November 23, 2009

Gaganachukki Waterfall

Gaganachukki Waterfall is at Shivanasamudra Island (Which is about 85kms to the east of Mysore). Gaganachukki means waterfall from the sky. It is said that the Gaganachukki falls are shaped like a large horsetail and you can see why from the picture below.

At Shivanasamudra the river Cauvery cascades down a deep rocky gorge in two breathtakingly beautiful segmented waterfalls - Gaganachukki and Bharachukki The river divides around the 700-acre picturesque Shivanasamudra Island. On the one side, it forms the Gaganachukki falls and on the other side are the Bharachukki falls.The sight of these two falls is enchanting and the best time to visit them is during the monsoon. The falls are considered to be one among the 100 best waterfalls in the world. There is a hydral power generation station belonging to Karnataka state. This hydral power plant is the first in Asia.

Gaganachukki waterfall itself is split into two segments and a common misconception about Gaganachukki is that left segment is called Gaganachukki and the right segment is called Bharachukki. In reality the Bharachukki falls are a about 2 kilomoters to the south-west of the Gaganachukki falls. This is due to the Kaveri river itself splitting a few kilometers to the south into western and eastern branches The western branch results in the twin waterfalls of Gaganachukki. (The picture above and below are the two segments of Gaganachukki)
The Waterfall in the above picture is nick named ROARER and you can imagine why

The WaterFalls are created as the River Cauvery has wound its way through the rocks and ravines of the Deccan Plateau and drops off to form waterfall, Gaganachukki is about 80 meter's high.


  1. Ohhh Anthony, what a nature, and here we talk power!!! the power of wather. Just wonderful, and had to bee such a great ting to watch (and maybe hear :-)

    This woman has got the flu, and are home from her work, fever... :-( you know... god i have the internet and the blog so, not so boring then.

    My picture you know, was about friendship you know... holding up when you are to fall down in a way...

    Have a nice Monday my friend.
    And this is a song for you...

    But I hope your will be splended!!

    Hugs (with no virus :-)

  2. Hello Sam. These are spectacular to say the least. WOW!! Really great info too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Absolutely incredible, Sam! What a breathtaking place! And your captures are magnificent! Thanks for sharing these and the info as well, makes them even more beautiful and interesting!

    Have a lovely evening and a great!


  4. Gorgeous photos and the tiny people show how gigantic the falls are. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are amazing waterfalls! I like the picture where people appear as little ants to show the scale of these magnifecent falls!

    ...Ruby door is the perfect background for...

  6. Wonderful photos of an amazing place!

  7. Hi Anne,
    your photo on Friendship was amazing and thanks for the song :0) you take care of yourself and get well soon

    Thanks Joan, i'm Gald you liked the post

    Thanks Sylvia

    @ Jedediah
    Thank you, ya the falls are Gigantic

    @Quilt Works
    Thanks for your comments, your photographs are amazing too

    Thank you :)

  8. WOW, that first photo is stunning. Great photos of the river and the falls.

  9. That water is very, very beautiful. you are a great photographer.

  10. Thanks Eileen :)

    Thank your for your kind words Sandy

  11. Wow.. it is divine!! so beautiful.. you are really a superb photographer!! and i would love to join you in your next trip... :)

  12. Very beautiful snap of the falls. I have not seen the second snap before.

  13. Thanks Bhupesh

    your are welcome to join me on my next trip swetha :)

    Thanks Rajesh, good to hear from you after a long time, hope you are feeling better now. you get this view of the waterfall from behind darga...

  14. What a lovely spot. The water is wonderful and your photos are great.

  15. Wow, that's a spectacular water falls. I'll bet the noise is almost deafening. What amazing power and energy from so much fast water. Your captures are excellent.

  16. WOW - These photos are truly magnificent!
    Thanks for sharing these photos and showing the great forces of mother nature.

    Kind regards,
    Hanne, Denmark

  17. Anthony, I can see why they are in the worlds 100 best. Spectacular photos. I would love to see this!

  18. These waterfalls are magnificent. I especially like the one of Roarer as the people give a sense of the huge scale of the falls. I am sorry to post a comment so long after you published this but I have just discovered your blog and am enjoying the older posts. Peace to you.

  19. hi sam,

    awesome pictures keep the good work up.