Jog Falls KarnatakaWhat is today an enigmatic tourist attraction in Shimoga, in the Indian state of Karnataka, was discovered nearly 150 years ago by British explorers. Also known by the name of Gersoppa Falls, this is the second highest plunge waterfall in the country, formed by the 250 ft plunge of the River Sharavati near the Sagara taluka in Karnataka. UNESCO has allotted it a spot in the top ten ecological hotspots in the world.
History of Jog Falls
Origin of the nameThe waterfall is known by a number of names, with Jogada Gundi and Gersoppa Falls being the most popular local names. The Kannada language uses the term ‘joga’ to literally mean ‘falls’, and thus the waterfall in this region has come to be known as ‘Jog Falls’.
River Sharavati and its FallsThis is one of the most gorgeous rivers in South India, whose origin is near Nonabar, located in the taluk of Thirthahalli. The river, on its way downwards, receives Haridravati on the right and Yenne Hole on the left. The westward turn in the course of river occurs at a geographical frontier, which is followed by the creation of the Jog Falls by the plunge that the river takes there, before passing through the eponymous village. Thereafter, the river flow occurs over a very rocky bed, ahead of which lies a gigantic chasm, nearly 1000 ft in depth, which divides the river flow into four waterfalls.
They are -
- Raja Fall
- Roarer Fall
- Rocket Fall
- Rani Fall
Things To Do At Jog Falls
Scenic BeautyThe Jog Falls are surrounded by vast stretches of hills, hillocks and forests – all of which combine to produce a mesmerizing effect on the minds of those who have had the fortune of visiting this place. Besides, this is an ideal getaway spot for city dwellers in Bangalore and Goa, which are located at a distance of 400 and 200 kilometres respectively from the waterfall.
Economic importanceJog Falls are associated with the Linganmakki Dam, which is situated nearby, across the Sharavati River, and is responsible for providing the necessary water to the Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric Project, which is a major source of power for the state of Karnataka. The dam, and consequently the Jog Falls, thus attracts a lot of resources from the State and Central governments.
Best time to visitAs with any other majestic waterfall, located anywhere in the world, the best time for tourist activities is during the rainy season – which, in India, translates into the Monsoon season, which stretches from July to October on most occasions.
How to reachBy Rail
Honnavar on the Mangalore - Mumbai Konkan Railway Route and Talaguppa and Sagara are the three main railway stations from where tourists can easily reach this location.
The location is well connected by national highways and Sagara and Jog Falls are the nearest stoppages available for bus riders.
While Hubli Airport serves as the nearest domestic airport, the international tourist community is catered by Bengaluru Airport, Mangalore Airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and Goa Airport.
Where to stay near Jog FallsKarnataka Hotels
Location - Shimoga 577 435
Contact - 08186-244 732/ 752
Sagara Taluk IB
Location - Shimga Road, Sagara 577401
Contact - 08183 - 326275
Location - BH Road, NH 206, Gandhi Nagar, Sagara, Shimoga 577 201
Contact - 08183-228 899/ 999
Hotel Ramakrishna Lodge
Location - Near Mallikarjuna Theatre, Durgigudi, Shimoga 577 201
Contact - 08182-227 551
Sri Durga Amruth Lodge
Location - Near Govt Bus Stand, NT Road, Shimoga 577 201
Contact - 08182-270 273
Hotel Surya Comforts
Location - Opp. Jewel Rock Hotel, Durgigudi, Shimoga 577 201
Contact - 08182-221 817, 324 040/ 400
Location - Basavani Post, Thirthahalli Taluk, Shimoga 577 432
Contact - 08181-254 722, 202 210, 094486 39444
Location - Vihara Dhama, Nittur Post, Hosanagara Taluk, Shimoga 577 452
Contact - 08182-266 082, 094487 90127, 094487 90127
River Tern Lodge
Location - Behind Ranganathaswamy Temple, Shimoga 577 115
Contact - 094495 99778
Travel agencies near Jog FallsPushpa Travels - 94812 53465 / 94803 22038
Vivek Travels - 08182 - 405911 / 405922
Sneha Travel Agencies - 08182 - 222507
Lakshmi Travels - 08182 – 276839
Adithya Travels - 08182 – 270666
Mamatha Travels - 08182 - 279151 / 270338
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