Trip to Shivasamudram

This is an ideal location for a day long outing from Bangalore. Shivasamudram is around 130kms from Bangalore and 5 of us set out to go here last Saturday. The drive to Shivasamudram was pretty smooth except for a 3km stretch of road after Malavalli which is still being laid.

River Cauvery falls majestically here and forms the Shivasamudram falls which is also referred to as Shivanasamudram falls. This is located in the Mandya district in Karnataka. There are two falls called Bharachukki and Gaganachukki. Both offer magnificent views though the experience of Bharachukki was far better than Gaganachukki.

Gaganachukki

Not many people know that Shivasamudram was the first place to have a hydroelectric plant in Asia which was built nearly a century ago. The power plant is called Bluff and this is the place where the first falls is located. It is called Gaganachukki.

We were fortunate to visit this place during monsoon time and the roar of the falls was deafening at some places. It was quite a spectacular site to watch the falls from the watch tower as for safety reasons we were not allowed to go near the falls. You can see the falls from two places. One is from the side of Bluff and the other point of view is near the dargah. It looked quite dangerous to get down.

Some pictures:

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Bharachukki

This is around a distance of 10kms from Bluff and around 2kms from the dargah. You will have to cross a bridge before you reach Bharachukki and this is the place where the river branches to create two falls so close to each other. Don’t miss this place. If you have time for just one falls, then go here.

At Bharachukki a staircase has been made to get down near the falls. It is pretty steep but the pains of getting down there are worth the effort. Once you get down there are 2 places where you can go. Either you can just go down right to the end of the stairs and sit near the water for sometime or take a detour to reach the falls on one side. We took the detour and it helped us see some breathtaking views. Sometimes it is these kinds of things that make a trip wonderful. When the spray from the water falling hits us, it was beyond the normal thrill experienced when we see water. It was the first time that we were seeing a waterfall from such a close range and the 5 of us were just amazed. It was just wonderful to be there and we were happy that we had come there just after the rains and weren’t disappointed like we were in Tada.

Some Pictures:

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How to get there:

There are two routes to reach Shivasamudram. You can take the Kanakapura route or the Mysore route. If you take the Kanakapura route, you will find enough signboards to help you. If you are taking the Mysore road, then just after Maddur, you need to take the left turn towards Malavalli. It is a straight road from here. We went on Mysore road and the total drive time was about 2:30 hours. Shivasamudram is about 40kms from Maddur.

There are no places to stay or eat. So, better pack your food or be prepared to stuff yourself with biscuits and ice creams.

For more pictures:

Thanks to Anand

Thanks to Raam

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38 Responses

  1. Hey! those are great pictures and a nice write up. Am sure you had a blast.
    Wanted to check with you, where are good places to just stop for a bit, for lunch, etc.?
    you could mail to me at madhusingh1027@yahoo.com. Would appreciate.

  2. Hi,
    I just saw the details of your journey to shivasamudram-the place where we are planning for the same.Wil u please help me out regarding the trip details and the journey?

  3. Hi,
    I just saw the details of your journey to shivasamudram-the place where we are planning for the same.Wil u please help me out regarding the trip details and the journey?

    The photos are awesome yaar…

  4. The post has details about the route. (at the end of the post).

    If you want some specific details, then either mail me or leave a comment here and I will get back.

  5. Nice snaps man. Did you go in rainy season.

  6. Hi,

    Those are really nice snaps. We are also planning the trip to Shivasamudram over this weekend. We have also heard about nearby places like talakadu and somnathpuram. Did u guys covered any of those places or any other nearby place on ur trip?
    If you did, it will be great if u could provide some pointers about directions and stuff like that..

    -regards,
    Kansi

  7. We didn’t go to Talakkad or any other place due to time constraints. Also the road from Shivanasamudram to Talakkad was bad at the time we visited.
    Directions to go to Talakkad can be found easily at Shivanasamudram. If you are just going to Shivanasamudram, then there is a bus which starts from Majestic in the morning.

  8. Nice pix and very handy information.However there are a few more clarifications I would request you before I plan a visit to this place.
    Please send me your contact no.
    Mine is 9916289672

    Regards,
    Sahil

  9. Drop me an e-mail at the address provided under the “Contact Me” tab.
    Am not typing it here as it increases spam exponentially.

