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Sivasamudram Island

About:

About 65kms, East of Mysore, you will find the tiny island town of Shivasamudram in Mandya district. Here the River Cauvery meanders to fall into cascading Shivasamudram Falls. This sparking waterfalls flows through the abundant sylvan forest of Karnataka in Deccan Plateau, plunges 320 feet into gorge into a spate, breaking into a cloud of misty foam. The falls are 893 metres wide.

In the Western Ghats of Kodagu district at Talacauvery, River Cauvery emerges and meanders to join the Rivers Harangi, Hemavathi, Lakshmana Thirtha and Kapila creating number of waterfalls. At Shivasamudram also called Bluff or Simsha, this water falls has twin jumps, the Gagana Chukki or the Western falls and the Bara/Bhara Chukki or the Eastern falls.

Monsoon season(during the month of July and August makes this waterfall swell to enormous proportion, when the river Kabini floods along with Cauvery creating a waterfall perhaps a thousand feet wide.The Hydro electric power stations is the first of its kind in Asia, in 1902, is still functional. It is been commissioned by the Diwan of Mysore, Sir K Seshadri Iyer. The first town to receive the electricity from this station is Kolar Gold Fields, hence Kolar become the first town in Asia to get hydro electricity.

Location info:

Address:About 65kms, East of Mysore, the tiny island town of Shivasamudram in Mandya district.
District:Mandya district
Nearest City:Somanathapura
Best time to visit: June to September ( the water falls looks full and gorgeous during this season).

Climate/Weather:

The climate is moderate entire year.

History:

About Cauvery: The Cauvery, India's second most sacred river, is sometimes called the Ganges of the South. According to Hindu legend, Vishnumaya, daughter of the god Brahma, was born on earth as the child of a mortal, Kavera Muni. In order to bring beatitude for Kavera Muni, she became a river whose water would purify all sins.

Interesting things to do:

Trekking : One needs to trek 2kms through the lush greenery, along the banks of Cauvery to approach the falls. Sitting on the benches provided at the watch tower you can revel the beauty of the river plummet into a spray of mist.

Interesting things to Visit:

The island town endowed with exceptional scenic beauty is 44 kms. from Mandya. It is famous for the two picturesque falls - Ganganachukki and the Bharacukki created by the branches of river Kaveri. The Ranganatha and Someshwara Shiva temple are two important shrines of the island.

Sivanasamudram (aka Sivasamudram) is a nice waterfall near Malavalli, Mandya district. Situated in a rocky terrain with traces of vegetation, Its - 160 Kms. From Bangalore / 85 Kms from Mysore The waterfall is around 50meters tall on River Kaveri (Cauvery) and is a beautiful sight, especially during monsoon. Shivanasamudra has India's first Hydro - Electric Power Station which was set up in 1902. River Cauvery cascades down in two picturesque waterfalls into a 75 Mts. deep Rocky gorge.

As the cascading water hits the rocky surface, a dense mist of vapour emerges to partially envelop the falls, providing a brilliant sight which is reckoned to be unmatched in its beauty. The falls are created when the Cauvery roars down a 75-metre gorge. The river divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra Island. On the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other it rumbles down as the Bharachukki falls.

Mobile range info:


How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Mandhya district Station
Nearest Airport:Mysore Airport
Road Transport:65kms from Mysore. 139kms from Bangalore, 35kms from Talakad.

Nearest Visiting places:

Somnathpur is situated in a tiny village on the banks of the Cauvery. The Kesava Temple was build in AD 1268, by Somanatha Dandanayak, as illustrious General of the Hoysala king Narasimha III(1254-1291AD). This temple is a perfect example of the Hoysala style of architecture. It has three sanctums on the West, south and north to Kesava, Venugopala and Janardhana, all connected. It is an orantely carved temple of magnificent craftsmanship depiciting Vishnu, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, Rati-Manmathan and Mahisura. The ceiling and door jambs leading to the sancrum sanctorium are exquisitely carved.lso it is mainitained well with garden and toilet, entry fee is Rs.5 foe Indians and $2 for other citizenships.

While coming back a similar kind of town of Bhavani where 2 rivers join their hands(Kooduthurai), name is Thirumakudal Narasipur.

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Somanathapura

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Accommodation is not so good here. Can go to Mysore(80 km) for good hotels.

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Somanathapura
Nearest Hospital:Somanathapura
Society/Community Phone Number
Links:
http://www.incrediblekeralatourism.com/karnataka-tourism/sivasamudram-travel-guide.html
http://www.karnataka.com/tourism/mysore/sivasamudra.html