Jhari Waterfalls or Buttermilk waterfalls

Jhari Waterfalls – A perfect break away place

Going to Chikkamagaluru? Then, make sure you visit Jhari waterfalls. It is also called as Buttermilk waterfalls and is one of the most popular waterfalls in Chikkamagaluru. Located in the dense forest and thick coffee plantation, Buttermilk waterfalls is special in its own way. The falls is formed by the spring which originate in the mountains. A perfect place to get away from your busy city life. The chikkamagaluru trip is incomplete without the visit to Buttermilk falls. What makes Jhari waterfalls special is the water force is not very high even in the peak monsoon, thus allowing the visitors to feel the waterfalls. One can spend quality time here and get drenched without any worry.

How to Reach Jhari Waterfalls

Jhari falls lies on the way to reach the Bababudan Giri from Chikkamagluru. However, private vehicles are not allowed inside the coffee plantation. There are jeeps that take you till the waterfalls. And the jeep ride gives rock and roll experience as the road is not good

Things to know

Jeep charges : 600 for 6 people. However, if you are single person, they will charge you same amount.

Ideal time to spend: 1 to 2 hours

Total Distance: Around 4 KMS. out of which around 200m has to be walked.

Trekking or Walking Allowed? : No

Another waterfalls to visit in Chikkamagaluru is Hebbe Waterfalls

Hebbe waterfalls

Hebbe Waterfalls: A Hidden Gem in Chikkamagaluru

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Hebbe Waterfalls: A Hidden Gem

It was sudden plan as we were looking for much needed break. We were looking out for places to visit and we found one i.e. Hebbe WaterFalls. It’s a hidden gem in coffee estates of Chikkamagaluru. A must visit waterfalls if you are a nature addict and love to explore places.

About Hebbe Waterfalls:

Hebbe Waterfalls is located about 10 kms from the famous hill station Kemmangundi in Karnataka. It can be reached by walk and Forest Jeeps. The waterfalls is inside a coffee estate. Hebbe Waterfalls gushes down from a height of 551 feet in two stages i.e. Dodda Hebbe (Big Falls) and Chikka Hebbe (Small Falls.) It can be reached by walk and Forest Jeeps. The best option to reach waterfalls is by taking a government approved forest jeep which passes through forest and private estates. The last kilometer needs to be trekked / walked in order to reach the falls.

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Details of Hebbe Waterfalls:
  • Distance : 10 kms from Kemmangundi Hill Station
  • Difficulty Level: Easy (Aged Person / Children can visit)
  • Ideal time to Visit: July to December
  • Best way to Reach: Forest Jeep and last kilometer trek (Kind of walk)

Reaching Hebbe Waterfalls:

It is located at Kemmangundi Hill Station,

  1. Own Transport – One can drive / book vehicle and travel till Kemmangundi Forest CheckPost via Birur located in Kadur Taluk. It is 5/6 hours drive from Bangalore.
  2. By Bus – One has to take bus from Bangalore – Chikmagaluru or Mangalore – Shivmogga (around 6 hours) and hire a local jeep / take local transport to reach Kemmangundi
  3. By Train – One can take train till Birur Junction near Shivmogga and hire a local jeep / take local transport to reach Kemmangundi
  4. By Air – Nearest airports are Bangalore and Mangalore.

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Entry Fee:

Forest Jeep charges around 1500 – 2000 which can accommodate around 8 people at once.

 Nearest Place to Stay:

One can stay at Kadur which has decent accommodation or Chikmagalore is also a beautiful option if you are looking for city and attractions to visit nearby.

Our Experience:
Bangalore to Hebbe waterfalls:

It was an amazing and memorable experience visiting one of the beautiful waterfalls located in Karnataka.

We planned the trip by ourselves and drove our vehicle to visit Hebbe waterfalls in a day. It took around 6 hours for us to reach Kemmangundi from Bangalore.  We hired forest jeep to visit falls who took us till last drive point (around 9 kms and 30-45 mins drive). We had to trek / walk the last 1 km which passes through small streams giving us an amazing feel.

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The waterfalls true to its word is an amazing and hidden gem which is must visit for everyone. We spent some time in the falls and water was so fresh and was freezing cold.

