Waterfalls & Rivers of Karnataka

Waterfalls & Rivers of Karnataka

Karnataka is famous for its waterfalls; it is home to some of the more spectacular falls in India. The waterfalls of Karnataka and Kudremukh National park are listed as must-see places and among the “1001 Natural Wonders of the World.” . Some of these are part of the database listing the Largest Waterfalls in the World.

BangaloreOrbit has listed large number of waterfalls in Karnataka and near to Bangalore. Al the waterfalls start from monsoon season of rains all of Karnataka’s major river systems (Cauvery, Krishna, Sharavati and Godavari) along their course provide some great views primarily during the monsoon season. It is primarily the Rivers of the Western Ghats who along their course create some of the deepest and tallest Waterfalls anywhere in the world.
BangaloreOrbit is the site which covers all this information in details  like Waterfall Location info, Waterfall  Climate/Weather, Waterfall  History , Interesting things to do in Waterfall, Interesting things to Visit in Waterfall, Mobile range info in Waterfall area, How to reach? Of Nearest Railway Station Waterfall and Nearest Airport and using Road Transport, Nearest Visiting places near to Waterfall, Nearest Petrol Pump near to Waterfall, Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation near to Waterfall, Things to carry, Tips & Suggestions to visit Waterfall, Help Line/Phone Number

 

Karnataka has a number of waterfalls. Jog Falls of Shimoga District is one of the highest waterfalls in Asia. Some well known waterfalls are Varapoha Falls, Magod Falls, Lalgulli Falls, Sathodi Falls, Unchalli Falls, Lushington Falls, Shivaganga Falls, Ulavi Falls, Irupu Falls, Sivasamudram Falls near Shivanasamudra, Balmuri Falls, Gokak Falls, Abbe Falls, Achakanya Falls, Chunchanakatte Falls, Hebbe Falls, Kallathigiri Falls, Sogal Falls, Godachinamalki Falls etc.

BangaloreOrbit is the site which covers all this information in details  like Waterfall Location info, Waterfall  Climate/Weather, Waterfall  History , Interesting things to do in Waterfall, Interesting things to Visit in Waterfall, Mobile range info in Waterfall area, How to reach? Of Nearest Railway Station Waterfall and Nearest Airport and using Road Transport, Nearest Visiting places near to Waterfall, Nearest Petrol Pump near to Waterfall, Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation near to Waterfall, Things to carry, Tips & Suggestions to visit Waterfall, Help Line/Phone Number

 

Top list of waterfalls in Karnataka and near Bangalore/Mysore/Mangalore

Abbey Waterfall

Alekan Waterfall

Balmuri Waterfall

Bandaaje Arbi Waterfall

Banni Waterfall

Barkana Waterfall

Benne Hole Waterfall

Burude Waterfall

Chunchanakatte Waterfall

Chunchi Waterfall

Dondole Waterfall

Gokak Waterfall

Hebbe Waterfall

Hemagiri Waterfall

Hogenakka Waterfall

Honnemaradu Waterfall

Irpu / Iruppu Waterfall

Jog Waterfall

Kalhatti Waterfall

Koosalli Waterfall

Kudumari Falls

Kunchikal Falls

Lalguli Falls

Magodu Falls

Mallalli Waterfall

Manikyadhara Waterfall

Muthyala Maduvu Waterfall

Nisargadhama Waterfall

Satodi Waterfall

Seetha falls / Koodlu Theertha falls

Shiv Gange Waterfall

Shivasamudram Waterfall

Sirmane Waterfall

Sootanabbi / Hanuman Gundi Falls

Unchalli Waterfall

Varapoha Waterfall

Vibhooti Waterfall

Waate Halla/Hole Waterfall

 

Waterfalls & Rivers of Karnataka
http://bp0.blogger.com/_BfUHXv-0iPw/RyTLhpAU-CI/AAAAAAAAAA4/K064ojYDCaE/s320/Hebbe_Waterfall.jpgKarnataka is famous for its waterfalls; it is home to some of the more spectacular falls in India. The waterfalls of Karnataka and Kudremukh National park are listed as must-see places and among the "1001 Natural Wonders of the World.” . Some of these are part of the database listing the Largest Waterfalls in the World.
BangaloreOrbit has listed large number of waterfalls in Karnataka and near to Bangalore. Al the waterfalls start from monsoon season of rains all of Karnataka’s major river systems (Cauvery, Krishna, Sharavati and Godavari) along their course provide some great views primarily during the monsoon season. It is primarily the Rivers of the Western Ghats who along their course create some of the deepest and tallest Waterfalls anywhere in the world.

BangaloreOrbit is the site which covers all this information in details  like Waterfall Location info, Waterfall  Climate/Weather, Waterfall  History , Interesting things to do in Waterfall, Interesting things to Visit in Waterfall, Mobile range info in Waterfall area, How to reach? Of Nearest Railway Station Waterfall and Nearest Airport and using Road Transport, Nearest Visiting places near to Waterfall, Nearest Petrol Pump near to Waterfall, Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation near to Waterfall, Things to carry, Tips & Suggestions to visit Waterfall, Help Line/Phone Number

The list of Waterfalls in karnataka

  • Abbey Waterfall
  • Alekan Waterfall
  • Balmuri Waterfall
  • Bandaaje Arbi Waterfall
  • Banni Waterfall
  • Barkana Waterfall
  • Benne Hole Waterfall
  • Burude Waterfall
  • Chunchanakatte Waterfall
  • Chunchi Waterfall
  • Dondole Waterfall
  • Gokak Waterfall
  • Hebbe Waterfall
  • Hemagiri Waterfall
  • Hogenakka Waterfall
  • Honnemaradu Waterfall
  • Irpu / Iruppu Waterfall
  • Jog Waterfall
  • Kalhatti Waterfall
  • Koosalli Waterfall
  • Kudumari Falls
  • Kunchikal Falls
  • Lalguli Falls
  • Magodu Falls
  • Mallalli Waterfall
  • Manikyadhara Waterfall
  • Muthyala Maduvu Waterfall
  • Nisargadhama Waterfall
  • Satodi Waterfall
  • Seetha falls / Koodlu Theertha falls
  • Shiv Gange Waterfall
  • Shivasamudram Waterfall
  • Sirmane Waterfall
  • Sootanabbi / Hanuman Gundi Falls
  • Unchalli Waterfall
  • Varapoha Waterfall
  • Vibhooti Waterfall
  • Waate Halla/Hole Waterfall

Karnataka hosts a very large number of waterfalls and river basins; there are more than 100 waterfall and river backwater or river side based Tourism destinations in Karnataka. This blog post is an attempt to catalog them by location and capture key highlights of these falls.

Waterfalls near to Chikmagalur

Hebbe Falls – Near Kemmangundi – River Sharavathi
Manikyadhara Falls – Near Kemmangundi – River Sharavathi
Kalathgiri Falls. – Near Kemmangundi – River Sharavathi
Shanti falls – Near Kemmangundi
Kadambi Falls – Near Kemmangundi
Sirimane Falls – Near Sringeri
Alekan falls – Near Kottigehara, Charmadi Ghat
Sirimane Falls – Near Kigga, Sringeri

Waterfalls near to Bangalore

Shivanasamudra Falls – 120 Km from Bangalore – Cauvery River – Second Biggest water fall in India and sixteenth largest in the world
Hogenakal Falls – 150Km from Bangalore – Cauvery River
Mekedatu – 90Km from Bangalore – Arkavati merges with Cauvery River
Muthyalamaduvu – 40Km from Bangalore – Arkavathi River
Chunchi falls – Near Kanakapura 90 Km from Bangalore – Arkavathi River

Waterfalls near to Mysore

Chunchanakatte Falls – Near KR nagar – Cauvery River
Balamuri – Near Mysore – Cauvery River

Waterfalls near to Coorg

Abbey Falls (also Abbi Falls) – Near Madikere – Cauvery River –
Irupu Falls – 50 Km from Madikere – Near Nagarhole – Lakshmana Tirtha River joining Cauvery River

Waterfalls near to Shimoga

Jog Falls – Near Sagara – Sharavathi River
Kunchikal Falls – Near Agumbe – Varahi River
Barkana Falls – Near Agumbe – Sita River
Arisina Gundi Waterfalls – Near Kodachadri
Dabbe Falls – Near Hosagadde, Sagar

Waterfalls near to Udupi (South Kanara)

Kudlu Teertha – 45 Km from Udupi – River Seetha
Jomlu Teertha – 45 Km from Udupi – River Seetha
Koosalli Falls- 85 Km from Udupi – Kundapura Taluka Near Shiroor
Kudumari Falls (Chaktikal Falls). – Kundapur Taluk
Bandaaje Arbi – Near Dharmasthala
donDole falls – Near Dharmasthala, kakkinje near charmaDi

Waterfalls near to North Kanara

Lalguli Falls – Near Yellapur – Kali River
Unchalli Falls (also Lushington or Keppa Jog Near because of the deafening sound) – Near Siddapur – Aghanashini River
burude falls – Near Sirsi or Siddapur – Aghanashini river
Magod Falls – Near Sirsi or Yellapur – Bedti river or Gangavati
Sathodi Falls – Near Sirsi – Kali River
Shivaganga falls – 40Km from Sirsi – Sonda River
Bennehole falls – Near Sirsi – Aghanashini river
Waate HaLLa Falls – Near Sirsi – Aghanashini river
Vibhooti Falls – Near Sirsi or Yana

Waterfalls near to Belgaum

Godachinmalki Falls – Near Gokak – Markandeya river joins Ghataprabha river
Gokak Falls – Near Gokak – Ghataprabha river
Vajrapoha Falls – Near Jamboti – Mandovi River

Waterfalls near to Raichur

Jaladurga Falls – Near Lingsugur – Krishna River

National Parks & Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka

Karnataka’s forests and wildlife are her priceless natural heritage. The State boasts some of the largest jungle tracts south of the Vindhyas. From the majestic evergreen forests of the Western Ghats to the scrub jungles of the plains, a wide variety of habitats teem with diverse flora and fauna, some of them endemic to the region.
Some of these jungles were the private preserves of former rulers. Thanks to their protection, these jungles have survived. However, some of the lesser-known ones are sanctuaries protected by the local populace.
National Parks in Karnataka

  1. Anshi national park
  2. Bandipur national park
  3. Bannerghatta national park
  4. Kudremukh national park
  5. Rajiv Gandhi nationl park (Nagerhole)

Wildlife Sanctuaries in Karnataka

  1. Adichunchangiri Peacock Sanctuary
  2. Arabithittu wildlife Sanctuary
  3. Attiveri Bird Sanctuary
  4. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. Biligiri Rangaswamy temple wildlife Sanctuary (BR Hills)
  6. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  7. Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
  8. Dandeli wildlife Sanctuary
  9. Daroji sloth bear Sanctuary
  10. Ghataprabha bird Sanctuary
  11. Gudavi bird Sanctuary
  12. Melkote wildlife Sanctuary
  13. Mookambika wildlife Sanctuary
  14. Nugu wildlife Sanctuary
  15. Pushpagiri wildlife Sanctuary
  16. Ranebennur blackbuck Sanctuary
  17. Ranganathittu bird Sanctuary
  18. Sharavathi bird Sanctuary
  19. Shettihalli wildlife Sanctuary
  20. Someshawara wildlife Sanctuary
  21. Talacauvery wildlife Sanctuary

 

National Parks of Karnataka

Besides its natural splendor, Karnataka is also bountiful of its wildlife habitat, housing some of the rare and endangered species. Most of the national parks in Karnataka are situated of the foot of Western Ghats, making the sanctuaries splendidly picturesque as well. These parks were once the hunting ground of the kings but with the help of government, they are now protected areas. Parks like Nagarhole National Park and Bandipur National park have seen a regular increase in the number of animals here. Even some endangered species also have prospered and their population too is out of the red zone. Be it birds, animals or plantation, Wildlife sanctuaries are nothing less than a treasure of nature to Karnataka.

Bangaloreorbit.com provides greater details of information of national Parks of Karnataka and India.
Karnataka has many National Parks…
Anshi National Park
Anshi National Park is Karnataka In the district of Uttar Kannada Anshi National Park is located. The scenic beauty of this park is non-parallel. An animal lover will definitely fall in love with Anshi National Park. The flora of this place has been blessed with plants like eucalyptus, bamboo, teak, xylia xylocarpa, silver oak, bauhinia and others. This 340 square kilometer park is located in the Western Ghats. The mountain forms the beautiful backdrop of the park. The altitude of the place varies from 27-927 meters. Although the rainfall is heavy but the laterite soil fails to retain water. To fight this problem the park has set up bore well pumps.

Bandipur National Park
Bandipur National Park is one of India’s best known sanctuaries, and is an important Project Tiger reserve. It is located in the Chamarajanagar district of southern Karnataka in south India, and is contiguous with the Mudumalai National Park in the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu, the Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, and the Nagarhole National Park to the northwest. It is home to around seventy tigers and over three thousand Asian elephants (as per the 1997 census , along with leopards, dholes, gaur and sloth bears. Bandipur is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Bannerghatta National Park
Bannerghatta National Park is about 25 km from Bangalore. The National Park boasts of Tiger or Lion safari which takes you on tour of the section where the big cats roam free. You ride inside a poorly designed diesel bus while the animals peer at you quite close by. This park spread over a 100 square kilometer has thick thorny undergrowth and dry deciduous forest teeming with animals. You can take an elephant ride into the less dense part of the forest too. Don’t miss the Indian peacock – Pavo cristatus which is in dark blue color. This peacock is magnificent to behold when it is in the mood to display its full plumage. Peacock is the National bird of India and is considered as the vehicle for Murugan – a deity from south India.

