Seeta(or Sita) Falls, Hebri, Karkala Taluq Udupi District
Not many of us knew there is such a place in Karnataka.This post is for all adventure tourists.
Location:Seeta Falls Someshwara wild life sanctuary is located in North-West Karnataka and comes under the Udupi district. The sanctuary is 4 kms from Hebri and around 60 kms from Udupi.
This is another nice waterfall which is also located deep inside the forest, but not as far as the Onake Abbe falls, you need to trek about 2 kilometres in forest. There is a road till some point and later you need to walk inside forest. The route is quite visible and no guide is needed. This fall is not that deep and you can walk to the point where water drops and take bath there. Water will strike your head like nails with such a force, so be careful when you put your head under a thick water stream.
As applies with the above falls here too you don’t get anything to eat, as it’s inside the forest so better get something to eat. Best time to visit this is around August to December. There is a road leading to this place from Hebri, you can ask someone in hebri to get the route.
How to Reach
There are KSRTC buses from Bangalore to Udupi and Hebri. The closest railway station is Udupi and from there you could take the local bus to Hebri (most buses that go to Shimoga goes through Hebri). From Hebri, you could walk the 4 kms or take an auto/ric. to the forest entrance (also called Sitanadi Nature Camp). If you plan to take a private bus, Sugama tourists would directly drop you at the Nature camp.
The campsite has a lot of dorms, quite a few platform tents, and there is a farm house within 15 min walking distance. You can book the farmhouse for your night stay. The campsite also has some small nature walk trails with mild river streams crossing the trails.
White Water Rafting in Sita River
White water rafting is an unbelievable experience. And if you are in Udupi District, you don’t have to go far for the experience. The Varahi and Sita Rivers are ideal for rafting. In order to promote eco-tourism, Jungle Lodges and Resorts, a State Government undertaking, in association with the Forest Department, is promoting adventure activities in these two rivers. If you trying it for the first time, don’t worry, expert personnel are there to guide you. Rafting is a team effort and it is important to act in tandem with fellow rafters as you navigate through the powerful rapids. When there is more pressure on the left side of the raft, the team members have to move to the right and vice versa. The instructor tells you on which side you should shift to maintain balance and whether you should row backwards or forwards. Safety is paramount so you cannot get on the raft without wearing a life jacket and a helmet. Besides the unbeatable thrill of feeling the force of nature, you can also enjoy its calmer side as you travel through evergreen forests. For birdwatchers, the trip is a must as they can spot several species of rare birds.
River rafting at Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama offers two choices — one from Nisarga Dhama to Belinje Bridge (14 km) and the other from the Nisarga Dhama to Jomlu Tirtha (22 km). River rafting in the Varahi also has two choices — from Hosangady to New Bridge (24 km) and from Hosangady to Hole Shankarnarayana (18 km). White-water rafting is on at Anejari Nisarga Dhama near Kollur throughout the year. While you’re at it, you can chill out for a few days in the log huts at the Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama. To reach the Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama, take a taxi from Udupi to Hebri, a distance of about 35 km. Sitanadi Nisarga Dhama is about a couple of kilometers from Hebri.