Oh my! Jog?

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...
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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61 Comments on this post.
  • EG CameraGirl
    16 March 2015 at 8:01 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 5:22 am

      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. 🙂

  • Fun60
    16 March 2015 at 8:06 pm

    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.

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 5:26 am

      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. 🙂

  • Photo Cache
    16 March 2015 at 9:56 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 5:27 am

      That green-tinged water is pretty inviting, isn't it? 🙂

      Thank you for visiting, Photo Cache.

  • carol l mckenna
    16 March 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Wow! Amazing place and fantastic shots!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 5:28 am

      Thank you, Carol.

      You have a great week and weekend, too.

  • Prasad Np
    17 March 2015 at 4:49 am

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

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 11:04 am

      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. 🙂

  • A Homemaker’s Utopia
    17 March 2015 at 6:13 am

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

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 11:07 am

      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. 🙂

  • R Niranjan Das
    17 March 2015 at 6:19 am

    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!

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 11:09 am

      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. 🙂

  • ladyfi
    17 March 2015 at 7:31 am

    Gorgeous waterfall shots.

    • dNambiar
      17 March 2015 at 11:11 am

      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. 🙂

  • jaish_vats
    18 March 2015 at 5:35 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:06 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Anita
    18 March 2015 at 8:33 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you Anita.
      Now you know when to go. 😉

  • Molly
    18 March 2015 at 11:16 pm

    What an amazing place and I love the name


    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:07 pm

      It is an amazing sight, with or without all that water.

  • Su-sieee! Mac
    18 March 2015 at 11:36 pm
    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:10 pm

      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.

  • magiceye
    19 March 2015 at 1:42 am

    Loved your narration!! Brilliant!!

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:12 pm

      Nice to hear that. 🙂
      Thank you so very much, Magic eye. 🙂

  • Rajesh
    19 March 2015 at 3:50 am

    Beautiful water falls, very picturesque.

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:14 pm

      It is, Rajesh.
      I'm guessing you have seen it during the rains.

  • Indrani
    19 March 2015 at 7:07 am

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

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:16 pm

      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.

  • AmitAag
    19 March 2015 at 7:13 am

    Lovely pictures…great narration too, Divya:)

  • AmitAag
    19 March 2015 at 7:14 am

    Lovely pictures…great narration too, Divya:)

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you, Thank you, Amit.
      How have you been?

  • Rachna
    19 March 2015 at 7:56 am

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

  • Rachna
    19 March 2015 at 7:56 am

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

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:21 pm

      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.

  • Bikram
    19 March 2015 at 9:35 am

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


    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:24 pm

      Yeah, Bikram — it was a grand sight even without a whole lot of water.

  • Shweta Dave
    19 March 2015 at 1:42 pm

    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 🙂

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:26 pm

      You have? Cool.
      Do you have pictures from the trip? Tell me it was when there was more water. 🙂

      Thank you so much, Shweta. 🙂

  • Mridula
    19 March 2015 at 4:49 pm

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

    • dNambiar
      19 March 2015 at 6:39 pm

      You are so right, Mridula. 🙂
      But I still have to see water gushing down from those 6 fall. 😉

  • Arti
    21 March 2015 at 7:56 am

    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 🙂

    • dNambiar
      26 March 2015 at 3:04 pm

      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.

  • Saru Singhal
    21 March 2015 at 4:40 pm

    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.

    • dNambiar
      26 March 2015 at 3:06 pm

      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… 😉

  • singhalalok
    21 March 2015 at 11:52 pm

    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 🙂

    • dNambiar
      26 March 2015 at 3:06 pm

      I will. I promise, Alok. 🙂

  • Rahul Bhatia
    25 March 2015 at 9:13 am

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

    • dNambiar
      26 March 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I wish the dam was further down the river. : 🙂

      Thank you so, so much, Mr Bhatia.

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil
    25 March 2015 at 11:04 am

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

    • dNambiar
      26 March 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Doesn't it?
      I'm dying to see it with all of its water.

      I hope you get to visit soon, Deepa. 🙂

  • Ranjana’s craft blog
    27 March 2015 at 6:04 am

    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…

    • dNambiar
      31 March 2015 at 4:35 pm

      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.

  • Kokila Gupta
    31 March 2015 at 4:25 pm

    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 🙂

    • dNambiar
      31 March 2015 at 4:40 pm

      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. 🙂

  • Shrinidhi Hande
    5 April 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Should see this in its full glory!

    • dNambiar
      6 April 2015 at 6:06 pm

      I must, I must, Shrinidhi. 🙂

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