Jog Falls: Feel a river coming down from heavens

Have you ever imagined, how it feels like, standing right under a river which is coming down from the heavens?

You could feel it, if you come down to Jog Falls, the second highest plunge waterfall in India.

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Our much awaited tour to Jog got a bumpy start as a train got derailed just in front of ours and we had to take a much longer detour.

It was a six hour overnight journey to Shimoga from Bangalore, which became a sixteen hour endeavor.

But it provided us with a great opportunity to see the beautiful country side.

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We reached Shimoga (which is the nearest rail head for those who visit Jog Falls) by 5 pm.

There we found the famous toy train, which used to take people pretty near to Jog Falls.

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To compensate for the lost day, we quickly moved to the Bhadra Dam site where a light drizzle and a refreshing breeze washed away all the tiredness.

Next day early morning we were off to Jog, through the lush green Malanadu or the Rain Country, and it really was a roller coaster ride through the winding roads.

Once we reached Jog falls, we were treated with the amazing view of the Sharavathi river valley.

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Enjoying the view of the valley and the falls from the edge of the falls we moved to the observation deck.

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The observation deck is the best place to get the complete picture of the water fall, where you could see all four different falls (Raja, Rani, Rocket and Roarer) forming the mighty Jog.

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From here we can go down to the river bed through bushes and steep steps cut in rocks( around 1400 in number).

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The view kept changing and the whole ambiance became so dramatic and refreshing with a drizzle created by the falls.

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And finally we had to turn off our cameras and just feel the ambiance. Looking up, I felt, streams were descending from clouds and meeting the river silently.

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No one felt like coming back from this extravagant show of nature, but with limited time we had to explore a few more places before catching our train back to Bangalore.

Other places of Interest nearby:

Ikkeri temple: The old temple of Ikkeri is a less known place and worth exploring.

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Sringeri: We managed to explore the Vidyashankara temple and the matha of Adi shankara. The stone carvings of the temple were mighty impressive and show cases the development of the craft some 700 years ago.

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Best time to visit: Jog changes from a mighty intimidating falls to a narrow stream from time to time.

During the peak monsoon months(July and August), people are not allowed to go down the steps to the river bed and

during  the summer months (January to May) Jog won’t impress you with a scaled down version 🙂

To me, the best time to visit Jog would be just after the monsoon(September and October).

Places to stay: Even though Sagara is the nearest town to Jog falls, more options for accommodation would be available in Shimoga.

 

 

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87 thoughts on “Jog Falls: Feel a river coming down from heavens

  1. Sreejith my husband and I went immediately to look at a map to see where this beautiful spot is. Hopefully one day we could see it in person but for now we are so grateful for your stunning photos.

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  2. what a wonderful title- feel a river coming down from the heavens, BEAUTIFUL imagery, I love it! Just even only the words, and a great photo too. but the title is what got me engaged.

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words, I really mean it 🙂

      This tour was some 6-7 years back but still I could perfectly remember how I felt once we reached right under the falls.

      We could see streams coming down through mist… it was a shear drop of around 1000 feet 🙂

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  3. Tremendous shots Sreejith, and like all great shots there is a neat adventure in getting there…love the descriptions you wrote…wish I could be there. Beautiful work, as is always the case with your work.

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  4. Usually you post one photo…today a marvelous collection of Jog Falls. Stunning, you’ve certainly outdone yourself. You must have enjoyed the sounds of rushing water. It is interesting to see that there’s a bit of yellow shooting out from one of the waterfalls, don’t think it’s ugly, just interesting. India never looked so beautiful 🙂

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    • Hello Mabel, thank you so much for your comments, as always I used to wait for your comments to get a frank opinion 🙂

      Yea, here, all the snaps were taken with my sony point and shoot some 6 years back and the image quality is below par.
      But the place is so beautiful that you will get incredible images with any camera 🙂
      India is so diverse, culturally and geographically that you could find something interesting anywhere you go.
      Have a great day ahead 🙂

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      • Haha, Sreejith. Thanks so much for the nice words. I try to comment whenever I can…it’s hard with a day job but I love commenting, reading and learning from other blogs.

