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Destination Guide: Jog Falls

Jog Falls is India's tallest waterfall, located at the edge of Sahyadri mountains where river Sharavati plunges from a a height of nearly 250 meters. Though it was a popular tourist center for long, its fame was re-established three years ago when Kannada blockbuster movie 'Mungaru Male' – monsoon rain - was shot in the surroundings.

Overview. Jog Falls is formed by river Sharavati falling from a cliff. The fall can be viewed from either sides of the river, and each side gives a completely different perspective. If you are daring enough, you can even look down the gorge and see the fabulous view from the top. There are a few dams built along the river, and noisy power stations, but not all of them are open to public.

Jog Falls

Best time to see the waterfall is during the monsoons and just when the fury of the rains is over. Sometimes, the gorge gets covered in fog during the monsoons and you may not get a view of the fall for hours. The fall reduces to a trickle in summer.

This video shows Jog Falls at its best. But keep in mind, it is a rare event to see so much of water going down the cliff.

Orientation. Jog Falls is 30km from nearest town, Sagar. The view points and places to see are far from each other. Best thing to do is to hire a vehicle to take you around once you arrive.

Sightseeing and Activities

The view from the front of the fall, which is to the south side of the river is the most popular. There are fenced viewing areas made to get a clear view of the fall. In case you are at Jog on public transport, this is the most easily accessible view of the waterfall. When there is sufficient water, you can see all the four strands of the fall, named Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Lady from left to right.

Jog Falls

View from British Bungalow. This is the view from north bank, which gives a lateral perspective of the fall. What you see from here appears completely different from what you see from the front. A small section of the fall that is hidden by the rocks when you see from the front, can also be seen from this side.

Top View. A short walk from the views of British Bungalow, you can get to the top of the cliff. This is only for the daring folks who would not mind walking up to the edge of the cliff and look down at the water falling into the gorge 250 meters below. Five years ago, you would see no one in this area, but some visuals from the movie Mungaru Male changed all that. Today, you may have to stand in a queue to look down if you are here on a weekend.

Jog Falls

Sharavathi Valley. A short 30 minutes drive from Jog Falls towards Honnavar, you can see spectacular view of river Sharavathi flowing in a valley. The uninhabited slopes of the valley are covered in thick greenery. The view makes the drive worthwhile.

Honnemaradu. This is a small village in the backwaters of Linganamakki Dam, 15km from Jog Falls. An adventure company organizes coracling, canoeing, kayaking and camping in islands. See more details.

Other attraction. Between Sagar town and Jog Falls nearly 10km before Jog Falls, the road passes next to a small dam. During the rainy seasons, overflow from the dam forms a small waterfall.

Close to Jog Falls is a hydro-electric plant, but visitors are not allowed here. There are steps leading down to the fall, but decide to go down only if you are very fit.

Food and Accommodation. Facilities in Jog are basic. There are some basic restaurants at the view point at the south bank. The only accommodation available is government PWD guesthouse. A good option is to stay at one of the budget hotels in Sagar and travel to Jog Falls.

How to reach. KSRTC buses connect Jog Falls from Bangalore. A few private buses ply from Mangalore. Nearest train station is at Shimoga, which has daily trains from Bangalore.

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