Sivanasamudra: About 125 km drive south of Bangalore lies, Sivanasamudram in the fringes of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. The prime attractions are of course the twin waterfalls called Barachukki and Gaganachukki. And sure you are close to th
e place where electricity was first generated in India, oops Asia! The 'Bluff' as it is popularly know is where the the power station was commissioned in 1902, and illuminated , guess what, the Mysore Palace. Nevertheless Shivanasamudra is a great picnic spot, though gets bit crowded on the holidays.
Gaganchuki is a fabulous fall, but dangerous too. Hold your nerves. There has been many causalities. And Barachukki, a little away from Gaganachukki is a relatively safe waters.
If you are driving from Bangalore to Shivanasamudra, there are two major routes. The first is via Kanakapura (that is NH208) and the second route is by the Bangalore to Mysore highway (see Bangalore to Ooty route).
On the Kanakapura road, take the left diversion at Malavalli. In about about 30km from the Malavalli you'll reach Shivanasamudra Falls. The road is narrow, but driveable through scenic landscapes.
Bangalore to Shivanasamudra Falls via Kanakpura (125km): Bangalore --> 50km -->Kanakapura -->50km -->Malavalli --> 25km --> Shivanasamudra Falls
If you prefer the State highway to Mysore, for any reasons, take the left diversion to Malavalli just as you cross the Maddur town on the SH17 (Bangalore Mysore highway). In about 25km through a less bussy road you'll reach Malavalli. At Malavalli town , cross the junction and continue on the same road, it's about 25km to the falls site as mentioned earlier.
Bangalore to Shivanasamudra Falls via Maddur (134km): Bangalore --> 50km -->Ramanagara -->34km -->Maddur-->25km-->Malavalli --> 25km --> Shivanasamudra Falls
Mysore to Shivanasamudra Falls (73km) : From Mysore you've two routes for Shivanasamudra. The first is via T.Narsipur and the second is via Malavalli.
Route 1: Mysore -->25km-->Bannur-->23km-->Malavalli-->25km -->Shivanasamudra Falls
Raoute 2: Mysore -->35km-->T.Narsipur--> 45km -->Shivanasamudra Falls
The beauty of the Hoysala templs , particularly its intricate carvings owes a lot to one material - Soapstone. Unlike granite, sandstone and marble used in the construction of most of India's ancient monuments, soapstone is softer with some peculiar properties that set it apar from the former materials. To give you an idea , the softer version of the soapstone can be carved even with your finger nail.