Abbey Falls is about 7 km from Madikeri. This scenic waterfall is located in a private coffee estate and is accessible to public by a short walk inside the plantation. River Cauvery flows through dense forests and estates before forming the spectacular two-step waterfall. You will be fascinated by the sheer sight of the 70m waterfall, and its deafening sound.
The area around the waterfalls is safely guarded with iron grills all around. A hanging bridge is also built across the river, so that visitors can view the falls from right in front of it. The main purpose of building the bridge is to prevent visitors from getting down to the base of the waterfalls. Earlier (until few years back), we could get into water and play, but due to numerous incidents of visitors drowning (and being washed away) in the river, it is now restricted and all precautions have been taken to prevent visitors from getting into the water.
To reach the falls, you have to walk for about 500m in the middle of coffee plantations. After walking for about 200m, you will hear a loud noise of the falls, and as you walk a little further, you can see the complete falls (both steps of the falls) from a distance. You can then trek down further to get as close to the falls as possible. From the closest view point, you can see only one step of the falls.
If you had planned to visit the waterfalls with a hope of getting into and playing with the water, you will be highly disappointed. The place near the falls is guarded with grills, and hence you will not get a chance to wander around. Moreover, this is a private coffee estate, and hence it is not advisable too. Though the waterfall is very popular and is filled with tourists and visitors all the time, there is not much activity that can be done here. If you are looking for better alternatives to Abbey Falls, I would definitely suggest Irupu Falls (or Irpu Falls) that is not very far from here.
Where to stay?
- Madikeri (7 km)
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