Hidlumane Falls

Shimoga, Karnataka

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The fascinating Hidlumane Falls is a series of cascading falls that offers a refreshing sight to the viewers. The waterfall flows as a series of 6 or 7 falls, each a beautiful sight in its own right. The interesting part about these falls is that each of these falls is hidden from one another and each seems to be more enthralling than the last one you see. But the most amazing one among them is the one that is the most secluded and is situated at the top of the cascade.

The beautiful waterfall is situated under the Shimoga district of Karnataka and is located within the Mookambika reserve forest at the base of the Kodachadri hills of the Western Ghats.

The fascinating Hidlumane Falls is a series of cascading falls that offers a refreshing sight to the viewers. The waterfall flows as a series of 6 or 7 falls, each a beautiful sight in its own right. The interesting part about these falls is that each of these falls is hidden from one another and each seems to be more enthralling than the last one you see. But the most amazing one among them is the one that is the most secluded and is situated at the top of the cascade.

The beautiful waterfall is situated under the Shimoga district of Karnataka and is located within the Mookambika reserve forest at the base of the Kodachadri hills of the Western Ghats.

The milky white water rushing down against a background of rocks and greenery is a sight to behold. The one at the topmost level drops down to a natural pool below. The water in this pool is not very deep and visitors can enjoy a bath in the cool water of the falls at any time of the year except the monsoon season.

However, during the rainy season the current in the water is quite strong and can sweep away anyone who dares to venture into the water for a bath or a swim.

The view from the top of the waterfall is indeed a magnificent sight. The engulfing greenery of Western Ghats and the stillness of the surroundings enhance the beauty of the spot. The silence of the forest is broken by the noise of the waterfall that can be heard from quite a distance during the monsoon season.

 

Trekking to Hidlumane Falls

The trekking route to the Hidlumane Falls is an adventurous one. The trek involves crossing over steep hills and dense forest. There are two trek routes to reach the waterfall – one starts from the Nittur village and the other starts from the Kodachadri peak. Both the routes offer a refreshing sight to the visitors.

The part of the trek that passes through the thick forest area is the most interesting one. The greenery of the forest and the chirping of various birds make for a nice trip. Trekkers can also have a glimpse of some beautiful and colourful birds. However, the one thing that seems to draw the attention of most trekkers on the forest trail is the plenty of dead wood that has been shaped in a very unusual way.

Some of these woods have been shaped by termites that have eaten into the wood and, in the process, have given a lovely shape to the wood. But the trail also involves crossing large and small rocks.

The trail becomes difficult during the monsoon season as the rocks turn slippery due to the rainfall. There are thorny plants as well that needs to be avoided on the trail.

Best time to visit Hidlumane Falls

The best time to visit the waterfall is during the post monsoon season i.e., September to January. During these months the waterfall flows down with increased velocity due to the increased volume of water and offers a refreshing sight to the visitors.

 

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