Kudremukh National Park
Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka is one of the most popular national parks in India. Located in Mangalore, it is surrounded by Kudremukh or the Horse Face range overlooking the Arabian Sea. The topography of Kudremukh National Park, Karnataka is marked by deep ravines and steep cliffs. It is the ideal home for hundreds of wild animals and birds. This national park houses different species of wild lives. Covering a total area of 600.32 square kilometers, Kudremukh National Park offers a beautiful landscape.Three major rivers flow through this forest region, namely Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi. If you love nature and wants adventurous thrills, then you can definitely visit this forest. This Kudremukh National Park nurtures a diverse range of flora and fauna.

Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park also known as ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Park’ is located 94 km away from Mysore. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. The national park has rich forest cover, little streams, valleys and waterfalls.
The place derives its name from Kannada – Naga meaning snake and hole referring to streams.
The area was an exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore.

Rajiv Gandhi National Park
Nagarhole National Park, also known as ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Park,’ is located 94 km from Mysore in Karnataka in Southern India. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. Located to the northwest of Bandipur National Park, Kabini reservoir separates the two. The exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore, the park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. It streches over 640 km², protecting the wildlife of Karnataka. Together with the adjoining Bandipur National Park (870 km²) and Mudumalai National Park (320 km²), it forms the largest protected area in southern India.

 

 National Park

Nearest Town, Railhead, Airport

Best period 
for visiting

Places to Stay

Contact address

Anshi

Nearest Town – Dandeli – 60km.
Railhead – Dandeli – 60km.
Airport – Belgaum – 150km.

November to April

Accommodation
available 

Assistant Conservator
of Forests, 
Wildlife Preservation Sub-Division, Dharwad

Bandipur

Nearest Town – Gundalpet – 20km.
Railhead – 
Nanjagud – 55km.
Airport – Mysore – 80km.

November to April

Bush Betta Wild Life Adventure Resort,
5 Km from entrance, 
Tusker Trails, 3 km
from Bandipur 
campus,
Mayura Prakruthi, 
Forest Lodges, Guest Houses in Kakanhalla 

Field Director, Bandipur 
Tiger Reserve, 
Mysore – 570004.

Bannerghatta

Nearest Town – Arekal –
19km. 
Railhead – Bangalore – 25km.
Airport – Bangalore – 25km.

September to January.

Sylvan Villa, P.W.D. 
Guest House at
Mulbagal and Mayura Apoorva at 
Old Madras Road.

Asst. Conservator of 
Forests,
Wildlife Preservation Sub-Division,
Bangalore.

Kudremukh

Nearest Town – Chickmaglur – 80km.
Railhead – Mangalore -180km.
Airport – Bangalore-
180km.

November  to May

Forest rest house at Samshe and 
Kudremukh

Asst. Conservator
of forests,
Wildlife Preservation Sub-division,
DC Office Compound, Shimoga.

Nagarhole

Nearest Town – Kutta- 7km.
Railhead – Mysore- 90km.
Airport – Bangalore – 220km.

October  to March

Kabini River Lodge 
at Karapur, Forest 
Department Rest  Houses – Cauvery 
and Gangotri in Park.

Asst. Conservator of 
forests,
Wild life Sub – Division Van Vilas Marg, Mysore.

 

Hill stations in Karnataka

The Hill stations in Karnataka are generally unexplored and more pristine than better known ones in South India. Kudremukh, Kemmangundi, Agumbe, Horanadu, Nandi Hills are some of the poplar sights. Tourism hasn’t affected these places like Ooty (in Tamil Nadu) which is falling victim to commercialization.

Apart from scenic treks, bird watching, boating and picturesque waterfalls, these areas are also close to major coffee producing areas in the state, making a trip all the more interesting. Many resorts have sprung up to accommodate those who want to relax.

Karnataka with its capital at Bangalore is the country’s 8th largest state. It is a charming land of Southern India has rich history and culture. It is located at Deccan Plateau, and is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north, Arabian Sea to the west, Goa to the northwest, Kerala to the southwest, Andhra Pradesh to the east and Tamil Nadu to southeast. Karnataka’s economy benefits from gold, manganese, oilseed, coffee, silk and sandalwood production. Over 90% of India’s gold production comes from south Karnataka.
Karnataka is the largest producer of coffee, raw silk and sandalwood based products.

  1. Agumbe Hillstation

Agumbe, a small village located in Karnataka for all those who wish to find peace with nature in the western ghats. It is known to be the wettest region in Karnataka receiving highest rainfall. The tiny village is much known for its beautiful sunset and the trek opportunities it offer. It is also famous for its glorious sunsets and travelers on the highway from Shimoga to Udupi or Mangalore. This was the town where the classic serial “Malgudi days” was filmed. A number of trekking trails are available from Agumbe.
This place receives the highest rainfall in the state. Post monsoon is the most beautiful time to visit, never mind the leeches.

