Balmuri near Mysore city is a popular picnic spot. In this area Cauvery river flows wide over a rocky bed. A check dam runs across the river more like a wall trying to stop the flow. That’s basically to hold the water of Cauvery to feed the many irrigation canals radiate out of this location. When the check dam is filled to the brim, water overflows in a neat long cascade.In that way Balmuri is not a ‘fall’ in the conventional sense. This is a popular spot frequented by youngsters, the ones with flair for a mini adventure.
One of the major attraction is to get into the water where it cascades down. And then there is the seasonal boat ride. The scenery is great and the general ambiance is relaxing. So that makes its an ideal picnic spot.
Yedamuri doesn’t have that big fanfare as Belmuri in terms of boating and snack stalls. What you see at Yedamuri is the unusually wide Cauvery river and never ending agriculture fields in assorted shades of green patches. From the bund towards the horizon you can spot the KRS dam in the upstream. When the check dam is full water appears as a still infinite pool, and suddenly it breaks into a cascade along a straight line. The check dam is hardly visible as the water flows over the wall and forms a curtain along its length.
One can see people enjoying the water from over the bund, under the fall and also on the rocky outcrops protruding on the river bed.
Best Time To Visit
You can visit the waterfall throughout the year. But if you are looking forward to enjoying a swim in the cool waters of Balmuri, March to August is the best time to visit the spot. As the level of water remains low during this period, it is relatively safe to play and have fun in the water. If you want to witness the waterfall brimming with water, you need to go there right after the monsoons. On weekends, Balmuri often remains crowded with visitors. So, if you want to avoid much rush, plan your trip accordingly.
How To Reach
The nearest railway station to Balmuri falls is the one at Mysore. The falls is only half an hour by car, Northwards from Mysore and can be reached by taking a taxi or a bus from the city. Bangalore to Balmuri falls is also a possible route by car or taxi. It is a 2.5-hour ride North-East from Bangalore.