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Gaganachuki And Barachukki

At the scenic town of Mandya in Karnataka, the Kaveri River splits into two branches and each branch cascades down the rocky cliffs. The more popularly viewed cascade is known as Gaganachukki and the other cascade is known as Bharachukki. These spectacular waterfalls are surrounded by hill forests of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

Gaganachukki
The Gaganachukki is 98 m tall, and has a maximum recorded flow of 667,000 cubic feet per second (19,000 m³/s). One of Asia's oldest hydro-electric power stations, still functional, is located at the waterfall. This is where hydel power was first harnessed in Asia and the electricity thus produced was used in the Gold Mines of Kolar and thus Kolar Gold Fields became the first city in Asia to get electricity. One can view these waterfalls from the Hydel Power viewing end or the Dargah end. The Gaganachukki itself has 2 facades, the western facade and the eastern facade. Many enthusiastic youngsters trek down the hill side towards the cascade and enjoy the water spray. One can ask the locals for directions to the Dargah and view the upstream end of the falls. The upstream is particularly awe inspiring after the monsoons when the Kaveri River is full.

Barachukki
The Bharachukki is about a kilometer away from the Dargah. Bharachukki has a wider cascading edge. One section resembles a 'U' section, like the Niagara Falls. It also has nice graceful cascade along the side. There are much fewer visitors to this falls and there is no viewing gallery here. There are two ponds at the bottom of the water falls. First one is Big and deep too which is used for boat ride. Other pond is a small one where people used to have bath.