Shivanasamudra means “Lord Shiva’s sea”. This twin falls has two branches, the Eastern and Western branches. Eastern is Barachukki while the western is Gaganachukki. They are ranked amongst the top 100 waterfalls in the world. Shivanasamudra waterfall is the fourth largest waterfall. It is also the location for first hydro-electric power stations in Asia built in 1902 which is still functional. In India, Shivanasamudra forms the second largest waterfall.
Sri Ranganatha Swamy temple is one of the famous ancient temples present in shivanasamudra falls. Other famous temples located here are Sri Someshwara temple and Shakthidevadhee temple. There is a famous myth that this falls belongs to Lord Shiva. Whoever takes bath in this will get blessings from him. There is also a famous belief that Sri Adi Sankaracharya visited here while he gave a visit to Sri Someshwara temple.
Reaching the Shivanasamudra Falls is not a difficult one by any means or stretch of imagination. By air, you can reach the Bangalore International Airport and hire a cab to reach the destination. By train, you can reach Mysore Railway station which is located 60 km away from the location. Maddur has also railways station but Mysore is recommended. By road, you can take KSTDC buses that operate between Bangalore and kollegal.