Nature’s majestic showers – Top 15 waterfalls in Karnataka

You know how the Indian summer can turn Karnataka into a sizzling hotplate. But don’t let the heat get to you and jet off to the other side of the globe to find a cool retreat. Take a break from the sweltering heat without burning a hole in your pockets by finding respite in the waterfalls in Karnataka. The state has a waterfall for every mood, from majestic torrents that take your breath away to gentle cascades that soothe your senses. And the best part? These natural spectacles draw in nature lovers from all corners, making them a must-visit spot. 

So, are you ready for an adventure? Buckle up because we’re about to uncover the best waterfalls in Karnataka. So, the next time you visit Karnataka, just book a Savaari and escape to these waterfalls for some respite from the heat and the chaos of city life. We’ll spill the beans on everything you need to know about these natural gems. Trust us, by the end of this, you’ll be packing your bags for a waterfall getaway!

Waterfalls in Karnataka

Table of Contents

  1. Abbey Waterfalls, Coorg
  2. Hebbe Waterfalls, Chikmagalur
  3. Iruppu Waterfalls, Coorg
  4. Shivanasamudra Falls, Mandya
  5. Gokak Waterfalls, Belgaum
  6. Jog Waterfalls, Shimoga
  7. Kunchikal Falls, Shimoga
  8. Chunchi Falls, Kanakapura
  9. Kalhatti Falls, Chikmagalur
  10. Apsara Konda Falls, Murudeshwar
  11. Jhari Waterfalls, Chikmagalur
  12. Ermai Falls, Chikmagalur
  13. Devkar Falls, Karwar
  14. Magod Waterfalls, Dandeli
  15. Muthyala Maduvu, Bangalore

1. Abbey Waterfalls – The cascading jewel of Coorg

Waterfalls in Karnataka - Abbey falls, Coorg

First up on our waterfall adventure is the stunning Abbey Falls. Picture this: a serene setting where multiple mountain springs converge, and then, joined by the mighty River Kaveri, they tumble down about 70 feet over rugged rocks. It may not be the tallest waterfall you’ve ever seen, but don’t let that fool you. The width of the fall is widespread over the rocks steals the show here, making it a feast for the sore eyes. Back in the day, during the British era, this beauty was known as Jessy Falls. Its charm smote Coorg’s first British chaplain; he named it after his daughter, Jessy. 

Fast forward to post-independence, the government took over the falls and planted coffee and spices around the falls, enhancing its visibility for tourists. While the waterfalls are located on private property, you can still visit them all year round. There’s also a hanging bridge right in front of the falls that offers a fantastic vantage point for soaking in the view.

Best time to visit Abbey Falls

If you want to see the falls in all their glory, plan your visit during the monsoon season, between July and October. That’s when the waters are at their fullest. But Abbey Falls is a year-round spectacle, so you can go anytime.

Nearby attractions

Extend your visit by exploring the coffee and spice plantations around Madikeri, visiting Raja’s Seat for a panoramic view of the town, and touring the Madikeri Fort, an impressive 17th-century fort displaying Coorg’s history.

How to reach

The closest town to Abbey Falls is Madikeri which is located at a distance of 8-10 km. Other cities like Mangalore and Mysore are located about 130 km away from Abbey Falls. If you are travelling via Madikeri, you need to go through Galibeedu Road to reach the falls and then walk for a while. If you are travelling from Bangalore, book a Savaari to Coorg to soak in the serenity of Abbey Falls

2. Hebbe Waterfalls – The hidden haven of Chikmagalur

Waterfalls in Karnataka - Hebbe falls

Nestled in the Chikmagalur district, this waterfall is a crowd-pleaser for a good reason. Standing tall at 168 meters, Hebbe Falls promises a magical experience to anyone up for the journey. The Kemmangundi hill station was the go-to summer spot for the former Wodeyar ruler, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV. The stunning gardens, majestic mountain ranges, and breathtaking valleys make it a visual feast for any traveller. A trek of 8 km from here will lead you straight to Hebbe Falls. Born from the waters of the mountains, this waterfall cascades down 250 feet in two stages, known as Dodda Hebbe and Chikka Hebbe.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Hebbe Falls is the post-monsoon season, from August to January. Monsoons can be tricky with slippery rocks, heavy rains, and the occasional leeches.

