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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Long Weekend Getaway: Part 7: Jog Falls Under Heavy Rainfall

The main destination of the four day trip was the Jog Falls, which got us thinking about this long weekend getaway in the first place, and with a genius of a plan, we had delayed our Jog trip by a day to avoid the long weekend crowd. Leaving Sringeri after breakfast, we came back to Shivamogga and from there took a bus to Sagara, closest city to Jog Falls. We got a bus right away at Sagara too, to go to Jog Falls, and after a journey of about six and a half hours in broad daylight through roads piercing dense forests and fresh rains, we reached Jog by around 4:30 in the evening. The journey through Koppa, Narasimharajapura, Sagara and Talaguppa was extremely picturesque, green, and filled with fresh pollution free air.

But from the moment we stepped down from the bus at Jog, and till we came back to Sagara for the night stay, it was raining cats and dogs, but we managed to steal more than a view of the majestic waterfalls that has inspired poets of the caliber of Prof. K. S. Nissar Ahmed and engineering maestros of the stature of Sir M. Visvesvaraya alike.

Water at the falls was less during that week, compared to what we had expected, and the roaring waterfalls were playing hide and seek with the help of heavy rains and the mist. We stood our ground, and made sure we filled ourselves with the view, and vowed to comeback during slightly drier times before summer hits the town again, and returned with a feeling of accomplishment.

Here are a set of photos and a video of the falls during our visit:

A macaque can't find a place to hide from the heavy rains, and hopes that its fur can save it from getting drenched, curls itself up to retain its body heat

Thomas and I are posing in front of Jog Falls, supposedly

And look closely, Anurag and Thomas are pointing towards the natural wonder :)

Karthik and me this time, no good view of RRRR yet...

And finally, a roaring milky section of the Jog, from the top view point

A section of the Mahatma Gandhi Hydro Electric Power Station

Karthik and Thomas in front of the well known view point of Jog

All four sections of the falls in view

One last look at the falls before mist covers up and rains pelt down again

The video: