A picturesque waterfalls cascading along the Brahmagiri Mountain Range, Iruppu falls is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the
Coorg district of South Karnataka. These are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, a name derived from the tributary of Cauvery River
of the same name of which these falls are a part of. Nestled amidst the evergreen woods of the Western Ghats, Coorg boasts of many misty
waterfalls. Among them Iruppu is the most popular, not just for its mesmerizing beauty and greenery, but also because of its religious importance.
People come here to enjoy the blissful vicinity of nature, the grandeur of the falls and for seeking spiritual peace in the tranquillity of the place.
En route to the magnificent falls stands the famous Shiva temple Rameshwara along the banks of the river. Both the river stream and the temple
have folklore behind their existences which have roots in the story of the epic Ramayana. The pristine cold water of the Iruppu falls is considered
to be holy and possessing powers to clean the past sins of the visiting devotees. A major tourist attraction, the falls attracts a large number of tourists
every year, especially during the festival of Navaratri. Located on a lush, green mountain slope, a forest trail leads from these falls to the Brahmagiri
Peak. The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoons when they are at their full capacity and hence become a breathtaking sight to behold.
Legend Associated with Iruppu Falls
Iruppu Falls is considered a sacred place by local people because of a legend associated with Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana. As per
the story, as the two were passing along the Bhramagiri range while looking for Rama's beloved wife, Sita, who had been kidnapped, Rama
asked his younger
brother to fetch him some water to drink. On his brother's request, Lakshmana looked around for a source of water, but could not find any.
To do his duty at any cost, Lakshmana then shot an arrow penetrating into the Brahmagiri hills, which spilt out the clean and pure stream
of the river which later came to be known as Lakshmana Tirtha - a name taken from its creator.
Due to this legend, the Iruppu falls are believed to possess the power to cleanse sins and purify one's soul and are hence visited by thousands
of devotees around the year seeking for salvation, especially on the Shivaratri day.
Things To Do at Iruppu Falls
1. Corresponding to the legend, the Rameshwara temple and its shivalinga is said to be built by Lord Rama himself at this very spot to worship
the Lord of destruction. The temple has a circular sanctum-sanctorum and its peak is a low one in resemblance to Kerala style of architecture.
There are shrines of other gods and goddesses like his consort Parvati, son Ganesh, Gandharva and Bhairava. There is an Ashoka tree in front
of the temple which recalls Sita's captivity under Ravana in Ashokavan of Lanka. It is necessary to pay a visit and respect to the temple before
going up to the falls.
2. There is 500 metres uphill walk along the stream to reach the first fall of Iruppu. The path is slippery and covered with thick woods on both
sides. It is a captivating experience for nature lovers as well as photographers, for the scenery offers many picture-perfect frames.
3. Devotees usually take a dip in the cold flowing water of the waterfalls after visiting the temple; it is said that the stream water rinses away
all the impurities in one's mind and soul.
4. Many people climb up the steep slope to reach the second tier of the falls, but one has to be extra careful about their safety.
5. The place is ideal to spend an hour or two in the lap of nature enjoying the serenity and silence. The green forest around and the Iruppu
waterfalls shining in between creates a great view to behold and also capture.
Iruppu Falls Timings and Entry Fees
The Iruppu Falls is open from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM every day of the week.
Best time to visit Iruppu Falls
The best time to visit the Iruppu falls is during monsoon when the stream and the falls are in full form owing to the showers and you
can experience the beauty of the place to its full extent.
How to Reach Iruppu Falls
Located about 80 km from Madikeri and 25 km from Nagarhole, these falls are easily accessible by roadway. The best way to reach
this place is to hire a jeep or a taxi from these nearby cities. It falls on the way to the Nagarhole National Park from Gonikopal. The
nearest village is Srimangala. There are places for parking before the walk into the forest starts
1. Since the climb up the steep road is very slippery and risky, it is preferred if you wear covered and sturdy shoes that will not
give away easily and protect your feet from hurting.
2. There are changing rooms near the falls in case someone needs to change into dry clothes after taking a dip in the falls.