It’s time for the ‘Festival of Waterfalls’ (Jalapathotsava), thanks to copious rains and heavy discharge from the dams in the Cauvery river basin.

The Tourism Department is planning to hold the festival at three waterfalls – Gaganachukki, Bharachukki and Chunchankatte – spread across three districts – Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajnagar – in August.

Minister for Tourism and Sericulture S.R. Mahesh announced the decision to hold the festival on August 11 and 12 at Chunchankatte in K.R. Nagar taluk; at Bharachukki in Kollegal taluk on August 18 and 19; and at Gaganachukki in Mandya district on August 25 and 26.

The ‘Jalapathotsava’ is being organised for the first time at Chunchankatte, which is already attracting visitors.

CM to inaugurate

Mr. Mahesh told reporters here on Wednesday evening that Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will inaugurate the festival at Chunchankatte.

The Minister, who visited the cocoon market in Kollegal taluk on Wednesday, also visited Bharachukki waterfalls accompanied by MLA Narendra and senior officials from the Tourism Department.

Gaganachukki and Bharachukki waterfalls are attracting huge crowds and roads to these two spots had choked in the past few days.

The Minister said he has directed officials to ensure basic infrastructure for the tourists visiting the waterfalls during the festival. Steps will be taken to widen the roads. In the previous festival, the waterfalls were illuminated and cultural events were organised.

The above average monsoon this year also brought alive many waterfalls in Kodagu district.

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