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Shivanasamudram


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Rs. 200 per person

Best time to visit

July - October

Recommended stay

1 to 30 days

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About Shivanasamudram

Shivanasamudram in literal terms indicates Lord Shiva's sea and is a small, pristine, exuberant and enchanting town located 85 km from Mysore and 135 km from Bangalore in Karnataka. One of Asia's first hydro-electric power stations set up in 1902 is located in Gaganachukki waterfall. This is where hydro-electric power was harnessessecond time after Darjeeling. There is a security check post at Shivanasamudram which restricts entry of visitors from 6pm to 6 am. Near the town is the famousShivanasamudram waterfall where the river Cauvery splits into two, falls into a valley in two separate places called Gaganachukki and Bharachukki and then reunitesdownstream. Gaganachukki is a steep fall where water flows down at an extremely high speed. The two waterfalls are 15minutes distance apart and are considered aschief tourist attractions. These waterfalls are surrounded by hill forests of the Cauvery Wild Life Sanctuary. Trekking and fishing are some ofthe activities fornature lovers and adventure seekers. The falls are considered one of the 100 best waterfalls in the world.
The island carved out of the two streams of Cauvery is a popular pilgrim spot and is known as Madhya Ranga. The Ranganatha Temple is a popular attraction inwhich presiding deity is Lord Ranganatha sleeping on Adisesha and another piece of brilliant architecture is Takshaka, the lord of serpents whose image isfound in the navranga in the right direction inside the temple.



CONNECTIVITY TO SHIVANASAMUDRAM:
Mysore is the nearest railway station which is 85 km from this area and Mysore is well connected by rail to Bangalore which is connected to other areas of the country. Bangalore International Airport is the nearest air terminal which is 135 km from the area. Bus services are available upto Kollegala which is 15km distant fromShivanasamudram. KSRTC buses connect Kollegala to other major cities in Karnataka.



ATTRACTIONS IN SHIVANASAMUDRAM:
The Bharachukki is a beautiful and graceful cascade situated just one kilometre away from Dargah. One salient feature is that Bharachukki has a wider cascading edge. One of the sections is resembling a U section like the Niagra Falls. The Barachukki Falls cascading down aheight of 250m is a sight to behold. The Gaganachukki has one western facade and another eastern facade. Many nature enthusiasts trek down towards the falls daringly in order to get a closer view. One can view the lovely Dargah at the upstream end of the falls.
Vaidyanatheshwara Temple is a charming and magnificent temple located in Talakad and is the main attraction here. Built of granite during 14th century A. D. by Chola kings the main entrance of the temple is highly alluring with its two Dwarapalaka idols. The temple is infested with delicate and intricate carvinngsand has a Dravidian style of architecture.
Fishing is one of the most interesting adventures in the area on account of the fact that this area is home to Mahseer which is the largest tropical fish. Other place here suitable for fishing is Georgia Sunshine village located in Shivanasamudram. One can view a large number of water birds attracted towards the tankconnected to the canals.
Trekking is enjoyed in the rugged terrains covering Kaveri Bain. Trekking through one of the most fascinating rivers of South India  meandering through the wooden landscapeamidst the thick and dense forests of Karnataka can be a thrilling and exuberant experience for trekkers.