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Gajanur Dam

Gajanur Dam


Gajanur is a village 12 km from Shivamogga in the Shivamogga District of Karnataka, India. The Tunga River flows through the village. Gajanur is well known for the dam built across the river.

Gajanur is a popular picnic spot near the Western Ghats, 10 km south-west of Shimoga in Shimoga District, Karnataka. The place is known for an elephant camp, where a large number of elephants are trained every year. The Tunga dam on the river Tunga, Agumbe, Jog Falls, Mandagadde Natural Bird Sanctuary and Thirthahalli are some nearby places of interest.

Gajanur Dam
This resource provides additional irrigation potential in Shimoga District. MCC constructed the dam and its allied works, downstream of the existing anicut across the river Tunga near Gajanur Village, Shimoga. The total length of the dam is 770m. This included 334m of spillway. Approximately 2,47,000 cu.m. of concrete has been laid for this work.

It lies 10 kms southwest. The dam here is ideal for picnics Elephants are trained at the elephant camp here.Stopped at Gajanur dam along the way near Shimoga. This is a dam and has all the security systems in place. People are not allowed beyond a certain point.

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Nearest Railway Station:Shimoga has a railway station and there are frequent trains that run to Shimoga from Bangalore and Mysore.Birur Junction is around 60 Kms from Shimoga and is well connected by train to most part of India.
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Road Transport:From Bangalore,Shimoga is well connected by road.KSRTC has recently introduced Volvo buses which are comfortable and fast way of reaching Shimoga from Bangalore. Shimoga is around 270 Kms from Bangalore.

It is 10Kms. from Shimoga on Thirthahalli Road.
A Dam is constructed across the river Tunga.
It is 580'in width and 60'in height. Upper Tunga

10 Km drive from Shimoga on the way to Tirthahalli road takes you to Tunga Anicut built across the river Tunga.The BangaloreOrbit to Gajanur through lush green paddy fields and arecanut plantations is very picturesque.The dam is in S-Shape and uniqueness about the dam is , there are no huge Crest gates and is more like an Earthen Dam.Recently the height of the dam was increased.There are lots of forested islands in the Catchment area which makes the view surrounding the dam fantastic and makes an ideal picnic place.This region receives lot of rainfall and is lush green.This place has superb tropical forests and some very pretty hilly areas.
During heavy rains in monsoon, the water level in the dam raises and the water gushing out of the dam presents a sight that is attracting visitors.The day I visited, due to the copious rains during the week,water was let out of the dam as the storage in the reservoir has reached the full level. The dam is quite small and on the day of my visit Tunga was just four feet below the danger mark and provided a spectacular sight.

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10 kms south, has a lion and tiger safari.

Kodachadri 120 kms from Shimoga this beautiful hill station is nestled in the Western Ghats.


This town is about 16 kms northwest of Thirthahalli. The river Sharavathi takes its origin here and a Shivalinga is installed at the spot. The Mandagadde and Gudavi Bird Sanctuaries are not to be missed.

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There are lots of decent budget hotels in Shimoga.But , there is an Inspection Bungalow in the Dam site and the reservation authority is the The Executive Engineer , Upper Tunga Project,Shimoga.The booking can be done by reaching the engineer on 08182-222972.If you want to experience the rustic malnad life, you can stay at the locals residents as well.

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