Formed by the river Varahi, Kunchikal Falls is the highest waterfall in India. Located near the Shimoga district of Karnataka, it falls through a height of 455 metres on rocky boulders – carving a very beautiful sight. On a global scale, the waterfall is 116th highest waterfall in the world. To generate electricity, a hydroelectric plant and Mani dam have been built. The speed greatly reduces after the water goes into the dam’s reservoir. The beholding feature of the waterfall is that it cascades down in levels with a backdrop of spellbinding greenery.
However, with the construction of the dam, the public visits have been restricted. A gate pass is required to see the waterfalls. It is issued at around 15 km away from the spot at Hosangadi village.
The best time to go there is from the months July to September, that is, during the rainy season. During this period, the current and flow are high.
How to Reach Kunchikal Falls
Since Shimoga is well connected by roads to major cities like Mangalore, Mysore, and Bengaluru, there are several buses which ply to the waterfall. After Hulikal is reached, people go to the waterfalls by private vehicles or taxis.
Located 97 km away from Shimoga, there’s Udupi railway station. After the train, buses and taxis can be taken to the waterfall.
The nearest airport to the waterfall is Mangalore Airport, which is roughly 142 km away. The airport serves major cities and hence increases the accessibility. From the airport, buses, trains, and taxis are available to reach the waterfall.