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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sathoddi Falls-Uttara Kannada

Sathoddi Falls is a waterfall in India that is formed by several unnamed streams near Kallaramarane Ghat, Uttara Kannada District, near Sirsi, and 32 km from Yellapur. It is about 15 meters (49.2 feet) tall. The stream then flows into the backwaters of the Kodasalli Dam, into the Kali River. The forest department was building a pergola for tourists to rest as of December 2006.

Season:

It is best to visit the falls in winter, from early November to the end of February. Avoid the rainy season, when hostile terrain and blood-sucking leeches make these falls inaccessible.

Food:

There is only one hotel near the waterfalls which opens around 9AM, so you should order in advance to get food early enough. It is better to fill yourself at Yellapur and carry sufficient food and water.

Access:


From Yellapur, take the highway towards Hubballi (Hubli) [opposite direction ofMagod Falls] and then turn left towards Ganesh Gudi (do not confuse this for Ganesh Gudi near Dandeli) immediately after the petrol bunk. An arch [Mysore Minerals] at the beginning of this road is a good landmark for the road to Sathodi Falls. The total distance from the arc to the falls is about 25 km with a mix of good and bad roads. Part of the distance is more like a trail and littered with small stones and rocks, however there is no risk of puncture here due to the rocks.

The roads are all right, with both good and bad patches. The distance between Ganesh Gudi and Sathodi Falls is around 10 kilometers. After Ganesh Gudi, it is just forest and forest and then comes to the beautiful view of the backwaters of the Kodasalli dam built across the river Kali.

The roads are very risky with steep hills go beside backwater. It is a trekking place. Vehicles can go up to hotel from there u need to go by walk nearly 1km. or else you can trek for 5 to 6km in mud road to falls, from the bank you get spectacular view of backwater. One can ride right up to the falls and walk a distance of about 300mts to reach the falls, there are boulders one has to jump to access the waterfalls.

Alternate routes:

  • Take a bus up to Barballi, and from there it is trek of about 10 km.
  • Go up to Dehalli - Kattige via Ganesh Gudi, wherein a mud road winds all the way to the falls. Bikes are also available for rent at Dehalli, which are a common means of transport in this region.

Photo Gallery:

 
Kali River Kodasalli Dam Back water near Sathoddi

Photos: Prashanth.L-Bangalore & Wikipedia
Information Courtesy: Wikipedia

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