  1. R . Hills

B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Situated at a height of 5,091 feet, B.R Hills Wildlife Sanctuary is a unique blend of resort and wildlife sanctuary, a must for wildlife lovers. Dancing trees, whistling winds and swirling streams form a backdrop to some very rare animal. The B.R Wildlife sanctuary is 3,375 ft above sea level and is spread over an area of 540 sq. kms of undulating hills and valleys covered in deciduous forests and Sholas.

  1. Bababudangiri Hills

Bababudangiri shrine (also known as Dattatreya Peeta or Dattatreya Peetha) is a shrine located on Bababudangiri hill in the Chikmagalur District of the state of Karnataka in India.This peak is one of the highest in Karnataka. This peak can be reached from Chikamagalur which is around 250+km’s away from Bangalore. This peak is about 20+km’s from Chikamagalur. Few buses (not frequent) will take you to the spot where the “darga” is situated. From there it is few km’s walk to the peak which has some old station of the telecom dept.

  1. Biligiri Hills

Biligiri Hills is a must for any person who wants to release his drudgery and stimulate his spirit by basking in the joy of natural glory. Located almost 120km from Mysore and 247kms from Bangalore, the picturesque Biligiri Hills are situated between the rivers Cauvery and Kapila. Biligiri signifies `white capped`, though the hills are hued in shimmering blue colours. Rising to a height of almost 5,091 ft above mean sea level, the hill extends from north to south for approximately sixteen kms. To the west, the lower hills are sheltered with wet deciduous forestry where elephants roam in abundance.

  1. Bisle Ghat Hillstation
  2. Coonoor Hillstation

oonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, surrounded by tea plantations, at an altitude of 1839 metres. Its climate is milder than Ooty. It is a very popular weekend get away for the people in Coimbatore. Coonoor is essentially a small tea garden town where the weather remains pleasantly cool throughout the year.Coonoor is on the toy-train line between Mettupalayam (28 km) and Ooty. A popular pastime is
birdwatching, as an extensive variety of birds can be spotted. The main attraction is the Sim’s Park, a small well maintained botanical garden that has several varieties of plants. It is about 19kms to the south of Ooty and is accessible by both train and road.

  1. Gangamoola Hillstation

Located in the Samse Taluk of Chikmagalur district, the Gangamoola hill is surrounded by thick forests. It is the origin of three mighty rivers, the Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi. The highlights of the region are a Goddess Bhagavathi shrine and a Varaha image, 1.8 metres high, within a cave, which become inaccessible during the monsoonsBeing an integral part of Samse Three mighty rivers, namely the Tunga, Bhadra and Nethravathi originate from here.

  1. Horanadu Hillstation

Horanadu the holy city of Chickmagalur district of Karnataka, is famous for the Annapoorneshwari Temple. Dedicated to Goddess Annapurneshwari, Goddess of Food and Grains.It is believed that one who visits the temple and takes the blessing of the Deity one shall never go hungry in their life. Annadana (free meals) is ritually provided by the temple organization 3 times a day. This is a form of Prasada (blessing) from the deity.

 

  1. Kemmannugundi Hillstation

55 kms north from Chickmagalur town on the Baba Budan range is the scenic hill station of Kemmannugundi called K.R hills, after the Wodeyar king Krishnaraja Wodeyar – IV who made it his favorite summer camp. Situated at a height of 1434 meters and surrounded by thick green forests. K.R Hills makes and ideal health resort. Beautifully laid out ornamental gardens, salubrious climate throughout the year and the panoramic view of mountains and valleys are just a few of the attractions. Kemmengundi Rajbhavan is also seen in the photo. Horticultural Department is maintaining the beautiful gardens here in the top of the hill station.
This beautiful hill station of Karnataka in well situated in the grassy lands of the Western Ghats, just after the malenaadu region.

  1. Kudremukh Hillstation

The unspoilt Kundadri hill station in Karnataka situated in Teerthahalli taluk of Shimoga, still remains one of the favorite spots for tourists keen in mountain trekking. The mountains are unexplored and one can feel the excitement in discovering new pathways to the peak. Kundadri hill station is a huge monolithic rock formation about 3200 feet above sea level. It is covered with dense evergreen forests.