Nearby attractions

You can also visit the coffee plantations in Chikmagalur, hike up the Mullayanagiri Peak, the highest in Karnataka, explore the historical Hoysala Temples in Belur, or enjoy bird-watching at the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary.

How to reach

Getting there is a bit of a journey. It’s 278 km from Bengaluru and 65 km from Chikmagalur. The nearest railway station is Tarikere, about 35 km away, and the closest airport is in Mangaluru, 222 km away. Book an airport taxi from Mangalore for a comfortable commute to Chikmagalur. You’ll need to get to Kemmangundi hill station first, and from there, you can either trek the last 7 km or hire a local 4×4 jeep to reach Hebbe Falls.

3. Iruppu Waterfalls – The spiritual symphony of Coorg

Iruppu falls, Coorg

Iruppu waterfalls cascade down from a height of 170 feet from the Bramhagiri hills, nestled in the lush woodlands of the Coorg district. The waterfall is named after the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, a tributary of the Cauvery River that originates here. But Iruppu is not just a tourist hotspot; it’s also a pilgrimage site during the Hindu festival of Shivaratri.

Legend has it that Rama and Lakshmana, from the epic Ramayana, were on a quest to find Rama’s wife, Sita. When Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch water, he shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills, giving birth to the Lakshmana Tirtha River. There are several other spots in Karnataka that have been mentioned in Ramayana. Click here to learn about these locations and embark on a Ramayana trail.

There’s even a Shiva nearby, the Rameshwara Temple, believed to have been founded by Rama. If you’re a trekking enthusiast, this place is a dream come true. And after a tiring trek, the soothing waters of the waterfall will rejuvenate you. 

“During my family trip to Coorg, I opted for an hourly Savaari car rental with a chauffeur to navigate the area. On the first day, we hit up the typical touristy spots. However, on the second day, our driver suggested visiting the magnificent Iruppu Waterfalls, Coorg. He even shared an intriguing fact that the waterfall has a connection to the epic Ramayana, where Lakshmana created the Lakshmana Tirtha River by shooting an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills. My parents were absolutely impressed! Thanks to my Savaari driver, we got to explore this stunning hidden gem with its fascinating stories.”

Raghav Desai, Savaari customer

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is during the monsoons, from June to September when the falls are at their fullest and most spectacular.

Nearby attractions

Nearby attractions include the Nagarhole National Park, a top tiger reserve in India, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, known for its rich biodiversity, and the sacred Rameshwara Temple, located close to the waterfalls.

How to reach

To get to Iruppu Falls, you can hire a jeep or a taxi from Madikeri or Nagarhole, which are 80 km and 25 km away, respectively. The falls are on the way to the Nagarhole National Park from Gonikopal, with the nearest village being Srimangala. There’s parking available before the forest walk begins.

4. Shivanasamudra Falls – The twin wonder of Mandya

Shivanasamudra Falls is a real gem nestled on the banks of the Kaveri River in the Mandya district of Karnataka. This waterfall is unique – it’s segmented and split into two parts: Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. Gaganachukki is a sight, with the river plunging from about 90 feet. Bharachukki, on the other hand, is all about the width, stretching across a whopping 320 feet. 

The thunderous roar of the water and the stunning scenery make Shivanasamudra Falls a must-visit spot. And for the best view of Gaganachukki, head to the Shivanasamudra watch tower. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the Shivanasamudra Hydroelectric Power Plant. It’s a great way to add a little educational twist to your trip.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is from July to January, with the peak season being August to October.

Nearby attractions

Besides the falls, you can visit the Gaganachukki and Barachukki Falls nearby, explore the ancient temples of Somnathpura, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary for bird watching, and the historic fort and palace of Srirangapatna.

