Monsoons are the best time to visit those mighty falls. This monsoon, make some plans to visit some of the best waterfalls in the country. These waterfalls listed below are among the most spectacular waterfalls in the country and they are at their best in the monsoons. So brave the rains and go frolic in the waters this rainy season.
1) Jog Falls-
Jog Falls, also known as Gerosoppa Falls or Joga Falls, is a plunge waterfall created by the Sharavathi River. At 830 ft, it is the second-highest waterfall in India. The Sharavati, flows over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, and the water comes down in four distinct falls. The first is The Raja with a depth of 830 ft. The second is The Roarer, rushing downwards at an angle of forty-five degrees to meet the first fall. The third, The Rocket, is a series of jets and the last, The Rani, is a sheet of foam. The Jog Falls in the dry seasons are only thin streams of water trickling down the cliff but during monsoon it is a breathtaking sight. There are steps from the viewpoint to the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen at the opposite side. There are approximately 1400 steps built to reach the bottom of the hill.
The fall is located on the Shimoga and Uttara Kannada district, Karnataka. The falls can be reached by bus or train. The nearest railway station is Talaguppa and Sagar and the nearest bus station is Sagara and the Jog Falls bustop.
2) Dudhsagar falls-
Dudhsagar falls (Sea of Milk) is so called because its waters actually appears white like milk. Dudhsagar is one of the world’s most exquisite falls. It is a four-tiered waterfall and at 1017 feet, it is India’s fifth tallest waterfall and is 227th in the world. Though the falls are not particularly spectacular during the dry season but the water plummets over a thousand feet in large volumes during the rainy season, transforming the falls into one of the most spectacular and powerful falls in India.
The Dudhsagar falls is located on the Mandovi River in Goa, on Goa’s border with Karnataka state. It is 60 km from Panaji city by road and 46 km from Madgaon railway junction by train. It is 60 km from Belgaum by train and 55 km by road.
The Waterfall can be reached both by road and rail. Also, trekking in Dudhsagar is a famous tourist attraction.
3) Athirappilly Falls-
Athirappilly falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations. This 80 ft waterfall is nicknamed “The Niagara of India”. The journey to the Athirappilly Falls presents a landscape of winding roads, small villages and lush green trees. The falls attract millions of tourist from outside as well as visitors from across India, especially during the monsoon months.
This fall in the Thrissur district of Kerala is located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River. The nearest railway station to the falls is the Chalakudi Railway Station,30 kilometres to the west, and the nearest airport is Kochi International Airport, about 55 kilometres southwest of the waterfall and 58 kilometres south of City of Thrissur. Athirappilly is easily reachable by taxi or by bus.
4) Hogenakkal Falls-
Hogenakkal Falls is also sometimes referred to as the “Niagara of India”. The meaning of the name “Hogenakkal” means “smoking rocks”. Because of the force of the water, when the water falls on the rocks it appears as if hoge (smoke) is emanating from the top of the kal (rock), hence the name ‘Hogenakkal’ or ‘smoking rocks’. It is a major tourist attraction because of its famous medicinal baths and hide boat rides. Also Carbonatite rocks in this site are considered to be one of the oldest in the world and the oldest of its kind in South Asia.
Hogenakkal falls are located in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu about 180 km from Bangalore and 46 km from Dharmapuri town. The river is at its full capacity just after the monsoons, so post-monsoon is the best time to visit this fall. The falls can be reached by foot or bus. As the Hogenakkal village is very small, it could prove to be a pleasant experience to go on foot. There are bus facilities within the village boundaries.
5) Irupu falls-
The Irupu falls, also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha falls, are a fresh water cascade located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. It’s beauty and easy accessibility makes it a very popular tourist spot. Monsoons are the best time to visit the Falls as in the summer the waterfalls are only a narrow stream but in the monsoons when the falls are at full capacity, it presents a stunning sight.
Irupu is situated at 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole, 260 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The Falls can be visited by the highway from Gonikopal to Nagerhole National Park off the Kutta Road after Srimangala. The nearest airport to the falls is the Mysore Airport.