7 Best Waterfalls around Bangalore

Waterfalls around Bangalore – Bangalore often called as India’s silicon valley is home to a number of number of IT companies and startups and is home to a number of people who have come here to stay and work in these companies.

Most people have tough work schedules and do not find enough time for leisure. While there are a number of places in and around Bangalore, zeroing on that perfect place can be difficult. We therefore bring you the list of 7 best waterfalls around Bangalore in this article. Here they are as follows-

#1 Chunchi Falls

Chunchi Falls
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Chunchi Falls is located 100 kilometers away from Bangalore and is one of those destinations perfect for a day’s trip from the city. This beautiful waterfall is located on the Arkavati river and lies on the way to Mekedatu and Sangama.

Surrounded by rocky mountains and forests, this is great place for picnics and get-together. There is a watch tower from where you can get panoramic views of the waterfalls and the entire region.

You can trek all the way to the bottom of the waterfall and the experience is absolutely stunning. There are a few stalls that sell snacks and water bottles and from you can buy refreshments. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoons or winter.

#2 Abbey Falls

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The Abbey Falls is one of the most picturesque falls in the Coorg region and draws huge number of crowds every year. The waters from this waterfall joins the river Carvery.

The waterfall is located amidst lush green forests and you have to walk through a coffee plantation to reach this place. The hanging bridge here is the best place to witness the grandeur of this waterfalls. Water sprays from the waterfalls can be felt on the face while standing on this hanging bridge.

The force of the waterfall is such that you can hear the sound of the waterfall from a distance also. There is a small temple dedicated to Goddess Kali beside the waterfall. There are a few stalls that sell tea and coffee here as well.

#3 Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls
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The Iruppu Falls is also called the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls because of a legend from Ramayana that is associated with it. Rama and Lakshmana were passing through this area and were searching for Sita when Rama asked Lakshmana to provide him some water to drink.

Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and that is how the Lakshmana Tirtha river came to existence and got its name.It is also believed that the water of these falls possesses the power to cleanse sins and is therefore visited by thousands of devotees every year on Shivratri.

Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and that is how the Lakshmana Tirtha river came to existence and got its name.It is also believed that the water of these falls possesses the power to cleanse sins and is therefore visited by thousands of devotees every year on Shivratri.

The trail to this waterfall passes through lush green forests. The famous Rameshwara temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also located on the way. Monsoon is the best time to visit this waterfalls and the waterfalls with full force and views are absolutely stunning. The Iruppu Falls is located around 260 kilometers away from Bangalore.

#4 Hogenakkal Falls

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The Hogenakkal Falls is located around 180 kilometers away from Bangalore and serves as a great weekend getaway. The whole area is surrounded by Carbonation rocks which are one of the oldest of their kinds in the world.

The Cauvery river gather momentum and then forms a cascade of waterfalls in this region marked with rocky terrains. There are whirlpools and undercurrents in the waters here. Coracle boat rides are very popular and are used to witness the grandeur of the waterfalls and the surrounding areas. It is located on the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka border.

Many people bathe in the waters here as it is believed to have medicinal properties. There are stalls that sell fried fish here and is savored by people. A number of scenes and songs from popular movies have been shot here as well. There are a number of small treks through forests around the waterfalls as well.

#5 Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls
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The Shivanasamudra Falls is situated on the downstream channel of the river Cauvery. The river gets divided into two channels creating two waterfalls. These two waterfalls are broken into further channels.

The water source is perennial meaning water is present throughout the year. Gaganachukki and Bharachukki are the names of these two waterfalls that collectively form the Shivanasamudra Falls. The water falls from a height of about 320 feet into a deep gorge.

A number of ancient temples are also located in the vicinity of the waterfalls. The Sri Ranganathaswamy and Sri Someshwara temples attract a number of visitors. This is also one of the first places in Asia where a hydroelectric power station was set up. The Shivanasamudra Falls is located 130 kilometers away from Bangalore.

#6 Jog Falls

Jog Falls
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The Jog Falls is the second highest waterfall in India and is located on the Sharavathi river. The water falls from a height of about 253 meters from the rocky beds through which the river meanders forming four different waterfalls namely Raja, Rani, Rover and Rocket.

The glory of this waterfall can be witnessed during the monsoons when the water flows with full force. There is a trekking route that leads to the bottom of this waterfall but is risky and almost impossible to maneuver during monsoons. The Linganamakki Dam is located nearby which has hydroelectric power stations.

#7 Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls
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The Hebbe Falls is situated in the Chikmagalur district and is around 10 kilometers away from Kemmangundi which is popular hill station. It is set amidst forests and coffee plantations. You can either use a vehicle or reach this place on foot.

There are two stages in the waterfall here namely the Dodda Hebbe and the Chikka Hebbe meaning the Big and small waterfalls respectively. The waters of this waterfall are believed to have medicinal properties and a number of people go for a dip here.

The trail to the waterfalls is picturesque surrounded by beautiful valleys and mountain ranges. It is around eight hours away from Bangalore. Trekking to the waterfall can be really adventurous however the path can become slippery and infested with leeches during monsoons.


There are number of places to visit in and around Bangalore during the weekends or long holidays. The nearest waterfalls in Bangalore not only boast of picturesque surroundings but are great places for picnics, get-togethers and outings.

There are treks, ancient temples and many other things in the vicinity. Therefore these are great places to relax and take a break from the bustling life of the city.

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