This rock face up here is a showcase of one of the showiest of waterfalls in Karnataka. What you see is obviously not its best show. It is such a pity that its not in its full glory all year through. This is Jog Falls or Gerosoppa Falls.
The Jog Falls is at its best during the Monsoons or just as the rainy season is wrapping up. Or when the Linganamakki Dam upriver decides to let off some steam.
When River Sharavati falls here, it does so in the form of around half a dozen smaller falls. Four of these falls that make up the mighty Jog have been christened: Raja, Roarer, Rocket and Rani. Apparently, these names are attributed to the way they fall. Raja is supposed to be the majestic one. He plunges down a good 900 ft and so is the king of this show. His neighbour Roarer — they say– may not be just as tall but louder, he is. Rocket shoots right down into the ravine below reminding one of a Rocket on its way down. And Rani is the elegant queen of this waterfall, the one that cascades over its rocky path very gracefully.
We visited in late November and it was reason to be glad and sad at the same time; glad because we were finally able to see the famous Jog Falls and sad because it looked like it was having a bad-hair-day.
The silver lining is that each of the Falls of the Jog was distinct, even the small one at the foot of Raja. That baby looked like a bundle of energy. I doubt you could tell this one apart with all the water that gushes down when Raja and Roarer are ‘in-season.’ The two unnamed falls in between Rocket and Roarer should have been named Rajkumar and Rajkumari; they seemed to be outdoing the rest that day.
Jog Falls might have been a bit of a disappointment that day. But its surroundings were not. The area was quilted in rich green vegetation. Even the rocky background of the falls looked quite striking. While taking in the setting, I noticed a couple of pretty waterfalls to the left of the famous four. They seemed to be going about their business undeterred by the fact that they were over-shadowed by their illustrious neighbours.
Ok. So Jog Falls done. However, I’m not crossing it off the list yet. Now I want to see it at its grandest.
(If you’d like to see what Jog Falls looks like in its full glory click Here)