Jog Falls, one of the major tourist attraction in Karnataka, This is one of the highest waterfalls in India (253 m (830 ft) which is created on the Sharavathi river. Jog falls got its name through Kannada literature.
It is said that its name has been derived from javagu the word jog is derivative of javagu as the joga in Kannada means fall, henceforth the jog falls is also called as Jog Jalpatha. The javagu means marsh or wet in Kannada. Kannada is the language spoken in Karnataka, while it differs in accent and dialect from town to town.
The amazing fact of these falls is that you can view the 4 constituent parts i.e Raja, Roar, Rocket, Rani of this waterfall distinctly at pre-monsoon, but at monsoon period these constituent parts unite together to form this massive waterfall.
Raja is the highest fall as it falls from taller height and later it joins the Roar. The roar got its name as when it falls from above it makes a vigorous sound that pretty much resembles to roaring. Rocket flows like a jet hence named as Rocket while Rani is swift and tender in fall and elegant too just like a Queen!
The flow of this fall is hugely restricted due to Linganamakki Dam (hydropower electricity project) before monsoons. The water which falls from Jog falls joins the Arabian sea later at Hannover. Before joining the Arabian sea, it passes from Gerusoppa and Idagunji.
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Where is Jog Falls? –
It is located nearly about 379 km away from Bangalore and 104 km away from Shimoga.
Best Time to Visit Jog Falls –
The best time to visit is in the monsoon period, especially in the months of August to December.
How to reach Jog Falls-
By Air – Nearest airport is Bangalore. You can opt for Mangalore airport too. From there one can take a taxi to Jog falls. By various other airports too, one can opt for this destination.
By Rail – Our Indian railways are very much convenient to travel over such places. You can opt for trains till Sagara. As frequent trains are available, there is no need to worry about the travelling part. Trains from Bangalore, Vasco, Chennai and Mysore to stop at the station. From thereby you can use local transport facilities. As Jog falls is one of the famous tourist points, there are frequent buses or even private transport facilities too to reach the destination.
By Road – From Sagara, you can take local buses. From Bangalore to there are various local buses. You can opt for private transport facilities like a minibus or even a car too. Though it is a far little bit you may enjoy the journey till Jog falls.
Solo/Group trips can be the best option for bikers via Mangalore to Bangalore. More people nowadays prefer to have such bike trips as they give you the freedom of choice, you may halt anywhere in between the journey as per your wish. And basically, road trips are one of the most adventurous things that we can enjoy. If you grab a local map before setting out for the trip, it will be very helpful for you.
Honnemaradu – This island is created by the backwater of the Linganamakki Dam, which is also famous for water sports. You can enjoy both the sea and nature at once at this place. Sometimes being isolated and being the part of nature helps you to soothe yourself a lot.
Tunga Anicut Dam – It was built across the Tungabhadra river where you can enjoy boat trips too.
Lion Tiger Reserve – It is nearly about 12 km away from Shimoga District. For kids and for adults too, so basically you can plan out your family vacation to this place. It will surely make you refreshed.
Sagara – India has a long history that to involved with mythology. If you are a keen observer and if you love to a place that has significance regarding mythology and Indian history then surely this place is for you. You can visit this place as it is the home place of various ancient temples.
Siddapura – If you are a nature lover and if you want to enjoy the massive scenarios of Sahyadri mountain ranges, then this place is for you. This is located near Kodagu District. Even though it can be a little bit hectic for you to travel over all these places but if you are a travel freak, then surely you must give it a try!
Where to live-
There are various budgetary lodges and hotels over here. But as per your pocket, you may opt for decent hotels whereas there are KSTDC hotels too! Nowadays there are various online websites that help you to pre-book your rooms even before you start your journey towards the falls. So why to wait … grab your mobile and have a look over them! Believe me, you may get the rooms that too in your budget!
What’s new at Jog falls –
Off-course water sports, Sigandur, Thyvare Koppa, Lion- Tiger Reserve these all places are new and are very much connected to nature! The captivating views and the mind soothing scenarios will surely help you to relax your mind.
Places to visit near Jog Falls –
Karkala – It’s our pride to say that it has found a place in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage list.
Architectural sculptures are the most fascinating things to watch over here as it can transfer you to the ancient era. It has not only important in national tourism but at an international level too it is gaining massive importance.
Gokarna – Known for heritage temples and clean beaches is a great alternative for Goa.
Here you can visit in the months of December and January. The enormous statue of Lord Shiva is the perfect view to see from the beach. One can feel solace over here. You may visit this place from May to October.
Agumbe – For various flora and fauna as nature and wildlife enthusiasts, you can opt for Agumbe. Agumbe Rain Forest Research Station is the best place to visit over here. You can visit in the months of October to May.
Murudeshwar – It has one of the largest statues of Lord Shiva statue (249 feet), silvery beaches are a must-see. People find soulful connect over here. So if you want to have such kind of connection then surely this place is for you.
Byndoor – This is a perfect place for beach and to view a beautiful sunset. The seashore with clear seawater is a soothing one. You can visit this place in the months of April to November.
Kudremukh – For lush evergreen forest, Kudremukh is the best option. You can plan a family vacation over here. In Kannada, kudre means horse! Trekking can also be a part of your vacation!
Gadag – For magnificent temples, one can opt for here. The ancient temples may fascinate you!
We can say that Jog falls has, directly and indirectly, has created employment for the local people over there and is looking after those people foe several many years.
Nature has always been a part of our life and as we say nature is our mother we should often visit nature.