Indian state of Karanataka has the best tourist attractions for the
tourists of all interests. It
has a long coastal belt, historic monuments, forests,
dams, waterfalls and what not. The highest
falls in India - The Jog falls is located in Shimoga
district of Karnataka . These falls are formed by river Sharavati which fall from a height of 970 feet above the sea level to create a
feast for the visitors . There are four streams which form the falls - the
King, the Queen, the Roarer and the Rocket. (in the pic below from the left
King, Roarer, Rocket, Queen). The best time to visit is between July to
October. (I have visited the place in December, there was
not much water to see). There are many other places to look around Jog -
Linganmakki dam and Honnemaradu, a good place for adventerous water sports. This place
also provides breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset . There are many water activities
including coracling, canoeing, kayaking and wind rafting . This place is in a forest and there is not
even a telephone facility or a newspaper available. The place is
vast area of backwaters studded with small
green islands in between. The place is a good escape for
those who want break from normal city life.
Both the places are connected by road to Bangalore, Shimoga,
Mangalore and other important towns around . This place is around 100km from
Shimoga which is 250 km from Bangalore . Nearest Airport is Mangalore .
Highlights at Honnemaradu:
1. The best
experience was canoeing across backwaters for a distance
of 2.5 km from an island to the main land in the
night against the wind and water stream. The view of the dam and starlit sky
2. The sunrise behind the hills and it's reflection in
the water as seen from an island .
toppled from a kayak in middle of the water,
turning the kayak upside down, climbing it and starting
all over again is something worth going for.
Courtesy: Mr.Udaya Kiran M