Barkana Falls is one of the ten highest waterfalls in India. The waterfall is located in Balehalli forest area, at a distance of about 7 km from the Agumbe village in Shimoga district of Karnataka. The waterfall has a height of about 850 ft. It is located at a height of about 259 metres above sea level. It originates from the Seeta River that flows through this region.
Barkana Falls presents one of the most fascinating sights of natural wonders in Karnataka. Located in the midst of lush green forest, the waterfall is a spectacular view. The view becomes even more charming during the monsoon season when the flow of water increases and it gushes down with a greater volume than usual.
The name Barkana is derived from the word ‘barka’ which is a reference to the Mouse Deer that is found in that region. The Barkana View Point, located near the waterfall, is an ideal spot to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Western Ghats and the hill slopes of the region. Apart from being a great spot for sightseeing the waterfall is also a popular picnic spot.
The route to the waterfall was a restricted area till recently. The route is under the control of the forest department and the restrictions were due to the activities of Naxals in that area. However, now the restrictions have been removed and the general people can freely visit the waterfall.