Kaveri river originates at Tala Kaveri, Kodagu(Coorg) and meanders through the rocky plateau of Southern Karnataka creating shallow gorges, cascades and riverine islands. Shivasamudram is such an island in Chamarajnagar district of Karnataka which is blessed with serene landscape and holy places.
We started from Mysore Road Bus Terminus, Bangalore in morning. KSRTC buses are frequent and one needs to board a Kollegal bound bus and deboard at Sathyagala Hand Post stop just after crossing the Kaveri river. The route goes through Ramanagara, Channapatna, Madduru and Malavalli towns. All along the route one can enjoy green valleys and small hills.
From Sathyagala Hand Post, we hired an auto for covering the three major sites of Madhya Ranganatha Swamy Temple and Gaganchukki and Bharachukki Falls. Lord Vishnu loves to reside at three pious places in three riverine islands formed by Kaveri in the reclining(sleeping) posture on the coil of Adisesha. The first one being the Srirangapatnam upstream near Mysore(Adi Ranga) and the last one in Srirangam downstream near Trichy(Antya Ranga), the middle one is Shivasamudram(Madya Ranga).
This temple is not as big and grand as the other two at Srirangapatnam and Srirangam. It is located along the bank of Kaveri in a quaint corner. It has a small yet ancient sanctum and a recently erected white gopuram. Here one can enjoy the blessings of the Lord without any crowd.
Kaveri River gets distributed into two streams and forms the island of Shivasamudram creating two falls called Gaganchukki and Bharachukki respectively. After paying a visit to Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple we proceeded towards the Bharachukki Falls. DUe to recent rains and floods in upstream Kodagu, Kaveri was in spate. Hence, the falls were at their full strength and allure. There are few viewing decks at specific vantage points. The landscape all around is beautiful and pristine. Its a sight to behold, with Kaveri plunging with a roar into the the pool.
A couple of kms apart is the Gaganchukki Falls. It can be accessed via two vantage points. One is beside the Dargah which does not have good views but the other one is across the river.
Nearest Roadhead: Sathyagala Hand Post on Kollegal – Malavalli Road.Frequent KSRTC buses available from Mysore Road Satellite Bus Terminus, Bangalore.Connections available from towns like Ramanagar, Madduru, Channapatna etc
Nearest Railhead: Mysore Jn or KSR Bengaluru or Yesvantpur Jn are major stations with interstate connections