How to reach

Getting there is pretty straightforward. It’s 133 km from Bengaluru and 78 km from Mysuru, with the nearest airport and railway station in Mysuru. The best way to travel comfortably is by booking a cab from Bangalore to Shivanasamudra

5. Gokak Waterfalls – The Niagara of India in Belgaum

Waterfalls in Karanataka - Gokak falls

Located 60 km from Belgaum City, Gokak Falls is steeped in history. The town of Gokak was founded in 1853, and in 1887, the Forbes Gokak Spinning Mill was established near the falls. This mill has been a significant economic driver for the city. The waterfall gets its name from the Goki River and is 52 meters high. It crashes into the Gokak Valley, forming a horseshoe at its crest. And with its 177-meter width and the colour of the water, it’s often compared to Niagara Falls. And the best part? There’s no entry fee! Just remember to leave after sunset.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Gokak Falls is during the rainy season, from July to September. That’s when the falls are at their fullest and most spectacular. 

Nearby attractions

Visit the historic Belgaum Fort and Kamala Basti, trek to the top of Rajhansgad Yellur Fort for a magnificent view, explore the Kittur Fort and Palace, and enjoy the unique rock formations at the Godchinamalaki Falls.

How to reach

To get there, you can take a bus or hire a taxi from the town of Gokak, about 6km away. The nearest railway station is Ghataprabha, about 7-8 kilometres away. You can also fly into Sambra Airport in Belgaum, which is about 75 kilometres from Gokak town. Book an hourly car rental in Belgaum for a hassle-free commute to Gokak.

6. Jog Falls – The roaring majesty of Shimoga

Jog falls, Coorg

Jog Falls in Shimoga is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India and one of the the reigning waterfalls in Karnataka. It’s only second to the Nohkalikai Falls of Meghalaya, with a jaw-dropping drop of about 253 m (850 ft.) in a single fall. It’s also known as Gerosappa Falls or Joga Falls and is a seasonal waterfall that splits into four segments – Raja, Roarer, Rocket, and Rani. Each segment has its unique characteristics. Raja is an unbroken stream, Roarer is a strong and violent current, Rocket flows down in different jets, and Rani is a quiet stream that falls in foam. Next time you’re there, see if you can spot the differences!  

Best time to visit Jog Falls

Summers can get pretty hot, so the monsoons are ideal. But winters are also a great option, with perfect weather for outdoor activities. Since Jog Falls is a seasonal waterfall, the monsoons are the best time to see the falls in their natural splendour. But here’s a heads-up: the Linganamakki Dam, a nearby hydroelectricity plant, restricts the fall flow before monsoons. 

Nearby attractions

Consider a visit to the historic city of Ikkeri, home to the ancient Aghoreshwara Temple, trek through the Kudajadri Hills, explore the wildlife at the Sharavathi Wildlife Sanctuary, or take a boat tour to the scenic Dabbe Falls nearby.

How to reach

Jog Falls is a breezy 2-hour drive from the central city of Shimoga. The nearest airport is in Hubli, about 130km away, and the nearest railway station is in Sagara, about 30km away, also the closest city to Jog Falls. Want to visit Jog Falls with your friends and family? We highly recommend embracing the “more the merrier” spirit and booking a tempo traveller in Shimoga for your visit to Jog Falls.

7. Kunchikal Falls – The towering elegance of Shimoga

Take a trip to Kunchikal Falls, the highest waterfall in India, located on the Shimoga-Udupi highway in Karnataka. This waterfall is nestled on the Varahi River and is surrounded by lush, dense woods, making it a popular spot for trekking enthusiasts. It’s also home to a hydroelectric plant that generates electricity. Unlike many waterfalls in Shimoga, Kunchikal Falls is easily accessible by road. You can park your car and just walk a few meters to enjoy the view of the falls. It’s ranked 116th on the list of the highest waterfalls in the world, which is quite impressive!

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kunchikal Falls is during the rainy season, from July to September. That’s when the waterfall is majestic, and the surrounding greenery is at its lushest.

Nearby attractions

The area also offers the Agumbe Rainforest, one of the last lowland rainforests left in India, famous for its biodiversity. Don’t miss the beautiful sunset at the Agumbe Sunset View Point, and the historic temples in the nearby town of Thirthahalli.