        That’s impressive. A point and shoot. I thought you used something fancier. Your blog and photos have shown me India is more than just packed trains and lonely sparse lands. And I’ve only been following for a short while. Thank you 🙂

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  5. This is a journey I will not be able to make except in my imagination, so it is with immense gratitude that I thank you for the opportunity to view these scenes through your photos and your words. I agree with treeshrubs’ comment: we live on an awesome planet! I would add that we share this planet with awesome people, and you are one of those people!

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  6. *tears in my eyes* Sreejith, how/where do I find the words to describe what I felt as I saw through your eyes, these Divine Sights? The lushness of your country, the vivid colors, the contrasts, the extremes …. the mystery, the glory, the BIGness, … now you have me wanting to see India. The richness of your country boggles the mind. Yes, I know how much poverty there is, (like here too) but the beauty of the LAND is what I am speaking of as I refer to richness. You stole my breath, and my heart went flying to India. Thank you SO much for bringing us these Priceless Pictures of a country wrapped in mystic beauty. Thank you, Sreejith! Love, Amy

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    • Hello Amy,

      India is a country of extreme contrasts and it’s entirely up to the individual, to view how it is, and portray it.

      Most of times, I try to show the brighter side of this ancient land, which I love photographing.

      Thank you so much for your support and encouragements, from the bottom of my heart 🙂

      Have a beautiful day a head 🙂

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      • Sreejith, I honestly do know how much work something like this post takes. I know how I feel when I work extremely hard to put together a very complex post, and when I don’t get comments, I feel so discouraged. When I see something to this magnitude, on what you did, I just want to shout it out to everyone how hard YOU worked to put this together AND for them to give you a LOT of comments. Most people honestly don’t understand what we go through, first of all to GET the photos, then EDIT them, then to put a post all together. They don’t know because they are not photgraphers. But! I know. And I know how your heart and soul were in on this post. I wish I could reach in to HUG you. Really! Love, Amy

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        • Amy, How should I thank you for understanding my work and effort…

          I have been thinking about this post for months and finally selected some good images, did some basic fixes with Picasa and resized them.

          But, I just don’t wanted to publish them as a series of images, but wanted to let others feel, how I felt there, in that magical place, through words.

          And finally jot down a few sentences and pressed the publish button.

          Once you get a nice comment or seeing the star icon keep blinking at the top right, I feel accomplished and relaxed.

          These moments of happiness makes our day.

          Have a beautiful day ahead 🙂

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  7. Sreejith – this was such a treat today. I live all the different variety in the post – mix of the architecture with the natural (and the many diff. views of the falls) was fantastic – and in the midst of this all was my favorite pause – it was that gritty and raw shot preceded by this “streams were descending from clouds and meeting the river silently….”
    we felt it my friend.
    🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Chris 🙂

      This waterfall turns pure magical after the monsoon rains and the whole area looks so fresh…

      You can certainly include this one in your must see places when you come down to India 🙂

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  8. These pictures are beautiful, Sreejit! Now that I’ve seen how beautiful this place is, I definitely am putting Shimoga in my to-visit list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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        • India is so vast and diverse that you could see almost all different landscapes here.
          North east of India is completely hilly and lush green. The mighty Himalaya forms the northern boundary. Vast desert areas in the north western areas and the Gangtic plains is one of the most fertile and populous areas in the world.
          And we have the Deccan plateau in the central India, and two great hill ranges along the east and west coasts.
          What more you can ask for in one country 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Bronwyn 🙂
      It’s not just the waterfall and the temples, the whole area is so beautiful that, you feel rejuvenated.
      That’s the magic of this area called the “Land of Rain” 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Priyanka, it’s just an amazing place to appreciate the might and beauty of nature 🙂

      But, you have to time your travel properly, otherwise, it’s gonna disappoint you.

      This year, the dam above the fall is not full and the flow is very less to the fall.

      So better plan for the monsoon season, July-August 🙂

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