As the sky starts descending to the earth in the form of monsoon rains, the hills and the valleys and every patch of soil get rejuvenated. So do our summer-weary minds. The best way to experience this life-giving season is to step away from the confines of the city and soak in some natural beauty, especially if you are living in a metropolitan city like Bangalore. A gushing waterfall is an unmistakable sign of the great Indian monsoon, beautiful, awe-inspiring, and chilling, all at the same time. As the temperatures cool and the greens emerge, it is the perfect time to unleash the explorer in you and take a road trip to some of the most scenic and accessible waterfalls near Bangalore.

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It might seem impossible that there are waterfalls near this urban jungle around Bangalore, but there are. Not just one or two, but several of them, thanks to the wondrous ways of Mother Nature! Here, in this blog, we give you a list of some of the most-visited waterfalls near Bangalore that are a short drive away from the Garden City.

Waterfalls near Bangalore (List):

Thottikallu Falls Thottikallu
Muthyala Maduvu Falls Anekal
Chunchi Falls Kanakapura Rural
Mekedatu Falls Kanakapura Rural
Hogenakkal Falls Dharmapuri
Shivanasamudra Falls Mandya
Kaigal Falls Kaigal
Kalyan Revu Waterfalls Palamaner
Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls Srirangapatna
Chunchanakatte Falls Krishnarajanagar
Iruppu Falls Kodagu
Abbey Falls Madikeri
Jog Falls Shimoga
Talakona Falls Tirupati
Kailasakona Waterfalls Chittoor
Mallalli Falls Kodagu
Chelavara Falls Cheyyandane
Kalhatti Falls Chikmagalur
Pykara Falls Pykara
Manikyadhara Falls Chikkmagaluru District
Shanti Falls Chikmagalur
Hebbe Falls Chikkamagaluru
Soochipara Falls Vellarimala
Puliyancholai Falls Kollimalai
Tada Falls Chittoor District
Sirimane Falls Sringeri
Barkana Falls Shimoga
Hanuman Gundi Falls Chikmagalur
Catherine Falls Kotagiri
Meenmutty Waterfalls Kallar

Waterfalls near Bangalore within 50 km:

1. Thottikallu Falls

Thottikallu Falls | Among the Best Waterfalls near Bangalore within 50 km

Thottikallu Falls | Among the Best Waterfalls near Bangalore within 50 km

Don’t have too much time to spare? Thottikallu Falls, located near the Kanakapura Road is a monsoon special and one of the popular waterfalls near Bangalore within 50 km. The waterfall is also called Swarna Mukhi Falls, which means golden face. The trail to the falls is a little rugged and other places of interest near the site include a small shrine revered by the locals – the Muneshwara temple. It is also an ideal destination for short bike excursions from the city.

Make it a point to visit Thottikallu Falls during the day so you can also walk around and catch stunning views of the surroundings. Take your camera and put on your best pair of sneakers. Just a word of caution – the place is pretty crowded on Sundays.

  • Location : Thottikallu
  • Distance of Thottikallu Falls from Bangalore: 32 kilometers via the NICE (Bangalore – Mysore) Expressway
  • Activities: Trekking, hiking, biking expeditions

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2. Muthyala Maduvu Falls

Muthyala Maduvu Falls | Among the Best Waterfalls near Bangalore within 50 km

Muthyala Maduvu Falls | Among the Best Waterfalls near Bangalore within 50 km

Surrounded by deep green hills, Muthyala Maduvu Falls from a distance looks like a string of pearls tucked into the verdant valley. No wonder, the place is also called Pearl Valley! Located a short drive away from Bangalore, it is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts and hikers. A little bit of exploration will reward you with the pristine air of the forest and some magnificent views to refresh your weary soul. If you are a shutterbug, there will be a lot of scenery to keep you busy.

Just like many other imposing natural sights in Karnataka, the place also has some spiritual significance and there is a Lord Shiva temple nearby. Thattekere Lake is another key attraction in the area. Bird watchers are also in for good news – the woods around the falls are home to many species of birds. Morning visits are recommended if you want to catch glimpses of these feathered residents. 

