The dam creates the biggest reservoir on the Tungabhadra River with 101 tmcft of gross storage capacity at full reservoir level (FRL) 498 m MSL, and water spread area of 378 square kilometres. The dam is 49.39 meters high above its deepest foundation. The left canals emanating from the reservoir supplies water for irrigation entirely in Karnataka state. Two right bank canals are constructed — one at low level and the other at high level serving irrigation in Karnataka and Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh. Hydropower units are installed on canal drops. The reservoir water is used to supply water to downstream barrages Rajolibanda and Sunkesula located on the Tungabhadra River. The identified water use from the project is 220 tmcft by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh got 151 tmcft and 79 tmcft water use entitlement respectively.
Elephant Camp (15km)
Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is located at a distance of 14 Km from Shimoga city on Shimoga-Thirthahalli road. Sakrebailu Elephant Camp houses a number of elephants and these elephants will be trained by experienced Mahouts. Elephants from the nearby forests arrives this place to take bath, have snacks and play in the Backwaters of River Tunga before they go back to the forest.
It is an amazing experience to see the elephants playing in water especially for kids. Sakrebailu Elephant Camp is a must visit travel destination.
Tiger & Lion Safari (12 km)
Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is located at a distance of 10 km from Shimoga in the state of Karnataka, India. The safari has an area of 250 hectares and was started in 1988.While mainly depending on entry fees for its financing, an adoption scheme introduced in the early 2000s has been a success. Celebrities, institutions, and animal lovers have contributed directly to the welfare of the zoo inmates. Lions, Tigers and leopards are kept in separate enclosures and they are viewed by a guided "safari" vehicle. The Tigers when stray in to nearby villages are captured and kept in this safari. Tigress kept in this safari has given birth to cubs during 2005. More than 11 different species birds were kept in cages for display, which include the white pheasant, silver pheasant, red jungle fowl, love birds etc.
Relatively rare Black Panther is born in Tyavarekoppa during 2012 and is available for public view as a caged animal
Jog Falls (110 km)
Jog Falls is created by the Sharavati River dropping 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India after the Nohkalikai Falls with a drop of 335 m (1100 ft) in Meghalaya. The Sharavati, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards (230 m) wide, here reaches a tremendous chasm, 290 m (960 ft) deep, and the water comes down in four distinct falls. The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft (250 m). Halfway down it is encountered by the Roarer, another fall, which precipitates itself into a vast cup and then rushes violently downwards at an angle of forty-five degrees to meet the Raja. A third fall, the Rocket, shoots downwards in a series of jets; while the fourth, the Rani, moves quietly over the mountain side in a sheet of foam. The Tourism Department has built steps from the viewpoint to the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen at the opposite side. There are approximately 1400 steps built to reach the bottom of the hill.
Shivappa Nayaka Palace (3 km)
The Government Museum (Shivappa Nayaka Palace) named after the popular 17th century king Shivappa Nayaka of the Keladi Nayaka dynasty is located in Shivamogga city (formerly known as Shimoga), the district headquarters of the Shivamogga district in the Karnataka state, India. Though named after the Nayaka king, according to art historian George Mitchell, the palatial bungalow was actually built by the 18th century Mysore ruler Hyder Ali. The two storied building comprises a Durbar hall ("Nobel court") with massive wooden pillars and lobed arched panels. The living chambers on the sides are at the upper level and have balconies and look down into the hall. Numerous antiquities collected from nearby temples and archeological sites, such as sculptures, inscriptions and hero stones from the Hoysala era and later periods are on display at the palace grounds. The building is a protected monument under the Karnataka state division of the Archaeological Survey of India
Bhadra River Project (28 km) is located on the Bhadra River a tributary of Tungabhadra River in the western part of Karnataka in India. The benefits derived from the reservoir storage are irrigation with gross irrigation potential of 162,818 hectares (402,330 acres), hydro power generation of 39.2 MW (three powerhouses, located on the right and left bank main canals), drinking water supply and industrial use. The dam commissioned in 1965 is a composite earth cum masonry structure of 59.13 metres (194.0 ft) height with length of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) at the crest level, which submerges a land area of 11,250.88 hectares (27,801.5 acres) The Bhadra Dam project was the irrigation scheme to be undertaken by the National Water Management Project (NWMP), with the aim of increasing agricultural prosperity, particularly for rice production. The dam was built to a height of 59.13 metres (194.0 ft) (above the river bed level) between 1947 (start of construction) and 1965 (year of commissioning). It has a gross storage capacity of 2.025 km3, live storage of 63.00 BCF at full reservoir level and a dead storage of 8.50 BCF at RL (reservoir level) of 631.54 metres (2,072.0 ft). The storage created by the reservoir is according to the allocation of 61.70 BCF (1.747 km3 including direct evaporation of 0.14 km3) of water made under the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal Award. The dam is built on a shattered rock based with a central masonry spillway. It has an earthen embankment on the left side and a rock hillock on the opposite side.
Kollur Temple (26 Km)
Mythology holds that at the Kollur Mookambika Temple lived a demon named Kaumasura, who unleashed terror upon the gods by the special powers he obtained from Lord Shiva. While the gods were trying their best to stay away from him, good news came that the demon would face death. Learning of his impending doom, Kaumasura undertook severe penance. Lord Shiva appeared, asking the demon what boon he would like to be granted. Sensing that grave danger would come of the demon if his boon was granted, Saraswati, the goddess of speech took away his ability to speak. Kaumasura came to be known as Mookasura or the mute demon. Thereafter, the goddess mobilized all the powers of the gods and killed the demon, and hence she came to be known as Mookambika. The place where Mookabika killed the demon came to be known as Marana Katte.
Sigandur Temple (105Km)
Sigandur or Sigandooru is a small village located in Sagara Taluk, Karnataka, India. The village is surrounded on three sides by backwaters of Linganamakki dam formed by Sharavathi River. The place is known for Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple, which attracts hundreds of people every day. The temple is managed by temple committee and Holekoppa Ramappa is the secretary of the temple committee as of 2013.During Ashada month (June - July) every year, special pooja and worship are held in Sigandur. Thousands of devotees travel to this place during this poojas.