Gokak Water Falls is in Belgaum District
. It is a famous waterfall located at a distance of 6 km from Gokak
town and 71 km from Belgaum
city. The waterfall is formed when the river Ghataprabha
takes a 170 ft leap from over a horseshoe shaped sandstone cliff, spanning a breadth of 177 m.
The falls were discovered as early as 1885 by British explorers who compared it to the Niagara in terms of its height, shape and speed. However, it has not received due attention from the local government. There is a 210 m hanging wooden bridge across the falls, which enables people to cross the river. Only 30 people are allowed at a time on this ancient bridge. The bridge was originally built by the British for the labourers from nearby villages to come to work at the mill located here. Nearby attractions are Gokak Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant. July-September is the best period to visit the Gokak Falls.
Belgaum Airport is the nearest airport. Gokak town is 65 km by road from Belgaum. Ghataprabha railway station near Gokak is the closest railhead.