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Explore the mesmerizing cascade of Jog Falls
The glorious, untiered fall of the Sharavathi River, in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, gives rise to India’s highest waterfall, the Jog Falls. Cascading from a height of 253 meters, the waterfall is also known as Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. Buchanan first discovered the Waterfall in the year 1800.
Jog Falls comprises of four different streams of the River Sharavati, namely the Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer, plunging down a steep decline in the district of Shimoga. The waters of this fall do not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion, they thunder down the slope without touching the mountain rocks, making Jog Falls the tallest untiered waterfall in the country. The area around the fall offers some excellent routes for trekking, making it a popular tourist destination.
Overflowing with the waters of the monsoons this gigantic wonder of nature is best visited immediately after the rains. A dense, misty vapor engulfs the surroundings in an ethereal manner. The slabs of rock near the Bombay bungalow and Watkin’s platform are two famous spots for viewing the fall in all its magnificent glory.
The Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Project that was started in1948 relies heavily on these waters for its functioning. The water provides 120 MW capacity of electricity and caters to the need of various electricity-generating stations.
The Jog Falls are easily accessible by road and are conveniently placed at a distance of 200 kilometers from Bangalore, with Shimoga (105 kms) serving as the nearest railhead. The nearest town of Sagar (30 kms) and Taluguppa (16 kms) offer bus and car services to the falls, using the National Highway 206 from Bangalore.