There is something alluring and magical about the rains. Not only do they cast an enchanting spell on us, making us fall in love with it, but also afford a fresh lease of life to our natural surroundings. The real magic of the rains can truly be experienced with the awakening of the various waterfalls. So, this monsoon doesn’t let this once in a year opportunity go away and experience the magic of nature and get mesmerized with the captivating beauty of the waterfalls.
Although it sounds impossible, there are indeed several waterfalls located near the concrete jungle of Bangalore where you can head to for an exhilarating yet soothing experience with your friends and family.
Here’s a list of 7 most exotic and mesmerizing waterfall near Bangalore that makes for a great family day trips.
1. Thottikallu Falls
Thottikallu Falls also known as ‘Swarn Mukhi Falls’ is a popular waterfall located along the Kanakapura Main Road, which is roughly around 33.5 km from Bangalore city center. At the starting point of this waterfall lies the Muneshwara Temple which lends a spiritual appeal to the waterfall.
You can easily get a bus from majestic bus stand or self -drive your car/bike to the waterfall. Alternatively, you can also stay at the Discovery Village Resort Kanakapura for the weekend, visit the waterfall and also enjoy a natural yet luxurious weekend stay amid nature.
2. Muthyala Maduvu Falls, Anekal Bangalore
The Muthyala Maduvu, also known as Pearl Valley, is another gem of a waterfall and a popular picnic spot. Located only 43 km from Bangalore it too makes for a great place for a family day trip. Trekking enthusiasts can also try hiking and trekking at the nearby hillocks. The best time to visit this waterfall is from October to March.
3. Chunchi Falls, Kanakapura Bangalore
The Chunchi Falls located at a distance of approximately 90 km is a charming and exquisite waterfall popular among the tourists. What makes this waterfall so popular is the 100 feet drop of the gushing waters into a small plunge pool. In addition to that, the natural rock formations and the surrounding lush greenery lends it a very exotic look. Some of the activities one can enjoy here include camping, picnics, trekking, and swimming. The best time to visit Chunchi Falls is from October to March.
4. Mekedatu Falls, Kanakpura, Ramnagara
Lying at a distance of 99 km from Bangalore is the Mekedatu Falls also known as the Goats Leap. It is a deep narrow gorge through which the Kaveri river gushes out rendering a sight to behold. Getting to the Mekedatu Falls involves a short trek through the rocky terrain. One can also enjoy fishing over here, however, swimming is prohibited owing to strong undercurrents. The best time to visit this waterfall is during the monsoon season i.e. from October to March.
5. Shivanasamudra Falls, Mandya
Shivanasamudra Falls is probably one of the most popular waterfall places near Bangalore. The Shivanasamudra islands divide this majestic waterfall into two equally captivating waterfalls namely – Gaganachukki and Bharachukki fall. One can enjoy the view of the waterfall from the Shivanasamudra watch tower and also enjoy a coracle ride from the Bharachukki to Gaganachukki waterfall. Swimming is strictly prohibited here.
6. Hogennakal Falls, Dharmapuri, Tamil Nadu
The Hogennakkal Falls has the unique distinction of being referred to as the ‘Niagara of India’. The wildly gushing Kaveri river descends through 14 channels with drops varying between 15 and 65 feet. The distance from Bangalore to Hogennakal is around 127. 2 km and the best time to visit this waterfall is from July to October.
7. Chunchunakatte Falls, Mysore
Located at a distance of 190 km, in the Krishnarajanagara Taluk of Mysore District lies the mystical Chunchunakatte Falls that holds an interesting Hindu mythological story behind the light turmeric shade of the water. The best time to visit this waterfall is from October to March.
With so many beautiful waterfalls located close to Bangalore, don’t let this monsoon season go away without scheduling a trip to any one of these waterfalls. What would be even better is if you can plan a weekend at the natural luxury resort of Discovery Village in Kanakapura which has several waterfalls located close to it and enjoy the best of both worlds.