Oh my! Jog?

Jog Falls

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.

Jog Falls

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
Jog Falls

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.

Jog Falls
Jog Falls

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)

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59 Comments

  1. The water sure has to fall a long way! Very picturesque!

    • Yeah, that is a pretty big drop. And I guess it is that, and the fact that there are smaller falls on that rock face, that make this waterfall very special.

      Welcome here, CameraGirl. 🙂

  2. A shame the rain hadn't been heavy before you arrived. I suppose timing is everything but you still got to see some amazing scenery.

    • The monsoon was long gone when I visited. The reason this water looked like this, was because the water is dammed upriver. :(.
      Timing IS important when it comes to seeing this waterfall. Right, the scenery was amazing. 🙂

      Thank you, Fun60. Btw, I loved your Monarch butterflies' migration post. 🙂

  3. I'd like to have a little dip in the pool below.

  4. Wow! Amazing place and fantastic shots!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  5. Missed seeing them twice due to heavy rains and had to cancel plans mid way…I had no idea they had individual names

    • Uh-oh. That must have been disappointing. Maybe you should go just after the rains. So there'll probably be more water than the dam can hold and you can see a good fall of Sharavati over this drop.
      Prasad, there are steps that go all the way down. I hope you get to go down that way, when you visit.

      Only four of those falls are named. There are 2-3 that aren't.

      And from this view point you can actually see two more falls a little away from the centre of attraction. 🙂

  6. We visited Jog falls last month only..Lovely pictures Divya..:) 🙂

    • Then you too probably didn't get to see a whole lot of water there unless it was around the time they open those sluice gates, right?
      Anyway, I hope you had a good trip. I saw your Murdeshwar pictures; you must have visited these places together, huh?

      Thank you, Nagini. 🙂

  7. This is one falls which looks very drastic post the monsoons. I suppose you can trek down the steps after the rains. Did you try that? I would love to do that sometime. Despite the lack of water, the frames look beautiful. Nice one, Nambiare!

    • I saw your pictures from the time you got to see the Falls at its best. Quite a sight, alle? I've got an excuse to go see it again. 😉
      The way down via those steps were closed when we were visiting. 🙁 So that too, next time — hopefully. 🙂

      Thank you so much, Nomad. 🙂

  8. Gorgeous waterfall shots.

    • They were. They are supposed to look even better after the rains. I would like to go see this waterfall during the monsoons, now.

      Thank you for coming by, Lady Fi. 🙂

  9. my mom is supposed to have visited it when she was carrying me… i am yet to visit these falls 😀

    • Oh yeah? 🙂
      Now that's a sweet memory for her, I'm sure.
      You should go just after the rains to see it in its full glory, Jaish.
      I hope you are doing well, Jaish. It's been so long. 🙂

  10. Lovely pics! Beautiful place 🙂
    Yet to visit Jog falls!

  11. What an amazing place and I love the name

    Mollyxxx

  12. Still pretty impressive considering how far the falls fall. I can just imagine how awe amazing when they are in full thunder.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

    • Hey Susiee!

      Yeah, I'd say it is the height of that drop that makes it quite a sight even though there isn't a whole lot of water. I'd love to see it when it is at its best. I'll definitely share pictures when I see it that way.

  13. Loved your narration!! Brilliant!!

  14. Beautiful water falls, very picturesque.

  15. I haven't seen this yet.
    Not enough rainfall now I guess, the waterfalls have thinned out.

    • It is quite a sight even if there isn't all that water. More than the rains, I believe it is because of the dam upriver that we don't get to see water at this waterfall all year round.

  16. Lovely pictures…great narration too, Divya:)

  17. Lovely pictures…great narration too, Divya:)

  18. Not enough water took away the beauty. I haven't seen them till now.

  19. Not enough water took away the beauty. I haven't seen them till now.

    • It is true it would have looked great with all that water in all those smaller falls that this one is famous for. But even that pretty-bare rock face is an awesome sight.

  20. it still looks grand enough for me .. and I love waterfalls

    Bikram's

  21. Loved the pictures, i had been to Jog falls like 5 years back and you refreshed the moments 🙂 I loved the description you provided with it 🙂

  22. Even though it may not be at its grandest it still looks beautiful.

  23. I love how they have been named according to their distinct characters, I have to visit this place at least once – looks and sounds extremely beautiful through your eyes 🙂

    • Did you see pictures of how they look around the Monsoons, Arti? You might want to visit around that time. Even otherwise it is quite a sight. 🙂

      Thank you, Arti.

  24. A serene place and those names are fun. You are right, I checked the google images you've linked. It's amazing in its full glory.

    • Aren't they? The look like they are aptly named. 🙂
      I'm glad you checked out those images, Saru. I was sorry I couldn't put up pics like that.
      Hopefully sometime in the near future… 😉

  25. I have heard about these falls and they are indeed enormous, as you've mentioned. They are looking so beautiful in the last pic.
    Please do post another set of shots once you get to visit again 🙂

  26. Long time back had visited these! Lovely write up and pics Divya!

  27. I have heard about them and it looks lovely! Should visit sometime! 🙂

  28. Proud that this is in my district :)…. you should have visited in the month of August… you won;t wish to come back … I'm sure…

    • It is beautiful around there Ranjana. And I wish I had known what to eat while I was in the area; I saw the post you put up on fb a few days back. 🙂

      Next time, August it will be. I'm sure of that too. 🙂

      Thank you, Ranjana.

  29. I have yet to see them 🙁 but I know all about the splendour and magnificence of these …. and your pics are proof enough Dee of this.
    Karnataka is truly a ' land of falls' with brooks and falls gushing out at the merest hint of Rocks and Kaveri – our lifeline … am blessed i am here 🙂

    • Now you know when to go, Kokila. Did you see the google images of the falls? (There is a link at the bottom of the post.)
      The last few months, we've been discovering Karnataka. It's been great venturing out from the parts of the state we were familiar with. The posts are coming. 😉

      And I'm glad that you are here and that we got to meet at the blogger meet. 🙂

  30. Should see this in its full glory!

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