Shirley falls Yellapur – it’s a beautiful locality with many waterfalls. While it’s possible to visit more than one of these falls in a single day, it’s best to visit one for a wholesome excursion. And visiting Shirley Falls one-day trip is perfect!
From Dharwad – where I live – the falls are a two-hour drive. Apart from the thrill of the falls, the drive to it’s as enjoyable as fun driving through the long stretches and ghats.
Speaking of ghats, it’s advisable to take a four-wheeler, rather than a bike. Being the morning birds that we are, I along with two other friends left early at 6 in the morning. I woke up at 5:30 and packed up.
It was still cold and dark when we began driving. Well, we made a stop before we left Dharwad for a tank fill where I bought a bunch of junk food – for myself.
The falls are 90 kilometers away from Dharwad. Check out how far you live from the falls in Karnataka on this site.
Table of Content
- Where is Shirley Falls
- Shirley falls Yellapur Itinerary
- Hiking down in the morning
- Standing right under the waterfall!
- Pictures of Shirley Falls
Where is Shirley Falls?
Shirley Falls, also called Shirale/Shirle among the locals, is one of the best waterfalls in North Karnataka. There are a lot of falls in and around Yellapur and Shirley falls is located 15-20 kilometers from Yellapur – including the trek down from the road.
It’s a 15-20 minutes drive from Yellapur. And when visiting from Hubbali-Dharwad, it’s a 1.5-hour drive.
How to get to Shirley Falls
Making it to the falls isn’t tough as it comes along the Ankola Highway from Yellapur – NH 63. It’ll be on your left when coming from Yellapur. What’s tough is how you get down to the falls.
The first half of the trek is easy where you just have to keep walking downhill down narrow pathways.
While the pathways are good, cars aren’t allowed down. So that makes up half the walk. The next half gets more steep and dangerous through muddy paths. Make sure to wear sports shoes while climbing down. Also, be extra cautious when visiting during the rainy seasons.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit the falls is the rainy season (June – September) and the winter season (January to February).
Though it can get really dangerous in the rainy season – the view of the falls and the water falling from 100 feet is beautiful and worth the trek.
We visited in the winter season, the perfect time. It wasn’t that dangerous, nor was it very cold. And there wasn’t complete dryness either – the water still flowed gently in the morning.
Shirley Falls Yellapur Itinerary
Water, water, everywhere! There isn’t much to pack when visiting Shirley Falls Yellapur– or any other falls there.
- Keep a change of clothes and an extra set too in case you get messy again.
- A water bottle
- Sunscreen (in case you have bad skin like mine).
- As I’d mentioned, go for sports shoes. The falls aren’t close to the road. There’s a bit of hiking too.
- Carry a torch just in case. We didn’t have one. But it gets dark under the canopy of trees – and to those visiting in the evening, the light helps climb back up.
The spot’s great for family picnics too. But here’s a request to anyone who’s visiting – these places are best without our (humans) mess. Bringing a snack with you is fine.
- But make sure you take the litter with you.
Hiking down to Shirley Falls
Being early, we were the first ones to head down to the falls. Heck, there wasn’t a soul to enquire when we headed down – not even a person at the entrance. We started to wander down.
The narrow path that took us down further divided into two smaller paths. We chose the wrong one and ended up at a local house.
That’s where I captured the scenic piece above. Man, was it wonderful! A local stepped out and told us the right path, and we were on the right track again.
Only the first half of the hike was on the tiny path – the next half was a real hike with soil that could slip beneath our feet. It took us an hour to get to the falls. Even considering that we’d taken the right path all along, it’d still be over a 45-minute trek.
I mean, we did stop at this one bridge for a few clicks (the atmosphere was irresistible!).
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Stepping Right Under the Falls
Some don’t wish to get wet here, but we did – only two of us though. By wet under the falls, we were completely soaked in the water. The water current gets strong and the rocks are pretty dangerous while you take steps – so be careful.
The rocks right under the falls get slippery as well.
We stowed our shoes away and walked by the water barefoot. Say you have a habit of falling everywhere, it’s better to keep your phone away as well. I loved the water so much that I sat down in the water. There were tiny fish swimming around me!
With the height of the rocks, one could assume that the water level wasn’t at its peak. It was neither too high nor low. Just perfect for splashing about.
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Some Amazing Clicks!
While the way to the falls has photogenic spots, be careful as you step through with your camera. All the pictures we took were on safe spots. We decided not to hold our cameras out during the narrow steep pathways.
Unless you have a GoPro strapped to your head, keep your cameras away when passing through the rough terrains. Hold those moments for yourself!
Here are some amazing pictures of Shirley Falls Yellapur:
Apart from this piece, here are some other articles on Shirley Falls interesting that I found interesting.
- Shirley Falls (uttarakannadatourism.com)
- The Voice of Greenery – Shirley Waterfalls, Yellapur (rakeshholla.blogspot.com)
Shirley falls One Day Trip – Tailpiece
Putting on warm clothes after our fun-vee at the falls, we began to head back up to the car by 2 PM. As we ascended, people were beginning to flood in then. That made one thing clear – it’s best to visit Shirley falls early in the morning. It’s more peaceful.
Anyway, it took quite a while for us to climb up. With all the heavy bags with wet clothes and worn-out bodies tired of enjoyment, we made a stop on the way. By stop, we sat down in the middle of the path for some time. We were exhausted!
Back on the road soon, we headed straight back to Dharwad for lunch. Speaking of which, that’s another thing I loved about the trip. There was almost no money spent apart from transport and breakfast.
We split the petrol bill (a total of Rs. 1200) and the breakfast among the three of us and it came to around 400-460 rupees per head.
It would be lesser had we another friend with us in the car – just saying! But the Shirley falls Yellapur one-day trip was worth it all. I’m glad I went :)
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