  • Location: Anekal
  • Distance of Muthyala Maduvu Falls from Bangalore: 40 kilometers via the Hosur Road
  • Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, photography, birdwatching

Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 100 km

3. Chunchi Falls

Chunchi Falls | Among the Best Waterfalls near Bangalore within 100 km

Chunchi Falls | Among the Best Waterfalls near Bangalore within 100 km

River Arkavati provides the lifeline to many towns and villages around Kanakapura and it also creates some of the most mesmerizing waterfalls amidst eye-catching terrains. You will love the setting of Chunchi Falls – a rocky gorge dotted with thick pockets of green as the clear waters gush into the river below. Any guesses where the falls got its name from? A tribal couple, named Chuncha and Chunchi. Not a difficult guess, eh?

Close to the falls is Sangama, a meeting point for three rivers, this natural landmark is a great choice for those who want to take a trip to waterfalls near Bangalore within 100 km. The route from Bangalore to the falls is scenic and full of greenery, which is a bonus for shutterbugs and nature lovers. Since public transport services are limited to this area, it is recommended that you take your vehicle or hire one.

  • Location: Kanakapura Rural
  • Distance of Chunchi Falls from Bangalore: 90 kilometers via the Kanakapura Road
  • Activities: Picnicking, visiting nearby attractions like Sangam and Galibore fishing camp 

4. Mekedatu Falls

Mekedatu Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 100 km

Mekedatu Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 100 km

Another enchanting waterfall near Sangama, Mekedatu Falls is located on the rushing currents of the Kaveri. There are many large rocks around the gorge that can be splendid viewpoints but take it slow and easy because these can get slippery, especially after monsoons. Mekedatu Falls forms a bottleneck on the Kaveri, which explains the sudden strength of the currents and the legend of the place is that a goat once leaped across the gorge to escape a tiger (Mekedatu means goat’s leap).

The higher reaches of the region are covered in thick forests and hillocks, ideal places for a good hike. The Chunchi and Mekedatu waterfalls are close by, so covering them in a single trip is recommended.

  • Location: Kanakapura Rural
  • Distance of Mekedatu Falls from Bangalore: 90 kilometers via the Kanakapura Road
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, visiting nearby attractions like Sangam and Galibore fishing camp 

Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

5. Hogenakkal Falls

Hogenakkal Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

Hogenakkal Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

Ready to take a bit longer drive from the city, are you? There are many waterfalls near Bangalore within 150 km and a little beyond, of which the one in Hogenakkal tops the list. An unforgettable and awe-inspiring natural sight is the best way to describe Hogenakkal Falls (also called Marikottayam in Tamil) in full flow. Roughly translated, Hogenakkal means smoky rocks, referring to the illusion of smoke emanating from the rocks as the water falls on them with heavy force. The roar of the waters can be heard from a distance and a placid section of the River Kaveri suddenly gives way to cascades, which have often been compared to Niagara Falls.  The falls comprise of more than a dozen falls, some as high as 65 feet.

Visitors can engage in coracle rides, indigenous boats with round shallow bottoms that are expertly paddled, skirting the mouth of the falls. You can also trek the surrounding forests, which used to be home of the feared brigand, Veerappan.

  • Location: Dharmapuri
  • Distance of Hogenakkal Falls from Bangalore: 126 kilometers via MDR588
  • Activities: Coracle rides, trekking, nature walks

6. Shivanasamudra Falls

Shivanasamudra Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

Shivanasamudra Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

Close to the cultural hub of Mysore, Shivanasamudra Falls is a raging beauty on the River Kaveri, especially once the monsoon begins. There are actually two waterfalls that result in this segmented cascade fed by two nearby dams and reservoirs. The Gaganachukki Falls is the first that you will encounter, crashing into the rocky bed from high cliffs above, surrounded by thickly-wooded sections. Bharachukki completes this dynamic duo of waterfalls. You can enjoy some spectacular views on the way before you reach Bharachukki Falls, which is wider than Gaganachukki.

Other places of interest near these waterfalls include the sandy river beach at Talakadu and some old and ornate Hoysala temples spread across the region. If you are looking for a one-day trip from Bangalore, Shivanasamudra Falls make an ideal pick. Remember, swimming is strictly prohibited here.

  • Location: Mandya
  • Distance of Shivanasamudra Falls from Bangalore: 140 kilometers via the NH275
  • Activities: Sightseeing, coracle rides, picnicking 

7. Kaigal Falls

Kaigal Falls

Kaigal Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

Nestled in Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, this beautiful waterfall in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh is locally known as Dumukurallu Waterfalls. This natural waterfall is divided into three and has constant water flow irrespective of the season. However, Kaigal Falls looks surreal during the monsoon when large volumes of water flow down with an increased force. A Shivalinga near the falls makes this a pilgrimage site also, especially during festivals such as Shivaratri. Take the assistance of your hotel in Bangalore to plan a trip to Kaigal Falls.

