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|Location|| 13.48815, 75.09355
|Trail Type||Out and Back|
|Hike Distance||10 km|
|Permits required||0 - No|
Barkana Falls, counted among the highest waterfalls in India, is at a height of 850 ft. This waterfall is located just 7 km from Agumbe, Shimoga District and originates from Seeta River that flows in this region. It is counted amongst the 'must see places' of the region by all those who visit Agumbe. Barkana waterfalls was restricted route from forest department as there was activity of Naxals in that area which was recently taken off. Barka means mouse deer which is present at western Ghats may be the reason for this falls to get its name as Barkana falls. Barkana falls is the contribution of Seeta river which is also the source of hydro electricity project. Visiting Barkana during rainy season is risky as leeches are in abundance here and the trekking route gets slippery.
Tourists need to undergo a steep trek from the Western Ghats via Gumbo Ghats to reach the fall. Moreover, tourists interested in reaching the waterfall on motorbike can use the motorable path that reaches Barkana Falls. The best time to visit this fall is early winter. Tourists can see beautiful views of the Western Ghats and hill slopes from the Barkana View Point located in the proximity of the fall. This fall is surrounded with the dense Western Ghat forest and filled with a wide variety of flora, from bamboos to herbs. Apart from this fall, another major attraction of the forest is Guruji Plant. This plant is known to flourish once every 7 years and is said to indicate the onset of drought.
Start from Thirthahalli and reach Agumbe which is 33 km and take left turn towards Shringere at Agumbe-shringere circle and drive for half kilometer and take left turn towards Barkana falls road where there is a sign board and drive for another 4 km. last 2.5 km is trekking which has steep route. Off road bikes can also be used to reach till waterfalls. Barkana waterfalls is 7 km from Agumbe over all. Bus from Thirthahalli and Agumbe towards Shringere will stop at Barkana road and one has to walk remaining miles to reach the place. Off road bikes are opted to reach the location and trekking is also one of the best experience to reach this place.