Jog Falls, Karnataka


This article gives a description of Jog Falls in Karnataka. The highest falls in India is the Jog falls. It is located on the mountains of the Western Ghat at an altitude of 1,500 m on the river Sharavathy.

The Jog falls waterfall is one of the major tourist attractions of Karnataka and it is in the midst of attractive beauty. At the Jog falls from a altitude of 292 m, 4 streams of the river Sharavathy go down. The names of the 4 streams are Raja, Royar, Rocket and Rani (or White Lady). Raja falls straight and in the midway meets with Royar.

The natural attraction of the Jog falls is beyond imagination. During monsoons and after monsoon is the time when the Jog falls looks most attractive. The reflection of the rainbow colors can be seen in the water.

From 10 am to 6 pm on every second Sunday of the month water is released to the falls from the dam and at that time the full splendor of the falls can be seen.
On the river Sharavathy is built a hydro-electric plant on Jog. The Sharavathy Valley Project can be visited by taking permission from the Karnataka Power Corporation and in South Asia it is the largest and first of its kind.

The Lingamukhi Dam, Reservoir and Power House are situated at a distance of 13 km from Jog Falls and the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro-Electric Plant is situated at less than a kilometer from here. Sharavathy is their 3rd project which 10 km from here. These places can be visited by use of private vans.

How to arrive at Jog falls:


At 16 km to the East of the Jog falls, the nearest railway station, Talguppa is situated. Shimoga, which is connected by many trains from Bangalore, Hubli and Mysore, is 98 km from Talguppa.

From the following places bus services are also available-
Bhadrawati - 121 km
Bhatkal - 74 Km
Karwar - 164 km
Mysore - 371 Km
Panaji - 299 Km
Shimoga - 103 km
Nearest airports-
Belgaon - 251 km
Bangalore - 378 km.

Places to see at Jog Falls


Vatkal and Mudreshwar:


Vatkal can be visited on the way. Vatkal is an ancient port city and many temples built by the Vijayanagar kings can be seen here and displays of Jainism can also be found.

Mudreshwar is another holy city at 16 km from Jog falls. At Mudreshwar beach, Temple and Pigeon island must be visited.

Hotels/Resorts for staying at Mudreshwar are:

RNS Yatri Niwas. Contact: +91 8385 260060
Naveen Beach Resort. Contact :+91 8385 260415

Birds Sanctuary :


For more than 100 years during winter, migrating birds from all parts of the world have been assembling at this 74 hectare bird sanctuary which is a marshland.

It was in the year 1985 that this place started emerging and established as a bird sanctuary. It can be visited by bus from Talguppa via Sidhapur (32 km).

Sagar:


Sandal wood and ivory industries are the fame of Sagar. Sagar is located 31 km from Jog and 340 km from Mysore. Sagar-Jambagaru is the station's name on the railway route of Talguppa-Shimoga. The commercial city of Sagar is visited by every bus going to Jog.

The Aghoreswar Temple at Ikkeri, which was built by the Nayak kings in the 16th century which is 3 km from the city, is one of Sagar's major attractions. Sagar is 72 km from Shimoga town.

Hotels/Resorts for staying at Sagar:

Hotel Sabhlok International
19 Gujarati Bazar, Sagar-570002, Ph: 22492716

Chandragutti:


At a distance of 115 km from Shimoga is present Chandragutti which is a remote village of Malnad.

On 20th March every year, millions of male and female devotees go naked to the Benukomba or Matangi temple after taking a holy dip in the Baroda river which is 4 km from the temple. This is a big occasion here and is called Betele Seve, which means naked worship.


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