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Bhadra River

Bhadra River


The Bhadra River is a river in Karnataka state in southern India.The Bhadra originates in the Western Ghats range, and flows east across the Deccan Plateau, joined by its tributaries the Somavahini, Thadabehalla, and Odirayanahalla. The river flows through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. A dam was built across the river near Lakkavalli. The Bhadra meets the Tunga River at Koodli, a small town near Shivamogga. The combined river continues east as the Tungabhadra, a major tributary of the Krishna, which empties into the Bay of Bengal.

Originating from the Western Ghats, the Bhadra is one of the important rivers that flows through Chikmagalur District. Five sacred ponds including Kotiteertha, Rudrateertha, Ambateertha, Nagateertha, and Vasishthateertha are located nearby. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary got its name from the Bhadra river.

Ecology of the river :-Based the ecology of the river, the entire river stretch can be divided into three distinct regions: (a) Region of surplus (comprises upper stretches of Tunga and Bhadra up to Tunga Anicut and Badhra Reservoir Project (BRP), having more or less pristine flow regime); (b) Controlled flow region (from BRP till Tungabhadra Reservoir (TBR) at Hospet. During the monsoon period, this region has natural flows but in the lean periods, flow rates are governed by agreement with Tungabhadra Board. This region shows intense cultivation and return flows are polluted in nature from urban settlements and industrial units as well) and (c) Region of deficit (marked from TBR till its confluence with River Krishna, and also water shortage).

Location info:

Address:the origin of the Arkavathy River is traced to the southern foot of the Nandi Hills, which is 3000 meters above the sea level
District:Chikkaballapur district.
Nearest City:Shimoga
Best time to visit: between June and September, leaving the entire sanctuary lush and green


SEASON The climate is generally pleasant all through the year, while the bulk of the rainfall occurs during the Southwest Monsoon, between June and September, leaving the entire sanctuary lush and green. Summer months of March, April and May would be slightly warm.



Interesting things to do:

☀ Jeep rides into Bhadra Tiger Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary, which is about 4km from the resort.
☀ Sailing, kayaking, water cycle, water trampoline, joy fishing on offer.
☀ Boat ride on the backwaters of the Bhadra Reservoir.
☀ Trekking, island camping, bird watching, rock climbing for children and star gazing.
☀ A visit to Tyverekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari and visits to the Sakkrebyle Elephant camp.

Interesting things to Visit:

WILDLIFE The Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of following Birds and Animals:
☀ Birds : The Grey junglefowl, Red spurfowl, Painted bush quail, Emerald dove, Southern green imperial pigeon, Great black woodpecker, Malabar parakeet and Hill myna just to name a few.
☀ Reptiles : Marsh crocodiles are usually found in the upstream stretches of the Bhadra River and Monitor lizards are also a common sight. The common otter and the smooth Indian otter can usually be sighted at the Bhadra Reservoir.
☀ Animals : Gaur certainly are the pride of Bhadra which is a common sight. Leopards are also fairly common, particularly in the Lakkavalli area. Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary has been recently adopted under 'Project Tiger'. This is an ideal tiger habitat although it is rare to see one! Wild dog tracks are also found all over the area. Elephants occur in all parts of the sanctuary and seem to migrate locally between Muthodi and Lakkavalli.
☀ Other Mammals : Palm civet, Stripe necked mongoose, Sloth bear, Large brown flying squirrel, Sambar, Spotted deer and the Wild boar.

Mobile range info:


How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Shimoga
Nearest Airport:Mangalore
Road Transport:Well connected by roads various KSRTC & Private Buses ply daily from various places.

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Nearest Petrol Pump:



River Tern Lodge (Bhadra Wilderness Retreat) is a Jungle Lodges Resort located near Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary which is situated in the midst of the Western Ghats of Shimoga dist around Chikmaglur area in Karnataka (India).

It is surrounded by the hill ranges of Babudangiri and has a blend of nature and wildlife. It is located on a hillock, at the edge of the picturesque Bhadra River, near Lakkavalli adjoining the northern boundaries of the Bhadra Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Tips & Suggestions:

Distance : Shimoga : 38 kms, Mangalore - 200 kms, Chikmagalur : 50 kms, Bangalore : 300 kms

River Tern Lodge is a Weekend Getaway Ex-Bangalore or visited as a part of a Karnataka Itinerary

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:Shimoga
Nearest Hospital:Shimoga
Society/Community Phone Number

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