How to reach

Getting there is pretty straightforward. Book a car rental from Bangalore to Shimoga for a smooth journey. You can also fly into Mangalore airport or take a train to Udupi or Shimoga station and book a cab to reach the falls. 

8. Chunchi Falls – The untamed cascade of Kanakapura

Chunchi Falls - Waterfalls in Karnataka

Are you looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Bangalore? Let us introduce you to Chunchi Falls, a tranquil retreat 83km from the city. This waterfall, fed by the Arkavati River, cascades down nearly 50 feet, offering a sight that’s as refreshing as beautiful. Chunchi Falls is on the way to Mekedatu and Sangama in Karnataka. Mekedatu is a rocky valley, while Sangama is where three rivers meet, making this area a popular picnic spot. 

The falls got their name from a tribal couple, Chuncha and Chunchi, and they’re a perfect escape from the city grind. If you’re an adventure enthusiast, you can trek down to the falls to soak in the beauty of the surroundings. But here’s a heads-up: there’s a power station ahead of Chunchi Falls. Before its installation, the falls had a lot of water. However, the water volume has reduced significantly since the power station was built. 

It’s also important to be cautious around the falls. Don’t get too close, as it can be dangerous. There have been accidents here, so it’s not advisable to stay here until late evening, mainly when the place is deserted. Swimming is also prohibited due to the strong undercurrents and the presence of crocodiles.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Chunchi Falls is right after the monsoon, from August to February when the Arkavati River is full. Summers are usually not the best time to visit, as the water tends to dry out, and the heat can be intense.

Nearby attractions

After enjoying the falls, check out the trekking and wildlife viewing opportunities at the Bannerghatta National Park, explore the ancient temples in Kanakapura, or embark on a Coracle ride on the river at Sangama and Mekedatu.

How to reach

Getting to Chunchi Falls is challenging as public transport is not readily available. It’s recommended to book a cab to reach the falls. If you’re coming from Bangalore, book a cab for a hassle-free commute as reaching the falls takes about 2.5 hours. 

9. Kalhatti Falls – The mystical veil of Chikmagalur

Looking for a place that offers both spiritual solace and natural serenity? Kalahatti Falls, also known as Kalahasti Falls is home to the famous Veerabradeshwara Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is surrounded by lush greenery. The falls are close to Chandra Drona Hill, so you can enjoy the sight of water cascading down from there too.

Legend has it that the renowned Saint Agastya spent an extended period on pilgrimage at this location. The Veerabradeshwara Temple, believed to have been built during the Vijayanagara times, is a testament to this legend. The entrance features stone carvings of three elephants, a hallmark of Vijayanagara architecture. The falls flow continuously onto these carvings and rocks, and devotees believe that this water is sacred and has healing properties. The temple hosts an annual fair for three days, attracting devotees from across the country. Kalahatti Falls is not only a spiritual hub but also a haven for nature enthusiasts. The rich flora and fauna of the area are truly exemplary, and you might even spot wild animals like bears, elephants, and monkeys from time to time.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kalahatti Falls is during the monsoon season, from July to September, although it’s a great getaway anytime.

Nearby attractions

The nearby Kemmanagundi Hill Station is perfect for trekking and bird-watching, exploring the Hebbe Falls located within the hill station, or taking in the panoramic views from Z Point and visiting the ancient Kalhatti Giri Temple nearby.

How to reach

Kalahatti Falls is an hour’s journey from Birur, the closest railway station to the falls. From there, you can reach Kalahatti via Lingadahalli. Regular buses take about 30 minutes to reach the falls, or you can hire a private vehicle to take you up to Kalahattigiri. 

10. Apsara Konda Falls – The celestial drop of Murudeshwar

Apsara Konda Falls

Apsara Konda Falls is a hidden gem near Murudeshwar in the Uttara Kannada district. It is a scenic waterfall, dropping from a 10-meter height through the roots of an old peepal tree, spilling into a unique pond practically hugging the sea. Legend has it; the pond was the bathing spot for heavenly angels, hence the name ‘Apsara’ Konda.

