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Jog Falls
Joga Jalapatha
Jogada gundi(pit)
Jog Falls
LocationJog Fall,[4][5] Karnataka, India
TypeCataract, Segmented
Elevation488 m (1,601 ft)
Total height253 m (830 ft)[1]
Number of drops4 (Raja (king), Rani (queen), Roarer, Rocket)[2]
Longest drop254 m (833 ft)
Average width472 m (1,549 ft)
WatercourseSharavati River[3]
flow rate
153 m3/s (5,400 cu ft/s)

Jog Falls[6] is a waterfall on the Sharavati river located in Siddapur taluk,[7] Uttara Kannada District[8] and its view point is located in Sagara taluk, Shimoga district of Karnataka, India.[9] It is the second highest plunge waterfall in India.[10] It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season to become a plunge waterfall. The falls are major attractions for tourists and is ranked 36th in the list of free-falling waterfalls, 490th in the world by list of waterfalls by total height, 128th in the list of single-drop waterfalls in the World by the waterfall database.[11]


Jog Falls is created by the Sharavati river dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the third-highest waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m (1,099 ft) in Meghalaya[12] and the Dudhsagar Falls with a drop of 310 m (1,020 ft) in Goa.

Sharavathi, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, next to Nonabur, in the Thirthahalli taluk takes a northwesterly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. Then, it bends to the west, precipitates itself down the Jog Falls (aka Gersoppa Falls), and passes the village of Gersoppa (properly Geru-Sappe), which is some 30 kilometres (19 mi) away, discharging into the Arabian Sea at Honnavar in Uttara Kannada.

The Sharavathi, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards (230 m) wide, reaches a tremendous chasm, 290 m (950 ft) deep, and the water comes down in four distinct falls, Raja, Rani, Roarer and Rocket.[13] The Raja Fall comes down in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 250 m (830 ft). Halfway down, it is encountered by the Roarer, which precipitates itself into a vast cup and then rushes violently downwards to meet the Raja. The Rocket shoots downwards in a series of jets. The Rani moves quietly over the mountainside in a sheet of foam. The Tourism Department has built steps from the viewpoint at the top, where the waterfall can be seen from across, to the bottom of the hill. There are approximately 1,400 steps made to reach the bottom of the hill.[14]


2003 Indian stamp of Jog Falls

Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganamakki Dam across the Sharavati River.[15] The power station has been operational since 1948 and is of 120 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India at that time and a small source of electric power for Karnataka now. 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 Hydro-electric Project. It was served by The Hirebhaskara dam until 1960. After 1960, due to the ideas of Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam has been used for power generation.[16]


The hydro-electric project was conceived by the government of Mysore in mid-1943. A scheme to generate 64,000 horsepower at a cost of 358 lakh was designed.[17] The Power House on the right bank of the Gerusoppa dam consists of four Francis-type turbines coupled to the generating units of 60 MW each. The units are configured to operate at a design head of 47.5 mtrs. An outdoor switchyard is located between the toe of the dam and the power house. Power from the outdoor yard is evacuated through a 220 KV double circuit transmission line connected to the state grid at Talaguppa.

The capacity was increased subsequently and currently generates 240 MW of power.[18]

Transport connectivity[edit]

Jog Falls during the monsoon

Jog Falls is situated Near Siddapura And Sagara city.

133 km (83 mi)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jogfalls Height". Jog Falls Official website.
  2. ^ "Jog Falls". Jogfalls official website.
  3. ^ "Jogfalls". Jog Falls Official website.
  4. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath (27 June 2021). "Tourists allowed to visit Jog Falls from June 28". SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT. The Hindu. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  5. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath. "Soak In The Ultimate Bliss In The Lap Of Mother Nature As You Visit Jog Falls In Shimoga". whatshot.in. MANVI. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  6. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath (10 August 2021). "Jog Falls". karnatakatourism.org. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Jog Falls Viewpoint". shimoga.nic.in. Retrieved 5 April 2024.
  8. ^ "Jog Falls Viewpoint | Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga District, Government of Karnataka | India". Retrieved 25 June 2023.
  9. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath (27 June 2021). "Tourists allowed to visit Jog Falls from June 28". Special Correspondent. The Hindu. Copyright© 2021, THG Publishing PVT LTD. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  10. ^ Monsoon magic: Jog Falls, nature lovers' delight Travel, IBN news channel, 10 August 2008
  11. ^ Jog Falls World Waterfall Database: World's Tallest Waterfalls
  12. ^ Gopal, Madan (1990). K.S. Gautam (ed.). India through the ages. Publication Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India. p. 179.
  13. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath (11 August 2019). "Jog Falls' viewing gallery stays empty as floods, landslips prevent visitors". Veerendra P M. The Hindu. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Jog Falls: the jewel of Sharavathi Valley". JLR Explore. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  15. ^ Karnataka Power Corporation Article Archived 19 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath (9 August 2021). "GERUSOPPA HYDRO ELECTRIC PROJECT". Karnataka Power Corporation Limited. Copyright © 2014. KPCL All Rights Reserved. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Jog Falls Hydro-Electric Project". The Indian Express. 2 July 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  18. ^ Shivasuriya, Sanath (9 August 2021). "GERUSOPPA HYDRO ELECTRIC PROJECT". karnatakapower.com. KPCL. Retrieved 9 August 2021.

External links[edit]

  • Jog Falls on jogfalls.in. Jog Management Authority. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  • Jog Falls on Karnataka Government official Website