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, Karnataka

(Shivanasamundram is also known as Shivanasamudra / Sivanasamundram / Sivanasamudram)
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State: Karnataka
District: Mandya
Famous for/as: Waterfall
Languages: Kannada
Best Season: Jul - Oct
Weather: Summer 23 to 37°C, Winter 15 to 27°C
Altitude: 920 m
Pincode: 571401
STD code: 08177
Shivasamundram, also known as Shivanasamudra, literally meaning Shiva's Sea, is an emerging tourist detsination, situated in a rocky terrain with traces of vegetation near Mysore in Karnataka. It is a small, pretty picturesque, calm town with lot of wonderful sights hidden under its calmness.

One of Asia's first hydro-electric power stations set up in 1902, which is still functional, is located here in Gaganachukki waterfall. This is where hydroelectric power was harnessed for the second time (after Darjeeling) in Asia and the electricity thus produced was used in the Gold Mines of Kolar, making it the first city in Asia to get hydro-electricity. A security check post at Shivasamundram prohibits the visitors from visiting between 6 pm and 6 am.

Near the town is the famous Shivanasamudra waterfall. Here Kaveri (Cauvery), the famous river in the region, splits into two, falls into a valley in two separate places called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, two main attarctions in Shivasamundram and re-unites downstream. A good lot of water falls down from both the waterfalls.

Gaganachukki especially is a steep fall where water gushes down with great speed. The two waterfalls are around a 15-minute drive apart and make beautiful picnic locations. As the cascading water hits the rocky surface, a dense mist of vapor emerges to partially envelop the falls, providing a brilliant sight which is reckoned to be unmatched in its beauty. These spectacular waterfalls are surrounded by hill forests of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. Adventurous and enthusiastic tourists can venture out here for trekking and fishing.

There is more to the region. The island carved out of the two streams of the Kaveri is also a famous pilgrimage centre and is popularly called as Madhya Ranga. The Ranganatha Temple, constructed in the Dravidian style, houses the idol of Lord Ranganatha sleeping on Adisesha while an intriguing piece of sculpture is that of Takshaka, the lord of serpents, whose image is found to the right in the navaranga of the temple.

The weather is sunshine most of the year with rainfall being short, sharp spells.
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Destinations in this region: Simsha, Talakad, Mutatti




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Monsoon Magic I - The rumble and tumble of waterfalls

  by Shwetha  on Jul 27, 2010
Monsoons have arrived; slushy roads & traffic jams mark its arrival in the city, so head closer to nature & enjoy the real beauty of rains, bubbling streams & lush greenery! In this 3part series we give you a lowdown on monsoon getaways across the country

Travel within city

Shivanasamudram is located in the State of Karnataka and the local transport services are limited. Some of the means of public transport are buses, taxis and getting around on foot.


Buses in Shivanasamudram are very few and they are generally uncomfortable. Traveling through a bus can be an effective way of reaching the various sites around the place. You can opt for buses from the main bus stop and the charge will vary around Rs 3 to 5 . Buses that ply from the city of Bangalore can also be taken up in order to travel from the village outskirts to the main part of Shivanasamudram.


There are no local taxis and the best option is to hire a taxi from Bangalore and use it for local transport. Taxis charge around Rs 7 and Rs 12 per km depending on the type of vehicle. Overnight waiting charges will also apply.

On foot

There are many trekking spots in and around the waterfalls and the higher regions of the falls can be reached only on foot.
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