Jog Falls, Gerosoppa Falls or Joga Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India located near Sagara taluk, Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. These magnificent falls are a major tourist attraction in Karnataka, the spellbinding view of which creates a truly memorable experience. Jog Falls is a segmented waterfall. That is, as it makes its descent, the waters of the Jog Falls makes separate forms (segments). It is also called by alternative names of Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. Its height is 830 feet and is located on Sharavati River. The falls are in four distinct cascades called as, Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.
Jog Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in India and one of the top destinations of Karnataka Tourism. It is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m (1100 ft) in Meghalaya. Jog Falls does not fall from one rock to another in a stepped (tiered) formation, but falls directly straight from its peak. The number of drops of Jog Falls is just 1.
Sharavati, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, near Nonabur, in the Thirthahalli taluk and takes the north-westerly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, and precipitating itself down the Falls of Gersoppa and passing that village (properly Geru-Sapp), which is really some 29 kilometers distant, discharges into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara. Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi. The power station has been operational since 1948 and is of 120 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India at that time and a small source of electric power for Karnataka now. The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydro-electric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi Hydroelectric Project.
Before the onset of monsoon season, when there is not much water in the Linganmakki dam, the Jog Falls are a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff, as the water collected in the dam is exclusively for generation of electricity; during monsoons local rain water is the source of water to the falls. Jog Jalapatha doesn’t flow in a stepped fashion; it is an untiered waterfall. Each of the four falls, take a vertical plunge which creates a misty atmosphere around the falls. The beauty of the waterfalls is enhanced by the lush green surroundings, which provide a scenic backdrop. Visitors can hike to the base of the falls and take a plunge in the water. The area near the falls is also ideal for trekking. Swarna Nadi riverbank, the Sharavathi valley and the lush green forest around the waterfalls are just as scenic. Other places to visit near the falls are Dabbe falls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger reserve and Sharavati River.
The months of June till September witness heavy rainfall in the region. The monsoon season is the best season to visit Jog falls, as the beauty of the place is enhanced during monsoons.
How To Reach
By Air : The nearest airport to Jog falls is Hubli airport (171 km), Which is well connected to all major city of India.
By Rail : The nearest station Shimoga (100 km) is well connected to Bangalore and Mangalore via regular trains.
By Road : Jog fall located on National Highway number 206 connecting Honovar to Tumkur and is well connected by road. Buses too are available for traveling to Jog Falls from the major cities in South India. Buses are available from Mangalore (243 km), Bangalore (387 km) and Shimoga (101 km).
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