Aug 19, 2013

Waterfalls- Jog Falls, The pride of Karnataka, India



Recently I received an email from one of the readers and he addressed me as a Non-American blogging on America. Well, it reminded me to write on India too! So here is one post on India- a destination from my own Karnataka. Jog Falls (830ft), one of the tallest plunge waterfall in India is located in the state of Karnataka. This is one of the major tourist attractions that comes to life during the monsoons. River Sharavathi plunges down 830ft in four segments to create this magnificent beauty.

Jog Falls near Sagar, Karnataka, India
Jog Falls Aug 2013

I have been to this place more than 15 times and have trekked down to the base several times. This year too I went soon after the news that the river is swollen and the Linganamakki Dam gates are open. I wanted to see that enormous flow of water like it happened in August 2006. But, no luck. I happened to see the same old look of it. To add to that there was thick fog and once a while it would clear for few seconds or so. Still a beauty! huh?

Jog Falls near Sagar, Karnataka, India
Viewpoints, people and the fog
Each segment of the falls has a name. Raja, on the far left taking the direct plunge. Roarer, the short waterfalls beside Raja which makes the roaring sound. Rocket, a series of shooting jets. And finally the gracious Rani on the right.

There were thousands of visitors to see the waterfalls. It was raining heavily at times but still people went on to the viewpoints only to see the thick fog. You can see the people as tiny white dots in the picture on the right. It was difficult to walk in that poor visibility, with a huge crowd on the slippery rocks and a 830ft drop on the other side. It wasn't that dangerous but, when groups of people pushing around it is a bit of concern. Well, I had been to this waterfalls last year (July 2012) too when the fog wasn't obstructing. Picture below :)

Jog Falls near Sagar, Karnataka, India
Jog Falls July 2012
How to reach: Nearest town is Sagar which is 30KM away. There are tour buses going from Hubli (165KM) and Bangalore (350KM) as well, on weekends during monsoons. Going by car is the best choice for a day long excursion. If you are driving then first check the road conditions during monsoons.

Street-side stalls sell water, soft drinks, snacks and fruits. The pineapples here are very sweet, when the slices are sprinkled with salt-pepper/paprika taste heavenly to the tired souls. Try it, it is fresh and tastes great. 

Within 50-miles there are medieval period temples dedicated to Lord Shiva with great architecture and history. If not anything the drive through the lush forests, green paddy fields, watching the fog emanating from the valleys up to the hills, drizzling rain, cool breeze make your trip worthwhile :)
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37 comments:

  1. Lovely captures and a write up on Jog Falls, Kusum! Have not been there so far:(

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    1. Bhatiaji, Visit only during monsoons!

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  2. Lovely post on Jog. Has never been here before. Must be a splendid time to visit now after such abundant rainfall.

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    1. Yes, it was nice! But you know in 2006 it almost looked like mini Niagara :)

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  3. It's a lovely waterfall. But doesn't have much water these days other than the monsoons. Nice pictures.

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  4. Wow!That's a very beautiful waterfall.

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  5. i love fog most of all, so these shots are speaking to my heart.

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    1. Glad the pics touched your heart May!

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  6. This is awesome, Kusum!! I've never seen such incredible waterfalls and the fog is is so beautiful! Terrific captures! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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  7. Spectacular indeed! The fog adds to the mystery of the falls!

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  8. What a gorgeous area and beautiful waterfalls..

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  9. The waterfalls and fogs are beautiful. It does look nice with a lot of water. Wonderful post and photos.

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  10. I haven't been there yet. :(
    The pictures are too good.

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    1. Thanks Indrani. Visit the place only during monsoons!

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  11. What a great looking place - I need to try harder to get work to send me to India.

    I found the opening sentence of this post strange - is it a problem that you are blogging about America!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne.

    PS: the literary reference is to "The World According to Garp"

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    1. Thanks Stewart! Yes, you should visit India once! Well, it is not a problem blogging about America. Since I call myself a Blogger from India many expect me to blog on India. I thought It would be nicer of me to say something about where I live now, my country :)

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  12. Wow, that is a spectacular waterfall. The photo through the mist is exquisite.

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  13. I love to visit waterfalls, but sadly I don't think I'll ever be able to add this spectacular one to my "collection", so thank you for sharing it.

    By the way, I don't think of you as a "non-American blogging on America", but instead I think of you as a world traveler and world-class blogger!

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    1. Thanks you Sallie for your kind words. You should consider visiting India. It is totally different from where you live. Initially it may look crazy but, you will find it a great experience :)

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  14. It looks like a wonderful place to visit. I love waterfalls for the wonderful spray of water they give when you get close.

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    1. Thank you Joyful! Yes, the spray definitely feels divine!

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  15. Such a beautiful waterfalls. Am yet to see it in its full glory.

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/08/the-pier.html

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  16. Jog Falls is one of the Adventure tourist places in Karnataka,The sight of this magnificent sheet of water cascading straight down a height of 830 feet unfettered by rocks or other encumbrances is one that has moved thousands of visitors.

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  17. Very nice information. Thank you for sharing...

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