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Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls, Shivanasamudra (Karnataka)

Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls, Shivanasamudra (Karnataka)

The state of Karnataka is woven with histories, culture, and beautiful landscapes. The fascinating beauty of the serene waterfalls in the state draws many tourists every day.

Barachukki and Gaganachukki are the twin waterfalls around the island of Shivanasamudra (Shiva’s Sea). It is one of the iconic places to visit in Karnataka.


The waterfalls originate when the Kaveri River gets diverged into two branches i.e. western branch and the eastern branch by the Shivanasamudra island.

In this article, you will get to know the following points about the Shivanasamudra twin waterfalls, namely the Gaganachukki and Barachukki,

Let’s see each of these points in detail…

How to reach Barachukki and Gaganachukki falls

You can visit the waterfalls anytime as these waterfalls are well connected with roadways and railways.

The waterfalls are located at a distance of about 139 km from Bangalore and about 60km from Mysore.

Nearest Airport:

If you are traveling by air, Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport as many international and national flights operate here.

After reaching the airport you can hire taxis or cabs to reach the astounding waterfalls.

Nearest Railway station:

You can also reach the destination via rail.

The nearest railway station to the waterfalls is the Mysore Railway Station which is located at a distance of approximately 60 km from the falls.

There is another railway station called the Maddur Railway station but the Mysore railway station is preferable to the Maddur Railway station.


Bus Routes:

You can also reach your destinations by bus.

For this, you have several KSTDC buses that operate frequently between Bangalore and Kollegal.

In Kollegal, you may find many local means of transport to reach the waterfalls. If you want you can also hire taxis to reach the waterfalls from Bangalore or Mysore.

Best time to visit Barachukki and Gaganachukki falls

Both the Gaganachulkki and Barachukki Waterfalls flow dynamically throughout the year.

Therefore you can plan your trip at any season throughout the year.

I would recommend you to visit the waterfalls during the monsoon, between June and September.

The waterfalls look gorgeous and vigorously flow through the rugged cliffs during this time.

The waterfalls look majestic and you can take some beautiful photographs.

Things to do at Barachukki and Gaganachukki falls

What can be more divine than the view of waterfalls in the backdrop of clear blue skies?

Kaveri river gave birth to the Barachukki and Gaganachukki waterfalls that plunge into a 75-meter-deep gorge and divide into two branches around the mesmerizing island of Shivanasamudra.

The western and eastern branch makes way through deep ravines on either side of the island.


Later on, these two branches descend as marvelous Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls.

The wonderfully clear water of the falls will make you fall in love with the place and serene nature.

Barachukki falls

The more graceful and charming waterfall among the two is the Barachukki waterfall. The Barachukki waterfall is known as the “Niagra Falls of India”.

The majestic falls cascade from 100 feet height and this is indeed a heavenly sight to capture with your lens!

The pleasant breeze that blows is soothing.

You can descend the falls through the stairs and sit on the benches there and relax for hours to forget all your worries.

During the monsoon, the views get more mesmerizing as the gushing, jagged cascade of water increases in volume substantially.

You have to be very careful while visiting the waterfalls as there are no lifeguards available here.

Getting into deeper water can be risky. But you can enjoy the surreal beauty of nature while standing in the shallow water.

You can have a unique experience if you go for a coracle ride to the magnificent Barachukki waterfalls.

The place is ideal for adventure lovers and backpackers. Many people stand and enjoy a cool shower under the falls.

The deep streams have strong water currents and therefore these places must be crossed carefully due to the extremely slippery rock bed.

Gaganachukki falls

The Gaganachukki waterfalls resemble a huge horsetail. The steep waterfall offers incredible views.

You can view the Gaganachukki waterfalls from the watchtower at Shivanasamudra.

The waterfall can be visited through other passes like Dargah Of Hazrath Mardane Gaib.

It is the upstream end of the waterfalls and the fascinating view of both the waterfalls during the monsoon makes this place a true paradise. 


Barachukki and Gaganachukki falls picnic spot

The waterfalls serve as optimum picnic spots too.

The picnic spot is about a 15-20 minutes drive from the falls.

Barachukki and Gaganachukki falls timings

The Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls waterfalls are open from 6 AM to 6 PM.

After 6 PM you will be prohibited to enter the falls by security at Shivanasamudra.

Places to stay and eat near Shivanasamudra falls

Near the Barachukki and Gaganachukki falls you can find several accommodations and restaurants.

The Georgia Sunshine Village is a placid and amazing village surrounded by greeneries where you can find your accommodation.

You can also choose to stay in camps.

Wilderness jungle Camp is an ideal camp option.

The GreenPeace Homestay Bheemeshwari, Chukki Mane, and KSTDC Hotel Mayutra Gaganachukki are some of the popular accommodations near these waterfalls where all luxury amenities and facilities are provided to the visitors.

You can get good food in these homestays and hotels. Also, you must try the tasty and yummy fish fry from the local food stalls.

Other attractions near Shivanasamudra falls

There are many other tourist attractions which you can visit near Gaganachukki and Barachukki waterfalls (Shivanasamudra falls).

You can enjoy other local sightseeing along with these waterfalls in a single day only.


Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is a famous tourist attraction located in the amazing wonderful town of Shivanasamudra.

Chanapatna and Talakad are also historic towns which are located in Bangalore.

Somnathpur and Bheemeshwari are other beautiful tourist spots situated on the banks of the River Kaveri.

You must visit the twin waterfalls, Gaganachukki and Barachukki, if you are tired of staying indoors and if you want to escape from the urban hustle and bustles.

These getaways from Mysore are ideal destinations to unwrap all the stresses and rediscover fun and excitement in life.

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