  • Location: Kaigal
  • Distance of Kaigal Falls from Bangalore: 120 km via NH 75
  • Activities: Swimming, picnicking, bird-watching

8. Kalyan Revu Waterfalls

This waterfall is also located in Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. The beauty and serenity of Kalyan Revu Waterfalls lure nature lovers and tourists from far and near. It is locally known as Kalyan Drive Falls and is a common spot for picnics and casual outings. Apart from treating your eyes to this sheer beauty of nature, you can spend quality time exploring the wildlife sanctuary that is home to a wide range of flora and fauna.

Birdwatchers should bring along their DSLR’s, binoculars and bird book as many native and migrating birds can be spotted near the waterfall.

  • Location: Palamaner
  • Distance of Kalyan Revu Waterfalls from Bangalore: 123 km
  • Activities: Picnicking, wildlife tour, birdwatching, photography

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9. Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls

Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls

Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 200 km

Located near the ‘City of Palaces’, Mysore on Krishna Raja Sagara main road, these two man-made waterfalls are a popular retreat among nature lovers. The cascade surrounded by lush green trees looks picturesque and fills you with peace and tranquillity.

Here is an interesting fact about Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls. Although they look like waterfalls, they are nothing more than a man-made check dam over the river Kaveri. The water flows from a height of about 6-feet at Balmuri and creates a scenic waterfall-like effect. While Balmuri is a popular spot for film shooting, Edmuri Waterfall (500 feet away from Balmuri) is perfect for picnics and fun activities.

Be cautious though, as the water deepens suddenly in some places. Apart from waddling in water, you can also capture some stunning pictures here. 

  • Location: Srirangapatna
  • Distance of Balmuri and Edmuri Waterfalls from Bangalore: 138 km via Mysore Road
  • Activities: Swimming, bathing, picnicking, photography, birdwatching
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 07:00 pm; every day

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10. Chunchanakatte Falls

Chunchanakatte Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Chunchanakatte Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Another gift of the Kaveri, Chunchanakatte Waterfall is about 60 feet tall and known for the immense volume of water that flows through it during the monsoons. The waterfall splits into two before joining again at the bottom, which indeed is a relaxing treat to your weary eyes.  Surrounded by lush green forests of the Western Ghats, the place is a great option for one-day trips and also for weekend getaways, especially if you want to cover some of the popular attractions in Mysore.

The forests around Chunchanakatte Falls attract hikers and birding enthusiasts. This is also considered a holy site as it is believed to be one of the stops of Lord Rama during his exile. The Kodanda Rama temple located here is an important place of worship for Hindus.

  • Location: Krishnarajanagar, Mysore
  • Distance of Chunchanakatte Falls from Bangalore:  205 kilometers via the NH75
  • Activities: Hiking, birdwatching

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11. Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Iruppu Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Head over to the land of the Kodavas and the thunderous sound of Iruppu Falls will greet you before you even catch a glimpse of the breathtaking waters crashing over a 170 feet cliff. Snugly fitting into the thick jungles of the Brahmagiri Range, the waterfalls are formed by the Lakshmana Tirtha River. The trail through the forest is captivating and the area is abundant in avian life. The Nagarhole National Park, one of Coorg’s natural treasures is close to the Iruppu Falls.

The place is also a favorite of pilgrims as the Rameshwara Temple, a famous shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva is located here. Visit Iruppu Falls during the months of monsoon when it is in its full glory and the surroundings are as green as emerald!

  • Location: Kodagu
  • Distance Iruppu Falls from Bangalore: 250 kilometers via the NH275 and Mysore-Thalaserry Road
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, sightseeing, Hindu pilgrimage, wildlife tourism
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 50 per person 

12. Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Abbey Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Another beautiful waterfall which you can visit while you are in Coorg is Abbey Falls. Unlike the others on this list, it is located on private property. You can experience a slice of plantation life as you head towards the waters as Abbey Falls is surrounded by coffee estates. Walk across the hanging bridge for that perfect view of the waterfall!

Surrounded by a blanket of greenery, the falls and its surroundings make the perfect spot to spend a few hours with your family and friends. The waterfall is very close to Madikeri, one of the main towns in the region. If you are planning a one-day trip, consider including other attractions in the area, such as Madikeri Fort, Raja’s Seat, etc. in your itinerary. Make sure you stop here for a typical Coorg meal.