We reached back Jeep point and then drove back to Bangalore on same day. It was very hectic and made us very tired as we traveled around 13 kms by road.

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Other Places to Visit:

Kemmangundi View Point (2 kms from CheckPost), Chikmagaluru city which has plenty places to visit (Need at least 3 days) etc.

Suggestions when visiting Hebbe Waterfalls:
  • It is better to pack you lunch / carry enough eatables (chocolates, dry fruits etc) as you won’t get anything to eat nor drink. You have one at Kemmangundi but it won’t be open always. You have to travel back long distance to get good hotel.
  • Umbrella / Rain Coats are necessary in rainy seasons.
  • Carry salt / dettol / lighters etc to avoid leeches.
  • Can plan your visit with organizers or plan for 2 days so it won’t make you feel tired or hectic.
  • Best Time to Visit : During / After Monsoon
  • Jeep Charges: Around 2000, Guide Not Required.
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Andaman Islands : An experience for lifetime

Andaman & Nicobar Islands are situated about 1500 KMs east of the mainland (South India) in the Andaman Sea. Tourists are allowed to visit Andaman Islands while the Nicobar Island is a tribal area and restricted due to security concerns. There are over 500 islands in the Andaman, while only a few are inhabited. Since the usual travel plans are made for about a week, we can either cover North Andaman or South Andaman in one visit.

 

Our plan was a trip to South Andaman. You have to know that the optimal duration should be at least 5 nights & 6 days to enjoy all the places with leisure & relaxation. We planned for 6N/7D duration which was sufficient to cover the South Andaman Islands which included Port Blair, Havelock Island and Neil Island.

Disclaimer: Although our entire trip did not go exactly as planned due to a heavy rainfall on the second day, thanks to the after-effects of cyclone Gaja, we covered all the places by making up time on the last 2 leisure days including the day of our return flight. So in this article I will be writing the details of the places as per my experience, but considering the timeline as per my original plan. ☺

Day 1 of Andaman islands: Port Blair

Port Blair, the capital of Andaman, is your first stop if you are travelling by air. An early morning flight (to land by 10:30 – 10:45 AM) is recommended so that you do not lose out a day of sightseeing. The recommended itinerary for Day 1 is to cover Cellular Jail, Corbyn’s cove beach and Chidiyatapu.

As soon as we landed, we went to our hotel in a prepaid taxi. We befriended the taxi driver and hired him for the rest of the day for sightseeing, covering the above mentioned places, for Rs.1400.

  • Cellular jail:

The Cellular Jail is a historic place where hundreds of freedom fighters were imprisoned by the British in the pre-independence era. The building is a work of art and engineering with 7 long wings all connected to a central tower, which is the only entry/exit point to ensure no escapes from the prison.

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A model of the Cellular Jail

Hiring a guide seemed useless, so we looked around on our own for about an hour or so. People who are interested in history can try to get tickets for the sound and light show for the same evening.

  • Corbyn’s Cove beach:

Corbyn’s Cove is a nice beach where some water activities are conducted. Parasailing and Jet-ski rides are the recommended ones. We did not participate as we had previously experienced them in Mauritius, and also because we did not carry a set of clothes to change.

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Corbyn’s Cove beach

  • Chidiyatapu:

Chidiyatapu is a famous sunset view place in Port Blair which is about 30 kms away from Corbyn’s Cove. There is a sunset view point at the entrance of Chidiyatapu, while about 2-3 kms further there is the Munda Pahar beach which is also a great point of view.

After Corbyn’s cove, we immediately started towards Chidiyatapu as we had to reach before 4:30 PM for the sunset. However, we were not very lucky as it was a cloudy and rainy evening. Nevertheless, the beach was very beautiful with a forest view on one side and some other islands ahead.

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Munda Pahar beach, Chidiyatapu

 

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Munda Pahar beach, Chidiyatapu

We started our return at 5:00 PM. I remembered my friend’s warning that it gets pitch dark within a few minutes by 5:00 PM IST, or even earlier on rainy days.

People with tickets for the sound and light show can head back to Cellular Jail. Since the show does not take place on rainy days, we just had to return to our hotel.

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