2019 it would be better with 2 lanes I guess.
My Route Plan: Bangalore to Shivanasamudra falls
Bangalore – Kanakapura – Malavalli – Shivanasamudra Falls (Total of 130 KM)
6:30 AM: I left the NICE road and headed towards Kanakapura. As I said before Kanakapura road was under construction during this ride. To many patch works and diversions, also light traffic at 7 AM. Which definitely did not give me a good start, but later was awesome. I had a small pack of biscuit before starting the ride, just to keep my hunger aside until I find a hotel for breakfast.
7:30 AM: I reached Kanakapura, now need to find a hotel. There was one hotel where everyone knew about it. That is Vasu hotel. I too tried here but did not satisfy stomach. I have another best suggestion for you. A few months back I rode to Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta which is near Sangama, Kanakapura. That day I found a small Hotel named Hrudayavanta. Definitely the best tasting idly I ate so far, chitranna was also very good. I have made a small clip of that hotel in this video (Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta Ride) Skip to 9:13 in the video to see the hotel footage. This hotel is located on the way to Sangama, 5 km away from Kanakapura town.
8:00 AM: After finishing the satisfying breakfast I moved ahead to Malavalli. From Kanakapura to Malavalli road is good with a pleasant environment. After leaving Kanakapura where you feel that you have come out of town. Full of green everywhere and also traffic is very less. One can easily cruise at 70 to 80 with a complete relax of mind.
9:00 AM: Reached Malavalli, If in case you miss breakfast at Kanakapura you can have here. Not hotels but roadside breakfast, which is also good and worth. Once I had it while going to BR Hills. Now moving on, We need to take a diversion towards the left which will go to Kollegal. From here the roads are better. We can see a wide range of fields and small mountains around. Which is again a good thing for people living in busy cities like Bangalore.
9:30 AM: Within 20 minutes we encounter a long bridge, good for some photography, also the view is excellent. The next diversion after the bridge will take to Shivanasamudra. The same water what we see while standing on the bride is flowing as Gaganachikki and Barachikki falls. And the amount of water flow depends on KRS Dam storage and outflow.
10:00 AM: Gaganachukki, I parked my bike and first visited Gaganachukki waterfall which is towards left. There is a huge parking lot, so no need to worry about parking. Really not sure on peak season, but the day I went had a huge crowd, but I could see parking space was not fully filled. But anyways I need not worry much as I have a two-wheeler (Honda Hornet 160R). Shivanasamudra falls entry fee is free.
Gaganachukki falls is 100 meters in height which pours down with amazing sound and sprinkles spectators. I could see a big smile on every visitors here. Which describes how this tourist place is. When we observe towards the left side of waterfalls we can also see hydro-electric power stations, not clearly though but yes we can see something out of it. I spent nearly 40 mins in Gaganachukki waterfalls. Later moved to Barachukki falls which is 3 km away.
11:00 AM: Barachukki, Here also parking space was good. There were some viewpoints to view the wide Barachukki falls. Here water looks like milk, which is so pleasant for our eyes to watch. Spent 30 mins here and left to Bangalore.
Overall it was a very good experience for me. First time I went to Shivanasamudra falls in the bike, it did not even feel like riding 130 km. Weather was so supportive. Reached home safely by 3 PM.
So Shivanasamudra falls is one of the best One Day trip from Bangalore.
How to reach Shivanasamudra Falls
Frequent buses are available from Bangalore to Kollegal, Mysore to Kollegal and from Malavalli, But I observed they all stop you at the junction of the falls, from there you need to take a rickshaw or a cab which would cost 20 INR per head.
Mysore Junction is the nearest railway station which is about 80 km from Sivanasamudra. From there one has to take a bus or cabs to reach Shivanasamudra falls.
Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is about 180 km from Sivanasamudra. From Airport taxis and cabs are available to reach Shivanasamudra falls.
Bangalore to Shivanasamudra falls routes
The primary and regular route where everyone follows – Bangalore – Kanakapura – Malavalli – Shivanasamudra Falls. This route covers around 137 Km and takes an average of 3 Hrs.
Alternate route from Bangalore to Shivanasamudra falls – Bangalore – Ramanagara – Chennapatna – Madduru – Malavalli – Shivanasamudra Falls. This route is the highway, covers around 130 Km with an average of 3 Hrs journey. But this road feels like Outer ring road in Bangalore, very busy and high traffic. Though we can reach fast, people don’t like this road, instead, the primary route is really good for tourists. They ride or drive peacefully with less traffic and with a good landscape.
Shivanasamudra falls timings
The timings of Shivanasamudra falls are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Reaching the daytime would be good and pleasant when compared to the evening. Shivanasamudra Falls can be visited throughout the year. However, Monsoon is the best time to visit Shivanasamudra falls which is from July to October to witness the best weather and amount of water in the waterfall.
