The fascinating Iruppu Falls is located on
the way to Kutta from Gonikoppal and is at a distance of 75 kilometres.
Iruppu Falls are formed by the perpendicular descent into a great cataract. River Lakshmana-tirtha flows nearby. There is a sacred spot called Iruppu in south Kodagu on the Brahmagiri range of hills.
This place is believed to possess the power to absolve one of all the sins and is hence thronged 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.
Legend says that Rama and Lakshmana, warrior Gods, passed this way while searching for Rama's consort, Sita. Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch some drinking water for him. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being river Lakshmanatirtha.
39 kilometres away, is situated at the confluence of the Kauvery, Kanika and the Sujyoti rivers. There is a temple situated at this place that houses smaller shrines dedicated to various gods.
HOW TO GET THERE
The district headquarters Madikeri (Mercara), is 260 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The distance from Mangalore is 136 km and from Cannanore and Tellicherry, it is about 115 km. There are regular buses plying from these places to Madikeri.