Barkana Falls (ಬರ್ಕಣ ಜಲಪಾತ) is a hidden gem in Western Ghats. The Falls is formed by the Seetha River while dropping from a height of 260 meters. The cascading effect, milky colour and evergreen forests of Western Ghats make the Falls a memorable experience.
Barkana viewpoint offers a mesmerizing sight of Barkana valley in Western Ghats. Lots of interesting flora and select fauna such as frogs, snakes and insects may also be found while hiking towards Barkana Falls.
Season to visit: Barkana Falls is best visited between September and December/January. During the rainy season the path is slippery, filled with leeches and hence dangerous to enter. As summer approaches Barkana falls may run dry and lose its glory.
Nearby: Kundadri Hills (24 kms), Sringeri (36 kms), Sirimane Falls (48 kms), Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary (27 kms), Kavaledurga (45 kms) and Varanga lake Basadi (32 kms) are some places worth visiting along with Barkana Falls.
How to reach: The Falls is 353 kms from Bengaluru and 100 kms from district HQ Shivamogga. Mangaluru is the nearest airport (100 kms away). Udupi is the nearest railway station (53 kms). Buses are available till Agumbe. The Falls is about 7 kms from Agumbe. While a few buses/auto/own vehicles can help you cover part of this distance, the last few kms need to be covered on foot.
Stay: Agumbe has basic accommodation options and few home-stays. Seethanadi nature camp operated by Jungle lodges & resorts is 22 kms away. More stay options are available in Thirthahalli (40 kms) and Hebri (26 kms).