  • Location: Madikeri
  • Distance of Abbey Falls from Bangalore: 270 kilometers via the NH275
  • Activities: Photography, picnicking, hiking, trekking, sightseeing
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 15 per person 

13. Jog Falls

Jog Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Jog Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

As you go north-west into the Western Ghats, Karnataka’s pristine natural splendor unfolds in its full glory. It is a land of high mountain peaks, thick forests housing tigers and elephants, and of course, many waterfalls. The iconic Jog Falls is one of the highest plunge waterfalls in the country, formed by the Sharavathi River and dropping more than 800 feet over a gorge.

Located on the border of Uttara Kannada and Shimoga, this is an ideal location for a weekend getaway with your family. There is a designated viewpoint as you approach the waterfall. If you are up for it, you can trek down to the bottom of these cascades and enjoy the view from below.  Carry some waterproof clothing with you as you will be welcomed by a never-ending spray as the waters hit the pool below.  If you have some extra time on hand, visit a few nearby attractions as well, such as Honnemaradu, Tunga Anicut Dam, and the Lion-Tiger Reserve.

  • Location: Shimoga
  • Distance of Jog Falls from Bangalore: 430 kilometers via the NH48
  • Activities: Sightseeing, water sports at the backwaters of Sharavati Wildlife Sanctuary 

14. Talakona Falls

Talakona Falls

Talakona Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

The highest waterfall in Andhra Pradesh, Talakona Falls is frequented by trekkers, solitude seekers and tourists alike. Located in Sri Venkateswara National Park, the view of water cascading into the valley from an altitude of about 270-feet is a sight to behold! It is believed that the water of the falls originates in an underground stream and has therapeutic properties. The serene environs and the melodious sound of the waterfall make Talakona, a preferred choice for picnics and a relaxing getaway.

Talakona Falls is also a popular spot among trekkers, thanks to several trekking trails through the dense forest and beautiful natural surroundings. You can also pay your respects at Lord Siddheswara Swamy Temple, which is situated nearby. 

  • Location: Tirupati
  • Distance of Talakona Falls from Bangalore: 234 km via NH75 and Punganur Pulicherla Chinnagotigallu Road
  • Activities: Trekking, picnicking, nature photography, birdwatching, canopy walk, boat ride
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 07:30 pm; every day

15. Kailasakona Waterfalls

Kailasakona Waterfall

Kailasakona Waterfall | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Located near Tirupati in Nagari Valley, this perennial waterfall flows from a height of 40-feet and is a hotspot among nature lovers and tourists. Kailasakona Waterfalls crystal-clear water is perfect for enjoying a rejuvenating bath. The waterfall is particularly popular, as its water is believed to possess therapeutic properties.

The place also has a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati and has considerable religious significance. The trek to the falls is fun but tricky, so make sure you wear proper trekking shoes and take extra caution, as the rocks can be slippery.

  • Location: Chittoor
  • Distance of Kailasakona Waterfalls from Bangalore: 252 km via NH75
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, sightseeing, Hindu pilgrimage
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 10 per person

16. Mallalli Falls

Mallalli Falls

Mallalli Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

A milky-white waterfall lying in the Coorg district of Karnataka, Mallalli Falls is all about beauty and magnificence. It is nestled at the base of Pushpagiri Hills and is surrounded by lush forests, mountain ranges and steep valleys. This seasonal waterfall near Bangalore looks mesmerising during monsoons with water falling from an elevation of 200-feet in two different steps. As you trek towards the falls, you can hear the melodic sound of the gushing waters more clearly and also feel the refreshing droplets on your face. The concrete steps leading to the falls make it easily accessible.

If you are planning to trek down the narrow hillside paths, wear full-length trousers and hiking boots to keep away the leeches. You can also hire a private vehicle to reach the falls quickly and safely. 

  • Location: Kodagu
  • Distance of Mallalli Falls from Bangalore: 253 km via NH 75
  • Activities: Trekking, exploring the jungle, photography, river rafting
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day

17. Chelavara Falls

Chelavara Falls

Chelavara Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

When looking for waterfalls near Bangalore for one day trip, the enchanting Chelavara Falls is a wonderful option. The locals also refer to it as ‘Embepare’ or tortoise rock as the falls drop from a height of 150-feet on a tortoise-shaped rock. Situated amidst coffee plantations, this enormous nature’s wonder originates from a small tributary of the Kaveri River. The falls look breathtakingly beautiful during and after the monsoon season with large volumes of water gushing down in full force.

