Jog Falls, the highest waterfall in India is the creation of the Sharavathi River in the Shimoga district of Karnataka. Cascading from a height of 253 meters (829 ft), the waterfall is also known as Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. The history of the falls goes back to the year 1800, when the site was first discovered by Buchanan during one his journeys.
Jog Falls mainly comprises of four different streams of the River Sharavati, plunging down a steep incline in the district of Shimoga. The significance of Jog Falls is that in this waterfall, the water does not stream down the rocks in a tiered fashion. On the contrary, the water thunders down the slope losing contact with the rocks, thus making Jog Falls the tallest untiered waterfall in the country. This is the reason why Jog Falls is a famous tourist destination frequented by almost every tourist visiting India. The area around the fall is excellent for trekking.
There are four different streams or tracks into which the River Sharavati is split, comprising the entire structure of Jog Falls, and these streams are: Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer.
The best season to visit this waterfall is the monsoons when this gigantic body displays its maximum charm. Though one will find dense vapour engulfing the waterfall, but when the mighty waterfalls the vapour evaporated in an ethereal manner. The best look of the waterfall can be had by lying down and looking over the giant from the slabs of rock near the Bombay bungalow. Watkin’s platform is another spot from where the view is splendid.
The Jog fall is an important source of water for the Mahatma Gandhi hydro Electric project that was started way back in1948. At present the water of this fall provides 120 MW capacity of electricity and today serves LDPH (55MW), SGS(1035 MW) and Gerusoppa Tail race(240MW) generating stations.
Located at a mere distance of 200 kms from Bangalore, the fall is easily accessible by road. While Shimoga (105 kms) is the nearest railhead, the nearest town are – Sagar (30 kms) and Taluguppa (16 kms). One can avail buses from Bangalore. When coming by a private vehicle one can take the NH 206 to reach Shimoga and Sagar.
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Jog Falls is located in the district of Shimoga. Located 90 km from the quaint town of Shimoga, Jog Falls can be reached by flight, train and land routes. This is because the entire region of Shimoga is a trekking hotspot frequented by tourists, and the commute to Jog Falls is bound to be an easy process.
One can reach Jog Falls through air by catching a flight to the airport in Mangalore
, which lies at a distance of two hundred kilometers (200 km) from the falls. This is the nearest airport in the entire area, and tourists planning to fly to Jog Falls should take this route.
Taxis will be available from Mangalore airport to Jog Falls, and the charges for the trip would range around Rs 1500 to 2000 depending on the type of taxi availed (AC or Non AC). Taxis will also be available from Shimoga railway station to Jog Falls, with charges hovering around Rs. 800 to 1000.
One can also reach Jog Falls by taking a train to the railway station in the town of Shimoga. The railway station in Shimoga is a well connected one that has direct trains to the cities of Bangalore and Mysore.
Buses are available to Jog Falls from Shimoga and Mangalore, and tourists can visit the place through these buses for relatively cheaper charges of Rs 150 to 250.
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