Shivanasamudra Falls which is part of the east flowing Kabani is fast becoming a hot tourist destination for Malayalees.
Relax in the mesmerizing sights of the waterfall in its valley on a scorching hot day and you are unlikely to ever forget the place. Children and grownups, male and female, rejuvenate themselves with a refreshing dip in the Cauvery River. The waterfall tumbling down from nearly a hundred feet provides a splendid spectacle. Several visitors including Malayalees flock every day to see the Shivanasamudra Falls that come under the jurisdiction of the Karnataka Forest Department.
Shivanasamudra Falls is situated at the border of Chamaraja Nagar district in Karnataka state. One reaches Shivanasamudra Falls after arriving in Gundalpet from Wayanad and then proceeding from there via Chamaraja Nagar and Kollagal.
Start early in the morning from Wayanad to reach the place before noon. The journey to there is marked by a cool breeze along the winding Cauvery River. The water flows through rocks which are about hundred feet tall. The water foams downwards as channels through different directions. Coracle rides through the lake under the waterfall is an enjoyable experience. It is estimated that nearly three thousand tourists arrive in Shivanasamudra Falls. A ride in the lake costs Rs 50 only.
Thalackad near Shivanasamudra Falls is also a favorite destination of the tourists. There is a sand covered temple here. It is believed that when the Cauvery River changed course the temple and the region got submerged in the sand. Sand is accumulated like a high hill. The way to the temple was paved by digging the sand. Arrive at Kollagal from Shivanasamudra Falls and travel eighty kilometers to reach Mateswar Hills where the forest brigand Veerappan once reigned. Spending the night there would also be a memorable experience. A further journey of 80 kilometers from there would take you to the famed Hogenkal falls.