Unchalli Falls / Lushington Falls
Unchalli Falls (also called Lushington Falls) is yet another breathtaking waterfall located in this area (near Sirsi). These falls are formed when water from Aghanashini descends down 380 feet. At the top of the waterfalls, the river flows down through a narrow water path that surrounded by thick green forests on both sides. The width of the river gradually broadens as the water gushes down, eventually forming a wide and beautiful waterfalls. The triangular shape of the waterfalls is something that distinguishes Unchalli Falls from the rest.
This falls is located at about 35 km from Sirsi. If you drive towards Kumta, you have to turn towards Heggarane at Aminhalli. The falls is around 4 km from Heggarane.
From the parking lot, it is a half kilometer steep downhill trek to reach the first view point. The view of the falls from this view point is awesome. You can also hear the loud noise of water gushing down the narrow path on the top of the falls before it spreads wider and rushes down. If you have the habit of listening to nature carefully, you can even distinguish the sounds of water flowing through the narrow path before the fall, and the sound of the fall itself. Together, the sound is so huge that sometimes the falls is also called Keppa Joga (deafening Jog falls) (Keppa literally means deaf in the local language, Kannada).
If you trek a little further down, you will reach a second view point. If you get to Unchalli falls on a misty morning, the view from first view point may be blocked by clouds. However, from the second view point, the falls are clearly visible.
You can still go further down to get to the base of the waterfalls. However, there is no clear route (neither marked nor created by prior trekkers). Locals do not advice visiting the base of the falls, as there are a lots of leeches and venomous snakes in this area. They strictly discourage camping at the base for the same reason. Overall, the advice is to see and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall from the viewpoints itself, and if you want to get into and play in the water, then you can visit one of the many other waterfalls in the vicinity.
Where to stay?
- Sirsi (35 km)
- Few guest houses near Jog Falls (55 km)
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