The waterfall is deep and dangerous; hence, it is wise not to enter the water pool. Also, remember to wear trekking shoes for a comfortable 10-minute trek from the parking lot. Apart from the falls, a viewpoint situated 2 km away is a must-visit.

  • Location: Cheyyandane
  • Distance of Chelavara Falls from Bangalore: 257 km via Mysore Road and Thalaserry-Mysore Road
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, sightseeing
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day

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18. Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls

Kalhatti Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

The surreal beauty of Kalhatti Falls, also known as Kalahasti Falls, is a treat for the eyes. Its charm lies in the sight of the milky-white water flowing from an overhanging ledge. Kalhatti Falls also has a spiritual connection and houses the famous Veerabhadreshwara Temple or Veerabhadra Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple reportedly dates back to the Vijayanagara Empire period. Locals believe that the holy water of Kalhatti Falls has the power to cure many diseases. Trekking to the falls is fairly easy and an experience filled with surprises. As apart from the rich flora and fauna, the trail is adorned by many idols of Gods and Goddesses.

  • Location: Chikmagalur
  • Distance of Kalhatti Falls from Bangalore: 265 km via Bangalore – Shivamogga Road
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, sightseeing, Hindu pilgrimage
  • Timings: 08:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day

19. Pykara Falls

Pykara Falls

Pykara Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Located 21 km from Ooty and surrounded by a lush green forest, Pykara Falls is a popular picnic spot among the locals and tourists. It starts from Mukurthi Hill and finds its way down through the curves to reach Pykara Lake. The milky-white water gushing down in two sections of 180 and 200-feet looks nothing less than nature’s splendour.

Besides enjoying the scenic beauty of the place and capturing beautiful moments, you can go boating. Remember to carry some warm clothes whenever you plan a trip, even during summer, as the temperature drops drastically after the sun sets. The clean and pristine Pykara Lake, located 2 km away from Pykara Falls, is a must-visit.

  • Location: Pykara
  • Distance of Pykara Falls from Bangalore: 275 km via Mysore Road
  • Activities: Boating, picnicking, photography, jeep safaris
  • Timings: 08:30 am to 05:00 pm; every day
  • Boating Fee: ₹ 175 per person

20. Manikyadhara Falls

A wonderful retreat amidst nature, Manikyadhara Falls is among the best waterfalls near Bangalore. It is also known as Nellikayi Theertha and is surrounded by the dense forests of Baba Budangiri Hills. The waterfall stands true to its name Manikyadhara, which means a string of pearls. It offers an enticing sight of water falling in the form of pearl-like droplets and sparkling in the sunlight.

The waterfall has more than 200 steps with watchtowers and resting areas. Nature lovers must stop to take in the magnificent view of the Western Ghats from the waterfall area.

Manikyadhara Falls is also a sacred spot for Hindus and Muslims. It is believed that the water of the falls has medicinal properties and bathing in it can cure several ailments. You can also explore the shops in the vicinity for herbal medicines.

  • Location: Chikkmagaluru District
  • Distance of Manikyadhara Falls from Bangalore: 276 km via NH75
  • Activities: Photography, picnicking, birdwatching, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimage
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day

21. Shanti Falls

Looking to spend some time in a natural environment away from the confines of the city? Shanti Falls in Chikmagalur is a wonderful option. The natural pool under the waterfall is perfect for a refreshing swim, especially after a tiring journey. Besides enjoying different water activities, Shanti Falls is the right place to connect with nature and spend some peaceful time with your loved ones.

The trek to the falls is beautiful hills on one side and deep valleys on the other. Although the trek is quite easy, make sure you wear proper trekking shoes to prevent slips and falls, especially during the monsoon season.

  • Location: Chikmagalur
  • Distance of Shanti Falls from Bangalore: 285 km via NH48 and SH24
  • Activities: Picnicking, trekking, birdwatching
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day

22. Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls

Hebbe Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Popular as one of the most beautiful waterfalls near Bangalore, Hebbe Falls is a nature lover’s delight. Situated near Kemmangundi Hill Station, the waterfall is surrounded by coffee estates and dense forests. The water of Hebbe Falls cascades down in two stages from an astounding height of 551 feet. According to the locals, the water of the falls contains medicinal herbs and has healing properties. This is one reason why both locals and tourists flock here to take a dip.

