Jog Falls trip, Sharavathi Valley Campingfrom
Jog Falls trip, Sharavathi Valley Camping
– This trip takes us to the second-highest plunge waterfalls in India – the gigantic Jog Falls. It also involves camping by the Sharavathi river with a rainforest trek.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Easy
Group Size Medium Group
There is a river so enormous that it feels slightly sad to know it doesn’t flow eastward like others. The name of this west-flowing river is Sharavathi, which accumulates humongous amounts of water in the monsoons. It forms the iconic Jog Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in India, dropping down 253 meters.
Sharavathi backwaters are controlled by the Linganamakki dam which generates hydroelectric power throughout the year. and when the authorities release dam gates, it’s a feast for the eyes in the form of Jog Falls.
The valley is so beautiful that it feels hard to believe such a place existed, especially in monsoons. It presents travelers with an unmatched beauty in terms of lush green vegetation, unrelenting rain forests, densely packed valleys, and plenty of macro wildlife.
The nature is so pure and calm in Sharavathi valley that it feels any human movement is actually disturbing this pristine setting. While we take good care of mother nature here, we will also trek, camp (given the persistent rains, it’s a safely covered campsite), and explore in a true backpacker style.
The next day, we will visit remarkably huge Jog Falls, initially from the top, and then from its foothills by hiking down approximately 1400 steps. Looking at the magnitude of height, listening to the ferocious sound, feeling the moisture on our face is an experience of a kind, and gives us goosebumps.
With that unforgettable picture captured in mind, and in our cameras, we will head back to Bangalore.
Highlights of the Jog Falls Trip:
- The Magnificent Jog Falls visit
- Sharavathi valley rainforest trek
- Riverside camping
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- Start from Bangalore, an overnight journey
- Reach campsite overlooking Sharavathi river, freshen up, fuel up with authentic local Breakfast.
- Set on a trek to magnificent Bhima’s Foot peak. It’s a moderate 4 km climb in the rainforest. En-route, we will witness the view of mighty Dam and a huge cache of pristine Backwaters
- Reach back the campsite by noon for Lunch.
- Relax for a while, head to Waterfalls. It’s an easy 2 Km trek on mud road to an ancient temple and a cave, with waterfalls over it.
- Spend some good time in the water, have lunch and trek back to the main road and get into our transport.
- Head back to Camp, refresh with Tea and hot Snacks.
- Bonfire with hot dinner, group activities through the night
- As there is plenty of wildlife around, we have to respect nature and do our social gathering by sharing stories and playing games (no music, no drinks, no smoking, no shouting).
- Rest for the night in cozy tents.
- Start the day with misty white clouds all around. More often than now, it will be an overcast morning as this area falls under a high rainfall zone.
- Post breakfast, visit the magnificent Jog Falls which attracts tourists from all over the country.
- There are well-maintained stairs till the bottom of falls. Usually, we are allowed to go down and enjoy the water vapor sprinkling all over us.
- Take umpteen number of pictures, appreciate the force of mother nature, and how small we are in front of such natural wonder.
- Hike upstairs, dry yourself, stop by for lunch at a local restaurant.
- Start back towards Bangalore, reach by night around 9 PM.
- June to Oct (monsoon months): Thick clouds, persistent rains, leeches, plenty of water everywhere. The wild and wet season for Sharavathi and Jog Falls. Usually, the dam waters of Linganamakki are released starting from July (after a month of good rains in June). This water cascades as the mighty Jog Falls.
- Nov to Feb (winter, pre-summer): Clouds playing hide and seek, misty landscapes, a good amount of water in Sharavathi backwaters, peaceful sunsets, the rainforest views are pretty clear, pleasant weather to trek, Bonfire at night gives great experience in the middle of the forest.
However, Jog falls will not have the flow, as they stop releasing water by the end of October.
- March to May (summer): Gets dry. We usually do not organize Sharavathi this season.
What's next after booking your trip:
- A Whatsapp group will be created for all the registered folks night before the trip.
- You may say hi to other trekkers and get prepared for the trip.
- We will set expectations about the trip, remind you of important Terms & Conditions.
