10 Waterfalls near Bangalore that your kids will adore

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Does the roar of water excite your kids? Make sure you plan a trip to one of these spectacular waterfalls on your next weekend getaway from Bangalore.

Setting out on a day trip during the monsoons? Then, the waterfalls near Bangalore ought to be on your itinerary. Short drives from the city will get you to the foot of roaring falls that leave you awestruck or gentle cascades where you can dip your feet and take in the scenery. Here’s a list of waterfalls that are less than six hours from Bangalore.

1. Shivanasamudra


Popular with the crowds, the falls at Shivanasamudra are out in full force during the rainy months. The twin falls — Gaganachukki and Bharachukki — make for the quite the sight when you view them from the top of the gorge. And you can even splash about in the waters of the Cauvery, when you make the steep climb down. The place can get pretty crowded and messy on the weekends so try to make a trip on a quiet day.

Distance from Bangalore: 3 hours {approx.}

Image courtesy: By Goutamsubudhi (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

2. Hogenakkal


Located in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Hogenakkal comes crashing down from a series of rugged, carbonatite rocks that are said to be one of the oldest in South Asia. The waters flow through deep ravines where visitors can take a dip. However, the waters at Hogenakkal can be quite dangerous so ‘safety first’ should be your motto here. While boat rides are restricted to the dry season, you can sample fresh catch that’s fried and sold at the edge of the waterfalls.

Distance from Bangalore: 3 hours 20 minutes {approx.}

Image courtesy: By Mukesh Barnwal (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

3. Talakona


A short drive from temple town of Tirupati, Talakona is a relatively untouched piece of paradise. The gentle cascade is nestled in Sri Venkateswara National Park and is surrounded by lush forests. You can hang out in the lower half of the waterfall, near the clear pool, or if you are feeling more adventurous climb up to the upper portion.

Distance from Bangalore: 5 hours {approx.}

Image courtesy: By VinothChandar [CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

4. Hebbe


The hilly locales of Kemmangundi are home to the Hebbe Falls. At the check post, you can hop onto to a jeep that takes you through thick forests and plantations. Then, you trek {for about a kilometre} to the falls. It may seem like a lot of work but those who have been there insist that the sight of the gushing falls make up for the arduous journey.

Distance from Bangalore: 5 hours 30 minutes {approx.}

Image courtesy: By Srinivasa83 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

5. Mallali

Relatively unknown, Mallali is part of the Kodagu district. This is a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy a slice of serenity. Surrounded by greenery, the falls make for a scenic view. You can even trek down to the bottom of the falls for a splash in the cool waters.

Distance from Bangalore: 5 hours 30 minutes {approx.}

6. Kailasakona

Close to the temple town of Tirupati, Kailasakona is a tiny waterfall compared to others on the list. Still, it is worth a visit if you are looking to splash about in clear waters. You can even sign up for an oil massage before you take a dip in the supposed medicinal waters here. For food, you can head to the stalls that are around this place.

Distance from Bangalore: 5 hours 15 minutes {approx.}

7. Kaigal

Nestled in the Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary, Kaigal {also known locally as Dumukuralla} is only a short drive from Bangalore. It’s small yet serene waterfall that’s great if you want to spend time dipping your feet in waters and spotting colourful birdlife. However, the falls are pretty cut off from the roads so best if you are here with a bunch of friends and if you have slightly older kids who can manage the hike.

Distance from Bangalore: 2 hours 3 minutes {approx.}

8. Chunchi

Right in Bangalore’s backyard, Chunchi is a popular picnic spot and is close to Mekedatu {so you can club the two together}. A short trek from the parking lot, at the site, will get you to the waterfalls. And you can perch on one of the rocks to take in the scenery.

Distance from Bangalore: 2 hour 20 minutes {approx.}

9. Muthyala Madavu

The waterfall closest to the city, Muthyala Maduvu or Pearly Valley is located in Anekal. Since it is so close to the city, expect huge crowds on the weekends. However, if you can manage a trip on the weekdays, this tiny waterfall offers great views.

Distance from Bangalore: 1 hour 20 minutes {approx.}

10. Chunchanakatte


Heading towards Mysore? Then, do drop by Chunchanakatte. Though a small waterfall, the cascade here is worth gawking at during the monsoons. The surrounding greenery too adds to the beauty of the place.

Distance from Bangalore: 3 hours 40 minutes {approx.}

Image Courtesy: By Rks 80 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Featured Image: By Tridib Bhattacharya (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

*This post originally appeared on LBB, Bangalore.

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