If you are in for some adventure, then try your hand at trekking. Although the paths are steep, narrow and a bit dangerous, it is all worth it. There are some rare species of plants along the path and you can also get lucky enough to spot deer, elephants, wild boars and other wildlife. You will also find small ponds and Chowdeshwari Maha Shakthi Devathe Temple on the way. Be careful though, as the path can be slippery during the rainy season and has many leeches.

  • Location: Chikkamagaluru
  • Distance of Hebbe Falls from Bangalore: 293 km via NH48 and SH24
  • Activities: Trekking, picnicking, photography, sightseeing
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day
  • Jeep Ride Fee: ₹ 400 per person
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23. Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

A beautiful three-tiered waterfall in Wayanad, Soochipara Falls is among the best around. It is also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and is surrounded by the picturesque Western Ghats. The landscape and the surroundings make for an enticing view – crystal clear water flowing from a height of 656-feet (200 metres) amidst lush green forests and rocks! The 30-minute trek to the falls is a breeze and you may even get lucky enough to spot some wildlife on the way.

The drive from Meppadi to Soochipara Falls offers scenic views of some of the finest tea estates in the region. If you are into rock climbing, the waterfall has a cliff face that is perfect for the activity. You can also enjoy a refreshing swim or bath in the large pool under the waterfall.

  • Location: Vellarimala
  • Distance of Soochipara Falls from Bangalore: 301 km via Mysore Road and NH766
  • Activities: Trekking, rock climbing, sightseeing, photography, swimming, rafting
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee (per person):
    • Indians (Adults): ₹ 50
    • Indians (Students): ₹ 25
    • Foreigners: ₹ 90

24. Puliyancholai Falls

Puliyancholai Falls

Puliyancholai Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

People with skin ailments commonly visit another stunning waterfall near Bangalore with therapeutic properties, Puliyancholai Falls. This terrace waterfall is located on the foothills of Kolli Hills. The beauty of this majestic waterfall is accentuated by the tamarind groves and lush green plantations that surround it.

The hike to the falls is beautiful through the natural terrains and popular Pithukkuli Cave. On reaching the plains on the top, you can spot a variety of fruit trees, fenugreek, paddy, maize, garlic and other flora. The dense forest also serves as a wonderful trekking destination for enthusiasts. Devotees can also trek up to Shiva Temple inside the forest and pay their respects.

  • Location: Kollimalai
  • Distance of Puliyancholai Falls from Bangalore: 302 km via NH44
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, Hindu pilgrimage, bathing
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day

25. Tada Falls

Tada Falls

Tada Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

Also known as Ubbalamadugu Falls, Tada Falls is a prime attraction among nature lovers and adventure seekers who throng the spot throughout the year. It is located in the lush green forests of Siddalaiah Kona, on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The sight of water gushing down from a height of 328-feet and flowing through the rocky hillside is calming and enticing!

What’s more, you can enjoy a 10 km long adventurous trek to the falls through an uneven and rocky terrain, which is a bit difficult, but a completely different experience. Devotees can seek blessings at Shiva Temple on the way and spend some time near Pulicat Lake, which is about 40 km away. Oneness Temple (20 km away) is also an important attraction nearby.

  • Location: Chittoor District
  • Distance of Tada Falls from Bangalore: 329 km via NH75
  • Activities: Trekking, hiking, picnicking, photography, Hindu pilgrimage

26. Sirimane Falls

Another perfect getaway from the city chaos and humdrum, Sirimane Falls is a must-visit. This nature’s wonder is located near Kigga Village and is also known as Kigga Falls. Surrounded by the Western Ghats, the beauty of the waterfall and the environs has a calming effect on the mind and body.

On normal days when the water force is less, you can easily reach the bottom of the falls and enjoy a swim. However, do not try these activities during the monsoon season when the water gushes down with heavy force. Other adventurous activities to pursue here are trekking and hill-climbing. Pay your respects at the ancient Saint Rishyasringa Temple before leaving Kigga Falls.

  • Location: Sringeri
  • Distance of Sirimane Falls from Bangalore: 335 km via NH75
  • Activities: Swimming, trekking, hill climbing, Hindu pilgrimage
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 5 per person

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27. Barkana Falls

Located near Agumbe village in the Balehalli forest area, the beautiful and magnificent Barkana Falls is a gem in the Western Ghats. It flows from a height of 850-feet and is one of the highest waterfalls in the country. The trek to the falls through the dense rainforests is steep and adventurous; it also has a motorable path for those reaching via bike or car.

