Jog Falls in Shimoga

The Jog Falls is the second largest waterfall in India and it is located at Shimoga city in the state of Karnataka. Jog falls is a highly popular tourist destination in Shimoga and it is also called as Gersoppa falls and Jogada Gundi by the locals. The Jog falls arises from the famous Sharavathi River that falls from a height of about 253 m and this massive height in which the water flows down is what makes the Jog falls the second largest waterfall in the whole India. Jog falls also ranks 313 among the highest waterfalls in the world. The waterfall comprises of four different cascades namely Rani, Raja, Rocket and Roarer. These four cascades of water blend together to form a huge waterfalls.

Jog Falls in Shimoga
The second largest waterfall in India, Jog Falls is one among the top places to visit 

The four different water flows of Jog Falls

The Sharavathi river flows all over the rocky bed which is about 250 yards wide and then gets divided in to four different water cascades. Raja Falls pours at a depth of about 830 feet as a unbroken sheer column. Half way down Raja meets Roarer, which is another falls that occurs owing to self precipitation. It rushes down violently at forty-five degrees angle meeting Raja. Rocket, the third cascade shoots down in a continuous series of jets and the fourth and the final one named as Rani moves quietly across all sides of the mountain. It moves down like a sheet of foam on the mountains.
Jog Falls in Shimoga
The foamy water cascading down the green rich mountains make Jog Falls a splendid sight

The tourism department in Shimoga has built several steps, opposite and around the waterfall to allow a beautiful glimpse of the waterfall. The tourists can watch the water falling fully from top to bottom by standing on these steps. There are nearly 1500 steps that have been built in order to help tourists reach the top of the hill. The tourism department also offers refreshment and other facilities to the tourists who visit Jog falls.

The Linganmakki Dam collects the water from the Jog falls and it is used used for generating electricity. The power station in this place has been working since 1948 and generating 120 MW of power capacity. July and August are the best months to visit the Jog Falls as the waterfall showcases its full beauty. During the monsoon season, the scarcity in generating electricity can arise and the State Government of Karnataka has taken steps to make use of the water flowing from the falls.

How to reach Jog Falls in Shimoga?

By road
One can easily reach Jog Falls by taking the buses, taxis or autos that are available at Sagar in Shimoga.

By rail
Talaguppa and Sagar are the nearest railway station to reach Jog Falls.

By air
Hubli airport is situated at a distance of about 135 kilometers from Jog falls. It is the nearby airport and one can take the roads to reach the Jog falls.

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