Kunchikal Falls is the highest waterfall in India plunging from a height of 1,493 feet (455 meters). The falls are set in the Western Ghats near the village of Mastikatte in the Shimoga district of Karnataka.
Situated inside the Agumbe rainforest, the Varahi Rives creates this majestic waterfall, making it the second-highest waterfall in Asia.
Surrounded by dense forests, the Kunchikal Falls is set against the backdrop of the picturesque Western Ghats. The area is known for its rich biodiversity and is part of the renowned Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the Kunchikal Falls is during the monsoon season from July to September. The falls are in full flow during this period and the waterfall looks absolutely spectacular during this time
How to Reach Kunchikal Falls
Kunchikal waterfall is in Shimoga which is well connected by roadways to major cities like Bangalore, Mysore, and Mangalore etc. Many private buses ply to Kunchikal waterfall from Bangalore. Once you reach Hulikal village you can take taxis or private cabs to the waterfall.
Located on the Udupi-Shimoga border, Udupi railway station from Agumbe is around 67 km and From Shimoga, it is around 97km. One can take up any taxi or bus to the waterfall from Shimoga or Udupi.
Mangalore Airport is around 142 km from Kunchikal waterfall. Mangalore Airport is well-connected to major cities. From the airport, one can take a taxi service, a bus or even a train to reach the waterfall.
Karnataka has the most waterfalls than any other state in India. It has 544 waterfalls which are at least 10 meters in height and is home to Kunchikal Falls the highest waterfall in India.
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand is nicknamed the ‘City of Waterfalls’ in India as it is surrounded by many waterfalls
1. Kunchikal Waterfalls – Shivamogga district, Karnataka
2. Barehipani Falls – Mayurbhanj district, Odisha
3. Nohkalikai Falls – East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya
4. Nohsngithiang Falls – East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya
5. Dudhsagar Falls – South Goa District, Goa
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