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Cascading glory

If you are planning to visit the well-known Shivanasamudra Falls, the best time to visit it is during the monsoon when the water level starts increasing which means more water to the falls.

Easily accessible by road and reachable within three hours from Bangalore, the falls is spectacular when the water divides into two major streams — Gaganachukki and Bharachukki.

Water cascades from a number of fissures and rocks in a fantastic display of water power. Mist rises constantly making for an ethereal sight.

There is a vantage point to catch a glimpse of the falls at closer quarters. You can trek to the bottom of the falls where coracles are available to take the visitors for a close-up look of the falls and discover ‘hidden’ falls not visible from the top. 

However, do not stray away from the beaten path as it could be slippery and there is a real danger of slipping and falling.

There is little to recommend by way of food or other facilities at the site, which overlooks the falls. A few vendors and dhabas provide packed snacks, soft drinks and tender coconut water. The restaurant in the vicinity of the falls serves a limited menu. Buses ply regularly from Bangalore and Mysore.

A hired cab could be ideal to visit nearby places like Talakad and see the mini-dam near the top of the falls where the water is diverted through penstock pipes to the hydroelectric power generating station.

Permission is needed to tour the hydroelectric station, one of the oldest in the country. Shivanasamudra is an enjoyable day outing from Bangalore, though weekends and public days could see hordes of enthusiastic visitors.

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