Jog Falls is situated on the borders of Shimoga and North Kanaranataka, 100 Kms from Shimoga city.
The Western Ghats gives rise to the Sharavati river that plunges from a height of 829 feet in four magnificent cascades namely Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket. Jog falls, being the tallest waterfalls in India is situated in the dense evergreen forests, 16kms from Talguppa nearest railway station, Shimoga district, Karnataka.
You can also reach this falls en route National Highway 48 or 4. The effect is greatly heightened by the wild and beautiful region around which is covered with a wealth of luxuriant vegetation. The steps cut into rocks will lead you to the very depths of the fall and shower you with vaporous spray that bounces off these rocks.
During Monsoons the Jog falls voluminous creating a spectacular sight with rainbows every now and then. One can take a adventurous walk at the bottom of the gorge when the sluice gates of the Linganmakki dam are closed.
The best time to visit the Jog is in winter when the sky is clear of the mist. The place is well connected by rail and road from Shimoga city and number of government & private buses ply between Shimoga and Jog Falls.
Jog falls is also known as Gerusoppaa falls, is the highest untiered waterfalls in India as it drops directly and does not stream on to the rocks.August-December is considered the season of best flow and the best time to visit. Jog is situated 30 Kms away from Sagara, and 379 kms away from Bangalore.
Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi, and the hydro-electric power station that it serves. The power station has been operational since 1949, and is, at 1200 MW capacity, one of the largest hydro-electric stations in India and a significant source of electric power for Karnataka.
The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydro-electric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi hydro-electric Project. It was served by Hirebhaskara dam until 1960. After 1960, thanks to visions of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam, built across river Sharavathi is being used for power generation.
How to Reach Jog Falls
- Nearest Railway Station: Thalaguppa, Shimoga district.
- Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
- By Road: National Highway number 206, from Bangalore 378 kms (Bangalore-Shimoga-Sagar-Jog), from Sagar 45 kms, Siddapur 21 kms, Honnavar 56 kms
Nearby places: Honnemardu, Karwar