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Shivanasamudra Waterfalls – Shiva’s Sea

Nature has bestowed us with ample places where we can find peace of mind, feel refreshed, inhale fresh air and of course be awe-struck by the beauty of it. If you are planning a trip to Mysore, or those of you who are residing in and around Karnataka and looking for a one-day trip, the Shivanasamudra waterfalls is a must inclusion in your itinerary.


The famous Shivnasamudra waterfalls are located in Mandya district of the state of Karnataka. Literally meaning Shiva’s Sea, Shivanasamudra is the small island city which divides the River Kaveri into two waterfalls. And yes, it lives up to the name. The beautiful white cascading water flowing with all its grandeur creates an enigma.
This waterfall is a segmented waterfall. So basically these are formed when the flow of water is broken into several channels which give rise to waterfalls, one alongside the other, before descending over a cliff. It flows with an average width of about 1000 feet and height of 322 feet.


Shivanasamudra waterfalls photo
Gaganachukki Water Falls by Dinuraj K under CC BY 2.0 

The two segments of the waterfalls are known as Gaganachukki and Bharachukki. They are collectively known as the Shivanasamudra Waterfalls. On Gaganachukki’s south-west direction, lies the Bharachukki falls. The two cascades of Gaganachukki results from the eastern portion of Kaveri and the western part forms the Bharachukki falls.
The best place to view these waterfalls is the Shivanasamudra watchtower. It is also advisable not to take risks in climbing on rocks and edges as there have been several incidents of accidents.

When to visit:

The Shivanasamudra waterfalls seem more lively during the monsoons. However, in other times the views are also enjoyable. There are a few low volume areas and safe zones near the mouth of the falls where you may have a kayak ride and have a grand view of these falls.

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How to go:

Sivanasamudra Waterfalls lies at a distance of about 130 km from Bangalore and about 80 km from Mysore. You may opt for a car ride or board

buses from these places to the falls. Buses reach at a distance of 2 km away from the spot and then one may board three-wheelers to reach the falls.
The nearest train station is that of Mysore and the nearest airport is Bangalore.

Places to visit nearby:

The Shivanasamudra town has a few ancient temples such as the Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple, Sri Someswara Temple and Shakthi Devate temple, which are quite popular among the locals and are also major tourist attractions.
A functional hydro-electric power station is also located here.


For tourists who would love to spend the night in this beautiful location, a few newly made resorts and hotels are available.

Featured Photo  – Shivanasamudra by sanchantr under CC BY-SA 2.0

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