Shimsha fall is synonymous to an area which is surrounded by hills and river valleys. Read on to know more about this wonder of nature
Shimsha falls is one of the tributaries of the River Kaveri. It originates in the southern part of the Devarayanadurga hill and covers an area of about 221 km before diverging into River Kaveri. Shimsha originates at an altitude of 914 m. The watercourse flows through Mandya district and Chamarajanagar district. In Mandya district the watercourse forms a waterfall at Shimsapura. The meeting point of Shimsha and Kaveri River is near a waterfall named Shivanasamudra falls. On its way the watercourse is joined by other small rivers namely Kanva, Chikkahole, Mullahalla, Veeravaishnavi, Hebbahalla and Kanihalla. Shimsha falls has hilly area with intersecting river valleys. One can find hills of around 4, 000 ft here. The region here also covers the forested slopes of the Devarayanadurga hill. The hills here act as an abode to wildlife and flora. One can spot leopard, wild boars and bears here.
Shimsha fall is located in the Devarayanadurga hill in Tumkur district of Karnataka.
How to reach
By Rail: Nearest railhead is Tumkur Railway station.
By Air: Nearest airport terminal is Bengaluru International Airport.
Where to stay
Of all the accommodation options available in Tumkur, Hotel Vyshal International is a recommended place to stay.
Season/ When to visit
Ideal time to visit Shimsha fall is anytime between the months October and March.
Nearby Places to visit
- Kalleshwara temple: It is a 9th century temple which was constructed by the rulers of the Nolamba Dynasty. Kalleshwara temple has attached pillars in the front with some embellished interiors that contains the sculptors of different gods. One can also find the dancing posture of Lord Shiva here in the sculpture which is made on the ceiling.
- Shiva Ganga: It is situated at a distance of 20 km from Tumkur town. Shiva Ganga is known for the two Lord Shiva temples that are dedicated to Gangadhareshwara and Swarnambha. One can also reach this place from the state capital as it is situated at a distance of 50 km form Bengaluru. One of the two temples is located at the footsteps of the hills. The other temple is located at a distance of 5 km away atop the hills. Ideal time to visit Shiva Ganga is during the festival of Mahashivarathri as the festival is celebrated with great pomp here.
- Devarayanadurga: It is a very popular hill station which is located at a height of 3940 ft. Devarayanadurga is located near a natural spring named Naamada Chilume. The hilltop has two temples namely Yoga Narasimha and Bhoga Narasimha temple. A festival is held annually here in the months of March and April for celebrating Phalguna Masa Buddha Purnima.
- Aralaguppe: It is situated in the Tumkur district. Aralaguppe is known for its ancient temples. One can find the 9th century Kalleshwara Temple which was constructed in Ganga-Nalamba architectural style. This temple also has a Hoysala styled Chennakesava temple that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. One can also find four important temples dedicated to Goddess Ganga within walking distance here. Aralaguppe is a must go place.