Yet another impromptu plan, yet another road trip. Last weekend we went on a road trip from Bangalore to Chunchi Falls. It is a perfect day trip from Bangalore if you are looking for a destination which is not touristy and not very far away.
Chunchi falls, located at a distance of approximately 100 km from Bangalore, is a waterfall on the banks of the River Arkavati and is named after a tribal couple Chuncha and Chunchi. It is en route to Mekedatu and Sangama. Tucked in the middle of rocky terrain and deciduous forest the waterfall is quite popular for picnicking.
Though the falls have yet not been commercialized like Shivnasamudra falls and remains deserted on most of the days but it makes for an ideal day trip from Bangalore to escape from the daily grind.
-Day Trip From Bangalore To Chunchi Falls –
A narrow rocky and muddy path leads you to one of the most spectacular waterfalls of Karnataka. The terrain is quite uneven and a bit slippery at some places. A short 10 minutes walk on dirt, sand, mud, gravel and rocky terrain leads you to the vantage point to see the fall in all its glory.
On your way to the waterfall, you will also find a watchtower to devour in a 360-degree view of the entire rocky terrain peppered with trees adding a bit of greenery.
There is also a rocky path that can take you to the bottom of the fall, if you are adventurous enough you can definitely trek down and enjoy your time soaking in all the beauty.
We did not trek down due to an injury but we did spend good 1-2 hours enjoying our time.
Good To Know :
- Pick a shoe that can cross comfortably from road to trail.
- Swimming is prohibited due to strong underwater current and crocodiles.
- The river water is not safe for drinking. Better to carry bottled water, we took our Lifestraw bottle with us.
- Pack something to fuel yourselves.
- Avoid staying late at evening or night as you might end up calling for unnecessary troubles.
- Parking fee – INR 30
- Entry: Free
- Timings – 8 AM to 5 PM
Best Time To Visit :
August to February
Places to Eat
You won’t find any proper restaurants near the fall. Better to carry food and water.
Few makeshift stalls selling buttermilk, coconut water, bottled water, fruits like watermelon, pineapple and dry snack items like chips can be found on the way to the fall from the parking lot.
You can find good restaurants on Kanakpura road on your way, so fuel yourselves well before heading out to the falls.
How To Reach There
By Plane: The nearest airport is in Mysore.
By Train: Nearest railway station is in Mysore, at a distance of 60 kilometers.
By Bus: There are no direct public buses from Bangalore. You might need to change few buses and then take a tuk-tuk/ auto rickshaw to reach the falls.
By Car: Commuting in your own car/bike or hiring a car to reach the falls would be a good idea rather than public transportation.
— ROUTE —
From Bangalore, it just takes 2 1/2 hours to reach the falls. The roads are good except last 10 km stretch which is narrow and damaged in some places but not that bad that it cannot be driven on.
You need to take the Kanakpura exit, take a left turn towards Yeleguri village and keep following the GPS which takes you straight to the waterfall.
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