Jog Falls, created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 meters is the highest plunge waterfall in India Located in Shimoga District of Karnataka, these segmented falls are a major tourist attraction. It is also called by alternative names of Gerusoppe falls, Gersoppa Falls and Jogada Gundi. Distance from Murdeshwar to Jog Falls, Karnataka is 87.4 km and takesaround 1 h 53 min via Edapally - Panvel Highway and NH206. Distance from Jog Falls to Gokarna, Karnataka is 111.4 km and takes around 2 h 24 min via NH206 and Edapally - Panvel Highway. Distance from Sirsi to Jog Falls, Karnataka is 57.7 km andtakes around 1 h 16 min via Siddapur-Sirsi Rd and Bhatkal - Siddapur - Soraba Highway.
Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi, and the hydro-electric power station that it serves. The power station has been operational since 1949, and is, at 1200 MW capacity, one of the largest hydro-electric stations in India and a significant source of electric power for Karnataka. The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydro-electric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi hydro-electric Project. It was served by Hirebhaskara dam until 1960. After 1960, thanks to visions of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam, built across river Sharavathi is being used for power generation.
Before the onset of monsoon, when there is not much water in the Linganmakki dam, the "mighty" Jog Falls are nearly unrecognizable. Instead of the roar and the spray and the massive flow of water, there are only a pair of thin streams of water trickling down the cliff. If you happen to ask any of the local people what happened to the falls, they would tell you that the authorities open the dam only during weekends, when there are a lot of tourists to view it.
During the monsoon of 2007, due to heavy rains the authorities at the falls had to open the dam. Due to this the water falls was seen at its best. Unfortunately this also resulted in the flooding of many villages down the river, destroying crops and the fishing industry for weeks. Many of the pictures in the gallery and the picture displayed alongside show the falls during that time.
The Sharavathi River is in magnificent during monsoons as it cascades down the hill into four falls – Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket. Also during this time, the dams of the rivers close by are let open on weekends causing a lot of water to gush through the falls.
How to Reach Jog Falls
The best time to visit Jog Falls is during the early monsoon (June - August). Jog is situated at 30 kilometres (19 mi) away from Sagara, and 379 kilometres (235 mi) away from Bangalore. Other places to visit near the falls are Dabbe falls, Linganamakki Dam, Tunga Anicut Dam, Thyvare Koppa Lion and Tiger reserve and Sharavati River.
By Bus: Jog, Sagara. One can reach Jog from direct buses to Jog from Bangalore. Alternative way is to take direct bus to Sagara from Bangalore and local bus from Sagara to Jog. Distance - 379 kilometres (235 mi) from Bangalore, 102 kilometres (63 mi) from Shivamogga and 30 kilometres (19 mi) from Sagara.
By Train: Nearest railhead is Shimoga. One can take train to Shimoga from Bangalore and can travel to Jog in buses from Shimoga.
By Air: Bangalore airport is the nearest operational airport. Another convenient airport is Mangalore.
Bus Tours to Jog Falls
KSTDC (Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Limited) conducts Bus Tours to Jog Falls. Jog falls (Jogada Gundi, Jog Jal Parpat Falls karnataka) is created by Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft). Jog fall tour plan from Bangalore will be an ideal weekend getaway. KSTDC offers jog falls gokarna goa 2 days package tour from Bangalore. Jog Falls Working days, timings, entry time, opening timings, visiting hours and time table of opening hours and closing days for 2016-2017.
Distance from Bagalur Cross Bus Stop, Yelahanka, Bangalore to Jog Falls, Karnataka is 417.8 km and takes 6 h 19 min via NH48. Mysore to Jog Falls by bus (road) is 345 km and takes almost 6 hours 4 mins.
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