  10. Hi,
    Fab shots, is the weather and the water always this abundant,, or it this seasonal. Also I saw some snaps with you guys at the foot of the fall. How do we get there… Thanx in advance.

    TC
    V

  11. Hi,

    All the people share their view, which are obviously of a two or four wheeler trip. Can anybody proper guidance of travelling thru buses.

    Thanks,
    Nats

  12. can we swim near shivasamundram.

    • U can swim in the other side of the falls.Got to get down after u cross the bridge (sorry i forgot the name of the place,on the hydel power plant side,think ganganakucchi).They take u to the other side of the river (a small island kind of) thru Parisal (circular boat like in Hogenagal) ,but u cant swim as its shallow and with eroded rocks!. But its ectasy!

    • obviously…what do u plan to do when you are drowning..

  13. I am not too sure about this. It isn’t possible near the first falls.
    Near the second falls, it is possible, but have a look at the amount of water that is flowing.

  14. great job!!! you guyz have made the trip easy for us and now we are more firm and clear about going to shivsamundaram.

  15. Excellent photography.

  16. hey ….g8 pics dear…we r plannin 2 visit d place in june….can we still c the falls at its peak flow?thnx 4 all d info….itz so worthy…

    CHEERS N LOVE

    PAYAL…

  17. Thats a really gud info…
    My main aim is to swim under that fall..
    any idea or any advice

  18. Thats a really gud info…
    My main aim is to swim under that fall..
    any idea or any advice

  19. Hey!
    Looks great. We are thinking of visiting this place on 14th… Just wanted to know if there are any eat outs in that place? or is it better to carry stuff with us. I have a 3 year old kid..that’s why.. :) Will be great, if you can let me know

  20. Looks great. We are thinking of visiting this place on tomorrow… Just wanted to know if there are any eat outs in that place? or is it better to carry stuff with us. I have a 1.5 year old twins with me..that’s why.. Will be great, if you can let me know

  21. Please note THERE IS NO GOOD RESTURENT&it is very harribale to eat @some other place.try to carry some food or some snscks,fruits,biscuties.water no problem! while going towards malavalli ofter maddur 8 km ofter you can find out doddabasavana rich basava is there.you can see on his fore head laks of rupees live currancy,

  22. Hi,
    We are planning trip from Banagalore (Marathalli) to Sivasamudram.. wanted to know which road would be better.. via Maddur (SH17) or via Kanakapura (NH 209)..
    Kindly suggest..

    Thanks in advance,
    Abhijit

  23. Hi

    We visited Y’day to shivanna samudram.
    Though we were getting packed with the snacks and eatables ,looking at these comments, we could get good chappathis and decent curries in the restaurant (with resort,staying facility too!).
    And plz note u got a lovely shop packed with snacks and cool drinks.

    Just go and enjoy dears. Not much to worry.

  24. What is the bus no which goes directly to Sivasamudram from majestic ? please help
    Thanks in Advance

  25. HI FRIENDS . .
    This man who has posted his pics and reviews abt ths place is bull shit.
    Shivanasamudram is famous for fish curry. .And there r many dhaba type hotels near dargah. And there are two hydroelectric plants there. One in bluff and one near dargah. And also everything is available there. .And in bharachukki there is boating also .Its my native village. I knw everything abt place. So if u want any info. Plz contact me if u want a guide 9741373279 .I also take people to talakad, sangam. Etc. And show u many wonder ful places around shivanasamudram. Thank u. Contact me

  26. I can arrange a full one day trip to shivanasamudram or near by places in our private car for sum fees .Contact me 9741373279

  27. ..I can arrange a full one day trip to shivanasamudram or near by places in our private car for sum fees .Contact me 9741373279

  28. hey
    girdhari is thinking to go dere…..

  29. What is the bus no which goes directly to Sivasamudram from majestic ????? please help……. we are thinking about visiting on 20th of August…. ( Email : sanhitabhide@yahoo.com

  30. great place indeed, had a great time in shivanasamudram , my account of the place..

    http://livingismyright.blogspot.com/2011/08/shivanasamudram-falls-is-one-of-largest.html

  31. Dear friends, pl avoid swimming under falls. The water current is more. Many people have drowned there. Regards, Anu

  32. Please inform how far it is from sri ram nagara- whether we need cross Mandya – on mysore road or any short cut available from sri ram nagar or kanagpura also wanted to know how much is the stretch from mysore highwat road

  33. Hi Manian,
    Google it.. :)

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