Plus, it’s not just a waterfall – just a short walk away, you find a hill with an awesome viewpoint where the sunset looks like a dream. Add to that the Pandava Caves, believed to have housed the famous Pandavas during their exile, and you’ve got an adventure. And hey, you can swim in the pond! The Karnataka tourism department is jazzing up the place to make it even more appealing. 

“Let me tell you about this epic trip I took with my college buddies to Gokarna in a Savaari. We were on the lookout for a scenic spot to unleash our photography skills, so I practically begged our driver to take us somewhere breathtaking. He took us to Apsara Konda Falls. Man, oh man, I was blown away by the sheer beauty of that waterfall! Our driver even shared this cool tale about apsaras coming down from heaven to take a refreshing dip in those very waters. It totally made sense because that place felt straight-up divine! My friends and I went wild with our cameras, capturing a gazillion photos that made us feel like actual apsaras. I gotta give a huge shoutout to our Savaari driver for hooking us up with this hidden gem. Thanks to him, we created memories that are now proudly displayed on my walls.”

Samantha Mascarenhas, Savaari customer

Best time to visit

The ideal time to visit Apsara Konda Falls is between the months of October and February. During this period, the weather in the region is relatively pleasant and comfortable for exploration and outdoor activities.

Nearby attractions

After the falls, explore the iconic Murudeshwar Temple with the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world, relax at Murudeshwar Beach, or take a boat trip to Netrani Island, a popular spot for snorkelling and diving.

How to get reach: 

The most convenient way to reach the waterfalls in Karnataka is to book a cab from Mangalore, which will take you a little over 3 hours to reach. 

11. Jhari Waterfalls – Chikmagalur’s cascade of buttermilk 

Jhari Falls, Chikmagalur

Jhari Waterfalls in Karnataka are also known as Buttermilk Falls and is tucked away near Attigundi, about 12 km from Baba Budangiri. This spot is a top-tier tourist destination in the Chikmagalur district, drawing folks in with its natural charm. The waterfall is set amidst lush forests and aromatic coffee plantations, all fed by mountain springs. Below the falls, you’ll find a natural pool beckoning you to dip, play around, and chill out. It’s like a nature retreat – a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Best time to visit

The ideal time to check out the falls is between August and January, but it peaks from September to December when the monsoon waters swell.

Nearby attractions

Post your visit to the falls, take a tour of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, visit the Baba Budangiri, a mountain range in the Western Ghats, or explore the Manikyadhara Falls, another scenic waterfall in the region.

How to reach

Getting there is an adventure. The waterfall is about 4 km from the parking area, down a steep, rough road that cuts through private coffee estates. It’s not suitable for personal vehicles, but don’t worry – you can hitch a ride on a local jeep for about INR 600. That’s good for up to six people and worth it for the stunning experience that awaits!

12. Ermai Falls – The whispering wonder of Chikmagalur

Have you ever longed to discover a secret waterfall? Let us introduce you to Ermai Falls, an off-the-beaten-path, multi-tiered cascade nestled in the Ballalarayana Durga range of the western ghats in Dakshina Kannada. It’s a seasonal waterfall, coming alive in the monsoon, with a bubbling, foam-like stream tumbling down 75 feet of rocky terrain into a 5-foot-deep pool. Imagine washing off your worries with a refreshing dip or a leisurely swim. However, be careful during monsoons as the water level can rise, and currents can get intense.

If you’re up for some adventure, you can clamber to different levels of the falls for a behind-the-waterfall experience and an epic photo op! Word of caution, though: the rocks can be slippery and moss-covered, so only attempt the climb with guidance from locals or seasoned trekkers. This area has seen its share of accidents.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Ermai Falls is just after the rainy season wraps up. The period between November and February, after the monsoons, is considered the ideal time to explore the falls and its surroundings.

Nearby attractions

In addition to the falls, you might like to explore the Kudremukh National Park, famous for its biodiversity, trek up the Kudremukh peak, or visit the Kalasa Temple town nearby.

