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.
Lord Gomateshwara at Shravanabelagola

Mahamastakabhisheka at ShravanaBelagola

Shravanabelagola, located at a distance of 143 KMS from the capital city of Karnataka, Bengaluru is famous for hosting the tall statue of the Lord Gomateshwara popularly called as Bahubali. Mahamastakabhisheka at Shravanabelagola to the Lord Bahubali revered mainly by Jains is an event that occurs once in 12 years.

About Lord Bahubali:

Lord Bahubali is the first Thirtankara who achieved the salvation. Commonly called as Gommateshwara, he meditated motionless for a year in the standing position. He was born to Rishabhanatha and Sunanda in the Ishvaku dynasty, Having fought with his brother, he felt disgusted and renounced all his powers and also became Digambara(leave all his clothes) and went on to meditating standing for one year.

History of Mahamastakabhisheka at ShravanaBelagola:

The statue of Lord Gomateshwara was built in Shravanabelagola around 981 AD. And the procedure of Mahamstakabhisheka is said to be started in the same year. Thus, the largest festival of the Jain community started more than 1000 years back. Millions of people around the world gather here to witness the festival. The festival is celebrated every 12th year. The Mahamastakabhisheka ended on July 29th 2018 after an extension of months. The festival was supposed to end on 25th February. This is the 88th Mahamastabhisehka performed at Shravanabelagola.

About Mahamastakabhisheka at Shravanabelagola:

Mahamastakabhisheka as the name suggests is the grand festival of anointment of libations to the lord Bahubali. It involves smearing of the Lord Bahubali idol by the contents of 1008 pots carried by the devotees. There are in total of 21 types of Abhishekas done. Below is the list of few of the common types of Abhisheka.

  1. Jalabhisheka ( Anointment of water)

    Jala Abhisheka at shravanabelagola
    Jala Abhisheka at shravanabelagola
  2. Ksheerabhisheka ( Anointment of milk)

    Ksheera Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Ksheera Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola
  3. Rice flour

    Rice flour Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Rice flour Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola
  4. Haldi Abhisheka (Anointment of turmeric powder)
    Haldi Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Haldi Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola

    Haldi Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Haldi Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola
  5. Sugarcane Abhisheka

    Sugarcane Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Sugarcane Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola
  6. Kesar Abhisheka ( Anointment of Sandalwood paste)

    Kesar Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Kesar Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola
  7. Pushpabhisheka ( Anointment of Flowers)

    Pushpa Abhisheka during Mahamstabhisheka at shravanabelgola
    Pushpa Abhisheka during Mahamstakabhisheka at shravanabelgola
Missed Mahamastakabhisheka at Shravanabelagola?

Feeling sad for missing out on the biggest festival? No worries. Though you need to another 12 years to witness the festival, attend the Mahamastakabhieskha in Dharmsathala in 2019.

How to Reach Shravanabelagola?

Shravanabelagola is around 147 KMS from the capital city of Karnataka. The place is well connected.

By Air:

The nearest airport to Shravanabelagola is the Bangalore International airport. From Bangalore Airport, you can hire a cab to Shravanabelagola which is roughly 200 KMS. You can also reach the Bangalore bus stand or city railway station from where there are good number of buses and trains.

By Train:

There are around 5 trains from Bangalore Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna station and Yeshwantpur railway station.

By Bus:

Buses directly to Shravanabelagola are less in number. However, you can catch the Hassan bus and get down at Hirisave from where Shravanabelagola is just 18 KMS. From Hirisave, there are enough local connectivity and also buses. From Shravanabelagola bus stand, the temple is clearly visible and walkable.

By Own transport:

Travelling through the own transport is one of the best option. Travel in the Bangalore – Mangalore Highway and take a deviation to the left at Hirisave.