Shivanasamudra Falls: Where Faith Meets Nature


There is an island town in the beautiful state of Karnataka called Shivanasamudra. Three hours away from Bengaluru, on the banks of the Kaveri river, Shivanasamudra waterfalls bless the fascinating view. The location is also one of the first hydro-electric plants in Asia.

The Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls flow throughout the year but are in their prime flow in monsoon. As my eyes were fixated at the waterfall, I saw the stream of the river breaking into segments falling down the 305 steep falls. Shivanasamudra means “Shiva’s sea.” The famous picnic spot is also home to many temples nearby. They are bringing faith and nature together in one of the rare apparent sights.

At first, I thought the Barachukki and Gaganachukki Falls are the two flanks of Shivanasamudra Falls. Still, when I reached the place, I came to know that Bharachukki falls at a small distance from the Gaganachukki falls.

The Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple is the most famous temple in Shivanasamudra. The Sri Someshwara Temple is another famous and ancient temple here. It is believed that the Saptarishis established the Sri Someshwara linga at the place. There is a total of three rangas in the area. A lot of fatal accidents happen here because people get into an adventurous spirit and try to get dangerously close to the waterfall. It is my humble advice to please enjoy the view of the falls from the designated safe distances.