Gajanur Dam

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Gajanur Dam

Gajanur Dam is Situated 12 km from Shimoga. The river Tunga flows in the village and the dam is built on this river.

The place is a famous picnic spot and is hardly 10 km from Shimoga district.

It is a sight to behold when the elephants are trained and bathed.

The gajanur dam itself is an engineering marvel. It is 770 m long and has a spillway of 334 m.

The security system in here is very strong and one need not worry much while exploring the place.

Due to high security people are banned from visiting across a certain level.

The best time to visit the place is from post monsoon and winters.

How to Reach

Bangalore - Tumkur - Arsikere - Shimoga - Gajanur

Exact Location: It is hardly 12 km from Shimoga district.

Nearest Town: Shimoga (12 km).

Distance from Bangalore: 293 km

Best Time to Visit: Post Monsoon and Winters.

Other Information

Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary: It is smaller than the other bird sanctuaries found in Karnataka, but it still is well known for housing some of the most spectacular looking bird species.

Like several other sanctuaries, the backdrop of this one is also dense forest and a river called Tunga.

Jog Falls: It is one of the highest waterfalls in India,created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m.

It is the second-highest plunge waterfall in India, located in Sagara, Shimoga District.

Gudavi Bird Sanctuary: Gudavi Bird Sanctuary is supposed to be one of the 5 best sanctuaries of Karnataka and is spread in the .74 km of Bangalore.

The place has nearly 191 species of birds and is surrounded by lots of trees that are a natural shelter to birds.

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Newly Added Shimoga Experience
24 December 2019
It was an impulsive decision which turned out to be an exhilarating experience. I was planning to go on a trek from long back but could not get a chance. But with Thrillophillia, it was made into reality. I was a part of the trekking group which visited Kodachadri on 20/12/2019 which turned out to be an adventure-seeking, goofy and most loving bunch of people. Our Trek lead (Habeeb) his energy was contagious. He guided us with the same energy at the start till end. He knows the route pretty well that I was effortless in following him. Everyone in the group is friendly. As I am travelling alone, I never felt lost or ignored. The itinerary and the stay are awesome. The food which was provided is satiable and filling. The transport has been changed in the last minute, but that was also great. I boarded the bus at 11:00 PM on Friday at Goruguntepalya, reached Halli Mane HomeStay by 8:00 AM on Saturday, from there we started our trek by 9:30 AM and reached Hidlumane waterfalls by 11:30 AM spent some time there and continued our journey till 2:30 PM by which we reached Devasa there we had our lunch and continued the ascend we reached Kodachadri peak by 5:30 PM and enjoyed the beautiful sunset the return was in Jeep which was a roller-coaster kind of experience and "I loved it". We reached homestay by 8:30 PM and had good dinner and spend some time near the campfire. On the next day, we started our return journey by 9:30 AM in between we visited Nagara Fort ruins. Overall it was a great hasslefree experience and a big Thumbs up to #Thrillophilia Until next time, Happy Travelling :-)
"Fantastic experience , trek to kodachadri is one of the greatest experience for each one of our group. most of the people from our group was first time trekkers though the Mountains were tough to climb host Kiran and dixit kept us motivated. took very good care of us. we were group of 8 members who joined other 4 member in the trip. we started on a weekend and reached Saturday morning got freshup had a decent breakfast and took a box of lunch with us and started to trek. after 4 to 5 km we reached hidulumane waterfalls ( best time to visit is July to December before 15 ) as water level decreases. this is one of the beautiful experience one can have. After we enjoy the waterfalls again we started to trek for another 8 to 10 km to the top. \nat 1 we rested near stream and had a good lunch. we reached the peak around 3 and again left at 330 and we walked all the way from jeep track. you will really need strong legs as the gravity pulls you when you are coming down.we reached homestay around 8 pm and took a hot water shower and sat near camp fire for some time and rested for the day. next day we visited nagarfort, kavludurga fort and also kavi mane( kuvempu house) it was all worth it.\nevery one in group is so happy as the host took very good care of us. if any one planning to visit this place it's awesome .Enjoy "
25 November 2019
Trek to Kodachadri is one of the best experiences in my life. Killer view, challenging terrain and amazing trails. The sunset and hidlumane waterfalls are to die for. Our trek was organised well and I am really thankful to Jay Prakash and Rahil ( our trek leads as well) for the constant help, for keeping us interactive, providing us a decent accommodation and travel and making this trek a safe and a memorable one. You guys are doing a great job! Totally worth the money and I did get a huge family out of this trek for free!
16 October 2015
Kodachadri is certainly one of the most beautiful trekking trails, one fact that I realized after spending 10 years in Karnataka. Beautiful place, loved the trekking and the entire region is so calm that it automatically de-stresses you.
10 October 2014
Awesome experience!!!! Very beautiful place and the waterfall in between trek made the experience even more delightful. We were lucky enough that there were very few leeches :) And the last our trek guide made this experience a life long remembering experience. A must visit to Kodachadri....!!
03 March 2020
The trekking experience was amazing. Relaxing around the waterfall, trekking till the summit, enjoying the trail, capturing memories, and stunning views everything was just perfect. We had a great time camping and enjoyed a lot near the bonfire as well. The food was delicious as well. The early morning visit to Nagara Fort was great. Overall it’s worth a visit once.
09 March 2020
I visited there with my cousins and we had such a thrilling experience there. We bonded a lot during this trekking and had taken a lot of pictures throughout the trek. The view from the summit is breathtaking and Thrillophilia organized it very well.
We had climbed other peaks of Karnataka as well but this Kodachadri Trek was best till date, as the views in this trekking are incomparable to any other trek here. The waterfall and the lush greenery makes it more amazing to go for.
12 December 2019
This was the best thing we had done while our visit to Karnataka. The trekking trail was beautiful and worth going for. As an adventure lover, we loved trekking and the difficulty level of this trek is challenging. We enjoyed our visit here.
18 September 2019
Kodachadri is a mountain peak in Karnataka’s district of Shimoga. It is a 2 Days trek which is average. While trekking one can adore the beauty of this place. The sunset that I got to see was mesmerizing. It was a clear day and that made our trekking much better as we can experience the beauty of that place.

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