Saturday, March 7, 2009
Jog Falls - The Highest Water Falls in India
Jog falls, the highest falls in India, located at a altitude of 1500 meter on Western Ghat mountains on the river Sharavathy. Amidst of picturesque beauty this waterfall is a major tourist attraction. Four streams of Sharavathy are jumping down from a height of 292 meter here. Raja is one of the four streams. It falls straight and meets with Royar (another stream) in the midway. The other two are Rocket and Rani or White Lady. Natural beauty of the Jog falls is beyond compare. Jog falls becomes most attractive in monsoon and post monsson. Colours of the rainbow reflect in the water.
Every second Sunday of the month from 10-00 to 18-00 the dam releases water to the falls and that time it can be seen in its full glory.
A hydro-electric plant is built on Jog on the river Sharavathy. With a permit from Kamataka Power Corporation Sharavathy Valley Project can be visited. It is the first and largest of its kind in South Asia.
13 km from Jog Falls there are Lingamukhi Dam, Reservoir and Power House; and less than 1 km from here is the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro-Electric Plant. Their 3rd project is Sharavathy 10 km from here. Private vans are available to visit these places.
How to reach Jog falls:
Talguppa is the nearest railway station situated at 16 km to the east of Jog falls. Talguppa is 98 km from Shimoga, which is connected by many trains from Bangalore, Hubli and Mysore.
Bus services are also available from Mysore 371 Km, Panaji 299 Km, Shimoga 103 km, Bhadrawati 121 km, Bhatkal 74 Km, Karwar 164 km.
The nearest airport is Belgaon 251 km and Bangalore 378 km.
You can come to Jog by overnight bus journey from Bangalore or Mysore, spend a day there and may return to Bangalore and if you wish to continue your journey head to Panaji, Goa.
Hotels at Jog falls:
Jog falls Guest House:
Advance booking: Superintendent Engineer (Electrical), Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electrical Works. Jog Falls.
PWD Inspection bungalow and Youth Hostel' are also there in Jog.
Sharavathy Tourist Home KTDC: The Falls are visible through the window of the deluxe rooms.
KTDC Hotel Mayura Gerusoppa Ph: +91 8186 344732
DB @ INR 600.
Rainbow Hotel, Kargal. DB @ INR 250 - 450, is 5 km from the falls with acceptable arrangements.
Places of interest around Jog falls