|ಕುಂಚಿಕಲ್ ಜಲಪಾತ Kunchikal Falls|
|Location||Masthikatte, Balebare, Udupi-Shimoga District border, Karnataka|
|Total height||1493 ft (455 m)|
|World height ranking||116|
Kunchikal Falls (Kannada: ಕುಂಚಿಕಲ್ ಜಲಪಾತ), also called Kunchikal Abbe, are located near Masthikatte-Hulikal in Udupi-Shimoga district border of state of Karnataka. Kunchikal falls are formed by Varahi river. Varahi River cascades down hundreds of rocks near Hulikal (Ghati Temple), Hosanagara taluk, Shimoga District.
Kunchikal falls cascades down rocky boulders and total height of this fall is 455 meters (1,493 feet) and this height makes this falls the highest waterfall in India. The total length of the cascade exceeds 1 km.
After construction of Mani Dam near Masthikatte and underground power generation station near Hulikal, Shimoga district, the water flow to this falls is greatly reduced and visible only during rainy season (July-Sept).
- Director of, Print (1973). Karnataka State gazetteer, Volume 13. Bangalore: Director of Print, Stationery and Publications at the Govt. Press, 1973. p. 661.
- Husain, Majid (1978). Geography Of India. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill Education. p. 3.47. ISBN 978-1-259-00089-8.
- "Varahi Hydro Electric Project". Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
- Terrain map, depicting Kunchikal Falls from c.600 mts. to c.100 mts.
- World waterfalls database entry
-  for distant view of falls, taken from Hosangadi village, Udupi dist.
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