This is my second post on Jog Falls. The earlier post (“Sharavati Beckons”)was an account of my visit during mid 2004 and this is an account of a recent visit. Nothing much has changed except the perspective.
A brief about Jog falls.
Jog falls is created by the Sharavathi river falling from a height of 253 meters (829 ft). This is said to the highest waterfall in India. Jog falls is situated in the district of Shimoga. Its at a distance of 100 kms from Shimoga.
Refer to my earlier post “Sharavati Beckons” for more details on Jog.
There’s more to it than just Jog falls and that is exactly what this post is all about. Jog falls can be viewed from 2 sides. From the front side, you can see the jog falls in its full glory (like the one in the pic above).
The other side , one can go near the top of the waterfalls. To get to this place, you have to travel about 8kms by road from Jog.
This place is where the famous Kannada movie, Mungaru Male was shot.
When we reached this place, it had started drizzling a bit. The winds were so strong that the water falling into the falls were travelling up as if defying gravity.
One can go to the edge of the rocks and have a look down the falls. Scary though :-)
A short drive from this place on the scenic Bangalore-Honnavar road is the “Gerusoppa Valley”.
This is a continuation of the Jog falls. A view point along the road-side offers a nice scenic view of the valley.
There are not much staying options near Jog. The nearby town, Sagar, has few options. One good option of staying close to Jog is ” Stay @ Matthuga” resort.
Stay @ Matthuga is a plantation bungalow, Situated in the middle of 10 acres of Areca Garden on the Bangalore-Honnavar National Highway (NH206), 19 Km from Sagar and 8 Km before Jogfalls.
This is a very nice place to relax. There is a family which takes care of the place. Any needs for food are addressed by this family.
The resort has a farm which can be explored. There are many a varities of spices and fruits here. One can take a walk inside the plantation.
More info on the resort @ http://matthuga.in/
As I write this post, heavy rains are lashing shimoga and nearby areas. Its a good time to go to Jog after the rains have stopped. Every year, August 15th the gates @ Linganamakki dam are opened and Jog Falls can be seen in full glory. At the same time, huge crowds come on this day to witness Jog falls. If you want a peaceful visit, then Aug 15th might not be your cup of tea.
Thats it from me for now.