Achakanya falls is one of the less explored natural beauties in the state that is formed by the river Sharavathi. The fall is about 6 to 7 feet in height and is formed as the river takes a splendid leap from among the Western Ghats. It is situated close to the village of Aralasurali which is located at about 10km from the town of Thirthahalli.
This small magnificent beauty mesmerises anybody who locates it. The fall is a fascinating sight during the monsoons when the water gushes through it with mighty force. Bound by an array of trees on all four sides of the falls, it makes a wonderful sight to watch the white stream of water gush through.
Achakanya falls is well hidden from view because it is located in the dense forests of the Western Ghats. Anyone willing to reach the falls should be ready to trek to the top of the hill. The trek is an experience as there are no marked routes to reach the falls and trekkers need to find their way on their own. The trek provides the travellers with an opportunity to come close to the vivid flora and fauna present in the dense forests of the Western Ghats.
It is also said that a few varieties of birds could also be spotted through the trek.
Since, the falls is located inside the dense forests there are no shops or accommodations available at the falls. Therefore, it is advised to the people trekking to carry ample amount of food and water for the journey.
ಅಂಬುತೀರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ ಉದಯಿಸಿದ ಶರಾವತಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿಂದ ೫ ಕಿ.ಮೀ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಥಮ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಏಳು ಅಡಿ ಎತ್ತರದಿಂದ ಜಲಪಾತವಾಗಿ ಶರಾವತಿ ನದಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಧುಮುಕುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದೇ ಅಚ್ಚಕನ್ಯೆ ಜಲಪಾತ. ನೋಡಲು ನಯನ ಮನೋಹರವಾಗಿದೆ. ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರದಿಂದ ೮೨ ಕಿ.ಮೀ ಮತ್ತು ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿ ತಾಲ್ಲೂಕು ಕೇಂದ್ರದಿಂದ ೨೧ ಕಿ.ಮೀ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿಯಿಂದ ಹೊಸನಗರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಸ್ಥಳ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ ನಿಂದ ಡಿಸೆಂಬರ್ ವರೆಗೂ ನೋಡುವ ಸಮಯ.
The falls is one of the less explored natural beauties of the district.
There are no signboards or arrow marks on the way to the location of the falls and therefore the trek to view the falls is an experience in itself.
The fall is at its glory during the monsoon when the water gushes through the line of trees and gives its visitors a mesmerising memory.
On the trek to the falls, one can also listen to the soothing cacophony of various birds and experience the nature in its true form.
It is best advised for the people visiting to start their journey early in the mornings and leave the falls before it is too late in the evening.
The rainy season is the best time of the year to pay a visit to the falls. During this time the waterfall is seen in its full glory and therefore, it is best to visit the falls during the months of July through October.
The nearest airport is the Mangalore International Airport, that is, located at a distance of 155 km.
The village in which the falls is located is not connected by the railways. The closest railway station is the Shimoga railway station which is located at a distance of 60 km from the village.
The village is not connected with any direct buses from Bangalore, therefore, if one wants to reach the place by road then they are recommended to take a bus to Shimoga and then take another local bus to the village. From the village tourists can hire a private taxi till they reach the forest, but, the last on kilometre is to be covered on foot as it is the trekking route.
There are no direct routes to waterfalls. The nearest big town is Thirthahalli about 22 km from falls one has to take a taxi from here or Buses from Thirthahalli and start trekking from Aralasurali village, as there are no formal signboards to indicate falls location, one has to take advise from locals of the village.
The fall is not yet connected by rail network, the nearest Railway stations are Arasalu Railway Station, located 35 km away from falls, and second, a big well-connected station is Shivamogga / Shimoga Railway Station is 69 km. One can get a private taxi from both the Railway stations.
The nearest Airport is at Mangalore International Airport and is about 146 km driving from fall.
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Humcha – 10 km- It is a village which houses the famous ancient temple for Goddess Padmavati. According to the Jain religious leaders, it is said that Humcha is the most scared abode for the Goddess Padmavati.
Siddeshwara Gudda– 19 km- It is located on the Thirthahalli-Agumbe road and is roughly about 200 ft in height. the trek to the top of the hill is a mesmerising experience.
Anandagiri Hill– 22 km- It is located on the Thirthahalli-Shimoga road and is about 300ft in height. The hilltop provides a complete view of the town and the trek through the hill is an experience in itself.
Kavaledurga Fort– 22 km- The fort was established in the 9th Century and is famous for its impeccable defence system made from the solid layer fortification along with its height, which is located at a distance of about 18km from Thirthahalli.
Bheemana Katte – 24 km- It is located on the banks of the holy river Tunga in Thirthahalli. The place is famous as it houses one of the branches of the Mutts that were originally established by Adi Shankaracharya, known as the Bheemana Katte Mutt.
Nagara Fort – 28 km- It was built in the 16th Century near the small village of Nagara. The fort is maintained by the Archeology Department and is also known as Shivappa naik’s Fort.
Kuppali – 36 km- This small village is known and famous as the birthplace of the famous writer/poet Kuppali Venkatappa Puttappa also known as Kuvempu. The village is located in Thirthahalli.
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Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary – 40 km- The sanctuary is located over a vast land of about 395 km and covered to a large extent with tropical evergreen forests. The sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles.
Mandagadde – 42 km- This is a small village, located at a distance of about 30km from the Shivamogga District and is house to the famous Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on an island and is house to a variety of birds.
Agumbe – 49 km- The village is often known as the Chirapunji of the south due to the amount of rainfalls that are received through the year. The village, situated on the Someshwara Ghat, is known for its scenic beauty and biodiversity.