How to reach

It’s a 40-minute ride from Ujire town near Dharmastala. Bus services are limited, so hiring a cab with an expert chauffeur from Ujire is a good idea. If you’re self-driving, watch out for rough roads. From Mundaje village on the Kajoor Darga route, you’ll want to take a left, drive for about 10 km, and then take a right just before the Darga onto the Ermai Falls route. After a 1.5 km drive, it’s a 1.5 km hike to your destination.

13. Devkar Falls – The unexplored treasure of Karwar

Devkar Falls, or Vajramala Falls as it’s known locally, is tucked away on a small island called Devkar, encircled by the backwaters of the Kadra Dam in Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. At 300 feet tall, the waterfall is quite a sight, its cascading water gleaming like a diamond (or “Vajra” in the local language). However, its remote location keeps it a secret from many.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Devkar Falls is just after the rainy season wraps up. The period between November and February, after the monsoons, is considered the ideal time to explore the falls and its surroundings.

Nearby attractions

After enjoying this secluded gem, consider a visit to the Bhira Dam nearby, go on a trek to the Plus Valley, or visit the ancient Gaimukh and Bhagwati temples in the region.

How to reach

Getting there is a bit of a quest since there’s no well-developed road, and it can be inaccessible during the rainy season. The journey involves a bus ride to Devkar Bus Stop, a boat ride across the Kadra Dam backwaters, and a challenging 5 km trek through muddy, forest-covered tracks from Devkar village. 

14. Magod Waterfalls – The thunderous pride of Dandeli

Magod falls, - waterfalls in Karanataka

Nestled within the folds of the Western Ghats in the same Uttara Kannada district, Magod Waterfalls in Karnataka is a two-tiered waterfall fed by the Bedti and Shalmala rivers. It falls 200m in height, splitting into two segments. Apart from the challenging trails, the waterfall area offers scenic picnic spots to relax and soak in the view. Be careful, though – the terrain can get slippery. 

Getting to the waterfall involves traversing a boulder-filled, rocky pathway through a thick, green forest. While you can’t get to the bottom of the falls, the stunning vista more than makes up for it.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Magod waterfall is during the post-monsoon season, between November and February. 

Nearby attractions

Post your visit to the falls, explore the Bedthi Conservation Reserve nearby, the ancient Kavadi Kere Temple, or go for a nature walk in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary located a bit farther.

How to reach

You can take a bus or drive to Magod village. From there, it’s a short trek through the forest to the falls. Remember, it can get slippery, so wear good trekking shoes.

15. Muthyala Maduvu – The pearly cascade of Bangalore 

Pearl Valley, or as it’s locally known, Muthyala Maduvu, is a serene gem about 40 km from Bengaluru and just 5 km from Anekal. Nestled among the hills, this valley is a dreamy picnic spot filled with rich flora and fauna. Birdwatchers, get your binoculars ready because this place is home to some pretty exotic species, thanks to the waterfall. This comprehensive guide will assist you in honing your birdwatching skills and provide valuable insights into the diverse array of exotic bird species found in India, along with their respective habitats and locations.

Speaking of the waterfall, it’s the star of the show here. As the water cascades down the rocks, it shimmers like strings of pearls, giving the valley its name – Pearl Valley. If you’re a thrill-seeker, the dense forest around the mountains offers some exhilarating trekking experiences. You might have some curious monkeys for company!

Best time to visit

The valley’s magic unfolds between August and November. The waterfalls in Karnataka come alive with the rain, and the mist around the place is breathtaking.

Nearby attractions

After visiting the falls, you can explore the Bannerghatta National Park, visit the Art of Living International Center, or enjoy a meal at the Jakkur Aerodrome while watching aerial activities like microlight flying.

How to reach

If you’re travelling from Bangalore, it’s a 40 km journey via NH7. The road is in good condition, so it’s a smooth ride to this little haven. So if you’re in the mood for a blend of adventure and tranquillity, book a chauffeur-driven taxi from Bangalore.