Weather in Shivanasamudra falls (Seasonal and monthly)
Shivanasamudra weather varies from 16 °C to 35 °C depending on the season.
|Month||Avg. Min||Avg. Max|
|January||16 °C||28 °C|
|February||17 °C||31 °C|
|March||21 °C||34 °C|
|April||24 °C||35 °C|
|May||23 °C||34 °C|
|June||22 °C||30 °C|
|July||21 °C||28 °C|
|August||21 °C||29 °C|
|September||21 °C||29 °C|
|October||20 °C||30 °C|
|November||17 °C||30 °C|
|December||16 °C||28 °C|
Hotels in Shivanasamudra Falls
As Shivanasamudra falls is one of the best weekend gateways from Bangalore, there are many Hotels, Restaurants and Resorts for people who would love to stay and explore more here. Some of them would be Hotel Mayura Barachukki, Hotel Lakshadeep Gaganachukki, ChukkiMane – Village Resort near to Shivanasamudra Falls, Green Peace Bheemeshwari, Georgia Sunshine Village, Talakadu Jaladhama, JAI Homes and more.
Also, Mysore is just 80 KM where you will get 100’s of hotels.
Top places to visit near Shivanasamudra falls
Mekedatu is located along Kaveri (Cauvery) in Kanakapura Taluk, Ramanagara. Mekedatu’ means ‘goat’s leap’ in Kannada. In simple words, ‘Meke’ means goad or sheep and ‘Datu’ means cross. Mekedatu is a stretch of 3 to 4 km deep gorges through which the river Kaveri flows at high-speed gushing through rocks.
There is an interesting mythical story on this which explains, the herdsman witnessed the goat being chased by a tiger where goad had no choice to escape apart from jumping the gorge from one end to another. hence the name Mekedatu. The story tells the point where the goat leaped has widened since then from erosion caused by the river Kaveri.
There is a popular place known as Sangama, where the river Arkavati and river Kaveri meets. Before Sangama you can witness this Chunchi Falls. This is not a part of river Kaveri, but a part of water coming from Manchinbele dam and Vrishabhavathi Dam (Ramanagara and Bangalore respectively). The water looks clean before coming to this place, so it’s a decent place to visit. As Chunchi falls is unexplored falls, there is no much transportation here. You have to take your own vehicle and walk for some distance in the unexplored area to see this Falls.
Muthathi Forest and Kaveri River
Muthathi is situated on the banks of the Kaveri river near Malavalli. It is located around 100kms from Bangalore. It is surrounded by a dense forest which is the home of the Kaveri Wildlife Sanctuary. Riding inside the forest is an amazing experience and quite adventurous. As you get inside forest we feel that we are lost and some point we can see Kaveri river from a long distance. Before entering the forest we have to enter our name and basic details to the forest officers. Enjoy the view and take the blessings of Lord Anjaneya and move on. Shivanasamudra is very nearby waterfalls but on road, it takes a long distance.
Wesley bridge Shivanasamudra
Wesley Bridge or Wellesley Bridge across the Kaveri River near Sathyagala in Kollegal taluk. It is 400 meters long and 200 years old heritage stone bridge which is built completely on stones. The Colonel Arthur Wellesley Bridge was Built-in 1799. Every stones and pillar here are carved beautifully which gives a knowledgable visit of the history. Initially, the bridge was named after colonial administrator Lord Richard Colley Wellesley, it was renamed as Lushington Bridge later in the 1830s. This bridge and one at Srirangapatna was one of the good place for movie directors to shoot scenes.
The bridge is no more functional from 2018 flood – A very sad thing here is, recently a small portion of Wellesley Bridge collapsed/washed away due to the discharge of 1.20 lakh cusecs of water from Kabini and KRS Dam.
Talakad is a historic and spiritual pilgrimage center. It is a desert-like town on the left bank of the Kaveri river, located at 45 km from Mysore and 130 km from Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Talakad had many temples, but most of them are lay buried under sand.
Biligirirangana Hills also popularly called BR Hills. The area is called Biligiriranganatha Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary (BRT Wildlife Sanctuary). It is situated in the Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka. This place is 40kms from Chamarajanagar city, 30kms from Kollegal, 82kms from Mysore and 180kms from Bangalore. So u can easily take ur bike there for a weekend ride. This place is heaven between the Western and the Eastern Ghats with wonderful flora and fauna. Monsoon is just equal to heaven here.
Waterfalls near Bangalore
- Chunchi Falls
- Hogenakkal Falls
- Muthyala Maduvu Falls
- Mekedatu Falls
- Balmuri Edumuri Falls
- Chunchanakatte Falls
Dams near Bangalore
- Manchinbele dam
- Dandiganahalli dam
Some travel tips for Shivanasamudra falls
- Try to visit as early as possible, the view will be very healthy, you will easily get a good parking space and also less crowd.
- Please do not try stepping down to water. The water looks very dangerous, there are many deaths happing now and then. So better enjoy the view and come back safely.
- Plan nearby places properly as this is just a 2 to 3 hours of trip time to spend.
Travel tips for riders
- Make sure bike is in proper condition
- Fuel up a day before
- Plan your route
- Start early and end early
- Wear protective gears and comfortable clothes
- Pack your things smart and light
- Stay hydrated
- Never miss your food but be light
- Take regular break
- Be ready to ride on any weather
Read a complete article about Top 10 tips for a long distance motorcycle ride
Also, read One Day trip from Bangalore.
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