The Shivasamudra Falls is on the Kaveri River after the river has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfalls. The island town of Shivasamudra divides the river into twin waterfalls. This creates the fourth largest island in the rivers course.
The island town endowed with exceptional scenic beauty is 44 kms. from Mandya.A It is famous for the two picturesque falls – Ganganachukki andA the Bharacukki created by the branches of river Kaveri. A The Ranganatha and Someshwara Shiva temple are two important shrines of the island.
Shivana Samudra Falls on the Cauvery (Kaveri) River in Karnataka has a height of 320 ft. (98 meters), a width of 2784 feet, and a maximum recorded volume of 667,000 cubic feet / sec. It is claimed by some to be the 2nd largest waterfall in India.
Asia’s second hydro-electric power station after shimshapura, is located at the waterfall and is still functional. This station was commissioned by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir K. Seshadri Iyer. The power generated here was initially used in Kolar Gold Fields. Thus, Kolar Gold Fields became the first town in Asia to get hydro electricity.
A common misconception about these waterfalls are that the left segment is called Gaganachukki and the right segment is called Bharachukki. In reality the Bharachukki falls are a few kilometers to the south-west of the Gaganachukki falls. This is due to the Kaveri river itself splitting a few kilometers to the south into western and eastern branches. The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki, whereas the eastern branch results in the Bharachukki falls. The Gaganachukki waterfalls are best viewed from the Shivanasamudra watch tower. Most of the pictures showing the twin waterfalls are taken from that location. The ideal time to visit Shivanasamudra is between the months of June and December.
As the cascading water hits the rocky surface, a dense mist of vapour emerges to partially envelop the falls, providing a brilliant sight which is reckoned to be unmatched in its beauty. The falls are created when the Cauvery roars down a 75-metre gorge. The river divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra Island. On the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other it rumbles down as the Bharachukki falls.
I recommend you to carry the Snacks for the way and to eat at the Waters by yourself. If you are travelling as couples / family, please do prepare food and pack which will be more exciting to have the food together.
Be cautious while you are at the waters and make sure that you inform your fellow travelers / friends before you get into water to swim and always go as a team of atleast 4 or more while you plan to cross the river to go beneath the falls.
Keep your luggage always minimum because you donot have any Cloakrooms nearby and Avoid carrying jewelleries etc., You can plan to shop in your return journey.
Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Mysore (60 Km) which is connected to Bangalore, Mangalore and Tamilnadu.