Kunchikal Falls

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Kunchikal Falls Falls
Kunchikal Falls is located in Karnataka
Kunchikal Falls
Kunchikal falls
Location Nidagodu near Hulikal, Shimoga district, Karnataka
Coordinates 13°41′41″N 75°01′05″E / 13.6947°N 75.01813°E / 13.6947; 75.01813Coordinates: 13°41′41″N 75°01′05″E / 13.6947°N 75.01813°E / 13.6947; 75.01813
Type Tiered
Total height 1493 ft (455 m)
Watercourse Varahi River
World height ranking 116
The River Varahi flows down from a greater altitude in a cascading manner over these rocky structures and forming Kunchikal falls

Kunchikal Falls is located in Nidagodu near Hulikal in Shimoga[1] district of the Karnataka state.[2] It is the highest waterfalls in India and second highest in Asia[3]. The tallest waterfall of India with a height of 1,493 ft[4]. It is formed by Varahi river.

Kunchikal falls cascades down rocky boulders and total height of fall is 455 meters (1,493 feet)[5] making it the highest waterfall in India. After construction of Mani Dam near Masthikatte[5] and underground power generation station[5] near Hulikal, Shimoga district, the water flow to this falls is greatly reduced and visible only during rainy season (July-Sept). As the falls is within restricted area, Gate pass is required to visit and the pass is being issued at Hosangadi village (about 15 km away).


The waterfall from a height of 455 meters in a cascading form on these rocky boulders giving an impressive sight. The Kunchikal waterfalls rank 116th in height in the world and India’s highest waterfall. The River Varahi flows down from a greater altitude in a cascading manner over these rocky structures close to the Hulikal Ghati Temple.

Hydroelectric Power Station[edit]

With the construction of Mani Dam, near Masthikatte at the base of the waterfall, most the water flows into the dam to generate high power hydroelectricity. With the dam built up there, there is a restriction in the visits to the waterfall. Special permissions need to be acquired before visiting Kunchikal Falls. The area surrounding the waterfall is preserved very well to maintain the serenity of the area.

The area is well maintained and is one among the unpolluted ones in the area. The dam restricts the public drive into the area, hence less frequent visits from the public. The area is a wondrous picnic spot to enjoy a day away from the hassles and bustles of the city.

Best Time to Visit[edit]

The best time to visit the Kunchikal Falls is during the rainy season i.e. from July to September. During the rainy season, the water flow and current are high. The cascading levels look elegant in these rainy seasons.

Kunchikal Waterfalls.jpg

How to Reach[edit]

By Road,
Kunchikal waterfall is in Shimoga which is well connected by roadways to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore etc. Numerous private buses ply between shivamogga to Kundapur Via Hulikal.
also around 371Km via Bengaluru - shivamogga - Honnavar Road.
From Kundapur, It is around 48.6 km via Kundapura - Shimoga Road, Bus are well connected.
Once Hulikal is reached tourists can take up taxis or any other private vehicles to the Kunchikal waterfall.
By Rail,
From Shimoga, it is around 97km. From Shimoga one can take up any taxis or even buses to the waterfall.
From Kundapur, It is around 48.6 km via Kundapura - Shimoga Road, Bus are well connected.
By Air,
From Mangaluru Airport is around 142 km from Kunchikal waterfall. Mangalore Airport is well connected to major cities. From the airport, one can take up a taxi service, a bus or even train to reach the waterfall. Many private buses are run between Mangalore to Shimoga Via Kundapura - Hulikal or Via Brahmavar - Hulikal. Also Train service up to Kundapur, It is around 48.6 km Bus are well connected via Hulikal to Shivamogga.
From Kempegowda International Airport in city Bengaluru, It's around 371Km Via Shivamogga - Hulikal - Honnavar .

Kunchikal Waterfalls flow on the rocks.jpg

See Nearby[edit]

Kavaledurga is too much near Kunchikal Falls, It is also one major tourist Destination, Kavualedurga Fort is a 9th-century fort and then it was renovated in the 14th century by Cheluvarangappa. Kavaledurga also called Bhuvanagiri was a stronghold of the Nayakas of Keladi who were the feudatories under the Vijayaanagara rulers and later became independent after the fall of the Vijayanagara kingdom.

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