  1. Munnar Hillstation

Munnar, also known as the Kashmir of South India is a peaceful hill station with its impeccable beauty has become the most sought after destination for a holiday. Munnar was the erstwhile ‘Summer Capital’ of the British Government in South India. It is the luxuriant gift of nature to the Western Ghats, the eastern border of Kerala and an adjoining parts of Tamilnadu. The very name ‘Munnar’ means three rivers and there are actually three of them, confluence of three mountain streams-Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala 5000ft above sea level. Munnar consists of vast sloping areas of tea, most of which mostly are owned by Tata Tea. Coffee and cardamom

  1. Nandi hills

Nandi Hills is a hot favourite among Bangaloreans who find this an ideal get-away for weekends. The 1478-m high Nandi Hills is the originating point of many rivers.

And the forests surrounding the hills, abound with wild animals. Around the Nandi Hills are several smaller hills, which can be visited on foot.

 

  1. Ooty Hillstation

Ooty also known as Udhagamandalam is the “Queen of hill stations” and the capital of Nilgiris district. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in India. Nilgiris means “Blue Mountains”. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots. Used to be popular summer and weekend getaway for the Britishers during the colonial days. It is situated at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level.

  1. Savanadurga Hill station

A left turn some 7 kms before Magadi in Magadi road reduced our travel distance by some 8 kms and itz around 65 kms from bangalore city. Nice road to drive on and lotz of quarries on the way and road having lotz of bends and turns makes your drive a splendid one. The road which we turned before magadi took us via a village (some 4 kms stretch) which resembles the one shown in Tamil movies by Bharathiraja (in Tamil). Honking for hens, Goats and Cows we drove thro’ that village and reached the main road which connects Savandurga and Hosapte (near magadi). And you will not miss the big Bangalore tourism hoarding of savandurga hill. Take left there and the road thro’ thick vegetation leads to savandurga.

  1. Yana Hills
  2. Yercaud Hillstation

Yercaud Situated 1,515 metres high in the Shevaroy Hills, in the state of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is quiet little hill station on the Eastern ghats is the only one of its kind in northern Tamil Nadu. While the rest of this region is generally dry, Yercaud presents a welcome contrast with its cool climate where temperature never rises above 30 º C and dip below 13 º C . It is also a less expensive place than either Udhagamandalam or Kodaikkanal the peaceful hill station of Yercaud nestles among coffee plantations and thickly forested slopes and is a good place for trekking and boating.

Hill stations in Karnataka

The Hill stations in Karnataka are generally unexplored and more pristine than better known ones in South India. Kudremukh, Kemmangundi, Agumbe, Horanadu, Nandi Hills are some of the poplar sights. Tourism hasn’t affected these places like Ooty (in Tamil Nadu) which is falling victim to commercialization.

Apart from scenic treks, bird watching, boating and picturesque waterfalls, these areas are also close to major coffee producing areas in the state, making a trip all the more interesting. Many resorts have sprung up to accommodate those who want to relax.

 

  1. Agumbe Hillstation
  2. R . Hills
  3. Bababudangiri Hills
  4. Biligiri Hills
  5. Bisle Ghat Hillstation
  6. Coonoor Hillstation
  7. Gangamoola Hillstation
  8. Horanadu Hillstation
  9. Kemmannugundi Hillstation
  10. Kudremukh Hillstation
  11. Munnar Hillstation
  12. Nandi hills
  13. Ooty Hillstation
  14. Savanadurga Hill station
  15. Yana Hills
  16. Yercaud Hillstation

Dams in India

Dams in India
India got her independence in 1947. Since then, dams in India have been built across many perennial rivers. These dams are a part of the several multi-purpose projects launched by India to serve a variety of needs. In a multi-purpose project, a river forms a unit and a river valley is developed, by exploiting all the resources of the river.
Dams are built to harness the river water so that it can be utilised according to needs. A multipurpose project is launched often for storing water for irrigation purposes, generating hydro-electricity by utilising the water stored by the dams, preventing floods and facilitating afforestation in the catchment areas of the reservoirs. However, the dams also provide drinking water, using the canals for navigation in some areas and also facilitating pisciculture and recreational activities. The main multipurpose projects constituting the major Indian dams are the Hirakud Project in Orissa, the Bhakra Nangal in Punjab, the Damodar Valley Project in Bihar and Bengal, the Tungabhadra Project in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the Rihand Project in Uttar Pradesh.

At independence, in 1947, there were fewer than 300 large dams in India and by the year 2000 the number had grown to over 4000, more than half of them built between 1971 and 1989. India is declared to be the third in the world in dam building, after US and China. While some of the Indian dams were built primarily for flood control, water supply, and hydroelectric power generation, the primary purpose of most Indian dams (96 percent) remains irrigation. In fact, large dam construction in India has been the main form of investment in irrigation undertaken by the Indian government. But, starting in the 1980s, public investment in large dams in India has been the subject of a sustained controversy that was epitomized by the Sardar Sarovar Project, based on the balance between the social, environmental, and economic costs of dams and their benefits.

