Escape to Nature’s Water World

August 9, 2009

Time and again the realization struck me hard that there is an inseparable bonding between me and the waters. It just drives me crazy and now after several avocations with this liquid force, I could not resist another trip to a magnificent waterfall – Shivanasamudra.
On a short notice, four adventure-thirsty, corporate burnt out cases, drove a fairly long journey to Shivanasamudra which is about 85kms to the east of Mysore.
We just wanted water and water and only water. We were geared up with swimming costumes, waterproof footwear and above all a fully ripped tension baggage in our minds waiting to be unleashed.
I must admit every five kilometer of talk about the place only took me down memory lane to those tender school days when I would hate to remember the names Bharachukki and Gaganachukki – the two beautiful waterfalls at Shivanasamudra.


The 139km from drive from Bangalore was pleasant as the greenery filled the canvas of my mind with freshness. Village roads as we entered Mandya district were bumpy and shook us loose. Singing and trying to dance although fastened to the car seats took the fun meter to a new height.
At Shivanasamudra the river Cauvery cascades down a deep rocky gorge in two breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls- Bharachukki and Gaganachukki. We were at the right time of the year – the monsoon- when the sight of these two falls is enchanting and at its best. Considered as one of the 100 best waterfalls in the world, Shivana Samudra falls are not easy to approach as they are too steep and rocky.

It was noon when we approached close to our destiny. The collective roar of the water strengthened as we got closer. What grabbed my attention was a British structure building flaunting the British mascot. My friend explained to me that it was the first Hydro-electric Power station in Asia set up in the year 1902. 
Within minutes of drive, we were exposed to the glorious milky flow of River Cauvery. The Bharachukki falls is formed by the natural collection of surface rain water run offs from the plains & hills surrounding Sathegala and Kollegala towns. It roars down a 75-meter gorge.
Wow…amazing…out of this world…beautiful…these were just exclamations that tried to beat the roar of the water flow. Eyes glued to the colossal water bodies, our feet were dragged magnetically towards it. We waited there admiring natures wonders and even posed for a few pictures. To our bad luck the batteries of our best semi-professional camera gave way and soon the mobile cameras were rushed to action.
The Cauvery River divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra region. On the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other side are the Bharachukki falls. It is said that the Gaganachukki falls are shaped like a large horsetail and Bharachukki is a jagged crashing cascade. Swollen from the rains, the falls offered us no scope for a dip. It’s too dangerous here. What were before us were hills clad in green and purified by the water flow.
We moved to the next falls which is 13 kms away. This was a fantastic sight. The river pushing it self over a hill and making a gigantic yet graceful fall. It was here we found our swimming spot. Away from the fall, we found few rocks over which the water flowed. Within minutes we were like a part of the water. In swimming shorts, the boys went in first into the cold water. The girls preferred only to wet their feet.
For me it worked like water therapy. I fond a spot between the rocks were the water rushed out with force. I placed myself just between the stones and lo! It was my Jacuzzi. Hours passed and we played like little kids in a bath tub, enjoying every bit of the liquid medium. The sun began its downward move and it was a sign to return. The water play was not enough, and half-hearted I moved out of my Jacuzzi. We were off again to Bangalore bidding good bye to this famous picnic spot
It was a much-needed break from the hectic day-to-day life. A sense of relief engulfed us as we drove back home with a stop at a silk worm breeding centre.
The monsoon is the best time to visit Shivana Samudra. To all stressed out souls, water treatment works best. Get it at Shivana Samudra!

by Vinod Prem Lobo
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Comment on this article

  • Rafeek Sompady, puttur -al ain

    Mon, Aug 10 2009

    Masaallha Realy Amezing.thanx for publishing.keep it up diji.

  • Melisha Noronha, Mangalore / Bangalore

    Tue, Aug 11 2009

    Nice article waterman.

  • Vinod Prem Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 10 2009

    Indeed Jog Falls is out of this world experience. I have been there two consecutive years and have also been to the Jogada Gundi. Here is the travellogue I wrote on Daijiworld. Click this link

  • Hariprasad.Rao, Kadri

    Mon, Aug 10 2009

    Felt like being on a monsoon picknick reading the article and seing the lovely pictures. Thanks Vinod Lobo

  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Also Visit Jog Falls and write a article on it for all of us. Also visit the church there.

  • Max & Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore/Houston, Tx

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Dear Vinod, this is the first article I am reading from you on some of the beautiful water falls that exist in India, right in our own state of Karnataka. There is so much to compare one water falls to another in several parts of the world, including Africa and North America, and appreciate God''s mysterious creations of beauty and splendour along with geological formations of the earth with mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers. Water is precious, and precious water must continue to flow with good rains that will keep the environment green and clean with plenty to grow and plenty to eat and enjoy.

  • henry.pinto, isreal

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Nice article thanks Daiji for pubishing this god gift .....

  • Simon Francis Lasrado, Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    More than visiting Jog Falls never return back without seeing the depth of Jog Falls which is called as JOGADA GUNDI.The guides will help you to reach this place and also they will help you to peep this Jogada Gundi.That will give you real and life time satisfaction. Try to visit Jog Falls and it is somewhat good time to visit there.

    Never come back without viewing the depth of Jog Falls which is called as JOGADA GUNDI.You can view this, by peeping down from the rock where that famous kannada movie" MUNGARU MALE" was shot.Without the help of guides there,you can not view this. At the same time it is very risky to view Jogada Gundi.If you are brave enough, go ahead.In our group most of us viewed it including ladies.

  • Simon Francis Lasrado, Bangalore

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Good photographs.Thanks to Mr.Prem Lobo for the report and to upload the event.Next time please visit Hogenekal Falls and Jog Falls,but never come back without viewing Jogada Gundi.

  • Emma,, mangalore

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Beautiful Picture & the Article Keep it up Daiji.

  • Borewell Puttaka, Laxminagar Uppinangady

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Super scenes.really its god gift.milky water flowing between the forest very beautiful scene.ilidhu baa thai ilidhu baa...thank you photograper&daiji.

  • jemiyar, kuwait

    Sun, Aug 09 2009

    Nice article. Thanks Daiji for publishing this. Just by sitting in front of the net , Mr lobo writer of the article took me to sivanasamudra. keep on giving the readers such articles so that we people of karnataka know about our home more .

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