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Hidkal Dam

Hidkal Dam


Constructed across Ghataprabha River, Hidkal Dam is situated at Hukkeri in Belgaum district in the state of Karnataka, India.Also known as Raja Lakhamgowda Dam, this dam site is important because many fossils have been revealed in nearby areas. The dam site draws not only tourists but also archeologists.Situated in Gokak taluk about 40 KM from Belagaavi.Bar-headed geese have arrive at the Ghataprabha near the Hidkal dam here. These water birds (Anser indicus) from Central Asia have been visiting Indian wetlands for long. Normally, they take off during non-breeding period, cross the mighty Himalayas and camp in Assam, northern Burma, wetlands of Pakistan and parts of India, including Hidkal near here and at Magadi in Gadag district.About 20 migratory bird species visit the Ghataprabha-Hidkal belt every year, attracting birdwatchers from various places across the district.

Location info:

District: Belgaum District
Nearest City: Belgaum
Best time to visit: Rainy season

Climate/Weather of Hidkal Dam:


History of Hidkal Dam:

Hidkal dam was constructed in the year 1977 with an estimated cost of Rs. 9.47 crores. Area irrigated under this is 13400 hectors, situated in Gokak taluk about 40 KM from Belagaavi.

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Interesting things to Visit:


Belguam fort takes center stage. Who can resist to stroll around this interesting pre Muslim monument? where mosques and temples coexist in perfect harmony. At the very entrance, you will find two shrines, one dedicated to the elephant God Ganapathi, and the other to the Goddess Durga.


Within the walls of the fort is the late Chalukya style, of which the Kamala Basti with Neminatha idol in black stone should not be missed. The masterpiece here is the "Mukhamantapa" with a well executed lotus on its ceiling. Coming out after your sojourn at the fort, you have a wide choice of temples and churches to visit.


Of the churches, the st. Mary's church awes one with its imposing gothic stone structure built in 1869. Light filters through the gorgeous stained glass windows and doors to enhance the fine Biblical drawings on the walls. You could take time to visit the St. Xavier's church ( the oldest ), st. Anthony's church, the cathedral of Our Lady and Methodist church.


Situated amidst enchanting hilly surroundings of the Jamboti forest is a fine spot. To reach it one has to travel from Jamboti upto a point four km beyond Chapoli and then cross the river (only in December and January) Mahadayi twice (in between is a small hill) finally leading to an elevated flat hillock. Here the river Mahadayi flowing in a serpentine fashion takes a first jump from a height of about 60 meters.


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How to reach Hidkal Dam?

Nearest Railway Station:Belgaum is connected by rail to Bangalore (via Londa), Bombay(via Miraj), Vasco da Gama.
Nearest Airport:Sambra Airport which is 10Kms from Belgaum City
Road Transport: Bangalore (502 Kms), Bombay (550 Kms),Panji-Goa (150 Kms)

Nearest Visiting places in Hidkal Dam:

  • Kapileshwara Temple
  • Bhartinand swamiji math, Inchal
  • Sogal Someshwar Temple in Bailhongal taluk
  • Kittur
  • Shri Renuka Yellamma Temple, near Saundatti
  • Hidkal Dam
  • Vajrapoha Falls

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Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Hidkal Dam:

Hotel Sanman Deluxe
Hotel Sanman Deluxe is a business hotel located at Belgaum (Karnataka, India) at 1.5 kms from Station and Bus Depot and 15 kms from Airport.

Things to carry:

Mineral Water ,food , clothes.

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:Many hospitals in Belgaum itself.
Society/Community Phone Number

Hidkal Dam Nearest Attraction

Shri Yellamma Devi Fair
This fair is held at Yellamma temple that is situated in Saundatti area of Belgaum district. Yelamma devi is worshipped in this holy sanctum. The temple is situated on the top of the hill that is known as Yellammagudda.The fairs are held many times amidst October and February, yet the celebration is at peak on the day of Margasira.....more
The Godachi Fair
The Godachi fair is held at Godachi village in Ramdurg Taluk of Karnataka. It is held in the month of Kartik This fair is held in the honour of Shri Veerabhadra and it is organized by the government of Karnataka.Organized by the government of Karnataka, this fair takes place at the Godachi village in Ramdurg Taluk of Karnataka.....more
Devarayana durga temple
Devarayan Durga is a rocky hill station situated in the midst of picturesque scenery at an altitude of 3940 feet, about nine miles east of Tumkur town of Karnataka State of India. It is 65 km from Bangalore, India, by road on Tumkur road There are 3 elevations and seven gates leading to the top.....more
Ghataprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
This is located in Belgaum district and is spread over 20.78 km2. This sanctuary is known for migratory birds like demoiselle crane and European white stork.Belgaum district is a district in the state of Karnataka, India. The city of Belgaum is the district headquarters. By the 2001 Census of India, it had a population of 4,214,505 of which 24.03% were urban.....more
Gokak falls
The Gokak Falls is a waterfall located on the Ghataprabha river in Belgaum district of Karnataka, India. The waterfall is six kilometers away from Gokak, a nearby town.After a long winding course, Ghataprabha river takes a leap of 52 metres over the sand-stone cliff amidst a picturesque gorge of the rugged valley.....more
Varapoha Falls
Varapoha Falls is situated in the Belgaum District of Karnataka, India in the hilly surroundings of the Jamboti forest. This fall is on the Mandovi river, the water of the river falls from a height of about 150 feets. It is one of the few less known & most spectacular fall of the Western Ghats, which is still unspoiled and not choked.....more