Why a waterfall road trip in Karnataka should be your next adventure

There’s nothing quite like going on a road trip to explore its stunning waterfalls in Karnataka. It’s like stepping into a whole other world of lush greenery, calming water sounds, and breathtaking views. Imagine, you’re driving through beautiful landscapes, and then you suddenly catch a glimpse of water majestically tumbling down a cliff, surrounded by vibrant, thick vegetation – that’s the magic of a waterfall road trip in Karnataka. 

And it’s not just about the waterfalls in Karnataka; it’s about the journey. You get to discover charming little towns, taste local delicacies, and meet welcoming locals. You’ll also find hidden gems that aren’t on tourist maps. The best part? You can go at your own pace. No rush, no hard schedules. Just you, the open road, and nature’s wonders waiting to mesmerise you. Plus, the sense of adventure and freedom you get from a road trip is just unbeatable. So, if you’re looking for a travel experience that’s full of beauty, excitement, and surprises, a road trip to the waterfalls in Karnataka is the solution. Trust us, it’s a trip that’s going to stick with you long after you’ve returned home.

Chasing waterfalls – A road trip itinerary across Karnataka’s waterfalls

Embark on a road trip across gorgeous waterfalls in Karnataka for an unmatched blend of adventure and tranquillity. From the majestic Jog Falls to the serene Gokak Falls, journey through the state’s diverse landscapes, unveiling the charm of its cascades. Here’s an itinerary to help you plan your road trip across waterfalls in Karnataka.

1. Bangalore – Muthyala Maduvu Waterfalls – Chunchi Falls – Shivanasamudra Falls 

Kick off your adventure in Bangalore. Drive through the bustling city and transition into the tranquil ambience of Muthyala Maduvu Waterfalls in Karnataka. Move on to the Chunchi Falls in Kanakapura, a spectacle of nature where water cascades down rocky cliffs. Lastly, drive towards the majestic Shivanasamudra Falls in Mandya, a treat for the senses with its voluminous flow splitting into two branches. 

Total one-way distance: 188 km

Time taken: 5 hours

2. Coorg – Abbey Falls – Iruppu Falls – Mallalli Falls 

Coorg, with its verdant landscapes and pleasant climate, is your starting point. First, visit the enchanting Abbey Waterfalls, set amidst lush plantations. Then, head towards Iruppu Waterfalls in Karnataka, a sight of spiritual and natural significance. Cap off your Coorg journey with a visit to Mallalli Falls, a natural marvel that roars down the Kumaradhara River. 

Total one-way distance: 287km 

Time taken: 6-7 hours

Abbey falls

3. Chikmagalur – Hebbe Falls – Jhari Falls – Kalhatti – Ermai Falls 

Commence your journey in Chikmagalur, renowned for its coffee plantations. Visit the Hebbe Falls, tucked away in a picturesque coffee estate. Next, experience the Jhari Falls, a cascading beauty known as Buttermilk Falls. Continue to Kalhatti Falls, a location steeped in mythology, before culminating your journey at Ermai Falls, an ideal spot for nature lovers. 

Total one-way distance: Approx 213km

Time taken: 6-7 hours.

4. Shimoga – Jog Falls – Kunchikal Falls 

Start your journey in Shimoga, a city rich in natural and historical attractions. The first stop, Jog Falls, is a sight to behold as the Sharavathi River takes a deep plunge, creating one of the highest waterfalls in India. Next, head towards Kunchikal Falls, formed by the Varahi River, which is equally captivating and among the highest-tiered waterfalls in the country. 

Total one-way distance: 223km 

Time taken: 6 hours.

Waterfalls road trip in Karnataka

5. Murudeshwar – Apsara Konda Falls – Koosalli Waterfalls

Your journey begins in the coastal town of Murudeshwar, famous for its enormous Shiva statue. Visit the nearby Apsara Konda Falls, a mystical waterfall flowing into a pond—journey onwards to the secluded Koosalli Waterfalls, a hidden gem in the Western Ghats. 

