Jog falls has drawn visitors from all over the world because of its uniqueness. The world-famous Jog falls has four torrents of falling from an enormous height of 960 feet named Raja, Rani, Rorar, and Rocket. The river Sharavati originated at Ambuteertha in Shimoga district and flows a long distance to fall down at Jog in a hilarious manner creating four currents of water. Fluming the flume of dew during the rainy season, the falls sometimes become invisible, covered by the lowering clouds creating curiosity and waiting for a game with the onlookers, Linganamakki Hydroelectric Project resulted out of the river Sharavati is 5kms away from the falls.

Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi, and the hydroelectric power station that it serves. The power station has been operational since 1949 and is, at 1200 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India and a significant source of electric power for Karnataka.

The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydroelectric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi hydroelectric Project. It was served by Hirebhaskara dam until 1960. After 1960, thanks to visions of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam, built across river Sharavathi, is being used for power generation.

  • Location: Jog
  • Best Time to visit: June to September
  • Nearest Railway Station: Thalaguppa, Shimoga district.
  • Nearest Airport: Mangalore International Airport
  • By Road: National Highway number 206, from Bangalore 378 Kms (Bangalore-Shimoga-Sagar-Jog), from Sagar 45 Kms, Siddapur 21 Kms, Honnavar 56 Kms
  • Activities: monsoon weekend getaway, picnic spots, Trekking in nearby village, occasional rainbow sightseeing, photography.
  • Food & Stay: There are many restaurants & hotels in the area.