Chunchanakatte Falls

Chunchanakatte Falls

About:

Chunchanakatte Falls is a waterfall on the Kaveri River, near the village of Chunchanakatte in Mysore district, Karnataka, India. Water cascades from a height of about 20 meters.It is in the Western Ghats. Here the river falls in two small cascades before joining again to flow as one.

It is famous for the Kodanda Rama temple on the banks. It is believed that Goddess Sita took a bath in this holy waters at Dhanuskoti thus rendering a tumeric tinge to the water. There will be Brahma Rathotsava (car festival) during January 15th of every year.A holy dip in the river could be considered but one must take caution of the high current during monsoons. A big cattle festival will be held during August. . Besides the picturesque falls this place boasts of greenery and migratory birds. There is an Hydral power station nearby. The power plant was started during 1994 and completed (two units) during 1998. The power station has got a capacity of 18MW (9 MW each). Kappadi kshetram, another holy place located nearby. Nearer to K.R.Nagar there is Arkeswara swamy temple located at the outskirt which is worth visiting. This temple is also located on the banks of river Kaveri.

The place is very scenic with water falls and greenery in surrounding place. During January 15th (Makara Sankranti) of each year there will be car festival (Brahma Ratotsava) and cattle festival during August.

Cauvery flows into Chunchankatte roaring thunderously forming a 60 feet height and approximately 300 to 400 feet wide waterfalls.

When the river reaches to cascade it is divided into two separate falls and joins again to continue to flow as one into Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam.  The roar is deafening and the spray from the falls is refreshing.  The gushing of water from every nook and corner of the rocky bed forms a milky white falls and the brown colored water in some parts of the falls shows the fertility that Cauvery brings along with her to the deccan plateau.  At one angle you can see a large quantity of water whoosh to about 10 feet away from the jutting rocky bed before cascading into the river displaying the force at which it flows.  This force is well tapped here and there is a hydraulic power generating station installed. 

Location info:

Address:This place is situated in Mysore district (krishnaraja Nagar Taluk) of Karnataka state - India. K.R.Nagar is 40Kms from Mysore

Latitude: 12.5
Longitude: 76.3
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District:Mysore.
Nearest City:Bangalore
Best time to visit: Best time to visit this falls is during January-February.

Climate/Weather:

26º C to 30º

History:

There is an ancient temple built here dedicated to Lord Kodandarama.  The uniqueness of the idol installed here is that Sita is standing to the right side of Sri Rama instead of the usual left. Legend describes that Lord Rama during his tenure in the forests stayed in this place on the behest of the tribal couple Chuncha and Chunchi.  It seems during that time there was not a drop of water here, and when Rama’s wife Sita wanted to have a bath, Rama instructed his brother Lakmana to facilitate Sita Devi’s wish.  Lakmana shot an arrow on the rocks and water started gushing out in plenty and Sita Devi could take her bath.  Also in this forest Lord Rama met Agnatha Rishi (Unknown Sage) and was impressed by his devotion to lord Narayana, so Rama asked the Rishi to ask for a boon and the Rishi asked Lord Rama that he desired to see Lord Rama with Sita on his right side.  The boon was granted and so was the idol installed in the same manner.  There are two Hanuman temples, one in the entrance and the other after the Rama temple near the river.  

Interesting things to do:


Interesting things to Visit:

This place is mainly famous for Sri Rama temple situated on the banks of river Kaveri. The temple timings are from 9.00am to 12 noon and 6.00pm to 7.00pm. A natural waterfall with surrounding greenery makes this place a good picnic spot also. The speciality of this temple is that the goddess Sita is at the right side of Lord Sri Rama. Dhanushkoti, where goddess Sita took bath. The sound of water falls and the birds make the environment very pleasant. None of these sounds is audible inside the temple. There is a belief that Lord Sri Rama has cursed ladies that they should not speak much. There are facilities for visitors to stay in this place. There will be Brahma Rathotsava (car festival) during January 15th of every year. A big cattle festival will be held during August. There is an Hydral power station nearby. The power plant was started during 1994 and completed (two units) during 1998. The power station has got a capacity of 18MW (9 MW each). People taking bath in the water fall area have to be very carefull during the time when the water current is high. This place is declared as dangerous spot and not for swimming.


Mobile range info:


How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station: Mysore
Nearest Airport:Mysore Airport, Bangalore International Airport

Road Transport:From, Bangalore 140kms,Mysore 54kms, K.R.Nagar 14kms.

The waterfall can be reached by taking a diversion at Krishnarajanagar on the Mysore - Hassan highway. One has to take diversion is on the left at the circle in the town of K R Nagar.

Private and Government transport available to Chunchanakatte from K.R.Nagar.

People have to reach the taluk head quarters, Krishnaraja Nagar (K.R.Nagar) to go to Chunchanakatte. K.R.Nagar is 40Kms from Mysore (district head quarters) towards Hassan district. Well connected by road and rail, frequent buses available to reach K.R.Nagar from all parts of Karnataka state. Chunchanakatte is only 14Kms away from K.R.Nagar. Only road transport possible. Private and Government transport available to Chunchanakatte from K.R.Nagar.

Tourists coming from North part of Karnataka (Hassan, shimoga, Chikmagalur etc...) can reach this place without coming to K.R.Nagar. First they can come to Hassan district and proceed in Mysore road. Take right turn at Bherya which is 50Kms from Hassan. Chunchanakatte is 13Kms from Bherya. Train and bus facilities are available from Hassan towards Mysore. Visitors travelling by train have to get down at Akki Hebbal and proceed to Bherya by bus or private vehicle

Nearest Visiting places:

1. Mysore
2. Bandipur National Park.

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Mysore

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Mysore.

Things to carry:


Tips & Suggestions:

The monkeys here are very pushy and bold. Be careful with your belongings. They are always on the look to snatch bags ( for food). Be prudent and just ignore them, you will be fine. By the way never roam around here wearing that T-shirt with banana image printed on it!
WARNING: Avoid swimming at Chunchanakatte falls.

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100.
Nearest Hospital:Mysore.
Society/Community Phone Number

Web Links

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