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Tunga Anicut Dam

Tunga Anicut Dam


Situiated 15 km from Shimoga, this dam was built across the river Tungabadra. You can enjoy boat trips around the lake. Situated around 15 Km from Shimoga, Tunga Anicut Dam is a popular choice for picnic among the locales. Boat ride in the lake is the favorite activity that tourist like to indulge in, when visiting Tunga Anicut Dam. The dam is open from 10 AM to 5 PM on all days. Just 3 Km from the dam is Sacrebyle, which is an elephant camp. The camp houses several elephants. The best time to visit the camp is early in the morning when the elephants are taken for a bath in the lake.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.

Location info:

Address:15 Km from Shimoga,across the river Tungabadra.
District: SHIMOGA
Nearest City: Shimoga city.
Best time to visit: Monsoon

Climate/Weather of Tunga Anicut Dam:


History of Tunga Anicut Dam:

Shimoga (meaning Face of Shiva), established by the Keladi rulers, enjoyed its golden days during the rule of Shivappa Nayaka in around 1600 AD.

Interesting things to do:

You can enjoy boat trips around the lake.

Lion Tiger Reserve: This Lion - Tiger Reserve / Safari is located nearly 12 km from Shimoga towards Jog Falls.

Interesting things to Visit:

Lion Tiger Reserve:

This Lion - Tiger Reserve / Safari is located nearly 12 km from Shimoga towards Jog Falls.


A small town in the district of Shimoga, located 30 km from Jog Falls, Sagara is home to several ancient temples.


A small town in Kodagu district, Siddapura lies in Western Ghats, providing captivating views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges.


A town in Uttara Kannada district, Sirsi is like a hill-station set amidst emerald green forests and several waterfalls.

Mobile range info:


How to reach Tunga Anicut Dam?

Nearest Railway Station:Bangalore city station.

Nearest Airport:Bangalore International Airport.

Road Transport:Bangalore to SHIMOGA

Nearest Visiting places in Tunga Anicut Dam:

  • Agumbe
  • Jog Falls
  • Ballegavi
  • Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary
  • Ganapathi Devasthana
  • Basaveshwar Temple
  • Marikamba Devasthana
  • Kannika Parmeshwari

Nearest Petrol Pump:

On the way to Shimoga.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation nearby Tunga Anicut Dam:

  • Hotel Jewel rock
  • Hotel Mathura Residency
  • Hotel Malnad and Hotel Ashoka Deluxe.

Things to carry:

Mineral water bottle, first aid kit etc.Hotel availability.

Tips & Suggestions for Tunga Anicut Dam:


Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:Hospitals at shimoga or bangalore.
Society/Community Phone Number

Tunga Anicut Dam Nearest Attraction

Agumbe Hillstation
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Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
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Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary
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Ikkeri Archeology
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Barkana Falls
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Honnemaradu Falls
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Jog WaterFalls
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Kunchikal Falls
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Dandavathi River
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Sharavathi River
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Varada river
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Varahi River
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Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
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