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Chelavara Waterfalls, Virajpet Road, Coorg

March 2022 Updates:

Revisited Chelavara falls after a long long time as it was closer to Club Mahindra Virajpet where I was staying- second visit after more than a decade, on March 30, 2022.

There was still some water despite the summer season. I guess it may dry down by end of April

Access to falls is now restricted by a few barricades, not sure if there are other ways to enter. A board has been put up at the entry point. I went 400 meters ahead and spotted another walking trail down to the falls. A few hundred meters ahead there is another access point to enter water upstream.

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Tourists who visit Coorg often head to Abbey falls, a fairly popular but heavily commercialized place. A little exploration and checking with locals will lead you to several other falls, which are better and bigger. As per the guidance of our hosts at Kings Cottage, we set out to explore one such falls, called Chelavara falls (or is it Cheluvara falls? not sure)

Chelavara falls is located about 12 kms from Kakabbe, after a little diversion from Virajpet road. (17 kms from Virajapete) The falls is visible from a distance as we neared the place. Height wise this is taller than Abbey falls and while tourists are not allowed to go under the falls there in Abbey, Cheluvara falls is unrestricted.

Today is supposed to be Blog Action Day and we’re supposed to write about the theme, Water. I’m supposed to write more about water conservation/water projects/its significance etc- but writing about waterfalls instead.

If you have time, there’re provisions for trekking upstream. We didn’t trek much, though.

Above left: A small waterfalls near Palace Estate, Kakabbe and right, another view of Chelavara falls

Also read: Talakona Waterfalls # Abbi Falls Coorg #


  1. it's nice to be at places which are not on regular tourist maps .. highly recommended for people looking for an ideal weekend getaway !

  2. As far as I know it is Chelavara.

    BTW, the pics have come out well, though I am surprised that the water was less in the falls.

  3. Dear Nidhi
    one of my colleague is planning to visit Madikeri and places around in Nov.She is keen to know the places to visit,stay transport facilities in and around Madikeri.From Bang to Madikeri ,she will be travelling by bus.Hers is a family of 3...2+1

    U can reply to

  4. Here's a plan (I assume they're starting from Blr previous night and arriving in Madikeri next day early morning

    day 1, morning: Arrive at Madikeri, rent a car, drive to Bagamandala, Talakaveri, breakfast at Karnataka tourism hotel in Bagamandala, while returning, drive to Kakabbe, reach homestay in Kakabbe by lunch time.

    There're 2-3 good homestays in Kakabbe, Kings cottage is where we stayed. There's also Palace estate and few others.

    Lunch, Rest, Evening- Walk to nearby waterfalls, palace

    Dinner, Rest.

    Day 2: Drive towards Iruppu falls (2.5 hours journey one way), explore Iruppu falls, (guess there's one more falls nearby), visit Nagarahole reserve forest, return to Kakabbe guest house by evening

    Day 3: Early Morning- trek to Tadiandamol peak, if possible, else other activities facilitated by homestay (tribal colony visit, bird watching etc) Checkout after breakfast, visit Chelavara falls on Virajpet Road (this can be visited Day 2 evening also if time permits)

    head to Madikeri, visit Madikeri Fort, Raja Seat, Lunch

    Drive to Abbe falls.

    After abbe falls drive to Dubare, checkin to Dubare Inn, Rest

    Day 4: Early morning visit to chiklihole Dam, back to Dubare, visit elephant care centre

    Checkout from Hotel, drive to Kaveri Nisargadhama, Bylukuppe Golden Temple,

    Return to Bangalore via Mysore

    if Day 5 is available, I feel that can be spent in visiting places around Mysore.


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