Post independence we have made lots of progress in Dam and Water Reservoirs in India. Dams is basically used for Power generation, Water supply, Stabilize water flow / irrigation, Flood prevention, Land reclamation, Water diversion, Recreation and aquatic beauty. India is very rich is Dam and India is having some of the largest Dams and Reservoirs.  Tourist Spot near Dams is very much popular and good sources for attracting tourists
There are all the states in India where dams have been established but Karnataka is very rich in having most of dams and Reservoirs.  Dams in Karnataka is very popular serving the purpose of people of Karnataka and Bangalore. Karnataka is much enriched in terms Dams in South India.

There is List of dams in Karnataka

  1. Almatti Dam
  2. Gajanur Dam
  3. Gundal Reservoir
  4. Harangi Dam
  5. Hidkal Dam
  6. Kadra Dam
  7. Kanakanala Dam
  8. Kanva reservoir
  9. Kodasalli Dam
  10. Krishna Raja Sagara Dam
  11. Lakkavalli Dam
  12. Linganamakki Dam
  13. Marconahally Dam
  14. Mari Kanive Dam
  15. Narihalla Dam
  16. Nugu Reservoir
  17. Sathanur Dam
  18. Supa Dam
  19. Suvarnavathi Reservoir
  20. Thippagondanahalli Reservoir
  21. Tunga Anicut Dam
  22. Tungabhadra Dam
  23. Vani Vilas Sagar Reservoir

Foundation of Dams in Karnataka
It was Shastri who laid the foundation stone for the Upper Krishna Project, of which the Alamatti dam is a part, in 1964.
The noted columnist Kuldip Nayyar, who delivered a lecture on Shastri’s life and contribution to the nation, said the former Prime Minister had tried to resolve the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan by peaceful means.
In August 1965 heavy fighting broke out between the two countries, and a ceasefire was agreed upon in September 1965. Shastri and the then Pakistani President Ayub Khan signed the Tashkent agreement in the presence of the then Prime Minister of the erstwhile USSR, Alexei Kosygin, in January 1966, a few hours before Shastri’s death. Shastri also accepted a unilateral ceasefire with China in 1962 and protected the country’s borders, Mr. Nayyar said.
The life of the second Prime Minister of the country was the absorbing saga of a little man, who, while suffering the rigours of poverty in early life, reached political eminence through the strength of his character.
When Shastri died, he left behind no wealth or property; instead he left an example, which is morally inspiring in an age riddled with political corruption, the columnist said.
It was Shastri who for the first time conceived the idea of an ombudsman to eradicate corruption in public life, he said.
Shastri gave priority to boosting foodgrain production and generation of employment to tackle hunger and poverty. Although Shastri’s tenure as Prime Minister lasted only 13 months (June 9, 1964 to January 11, 1966), it was a period of high drama during which several social and political issues of national importance and international interest, including a major war against Pakistan, came up, Mr. Nayyar said.
Shastri resigned as Minister for Railways in 1956 holding himself responsible for a railway accident in Tamil Nadu (Ariyalur) in which many lives were lost. The unprecedented gesture was greatly appreciated by Parliament and the country, he said.
The then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, speaking in Parliament on the incident, extolled Shastri’s integrity and high ideals. He said he was accepting the resignation because it would set an example in constitutional propriety and not because Shastri was in any way responsible for what had happened.
In between his ministerial assignments, he demonstrated organising abilities and figured in the Congress victories in the first three general elections, Mr. Nayyar said.

Man of integrity 
After more than 30 years of dedicated service, he came to be known as a man of great integrity and competence. Humble, tolerant, with great inner strength and resoluteness, he was a man of the people who understood their language.
Shastri was deeply influenced by the political teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. His slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” is popular even today, he said.
The Ministers M. Mallikarjun Kharge and R.V. Deshpande; the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Krishna; the former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily; Anil Shastri, son of Lal Bahadur Shastri; and Haranahalli Ramaswamy, former Law Minister, were present.