Pickup Points, Timings:
Tin Factory bus stop: 9:00 PM
- Towards HP Petrol pump side
- Near foot over bridge
Indiranagar 100 Feet Road: 9:20 PM
- Opposite Barbeque Nation
- Just in front of Domlur flyover
Koramangala Sony World Signal: 9:45 PM
- Just in front of Manyavar
- On 80 Feet Road
Goraguntepalya Metro station bus stop: 11:00 to 11:30 PM (based on traffic)
- Where Outer Ring Road (ORR) meets the highway
- On the service road in front of People Tree Hospital
Things to Carry for Jog Falls Trip:
- Toiletries, moisturizer, light towel, lip balm, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste,
- A lightweight large Backpack for the trip (no suitcase, no trolley)
- A small backpack for the trek (to carry Lunch packet, water bottle, snacks, etc)
- Photo identity proof with address (Aadhar/Passport/Voter ID)
- Poncho or rainproof jacket with a hood (from June to September)
- Track pants, full sleeve T-shirt for the trek
- Cap/hat (to avoid getting tanned)
- Sunglasses (to keep your eyes fresh)
- Power bank, charger, camera, binoculars (if you wish to)
- Proper water bottle for your trip. You may fill at our homestay
- Disposable garbage covers (To separate used/unused, dry/wet clothes)
- Good grip trekking shoes or sandals
- Your personal medications, if any
- Pair of water wear to take a dip in the waterfalls/sea
- Carrying a handwash/sanitizer/tissues will help during the trip
- Carry your jerkin/sweater – it can get cold at night
- Carry a lil bit of cash for Sunday Lunch, Dinner, and misc. Expenses
- Don’t carry expensive items. You are responsible for your own belongings.
- Camping (covered for rains, 3 sharing basis)
- Food: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner (all Veg)
- Jog Falls visit, entry ticket
- Sharavathi valley trek
- Campfire (if it doesn’t rain)
- Organizer(s) from MT
- Lunch on Day 2
- Any misc. expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above
- No Luxury. We assure awesome memories every trip, but not awesome facilities.
- We provide basic facilities in terms of food, travel, and stay.
- The itinerary is fixed. No special requests to change itinerary/schedule are permitted. Do not give advice(s) to the Organizer.
- Absolutely no littering. We swear to protect our environment.
- No alcohol & smoking during travel, treks, and other outdoor activities. There would be a separate window and space (usually at night) to have these at the campsite/homestay for interested people.
- Cooperate with the organizer(s) in following the schedule set for the day (especially getting up and getting ready in the morning). This will ensure travelers won’t miss out on the real fun part that is traveling.
- Every traveler is responsible for his/her for your own safety. Don’t indulge in any illegal or silly activity that causes harm to you or fellow travelers.
- Do not wander into the forest away from the designated trail for trekkers. There may be snakes, scorpions, and other dangerous animals.
- Unexpected situations: It may happen we do not cover all the places mentioned in the itinerary because of unpredictable reasons like bad weather, landslides, wild animal presence, abrupt blocking of sites by the police/forest department, delay in travel because of an issue with our group itself, traffic conditions, etc. In most cases, if the time permits, the organizer(s) will take travelers to an alternative place. But in some cases, we may have to skip a place altogether.
- The event will stand canceled if less than 8 travelers signed up for the trip/trek.
- Travelers are expected to respect each other and help each other. Avoid discussing sensitive matters like sex, politics, and religion/caste/race.
- Using foul or abusive language, eve-teasing, arguing with fellow travelers/organizer(s), and/or involving in the physical assault will not be accepted and will stand a chance of being deserted by the group then and there.
- Every traveler is expected to sign a liability/waiver form given by the organizer(s) after boarding the vehicle. This liability form will discharge Muddie Trails of any unexpected incident like injury/death/theft etc. Read it here.
- 80% refund if a cancellation request is sent before 48 hours of the trip start time.
- No refund if a cancellation request is sent within 48 hours of the trip start time, whatever be the reason (health, family, work issues, accident, etc.)
- No refund during or after the trip, whatever be the reason.
- No refund on the partial payment done to block your seat for the trip.
It falls under easy difficulty level. Even first-timers may attempt this trek. It’s more of a rainforest experience than trekking or hiking
It’s just about a 5 Km trek up and down in the rainforest. Expect lots of rain, muddy trails, leeches.
The monsoons (July to Oct) are the best time. It’s a great experience this time for the travelers who don’t care about getting wet and wild. Jog Falls will be at its best once they release water at the Linganamakki dam of Sharavathi backwaters. Usually, this starts in July, but we cannot predict surely how much water they release on a certain weekend.
Read the detailed Terms and Conditions here.
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