Jog Falls and Keladi temple – Gems of Karnataka Tourism
No matter how many times you visit the highest waterfall in India- Jog falls, you can never miss a visit when you are around Shimoga. After spending some time in the viewpoints of Unchalli Falls, we returned to the parking lot at 2.30 PM and started our journey towards the very popular, Jog falls, which is about 52 km from Unchalli Falls.
The road to Jog falls was amazing. In few places, we could see the vast green paddy fields which looked endless. We stopped near these grasslands for some time and took photos and then proceeded towards the destination. After following the route shown in Google maps, we reached near Jog falls at around 4.30 PM.
Jog Falls is the second highest waterfalls in India. It is created by the Sharavati river and is located near Sagar Taluk of Shimoga district. Jog falls is also called as Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls, or Jogada Gundi. This is one of the most famous tourist destinations of Karnataka. All thanks to its huge fall from the rocky cliffs, the waterfall attracts tourists from all over the country. The Sharavathi river drops here as four separate falls – Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket making it look extraordinarily beautiful. The Raja Fall is the biggest of all dropping from a height of 830 ft (250 m). The roarer fall is the one which makes the most sound and meets the Raja fall on its halfway down. Rocket shoots downwards in a series of jets and the Rani fall is the calmest and beautiful one.
There are around 1400 steps constructed to reach to the bottom of the hill from where you can get a closer view of this gigantic waterfalls. Since we were running short of time, we could not go down the steps. The clouds started to hide the falls as the sun started to set down which made it look more stunning.
The Linganamakki dam built across the Sharavathi river is associated with this waterfall and the water level in the dam controls the flow. During summer, when there is less water in the Linganamakki reservoir, there will be hardly any water in the waterfalls. Rainy season is the best time to visit. When we visited, though the waterfalls were not in its full glory, the view was mesmerizing.
After having our evening snacks at hotel Mayura, which is near to the viewpoint, we left the place at 5.30 PM. Took Sagara route to reach Bangalore, because we wanted to visit Rameshwara temple in Keladi town of Sagara taluk. We reached the temple at 6.30 PM. The temple is very beautiful with wonderful art on walls and roofs. The historical stories are well sculpted in this temple. Since it became dark and we had a long way back home, we decided to come to this place once again in future and left from the temple at 7 PM and took the road that goes via Davanagere > Chitradurga > Tumkur and reached home at 2.30 AM.
- Route Travelled: Onward: Unchalli Falls > Jog Falls > Sagara > Keladi
Return: Keladi > Sagara > Ranebennur > Davanagere > Chitradurga > Tumkur > Bangalore
- Photos: Jog Waterfalls and Keladi Album