Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jog falls

Trip time:

Bangalore - Shimoga - Sagara - Jog falls (~375kms)
Used KSTDC Tour package

Hotel Shant - accommodation to refresh yourself in the morning

KSTDC website
This web page has the itinerary

Best time to visit:
Post monsoon (August)

This is the first time I used the KSTDC services. It is one of the care-free ways to visit Jog falls. I have quiet a lot of review to write about them.

First on the reservation. They have a website and online booking. Unfortunately, Jog falls tour package is not listed for online booking. One can book this tour package through various authorized agents or visit central reservation office at Badami House. Reservation at badami house is hassle free.

The KSTDC bus looked new and clean. We started sharp on time and was punctual through out the trip. KSTDC ran the tour even when the bus was not full (min 10 bookings required to run the tour). The accommodation arranged by KSTDC in Sagara for the morning refresh was below standards. The room was dinghy and smelly. Usually, 4 people are accommodated in a room. We stopped for breakfast at Sagara itself and the restaurant was below average.

Then we were taken to keladi temple, Jog falls - British bungalow view, Linganmaki dam view point and Jog falls main view. Lunch was at KSTDC Mayura restaurant which was again below normal. We started back to bangalore at 5:30pm and stopped for nice dinner at shimoga.



Stay @ Sagara

Tank @ Keladi

Tank @ Keladi

Temple @ Keladi

Temple @ Keladi

Vegetation due to incessant rains @ Keladi


British bungalow view

Main falls starting

Deep down end point

Misty flow


Entire falls

Mahatma Gandhi hydel power station

Raja, Rani, Rocker, Roarer view

View from bottom of the falls

Sheets of water