Bhadra Dam. lakkavalli, Shivamogga, Karnataka
Bhadra dam was on our first place to visit in the Karnataka trip which we planned across coastal. I will share about this trip in detail in another blog.
About Bhadra Dam
Bhadra Dam (Bhadra Reservoir) is located on the Bhadra River a tributary of Tungabhadra River in Tarikere Taluk, Chikmagalur District, Karnataka. The project was undertaken by the National Water Management Project(NWMP).
Quick Overview :
Type of Place – Backwater, Dam
Located – Bhadravathi | Tarikere
Distance – 280 Km from Bangalore, 32 Km from Shivamogga
Ideal Trip Duration – 4 to 5 Hrs
Best Time to visit – August to October
Peak Season – August to October
Entry Fee – Free
Weather – 16 °C to 34 °C
Transport – Taxi available from Bhadravathi and Tarikere
Facilities – Hotels, Restroom, parking and lodging
Bhadra Dam timings – No Timings, but recommend visiting between 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Bhadra River rises in the Western Ghats Aroli hill of Kudremukh range. Dam water benefits for irrigation, drinking water supply and industrial use.
Hydropower was commissioned in 1965 which generates 39.2 MW providing power to towns and villages nearby.
As the Kaveri water issue is increasing nowadays all dams in Karnataka are quite restricted for visitors. Not a problem in this dam, there is a viewpoint to see the entire backwater. Towards the right of the dam, there is a way to the viewpoint. Cars and bikes can be taken to some extent later we have to walk for the viewpoint. The place is well maintained. Once we reach viewpoint we feel like we are seeing an ocean.
We saw Island, bride to it and boating. Locals said boating is available. We did not show much interest in boating. Saw the beautiful view and enjoyed. It was really relaxing.
Bangalore to Bhadra Dam Route :
Primary Route: Bangalore – Tumkur – Tiptur – Arsikere – Tarikeri – Bhadra Reservoir
But there is a better route: Bangalore – Tumkur – Sira – Hiriyur – Hosadurga – Tarikeri – Bhadra Reservoir (In this way you can even visit Vani Vilas Sagara Dam)
How to reach Bhadra Dam
Frequent buses are available from Bangalore to Tarikere, Bhadravathi and Shivamogga. From these cities local buses and local cabs available.
Bhadravathi and Tarikere Junction is the nearest railway station which is about 20 km from Bhadra Dam. From there one has to take a bus or cab to reach Bhadra Dam.
Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport which is about 310 km from Bhadra Dam. From Airport buses, taxis and cabs are available to reach Bhadra Dam.
Bhadra Dam timings
The timings of Bhadra Dam are no specific. There are no visiting timings as such. Reaching the daytime would be good and pleasant when compared to the evening. Bhadra Dam can be visited throughout the year. However, Monsoon is the best time to visit Bhadra Dam which is from July to October to witness the best weather and amount of water in the Dam.
Weather in Bhadra Dam (Seasonal and monthly)
Bhadra Dam weather varies from 16 °C to 35 °C depending on the season.
|Month||Avg. Min||Avg. Max|
|January||16 °C||28 °C|
|February||17 °C||31 °C|
|March||21 °C||34 °C|
|April||24 °C||35 °C|
|May||23 °C||34 °C|
|June||22 °C||30 °C|
|July||21 °C||28 °C|
|August||21 °C||29 °C|
|September||21 °C||29 °C|
|October||20 °C||30 °C|
|November||17 °C||30 °C|
|December||16 °C||28 °C|
Hotels in Bhadra Dam
As Bhadra Dam is one of the most visited places near Shivamogga, there are many Hotels, Restaurants and Resorts for people who would love to stay and explore more here. Some of them would be Kuvempu University Guest House, The River Tern Lodge – Lakkavalli, Valley Of Birds Home Stay, Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Sakrebyle and more.
Places to visit near Jog Falls
Jog Falls is located in Sagara Taluk, Shivamogga District, Karnataka, 30 km away from Sagara, 100 km from Shivamogga, and 385 km away from Bangalore. Jog falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Karnataka formed by Sharavathi River, gushing down from a height of 253 meters.
Sakrebyle Elephant Camp
Sakrebyle Elephant Camp is in Shivamogga district, Karnataka. It is located 14 km from Shivamogga on the Shivamogga – Thirthahalli Road, 290kms from Bangalore. This camp has many elephants and trained by skilled Mahouts. The camp is on the banks of the River Tunga, backwater of Gajanur Dam.
The Sakrebyle Elephant Camp attracts tourists and travelers as this is easily spotted on Shivamogga – Thirthahalli road. It is one of the ecotourism centers in Karnataka. The elephants play and being bathed in the backwater of the Tunga River by the mahouts. Tourists can watch elephants where they spray water on each other and get scrubbed by the Mahouts.
Sigandur – Sharavathi River
Sigandur is located in western ghats of Sagara Taluk, Shivamogga District, Karnataka. Sigandur is famous for temple popularly known as Shri Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple. It is a very beautiful place surrounded by backwater of River Sharavathi.
Cross The water to reach Sigandur
To reach temple we need to take a ferry or commonly called as Launch. For tourists, it makes a nice ride along with their vehicles.
During holidays or festival, you have to wait for many hours to cross the river instead leave your vehicle and take a jeep or auto after crossing the water. As I have seen launch service will start at 6 am and close at 6 pm. For this service, we need to pay Rs 2 per passenger, Rs 15- Rs 20 per vehicle.
And one important thing to remember, this service was mainly started to help locals as many areas got submerged after building Linganamakki Reservoir, so Local vehicles and Buses get priority over tourist vehicles. Have a good ride.
Kavimane (Kuvempu House)
Kuppali is a small village in Thirthahalli taluk, Shivamaogga district. Kuppali is famous for Kuvempu’s house, popularly known as “Kavi Mane” which means house of the poet. Now, this house has been converted into a museum.
This is also one of the popular tourist places in Shivamogga. As this place is part of the pure Malnad area. During the rainy season, this place looks heavenly.
To tell about Kuvempu I definitely need a separate blog post. For his contributions to Kannada Literature, the Government of Karnataka decorated him with the honorific Rashtrakavi (“National Poet”) in 1958 and Karnataka Ratna (“The Gem of Karnataka”) in 1992. So Kuvempu is popularly called as Rashtrakavi.
Before going to Kavi Mane you find a path/road towards the right which will go to Kavi Shaila which is rock memorial build after his death. We can take vehicle till top or can go by walk as well. Definitely going by walk make you more refreshed.
Sharavathi power plant
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Waterfalls near Bangalore
- Chunchi Falls
- Shivanasamudra Falls
- Hogenakkal Falls
- Muthyala Maduvu Falls
- Mekedatu Falls
- Balmuri Edumuri Falls
- Chunchanakatte Falls
Dams near Bangalore
- Manchinbele dam
- Dandiganahalli dam
Some travel tips for Shivanasamudra falls
- Try to visit as early as possible, the view will be very healthy, you will easily get a good parking space and also less crowd.
- Plan nearby places properly as this is just a 2 to 3 hours of trip time to spend.
- Better plan your stay in Shivamogga.
Travel tips for riders
- Make sure bike is in proper condition
- Fuel up a day before
- Plan your route
- Start early and end early
- Wear protective gears and comfortable clothes
- Pack your things smart and light
- Stay hydrated
- Never miss your food but be light
- Take regular break
- Be ready to ride on any weather
Read a complete article about Top 10 tips for a long distance motorcycle ride
Also, read One Day trip from Bangalore.