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Shivanasamudra waterfalls is a splendid site, placed at a distance of around 120 kms from the city of Bangalore. As the name suggests, Shivanasamudra is the Samudra or sea of Lord Shiva. The waterfalls are the result of River Cauvery that forks in to two branches and torrents down the 200 ft high hill. The horrifying yet entrancing sight of the fall lures many tourists from all across the world and inspires them to visit the city throughout the year. The western stream of the river is known as Gaganachukki, while the eastern stream is called Bharachukki. The two streams are not only feast for eyes but also serve other useful purposes in the interest of the town. Gaganachukki avalanches down a height of 98 m, with the maximum flow of 667,000 cubic feet per second, generates electricity for the entire region. Interestingly, Asia's first hydroelectric power station was set up at this waterfall, in the year 1905. The electricity produced here was mainly used to light up the Gold Mines of Kolar, making Kolar the first Asian city to receive electricity. The other water fall Bharachukki has a graceful cascade and one of its sections also resembles a 'U', just like the famous Niagara Falls. The cascading edge of Bharachukki is a little wider than that of Gaganachukki and currents here are quite strong and the gorge is quite deep. Both the waterfalls are absolutely outstanding and missing on them would not be a wise option.