Three students out of four from Bangalore drowned in Cauvery river near the famous Gaganchukki falls where they had gone for a sight-seeing trip,60 km from here in the early hours on Saturday, police said.

The deceased, identified as Sanjeev (22), Ravikumar (22), both natives of Sikkim and Jelfu (21) from Manipur, were pursuing their Masters in Business Administration from Dayanand Sagar college, police said.

The fourth member of the group who survived the tragedy, Ronajith, who is also from Sikkim, is said to be absconding, police said.

The mishap occurred when one of them went for a swim in the river and was a caught in whirlpool and the others tried to save him.