The Shivanasamudra waterfalls makes a very good day trip from Bangalore. This is one of the famous spots among the Bangaloreans as it is closer to Bangalore and is an easy trip to do in one day. It is also very popular among the bike riders.
For other places that can be traveled in one day from Bangalore, refer the section of my blog – One day travels from Bangalore.
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About Shivanasamudra Falls
Shivanasamudra falls is a waterfall, located along the Cauvery River, is on the borders of Chamrajanagara and Mandya districts of Karnataka. The height of the waterfall is 90 metres and is a twin waterfall, Gaganachukki (Mandya district) and Barachukki (Chamrajanagara district) waterfalls. India’s second hydro electric and functional power station is at the waterfall.
The literal translation of Shivanasamudra is Sea of Shiva.
The best time to visit Shivanasamudra falls is during the monsoon season/ immediately after the monsoon and winter season. It is between the months of July and February.
How to get to Shivanasamudra?
- Driving – Shivanasamudra falls is around 130 kilometres from the Bangalore city and takes 3 hours to get there by car or motorbike. The route is through the Mysore Road. The falls is closer to Mysore, which is just 70 kilometres from the falls.
- Public transportation – There are frequent buses between Bangalore K R Market and Satya Gala Hand Post at Malavalli/ Milega. The ticket can be purchased on the bus from a conductor and the fare needs to be paid by cash.
- The best way to know the stop to get down, ensure to talk to the conductor or the driver.
- if you are traveling alone, make sure to get back before dark (sunset).
Important things to remember before visiting Shivanasamudra
- Do not climb on the rocks. They are dangerous and it has caused fatal accidents.
- Do not get into the water. It is very deep especially near Gaganachukki and can be really dangerous. There is some shallow water by the Barachukki falls. Talk to the locals before entering the water. And if you do not know how to swim, then definitely do not get into the water.
- Be careful of the monkeys, especially when you are carrying food as they usually try to snatch the food or drinks.
- The weekends are very crowded and beware of the pick-pocketers.
- There is a tiny local restaurant at the waterfalls run by Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC).
- Do not throw garbage. Take your rubbish with you or throw them in proper dustbins.
Is it safe for solo female travelers?
I would say No. It is not safe for solo female travelers, especially at nights. It is best to visit Shivanasamudra with a buddy or a group. If you are traveling alone, then I suggest looking for a travel agency (local) that has trips to Shivanasamudra or you can also find travel partners either on meetup or couchsurfing websites. However, be careful on whom you go with as part of meetup and couchsurfing.
Even though I would not say Shivanasamudra is the best of the places around Bangalore, I still would love to go here again and see the spectacular waterfalls, especially during monsoons.