As a continuation to the multi sequel series on “Water falls in the Western Ghats” , we travel along the National Highway 52 which takes one through the dense forested slopes of the Western Ghats moving towards the town of Igundi , Yellapur and beyond venturing into the main heartland of the state of Karnataka
In my previous post I had spoken about the Sathodi Falls, this post we would be speaking about two more hidden gems: Ajjigundi Falls and Shirley Falls: –
Firstly, about the Ajjigundi falls, I came across this name while doing a search about the Water falls in the Yellapur district of Uttara Karnataka. The falls are located truly off the beaten track and though not huge they definitely are worth a visit. One has to take a left from Idgundi and leave the NH 52 and then move onto SH 6. Post few kms , one then needs to take the detour and take a short hike after parking the vehicle. Nestled amidst plantations and green foliage, one has to ask directions from the local houses that are located few and in between. It is the roar of the falls that will eventually guide you once you reach its vicinity. Standing tall amidst areca plantations, it is a photographer’s delight and with none of the touristic crowd around. It is a small fall by any standard however what draws the visitor is its beauty and sublime appeal like the appearance of a forgotten garden from the depths of the forested lands.
As far as I am concerned, visiting falls is not something that has to be measured in minutes or hours rather the moments spent out in their midst have to be collected to make up something cherishable. On occasions I have sat down near them with my mind as a replica of an empty canvas, forcing the prevailing thoughts to be left behind and then let the vibes of that place draw a series of new patterns of thoughts on the blank canvas.
Shirley falls is located also in Yellapur District and one has to take a detour from the Hubli –Karwar National Highway 52. This fall is also on the off beaten route and is hardly known outside of the local region. One needs to drive towards Idgundi from Karwar ad then park the vehicle at Shirley Bus Stop, which is a small nondescript bus stop on the highway. There is a muddy trail which slopes into the forest and one can take a 4×4 drive if confident, I chose to walk. The trail winds downwards going deeper into the jungle, there is plantations of Areca with few houses seen in between. One has to take the left diversion on the trail whenever it comes and then keep on moving. In case of hesitation, one can approach the houses to ask for directions and that is what I had done. After a 30 min hike, one is drawn to the sound of the fall and can see it in full glory away from prying eyes. It is a one stage fall though the chasm at the base of it looks scary and prohibits anyone from wandering too close to the fall . The water is from i guess a stream that swells up in the monsoons and thereby generates this particular fall. I am sure in the summer season or when the flow reduces , this would be a great place to swim and relax at the base of the fall.Once again , in the time spent there hardly anyone ventured and had the place all to myself.
These falls are famous amongst the locals and hardly any traveler from other region ventures here, definitely worth a visit.
|Best time to Visit||July –Sep|
|Essentials||Rain gear , good soled shoes , phone , water bottle , Area Map|
|Look out for||Leeches , snakes|