Karnataka is a southern state of India which was formed on November 1, 1956. It was originally known as the State of Mysore and was renamed Karnataka in 1973. Karnataka is bordered by the Arabian Sea to the West, Goa to the NorthWest, Maharashtra to the North, Andhra Pradesh to the East, Tamil Nadu to the SouthEast, and Kerala to the SouthWest. The state covers an area of 74,122 sq mi (191,976 sq km), and it is 5.83% of the total geographical area of India.
It is the eighth largest Indian state in terms of area, the ninth largest with respect to population and comprises 29 districts, which are listed below. Kannada is the official and most widely spoken language. Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Tulu and Urdu are also spoken.
The Cauvery River descends perpendicularly into a great cataract known as the Iruppu Falls. This place is believed to possess the power to cleanse one's sins and is visited by thousands of devotees from far and near on Shivaratri day.
There is temple dedicated to Sri Ram, surrounded by paddy fields, from where it is a climb up to the falls through natural forest. This place can be visited from Gonikopal on the way to Nagerhole National Park by taking a detour after Srimangala, situated in the Kutta Road.
Originating from the Brahmagiri Range, the river Lakshmana Theertha plungess down from a height of 170 ft. forming the Iruppu Water falls. It creates a ceaseless thunder amidst the silence of the thick wood in two stages. It is located 50kms from the Nagarahole National Park and about 50kms from Madikeri, South Karnataka about 300kms for Bangalore. The other places of interest nearby are Brahmagiri peak, a place called pakshi-patala (Brahmagiri Wild life Santuary)
This waterfall is also known as Lakshmana teertha falls. En route to the Iruppu Falls in Karnataka you will come across the Rameshwara Temple, serene among the vibrant nature. The temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during Shivaratri. Nearest town for all amenities will be Srimangala.
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