Kunchikal Falls, also known as Kunchikal Abbe is located very close to Masthikatte-Hulikal at Udupi-district border in Karnataka. The total distance of Kunchikal Falls from the city of Shimoga is 97 kilometres. Varahi River cascades down a hundred of rock structures close to the Hulikal Ghati Temple. The Kunchikal Falls are believed to be the highest cascading falls in India. With the hydroelectric power plant that is set up very close to the falls, it has greatly reduced the flow of water.
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A hydroelectric plant is built up under the waterfall, which generated high power electricity. The waterfalls into the reservoir of the Mani dam, which greatly reduced the flow of water. With the construction of Mani Dam, near Masthikatte at the base of the waterfall, most the water flows into the dam to generate high power hydroelectricity. With the dam built up there, there is a restriction on the visits to the waterfall. Special permissions need to be acquired before visiting Kunchikal Falls. The area surrounding the waterfall is preserved very well to maintain the serenity of the area. These falls were perennial, but ever since the construction of Mani Dam and the power generation station, the water flow has reduced magnanimously. It is worth visiting only during monsoon, that is from the months of July to September.
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