Jog Falls
Jog Falls Shimoga. Picture Credit: Pixabay

Jog Falls – A Monsoon Wonder

Jog falls  is a gorgeous tourist spot on the border of Shimoga district in Karnataka. Known to be the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, it is a fabulous place to visit.

The beauty

Four separate cascades of waterfalls combine to form these wonderful falls on the Sharavathi river. The water does not flow on the walls, but directly hits the bottom to make Jog Falls the tallest un-tiered waterfalls of India.

Jog Falls
Jog Falls in full monsoon. Photo Credit: Flickr

And of course, the beauty and awe factor of Jog falls in further enhanced by the bountiful greenery surrounding it. One can get lost in the wonderful sight and want to stay there forever 🙂


Best time to visit: June to December (closer to monsoon time is the most gorgeous time)

How to get there: Buses ply from all major cities to Shimoga. Many cities have direct rail links to Shimoga too. Mangalore is the nearest airport (240 kms)

Things to do: Jog Falls, Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, Linganmakki dam

My trip

After arriving in Shimoga by train from Bangalore, we hired a tempo traveler for our group and embarked on a fun-filled trip. We played a few fun games when we were traveling and had an awesome start for the trip.

We went on this lovely short trip in the month of November and visited a string of awesome places including Sakrebyle Elephant Camp, Linganmakki dam and Jog Falls.

Sakrebyle Elephant camp in shimoga
Sakrebyle Elephant camp

Our first stop was the elephant camp. The elephant camp was open by 8:30 (open till 11 AM) and we spent a little time watching the majestic creatures move around gracefully.

The mist was yet to lift in the morning and as we were not fans of  animals being bred in captivity, we felt as gloomy as the sky and moved on to our next stop. We stopped at a few places to click pictures and headed for the majestic Jog Falls.

The plan to visit Jog falls formed after we watched its awesome beauty in the Kannada movie ‘Mungaaru Maley’.  As the rains have dried up, we did not witness full flow at this fantastic place.

So, visiting this place around monsoons would be an even richer experience but it might also be dangerous.

Jog falls
Jog falls – view from the steps

There were steps to go down to the base of the falls and it has to be mentioned that they are too many for a person who does not spend much time in outdoor activities 🙂

While some people in our group opted to enjoy the view from top itself, the rest of us decided to take the plunge along with the fall.

View from bottom of Jog falls
View from bottom of the falls

We attacked the stairs energetically and reached the foot of the falls in about 15 to 20 minutes. It was a gala time standing directly under the falls and getting hit by the cold needles.

Winding up

The fall does not break on the rocks anywhere, so the water directly hits the bottom with all the potential energy. It was an awesome feel to be at the pit of the falls and look up into the glorious falls from below. We even witnessed a rainbow as an added bonus.

eluctantly, we started back to the top and it was a long journey dragging ourselves away from the water 😀

All in all, it was a wonderful trip and a must for nature lovers. Have a great time!

For more wonderful getaways around Bangalore, check out the below post.

Also read: Top Weekend Getaways around Bangalore

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Jog Falls of India is an amazing tourist spot in Shimoga, Karnataka. Do not miss visiting this beauty in monsoons!
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Priyadarshini Rajendran is a travel enthusiast, avid reader and a passionate writer. She has a few of her books published and is writing more books. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a software consultant taking breaks for her travels. Her blog is her passion and she writes about travel, books and food on the blog. She offers customized itineraries for South Indian destinations.

20 Comments Posted

  1. This is ridiculously beautiful!
    Where would be the main airport near this? Next time I’m in India I will see if I can visit!

    • Mangalore International Airport is the closest international airport (200 kms away). But if you plan to visit the famous city of Goa, you could make a full trip out of it by landing at the Goa international airport..enjoy Goa and then visit Jog falls… it would be about 250 kms from Goa. Hope you enjoy your visit 🙂

  2. Great post! You’ve completely sold me on the beauty of the waterfalls. I’m an avid hiker and love to discover new sights like this. I’m going to add the falls to my India bucket list. I’ve also shared this post with a family member currently travelling India ☺

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