Saturday, November 13, 2010

Trek to Jogigundi Falls – The Cave Waterfall!

Jogigundi Falls like most of the falls in and around Agumbe is situated amidst the dense forests of the Western Ghats of Karnataka. But, this is your slightly different waterfall. Unlike your traditional waterfall that falls from a height or in multiple tiers, this one flows out of a cave that runs through the hill.

The amount of water that comes out of the Jogigundi falls might not be scary, but the sheer thought of water coming out of a dark cave is thrilling. But, keeping the adventure factor away, this place is great for a half day visit.

Jogigundi Falls is situated about four kilometres from Agumbe. About 3 out of these 4 kilometres can be covered by vehicles and the last one kilometre needs to be trekked via a narrow and steep trail.

A very pleasing and natural swimming pool greets you at the end of this trek. If you look to your left, you will find the Jogigundi Falls. One can bathe here, but please do avoid soaps or any chemical reagents as they can cause damage to the environment.

The entire place is made up of eroded rocks and green forests. One has to cross a small stream to get onto the other side of the waterfall from where the entire landscape is easily visible. It is when you cross the stream that you notice the huge holes in the rocks below and the sight of water gushing through these holes makes for a great sight.

One can comfortably swim in the swimming pool in front of the waterfall, though be warned that the waters here are pretty deep (upwards of 50 feet) and the edges of the pool have sharp rocky edges. Apart from swimming and taking a waterfall shower, one can explore the nearby forest trails or try to do some birding

When I returned to Agumbe, my local friend told me that he goes to Jogi gundi falls during the dry season, climbs all the way up the cave and comes out on top of the small hill above the swimming pool and then dives straight into the pool. This sure must be a great experience. Another reason for me to visit Jogigundi Falls in the near future.

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