Barkana Waterfalls or Barkana Falls 850 ft high, is one of the picturesque spots in Shimoga District of Karnataka. The Barkana Falls are among the ten highest waterfalls in India. Located in Balehalli forest area, Barkana Falls is about 80 km from Thirthahalli. It is formed by the natural water of Seeta River. A small stream adjoins the waterfalls.
The name of the fall is derived from the word 'barka', a reference to the Mouse Deer that inhabits the region. Tourists need to undergo a steep trek from the Western Ghats via Gumbo Ghats to reach the fall. Moreover, tourists interested in reaching the waterfall on motorbike can use the motorable path that reaches Barkana Falls. The best time to visit this fall is early winter.
Tourists can see beautiful views of the Western Ghats and hill slopes from the Barkana View Point located in the proximity of the fall. This fall is surrounded with the dense Western Ghat forest and filled with a wide variety of flora, from bamboos to herbs.
Barkana Falls is a wonderful location for sightseeing and enjoying a picnic, but beware of the leeches during the rainy season.
How to reach Barkana Waterfalls
Start from Thirthahalli and reach Agumbe which is 33 km and take left turn towards Shringere at Agumbe-shringere circle and drive for half kilometer and take left turn towards Barkana falls road where there is a sign board and drive for another 4 km. last 2.5 km is trekking which has steep route. Off road bikes can also be used to reach till waterfalls. Barkana waterfalls is 7 km from Agumbe over all.
Bus from Thirthahalli and Agumbe towards Shringere will stop at Barkana road and one has to walk remaining miles to reach the place. Off road bikes are opted to reach the location and trekking is also one of the best experience to reach this place.