Irupu Falls: A Great Cataract
Irupu Falls, also called Iruppu Falls, are beautiful waterfalls situated in a place called Iruppu in the southern part of Coorg district of Karnataka, a state in south India. These falls are very close to Rajiv Gandhi National Park and very popular among the tourists as they can be accessed easily. These falls are situated in a mountain range called Brahmagiri. One can get to these falls by arriving at Srimangala which is the nearest railway station while the nearest airport is the Bangalore International Airport.
Religious and cultural importance
According to a legend, Lord Rama and his brother were passing through this area in search of goddess Sita when Rama felt thirsty. Lakshmana shot an arrow into Brhamagiri hills to bring into existence the river called Lakshmana Tirtha. It is this pristine river that falls down in the form of these waterfalls.
Water falls down from a height of nearly 60m to take a plunge into a pool that finally merges into Cauvery River. Thousands of tourists gather at this place on the occasion of Shivaratri every year as it is believed that taking a dip in the holy waters of this waterfall cleanses the sins of the individual. The base of these hills where water falls down has a Shiva temple called Rameshwara temple with a lingam that is believed to have been made by Lord Rama himself.
Be mesmerized by the lush green paddy fields
The Shiva temple is surrounded by lush green paddy fields and one can take a natural climb from these fields to reach Irupu Falls. The nearest town to get all the amenities is Srimangala. It is customary for all devotees to bow down and pay respects at the lingam in the temple before proceeding to take a dip in the waterfalls. Other places of tourist attraction in the area are Permad and Munikal.