Goverment official websites of districts of Karnataka

District Headquarter(s) Link
Bidar District Bidar bidar.nic.in www.doddaballapurcity.gov.in/*
Belgaum District Belgaum belgaum.nic.in www.egovernments.org/*
Bijapur District Bijapur bijapur.nic.in
Bagalkot District Bagalkot www.bagalkot.nic.in www.mangalorecity.gov.in/*
Bellary District Bellary bellary.nic.in www.hubli-dharwadcity.gov.in/*
Bangalore Rural District Bangalore bangalorerural.nic.in www.belgaumcity.gov.in/*
Bangalore Urban district Bangalore bangaloreurban.nic.in www.gulbargacity.gov.in/*
Chamarajnagar District Chamarajanagar www.ankolatown.gov.in/*
Chikballapur District Chikballapur http://chikballapur.nic.in www.bhadravathicity.gov.in/*
Chikmagalur District Chikmagalur chickmagalur.nic.in www.bhatkaltown.gov.in/*
Chitradurga District Chitradurga chitradurga.nic.in www.bidarcity.gov.in/*
Davanagere District Davanagere www.bijapurcity.gov.in/*
Dharwad District Dharwad dharwad.nic.in www.channapatnacity.gov.in/*
Dakshina Kannada Mangalore http://dk.nic.in www.chickamagalurcity.gov.in/*
Gadag District Gadag gadag.nic.in/ www.chitradurgacity.gov.in/*
Gulbarga District Gulbarga gulbarga.nic.in www.dandelicity.gov.in/*
Hassan District Hassan hassan.nic.in www.davanagerecity.gov.in/*
Haveri District Haveri http://haveri.nic.in www.gadag-betagericity.gov.in/*
Kodagu Madikeri kodagu.nic.in www.gokakcity.gov.in/*
Kolar District Kolar www.kolarcity.gov.in/*
Koppal District Koppal koppal.nic.in www.hassancity.gov.in/*
Mandya District Mandya www.karwarcity.gov.in/*
Mysore District Mysore mysore.nic.in www.mysorecity.gov.in/*
Raichur District Raichur http://raichur.nic.in www.kundapurtown.gov.in/*
Ramanagaram District www.maddurtown.gov.in/*
Shimoga District Shimoga shimoga.nic.in www.mandyacity.gov.in/*
Tumkur District Tumkur www.putturtown.gov.in/*
Udupi District Udupi www.raichurcity.gov.in/*
Uttara Kannada Karwar http://uttarakannada.nic.in www.ramanagaracity.gov.in/*
www.robertsonpetcity.gov.in/*
www.shimogacity.gov.in/*
www.sirsicity.gov.in/*

Statistics of Districts of Karnataka

District Headquarter(s) Population (2001) Area (km²) Density (/km²)
Bidar District Bidar 1,501,374 5,448 276
Belgaum District Belgaum 4,207,264 13,415 314
Bijapur District Bijapur 1,808,863 10,517 172
Bagalkot District Bagalkot 1,652,232 6,583 251
Bellary District Bellary 2,025,242 8,439 240
Bangalore Rural District Bangalore 1,877,416 5,815 323
Bangalore Urban district Bangalore 6,523,110 2,190 2,979
Chamarajnagar District Chamarajanagar 964,275 5,102 189
Chikballapur District Chikballapur
Chikmagalur District Chikmagalur 1,139,104 7,201 158
Chitradurga District Chitradurga 1,510,227 8,437 179
Davanagere District Davanagere 1,789,693 5,926 302
Dharwad District Dharwad 1,603,794 4,265 376
Dakshina Kannada Mangalore 1,896,403 4,559 416
Gadag District Gadag 971,955 4,651 209
Gulbarga District Gulbarga 3,124,858 16,224 193
Hassan District Hassan 1,721,319 6,814 253
Haveri District Haveri 1,437,860 4,825 298
Kodagu Madikeri 545,322 4,102 133
Kolar District Kolar 2,523,406 8,223 307
Koppal District Koppal 1,193,496 7,190 166
Mandya District Mandya 1,761,718 4,961 355
Mysore District Mysore 2,624,911 6,854 383
Raichur District Raichur 1,648,212 6,839 241
Ramanagaram District
Shimoga District Shimoga 1,639,595 8,495 193
Tumkur District Tumkur 2,579,516 10,598 243
Udupi District Udupi 1,109,494 3,879 286
Uttara Kannada Karwar 1,353,299 10,291 132

List of Districts of Karnataka

1 Bagalkot District
2 Bangalore Rural District
3 Bangalore Urban district
4 Belgaum District
5 Bellary District
6 Bidar District
7 Bijapur District
8 Chamarajnagar District
9 Chikballapur District
10 Chikmagalur District
11 Chitradurga District
12 Dakshina Kannada
13 Davanagere District
14 Dharwad District
15 Gadag District
16 Gulbarga District
17 Hassan District
18 Haveri District
19 Kodagu District
20 Koppal District
21 Mandya District
22 Mysore District
23 Raichur District
24 Ramanagaram District
25 Shimoga District
26 Tumkur District
27 Udupi District
28 Uttara Kannada District