Manikyadhara is a popular waterfall in Bababudangiri hills of Chikmagalur district. Manikyadhara translates to ‘stream of pearls’. When sunlight falls on Manikyadhara, water droplets appear like sparkling pearls. Most pilgrims visiting Bababudangiri shrines ensure they also visit Manikyadhara Falls and consider the water holy.
Accessing Manikyadhara Waterfalls involves getting down 200+ steps. The view of the Western Ghats from Manikyadhara waterfalls area is captivating. Watchtowers and resting areas are available along the steps. Locals sell herbs and food products. Height of Manikyadhara Falls is 30 ft.
Best time to visit Manikyadhara Waterfalls: August to March is the best time to visit Manikyadhara Falls. Water levels may drop significantly in summer months, even though Manikyadhara waterfall is known never to dry up even during peak summer.
Places to visit near Manikyadhara Waterfalls: Mullayyanagiri Peak (26 km), Karnataka’s highest peak is often visited along with Manikyadhara Falls. Bababudangiri shrines are on the way to Manikyadhara Falls.
How to reach Manikyadhara Falls: Manikyadhara Falls is 278 kms from Bengaluru and 34 kms from Chikmagalur.
By Air: Mangaluru airport is the closest airport (185 kms)
By Train: Kadur Junction (71 kms) is the nearest railway station
By Road: Regular ksrtc bus service is available to reach Chikmagalur from all parts of Karnataka and from Chikmagalur city taxi can be hired to visit Manikyadhara Falls
Places to stay near Manikyadhara Waterfalls: No stay options in close proximity of Manikyadhara Falls. However Chikmagalur city (34 kms) has a budget as well as mid range hotels. Luxury resorts and homestays are available in different parts of Chikmagalur district.