Miscellany

Flowing serenity

Kemmangundi, also known as Krishnarajendra Hill Station, is one of the famous hill stations of Karnataka. With its picturesque hills, mountains, and salubrious weather, Kemmangundi is one of the favourite travel destinations of
Karnataka.

Shanti Falls is located just 3 kilometres away from Kemmangundi. True to its name, this Waterfall is very calm, and spectacular to look at. It is less visited, less crowded, somewhat tiny, and meanders through thick green shoal forest. Shanti Falls is not great of height, but its density, clean environment and quietude set it apart.

A 2 kilometre detour towards ‘Z Point’ on a muddy road takes us to this splendid waterbody. An information board has been installed at the start of the trail that passes through thick, woody forests. The trail passes through the edge of the hill, and the views begin opening up to the left. The trail is surrounded by hills from three sides and valley on another side.

Each and every curve of the path offer breathtaking views: the deep green valleys are too beautiful to behold and the green hills kiss the white clouds. Moving on deeper, the trail becomes narrow, and flanked by tall grass on both sides. There are several seeps, from which groundwater oozes, flows through a rocky path and rolls into the deep valley.

Even before you reach the spot, you can hear the gushing sounds of the Waterfall. To a nature-lover, it is soothing music and a welcome break from the harsh noises of urban spaces. Frothy water cascades from about 30 feet against the luxurious green cover and creates a  stream that descends through a broad rock bed which makes this Waterfall such a divine sight. The falling water also creates a natural pool beneath it. It is perfect for a cooling and rejuvenating swim.

What’s more, the Waterfall is said to have medicinal values, as it gushes down through innumerable herbs and medicinal plants. The water remains extremely cold throughout the year, and its crystal-clear quality feels magical when it glitters under sunlight. Tiny flowers, ferns, plants and mossy rocks – all add colour to this heavenly arena.

Rich with flora and fauna, this place is comparatively more remote than other places in Kemmangundi and you’re sure to find some shanti here.

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