Total one-way distance: 116km

Time taken: 2 hours

6. Karwar – Baahu Falls – Sanamani Falls – Devkar Falls

Begin your journey in the coastal town of Karwar, surrounded by the serene Arabian Sea. Drive towards Baahu Falls, a less-travelled location that offers a serene environment, ideal for a peaceful break. Continue to Sanamani Falls, where the cascading water amidst dense vegetation creates a picturesque view. Conclude your journey with Devkar Falls, an impressive waterfall set in a tranquil setting, making it an idyllic location for nature lovers.

Total one-way distance: 80km

Time taken: 3 hours

7. Dandeli – Sathodi Falls – Magod Waterfalls – Anashi Falls,

Embark on your trip from the adventure hub of Dandeli, a place known for its thrilling water sports. First, head towards Sathodi Falls, a magnificent waterfall formed by several unnamed streams, culminating into the Kali River. Next, proceed to the Magod Waterfalls, where the mighty Bedti River makes a spectacular plunge, creating a picturesque sight. Cap off your journey with a visit to the tranquil Anashi Falls, a lesser-known yet enchanting waterfall nestled amidst dense forests.

Total one-way distance: 196km

Time taken: 5 hours

8. Belgaum – Sundi Waterfalls – Godachinamalki Waterfalls – Gokak Water Falls

Start your journey in Belgaum, a city rich in historical and natural attractions. Your first stop is Sundi Waterfalls, where the calm flow of water provides a soothing experience. Continue towards Godachinamalki Waterfalls, a hidden gem nestled in the rocky terrains and dense forests, offering stunning views. Finally, conclude your journey at the Gokak Waterfalls, known for their horseshoe shape and spanning arch bridge, which add to the scenic beauty.

Total one-way distance: 109km 

Time taken: 3 hours.

Exploring waterfalls in Karnataka – A safety checklist

Waterfalls in Karnataka

Exploring waterfalls can be a thrilling and refreshing experience, but it’s important to keep safety and respect for nature in mind. Here are some things to remember while exploring waterfalls in Karnataka:

  1. Safety first: Waterfalls can be dangerous. The rocks around them are often slippery, and the force of the water can be stronger than you expect. Always be cautious and don’t take unnecessary risks.
  2. Swimming: Not all waterfalls are safe for swimming. Check with local authorities or guides before you decide to take a dip.
  3. Footwear: Wear sturdy, waterproof footwear with a good grip. The terrain around waterfalls in Karnataka can be uneven and slippery.
  4. Clothing: Dress appropriately for the weather and the activity. Quick-dry clothing is a good idea if you plan to get wet.
  5. Respect nature: Don’t litter. Carry a bag to collect your trash and dispose of it properly. Don’t disturb the local flora and fauna.
  6. Stay on marked paths: There are usually marked paths to and around waterfalls in Karnataka. Stick to these paths to avoid getting lost and minimize the impact on the environment.
  7. Check the weather: Sudden rains can increase the water flow and make waterfalls dangerous. Always check the weather forecast before you go.
  8. Local guidance: Local guides can provide valuable information about the area and its safety. It’s always a good idea to hire one, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the site.
  9. First aid kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with you. It should include band-aids, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, medical tape, and pain relief medication.
  10. Hydrate and carry snacks: Exploring can take longer than expected. Carry enough water and some snacks to keep your energy levels up, as you may not find eateries near these waterfalls.

As you embark on your journey to explore these remote and breathtaking waterfalls in Karnataka, it’s crucial to prioritise your safety and the environment’s well-being. To ensure a seamless and secure experience, we highly recommend downloading the Savaari app. With Savaari, you can rely on their professional chauffeurs, who possess extensive experience in navigating challenging routes and will safely transport you to your desired destinations. So go ahead, download the Savaari app, and let the awe-inspiring waterfalls in Karnataka and their tranquil landscapes leave an indelible mark on your heart.

Last Updated on January 17, 2024 by Swati Deol

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Nature's majestic showers - Top 15 waterfalls in Karnataka
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Nature's majestic showers - Top 15 waterfalls in Karnataka
Discover Karnataka's beauty through its top 15 waterfalls, showcasing the state's stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity, and enchanting trekking trails
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