The Barkana View Point near the waterfall offers mesmerising views of the Western Ghats. The waterfall gushes in full vigour during the monsoon and looks absolutely spellbinding! However, the route to the waterfall becomes quite slippery and difficult to navigate through. The canopy of flora also gets so dense during this season that one may easily lose direction. The early days of winter are the best to visit the falls.

  • Location: Shimoga
  • Distance of Barkana Falls from Bangalore: 348 km via NH75
  • Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, photography
  • Timings: 07:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day

28. Hanuman Gundi Falls

Gushing down from a height of over 100 feet, Hanuman Gundi Falls or Sootanabbi Falls is a major attraction near Kudremukh and Sringeri in Karnataka. It is located within Kudremukh National Park and is best visited post-monsoon.

After climbing about 300 well-laid stone steps, you can stand directly under the falls for a relaxing bath. This adventurous yet hidden waterfall near Bangalore is relatively less crowded, making it a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic and other activities with your family and friends.

  • Location: Chikmagalur
  • Distance of Hanuman Gundi Falls from Bangalore: 351 km via NH75
  • Activities: Picnicking, bird-watching, photography
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 40 per person

29. Catherine Falls

Catherine Falls

Catherine Falls | Among The Best Waterfalls Near Bangalore within 300 km

This double-cascaded waterfall in Nilgiris district is a popular attraction away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities. Surrounded by tea plantations with the backdrop of the majestic Nilgiri Hills, the waterfall cascades twice, starting from the height of 820-feet (250 metres) before it reaches the magnificent pool at the base.

Catherine Falls is frequented by nature lovers, tourists and occasional wanderers, looking to spend some time in a serene atmosphere amidst nature. Apart from soaking in the beauty of the place, adventure seekers can trek the hiking trails in the Shola Forest for a thrilling experience. You can also trek to Dolphin’s Nose and enjoy stunning views of the water gushing down the slope. Catherine Falls is a photographer’s delight, thanks to scenic views of the falls, emerald-green tea plantations and beautiful surroundings.

  • Location: Kotagiri
  • Distance of Catherine Falls from Bangalore: 357 km via NH44
  • Activities: Trekking, photography, picnicking
  • Timings: 06:00 am to 06:00 pm; every day

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30. Meenmutty Waterfalls

Boasting a height of 984-feet (300 meters), this three-tiered waterfall will amaze you with its sheer beauty and separate viewing decks. You can enjoy stunning views of this natural wonder from these decks and also capture some interesting photos. It is located near Kalpetta in Wayanad district and is the second-largest waterfall in Kerala. The 2-km trek to the waterfall through forests, though a bit tiring is a whole new experience. The scenery from the summit is exceptional and unmissable!

A word of caution – Meenmutty Waterfalls can be dangerous, especially during the monsoon season and should be avoided during that time. 

  • Location: Kallar
  • Distance of Meenmutty Waterfalls from Bangalore: 672 km via NH44
  • Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, photography, camping near the falls
  • Timings: 09:00 am to 05:30 pm; every day
  • Entry Fee (per person):
    • Adults: ₹ 30
    • Children: ₹ 15
    • Foreign Tourists: ₹ 60 

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A Few Fab Tips

To have the best time while visiting these magnificent waterfalls, you need to keep a few things in mind. Carrying basic first aid, a few bottles of water, and a sunscreen is a good idea – the sun might just want to peek through the monsoon clouds time and again. Footwear made especially for outdoor activities is the ideal choice; your shoes will need to grip the slippery rocks and handle a bit of mud. Start early so you can catch the falls in the best light.

Also, make sure that you carry some light food, such as nuts, dry fruits or snacks since many of these places are located far from eateries and restaurants. Armed with a camera? You can certainly click several post-card worthy pictures, but keep your device protected using a waterproof cover.

It goes without saying that Karnataka’s capital is well-connected to all major natural and cultural landmarks of Southern India. Find the best budget hotels in Bangalore to make the city your base for tons of adventure and fun-filled activities. From mist-laden mountains to steamy wildlife-filled jungles, the beauty of the South is on a platter for those who dare to step out of their comfort zones. Let your enthusiasm cascade like a never-drying waterfall!

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