Jog Falls

Jog Falls, Gerosoppa Falls or Joga Falls is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India located near Sagara taluk, Shimoga district in the state of Karnataka. It is a segmented waterfall which, depending on rain and season, becomes a plunge waterfall. The falls are a major tourist attraction and are ranked 131th in the world by the waterfall database.

Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River dropping 253 m, making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m in Meghalaya. Sharavathi, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, next to Nonabur, in the Thirthahalli taluk and takes the northwesterly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, precipitates itself down the Falls of Gersoppa, and passes that village (properly Geru-Sappe), which is some 29 kilometres distant, discharging into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara. The Sharavati, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, here reaches a tremendous chasm, 290 m deep, and the water comes down in four distinct falls.

The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft (250 m). Halfway down it is encountered by the Roarer, another fall, which precipitates itself into a vast cup and then rushes violently downwards at an angle of forty-five degrees to meet the Raja. A third fall, the Rocket, shoots downwards in a series of jets; while the fourth, the Rani, moves quietly over the mountainside in a sheet of foam. The Tourism Department has built steps from the viewpoint to the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen on the opposite side.

Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi. The power station has been operational since 1948 and is of 120 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India. 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 Hydroelectric Project. It was served by Hirebhaskara Dam until 1960. After 1960, due to the ideas of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam has been used for power generation.

*(All the above information are from Wikipedia.)


Airport: Mangalore airport is the nearest airport located at a distance of 243 km from Jog Falls. It is connected by flight to major cities across India.

Rail: Shimoga railway station is the nearest railway station located at a distance of 101 km from Jog falls. Express trains from many major stations like Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai halts here.

Road: Jog Falls is connected by road to Sagara and Talaguppa. State transport bus operates regular bus service from here to Jog Falls. There are also private bus operators that run buses from Shimoga to Jog Falls.

Tour Planner:

This tour planner is made on the basis of the location of the destinations. One can make changes as per their interest, convenience and accessibility and duration of the trip. One travelling from the nearby city can make a day trip to Jog Falls. There are other interesting places around the falls like the Linganamakki Lake and the Talakalale Lake and the dams. Those interested in leisure trip can stay in nearby hotels

Hotels: Hotels near Jog Falls is Sharavathi Adventure camp, PWD guest house, Circuit House and Hotel Mayura Gerusoppa.

Read my experience in Jog Falls.