Magod Falls

Yellapur, Karnataka, India

About Magod Falls

Hiking Distance: 1km round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2009-11-14
Date last visited: 2009-11-14

Waterfall Latitude: 14.84967
Waterfall Longitude: 74.75242

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Magod Falls (pronounced “mah-GOHD”) was a relatively unknown waterfall (said to be 650ft).

At least that was the impression we got considering all the signage to get here was completely in Hindi and that it seemed to be as quiet an attraction as one could get in India.

Magod_Falls_020_11142009 - Magod Falls
Magod Falls

Still, that didn’t take away from the fact that this was a very impressive and scenic waterfall set in a very lush and wild landscape deep in the Western Ghats of Karnataka State.

I’ve seen in the literature that during the monsoon, this two-tiered waterfall would tumble nearly 200m in cumulative height before splitting into two segments.

Even though our visit followed the end of the monsoon season (so the bottom of the stream didn’t split), Magod Falls was still flowing quite well and we could hear its roar deep in the gorge below.

We could only imagine how crazy of a scene this would be had the Bedti River been in full flood.

Magod_Falls_008_11132009 - Context of Magod Falls and the Bedti River
Context of Magod Falls and the Bedti River

After we reached the car park (see directions below), we had to pay the admission and camera fees to get through the gate.

We then took the well-developed walkway that followed railings protecting us from the steep ravine below while providing nice vistas from across the gorge.

The walkway continued up and down a few steps (with the views perhaps being the most impressive in an area near the apex of this hill) before descending towards some sheltered picnic area with a more unassuming partial profile view of the Magod Falls.

This was pretty much the only way we experienced the falls as there didn’t seem to be a way to get closer to it.

Magod_Falls_027_11142009 - Context of Julie checking out Magod Falls from behind the railing
Context of Julie checking out Magod Falls from behind the railing

So in the end, we spent about 45 minutes mostly of taking photographs and trying to see Magod Falls in as many different ways as possible given the limited amount of maneuvering that we could do.


Magod Falls resides near Sirsi in the Uttar Kannada District of Karnataka State. It is administered by the Uttar Kannada District Government. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you can visit their website.

Karnataka_003_11132009 - Caught in a traffic jam amidst a long line of coal trucks near the Goa/Karnataka state borders
Magod_Falls_001_11132009 - Our first look down towards Magod Falls
Magod_Falls_016_11142009 - On the walking path with steps leading along the gorge rim with views of the Magod Falls along the way
Magod_Falls_021_11142009 - Looking right down at Magod Falls from the official viewing area
Magod_Falls_033_11142009 - Looking down at Magod Falls from a different angle, which illustrates the limited number of ways we were able to experience it
Magod_Falls_044_11142009 - The picnic shelter at the end of the walkway at Magod Falls
Magod_Falls_046_11142009 - Focused on the upper sections of Magod Falls

Magod Falls is about 17km from Yellapur – the nearest town of any significance.

There is a well-signed road turnoff deviating from the state road so obviously the locals know this one’s a nice one.

Magod_Falls_048_11142009 - The car park for Magod Falls
The car park for Magod Falls

Other than that, we can’t give any more precise directions since Julie and I were escorted here.

Yellapur is about 50km from Sirsi (where we spent the night) so allow more than an hour on this stretch of fairly well-paved but constantly winding road.

On the way here, we actually were driven down from Goa to the falls, and it took us over 4.5 hours to do this.

However, we were delayed for perhaps 15 minutes to a half-hour due to a traffic jam near the Karnataka State border as a result of a whole line of coal trucks waiting to dump their load onto a container ship at some nearby port.

Karnataka_005_11132009 - On the turnoff going inland from the coast towards Yellapur and Sirsi, we met this long line of lorries carrying coal to a container ship at a nearby port
On the turnoff going inland from the coast towards Yellapur and Sirsi, we met this long line of lorries carrying coal to a container ship at a nearby port

We flew to Panaji (the main town of Goa) from Mumbai, which took us about an hour to accomplish in order to traverse the 579km or so (10 hours if attempting this by driving). Mumbai was a two-hour flight from Delhi.

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Bottom up sweep of the falls from one of the first overlooks

Top down sweep starting above the falls and ending way downstream at the rugged ravine

Direct bottom up sweep of the falls from one of the furthest overlooks

Tagged with: uttara kannada, yellapur, karnataka, india, waterfall, western ghats, sirsi

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