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Jog Falls: Heavenly beauty of nature on Earth

Marvellous Karnataka Raksha Deshpande (1)
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The Western Ghats in the State is the birth palce of many rivers and thus several water falls as well. And on the ghats itself, there are over 100 water falls. Among all those falls, Jog Falls is the most famous, and known for its unique beauty. Further, it has gained worldwide recognition.

Jog Falls is located in the Sagara Taluk of Shivamogga District. It is a fall created by Sharavati River. River Sharavati plunges from the height of 829 feet in four magnificient cascades namely Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket. Jog Falls being the tallest waterfalls in India is situated in the dense evergreen forests. The falls is greatly heightened by the wild and beautiful region around which there is a cover of luxuriant vegetation. The steps cut into rocks will lead you to the very depths of the fall and shower you with vaporous spray that bounces off these rocks.

Jog Falls also known as Gerusoppaa Falls, is the highest untiered waterfalls in India as it drops directly and does not stream on to the rocks. During Monsoons the voluminous Jog Falls creates a spectacular sight with rainbows every now and then. One can take a adventurous walk at the bottom of the gorge when the sluice gates of the Linganmakki Dam are closed.

Associated with the waterfalls is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across River Sharavati, and the hydro-electric power station that it serves. The power station has been operational since 1949, and at 1200 MW capacity, one of the largest hydro-electric stations in India and a significant source of electric power for Karnataka. 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 Hirebhaskara Dam until 1960. After 1960, as Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam, built across River Sharavathi is being used for power generation.

Famous Kannada movie “Mungaru Male” picturised this falls very beautifully.

Linganamakki Dam, Varadahalli Shridhar Swami Matha, Unchalli Falls, Bennehole Falls, Yana, Murdeshwar, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Sirsi, and Banavasi are the other places one can visit during trip to Jog Falls. The best time to visit Jog Falls is September to December.

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Raksha Deshpande

The author is a postgraduate in Mass Communication and Journalism from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Her interests range from literature, history, travel to politics, and is keenly interested to write human interest stories and articles relating to literature, travel.

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