The trek is in the remote area of the western ghats. Lies in Dakshina Kannada of Karnataka, Bandaje falls is one of the least explored waterfall treks in this part of the state. A tributary of the Netravathi river forms the waterfall. The height of the waterfall is approximately 200 ft. which is HUGE!
The hike is known as Bandaje Arbi (waterfall in the location language) Falls.
Ballalarayana Durga fort is the first part of this trek; on your way to Bandaje Falls. This fort is not only known for its breathtaking view and
greenery charms, but it’s also an ideal spot for amazing sunsets. Earlier, people used only to cover the fort & return as not many were aware of the waterfall.
This trek cannot be done in a single day from Bangalore, as reaching the base village will take 7-8 hours. Hence, we advise doing the trek over the weekend.
The waterfall is close to the scenic Charmadi ghat and lies around 25 km from Ujire.
The closest town accessible via public transport is Sunkasale village. From Bengaluru, you can take a KSRTC bus to Mudigere. These are overnight buses and will drop you at Mudigere early morning. From there, you can take a local bus to Sunkasale & then you can hire a local vehicle to take you to the start point.
If you are travelling in your car, you can reach the start point directly; there are a couple of good homestays where you can stay for the night and start your trek the following day. The distance from Bengaluru is around 290 kms and can take anywhere between 7-8 hours, including halts. Get Directions.
The Bandaje falls trek is moderately challenging. The trek distance is 6-6.5 kms from the start point, and it takes around 7-8 hours to reach Bandaje falls & return to the start point.
It would be best if you tried to start the trek in the early hours to witness the sunrise from the Ballalarayana Durga fort. The views from this point are majestic, especially during the monsoon months. One can divide the trek into two sections.
Start Point to Ballalarayana Durga Fort:
The trek distance from the start point to the fort is around 3KM and will take around 1.5 hours to reach. This section of the trek is through the dense forest and is a bit tiring compared to the 2nd section, as you gradually climb up till you reach the fort.
Ballalarayana Durga fort to Bandaje Falls:
The 2nd section of the trek is around 3.5 KM and will take approximately 2.5 hours to reach the Bandaje falls. This section of the hike is relatively easy. After the fort, most of the part is walking on grasslands and rolling hills, and you have to descend at the end to reach the waterfall snout.
In conclusion, Bandaje Falls is a beautiful trek that is well worth taking if you are looking for a stunning waterfall to visit in the state of Karnataka.
If you are not familiar with the hike, be sure to check out our detailed guide before hitting the trail.
5 important things you should know about Bandaje Falls include its height, distance from the base village, how to get there and what to look for on the way.