Jog Falls, one of the popular tourist destinations in Karnataka, will remain closed on May 10, the day of the state Assembly elections. The Jog Management Authority has taken this decision to prevent any disturbance or violation of the election code of conduct.
Why Jog Falls is a Tourist Attraction
Jog Falls is located in Sagar Taluk of Shimoga District, about 400 km from Bengaluru. It is also known as Gerusoppe Falls, Gersoppa Falls, and Jogada Gundi. It is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, with a height of 253 meters (830 feet). The waterfall is formed by the Sharavathi River, which splits into four streams before plunging down the rocky cliffs. The four streams are named Raja, Rani, Roarer, and Rocket.
Jog Falls attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, especially during the monsoon season when the water flow is at its peak. The best time to visit the waterfall is between 7 pm to 9 pm when it is illuminated by floodlights. The waterfall also offers a spectacular view from various vantage points such as the British Bungalow, Watkins Platform, and Bombay Point.
How Jog Falls is Affected by Elections
The state of Karnataka is going to polls on May 10 in a single phase to elect 224 members of the Legislative Assembly. The results will be announced on May 13. The main contenders are the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the opposition Congress, and the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)).
The election commission has imposed several restrictions and guidelines to ensure free and fair elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The campaigning has been limited to two hours per day and the number of people allowed at rallies and roadshows has been capped at 500. The candidates have also been asked to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and use digital platforms for reaching out to voters.
In view of the elections, the Jog Management Authority has decided to close the waterfall for tourists on May 10. The authority has put up flex boards outside the premises of the waterfall to inform the visitors about the closure. The entry inside the waterfall is strictly prohibited on the day of elections. The waterfall will reopen for tourists on May 11.
The authority has also requested the tourists to cooperate with them and follow the rules and regulations for their safety and security. The authority has also assured that they will provide all the necessary facilities and services to the tourists once the waterfall reopens.
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