Iruppu Falls is a beautiful waterfall in the Coorg district of South Karnataka that cascades along the Brahmagiri Mountain Range. Also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, a name derived from the Cauvery River tributary of which these falls are part of the same name. People come here to enjoy nature’s blissful proximity, the greatness of the falls, and also for its religious significance.
About Iruppu Falls
This majestic cascading waterfall in the Coorg district of Karnataka is in the Brahmagiri Mountains. As it descends from the river Lakshmana Tirtha, popularly known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. Dense woods surround this location, teeming with wildlife, and provide a cool atmosphere. Interestingly, from an incredible height of 170 feet, the pristine white-water gushes down in many levels. One of the most popular tourist hotspots and religious sites in Karnataka is this photogenic cascade.
The famous Shiva temple of Rameshwara stands along the banks of the river, en route to the beautiful falls. Behind their life, both the river stream and the temple have folklore that has origins in the epic Ramayana story. The pristine cold water of the Iruppu falls considered being sacred and to have the ability to cleanse the visiting devotees’ past sins.
To catch the natural beauty of the roaring Falls and surrounding areas, take breathtaking selfies and make beautiful videos.
Enjoy a fun-filled picnic with your loved ones in the surrounding lush green fields.
Stand or have a quick swim in the fast flowing current, below, under its cascading cool water.
Watch the antics of various monkeys and the vivid plumage of many birds dwelling on nearby trees.
Buy on-site canteen refreshments, snacks, or drinks that only offer local vegetarian cuisine.
The falls, a major tourist attraction, attract many tourists every year, especially during the Navaratri festival. A forest trail, on a lush, green mountain slope, leads from these falls to Brahmagiri Peak. When they are at their maximum potential and thus become a majestic sight to behold, the best time to visit the falls is during the monsoons.
Best places to visit near Iruppu Falls
- Narimale Forest Camp
- Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
- Brahmagiri Peak
- Abbey Falls
- Jog Falls
- Nagarhole Wildlife Park
- Thirunelli Temple
- Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
Visit the temple of Rameshwara on the river side, and seek blessings from its god, Lord Shiva.
The Rameshwara temple and its shivalinga are said to have built on this very spot by Lord Rama himself to worship the Lord of destruction. The temple has a circular sanctum-sanctorum and its peak is low, similar to the architecture style of Kerala. There are shrines of other gods and goddesses such as his consort Parvati, son Ganesh, Gandharva and Bhairava. In front of the temple, there is an Ashoka tree that recalls Sita’s captivity under Ravana in Lanka’s Ashokavan.
How to Reach Iruppu Falls?
Located approximately 80 km from Madikeri and 25 km from Nagarhole, it is easy to reach these falls by road. The best way to get there is to rent a jeep or a taxi from these local towns. It falls on the way from Gonikopal to Nagarhole National Park. Srimangala is the closest town. Parking spaces are accessible until the walk into the forest begins.
Coorg Tour’s famous tourist attractions can easily accessed from various other cities, such as Bangalore, Mysore, Madikeri, Virajpet.
The distance from Bangalore to Coorg is approximately 243 km, while Mysore to Coorg is approximately 100 km and Mangalore to Coorg is 150 km, enabling tourists to schedule a day trip from these locations to Iruppu Falls.
Mysore railway station is the closest railway station to Iruppu Falls. It is approximately 110 km away from the falls. It is possible to take local buses to Kutta from Mysore.
Kutta is the nearest bus station to Iruppu Falls. Cities like Mysore, Madikeri, Virajpet, Kozhikode, Kalpetta well connected to it.
Between Srimangala and Kutta, Iruppu Falls lie. The two sites are 10 km apart. We can hire private vehicles to enter the Falls from Kutta or Srimangala.
Tourists can then purchase an entrance ticket close to Rameshwara Temple to enter Iruppu Falls. From the temple, we expect travellers to walk through the forest for about 15-20 minutes.
Iruppu falls entry and Timings
Entry fee at Iruppu falls is 50/- per person
Open at 6.00 AM and close at 6.00 PM (Monday to Sunday)
Best time to Visit Iruppu Falls
It is possible to visit Iruppu Falls at any time of the year. The falls are sure to seduce you with their soothing beauty, no matter when you visit.
However, during the monsoon season or post monsoon, if you want to experience its beauty at its zenith, then schedule your visit. In particular, during the months from August to January, tourists come, while the peak season is from September to December.
Tips & Things to Remember at Iruppu waterfalls
- There are a few things that must be kept in mind when visiting Iruppu Falls.
- It is advisable to be careful when venturing into the water, particularly during the monsoon, as the water is cold with heavy flow without any lifeguard at the place.
- The stones that create a route to the flow, however, make it easier to enter the fall.
- If you intend to stay near the falls for a longer time, remember to bring water bottles and some light snacks.
- It is also advisable to bring an extra pair of clothes and towels.