Shivanasamudra Tourism

Shivanasamudra Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • District: Mandya
Situated on the banks of River Kaveri, Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Mandya District in the southern state of Karnataka. It is about 85 km east of Mysore. The first hydro-electric power station in Asia, which was set up in 1902, is located at Shivanasamudra.

This region was ruled by the kings of the Ganga Dynasty from the 2nd century to the 11th century. After the end of the Ganga Dynasty, the Cholas took control over the region who were followed by the Hoysalas, who ruled till about 1346.

The Vijayanagar rulers annexed the Hoysala Kingdom and conquered the region. Around 1610, Raja Wodeyar of the Wodeyar Dynasty took administrative control over the region. Following the  Wodeyar Dynasty, the region was ruled by Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, successively.  

Dramas and paintings are an integral part of the culture, which is predominant in the region. Known as one of the largest waterfall regions in the country, the town of Shivanasamudra divides the Kaveri River into two separate waterfalls namely, Gaganachukki and Bharachukki, which is then reunited downstream. These two waterfalls have been included in the list of the world's hundred best waterfalls.

Shivanasamudra, which is also called as Shiva's Sea is a renowned Hindu pilgrimage centre, which is popularly known as Madhya Ranga. This city is home to the temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha which has been constructed in the Dravidian style. The temple houses the sculpture of Lord Ranganatha and Takshaka, the lord of serpents.

The nearest airport to Shivanasamudra is Bengaluru International Airport in Bangalore, which is 120 km away. The closest rail terminal is Maddur Railway Station, which is situated on the Bangalore-Mysore rail route. Tourists travelling by road can also avail buses to the destination from Kollegala and Mysore.

The best time to visit Shivanasamudra is from July to October.

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  • Purna
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 96 photos
  • 50 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
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"Unspoilt beauty of Nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 16, 2016
Splendid falls Gaganachukki and Barachukki. The place is very beautiful surrounded by lush green vegetation and lovely hills on the backdrop. The falls make the area a quite scenic place.
Been there in July last week, nice cool weather and lots of gushing waters from the falls. Really a splendid view to sit and relax.
The road from Bangalore is quite good and is a good 3hr drive.
It's advised to carry food items with you as there are very limited options. A small govt. Run hotel, Hotel Mayura is present infront of Gaganachukki falls which is the only place to eat and stay if required. But the food options are quite limited.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A good Waterfall"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 7, 2016
It takes around 3hrs, from Bangalore, in bike to reach this place. The road condition is bad. To reach the destination you can use Google map or may take help from local people. The gate opens at 8:30 am. Very large parking facility is available.

As compared to Hygienically fall you can really enjoy this fall in whatever manner.

To reach to this fall after parking, you need to move down around 100 stairs.

There are some stalls available for food. You can also find some dhabas on the way.

Overall, you will definitely enjoy this place.

Avoid visiting during summer days.
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  • Karthik Nandhyala
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"Pride of Karnataka"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 2, 2016
Just a 135 km drive from Bangalore. If you are planning for a one day trip then it is a very beautiful place to choose. There are two falls which it is divided into GAGANACHUKKI and BHARACHUKKI. To reach bharachukki falls there are around 350 steps and there you can have a lot of fun. There is a boat ride also which I suggest not to miss.
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"Lacks in amenities"

  • 1.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
Shivasamudram is a waterfalls located about 110 kms from Bangalore the road to this place is very good. The place is not clean and maintenance is very poor as the visitors have thrown all the waste everywhere. Both Gaganachukki and Barachukki lacks in amenities for tourists.
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"One day trip from Bangalore!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Good to visit during monsoon season so you have a excellent view. I visited in January however water was less still good enough to play. Be careful with stones and you have to climb back 240 steps if you are getting down to see the falls. No medical facility near by.
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Raja Pradhan

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"Good place but less accommodation!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
If you are a nature lover with enthusiast with water then this the place you must go. There is no entry fee or Committee to handle the site. Out of two waterfalls there is only one where you can go inside and the falls are really amazing, but the changing rooms are under construction at tge time when we went there hopefully the problem has been resolved now. Near to this place a typical Karnataka traditional some sort of boats are there to pass a river which you can feel vertigo. Unfortunately there are no good hotels or restaurant near by so plan accordingly. And one pressing matter for people that you have to climb around 400 steps to get the foot of the waterfall so maintain good health and have some drinking water and foods.
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"Had a great view from Shivanasamundra"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2016
We visited this place in January. Water was less but you can see the beauty, greenery all around. By seeing the vastness I could understand how beautiful it would be in Monsoon. Mention clearly in Google maps Bhara Chukki and Gagan Chukki falls or else you may get a wrong route. Will revisit in Monsoon.
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"Break from busy work life"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 25, 2015
Weekend getaway, there are two falls, one you can see from distance and other one you can enter into water. There are life guards so it's safe there, only problem is no changing room. It's clean and well maintained, go in a group you will definitely have fun.
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"Good for a drive, not for a dive"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 16, 2015
One of the favourite one day getaways from Bangalore. Two gigantic falls - Gaganchukki and Bharachukki to watch. Place is easily reachable and the road conditions are good. You will have to trouble your legs to get down few hundreds stairs to reach the falls. Sincere advise & warning- don't dive or bath below the falls. The rocks are slippery and you might end up hurting your legs because of bottles broken by few careless scumbag. Boating is a must do. They would take to till the falls and make sure that you feel like the falls are falling for you.
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"My first trip with colleagues"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2015
Let will be awesome when you travel with friends. We had great fun under the falls. First trip in Bangalore should be shivanasamudhram. The best place to take snaps and a very like adventure when crossing the water to reach falls. We can spend around 3 hours in water.
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