(Last Updated on : 12/03/2012)
Dams in Karnataka are constructed across several rivers flowing throughout this state. In Karnataka
, nine rivers flow in different places and the water of these rivers are used for several purposes like irrigation, drinking and hydropower generation, etc. with the help of dams.
Ghataprabha Reservoir in Karnataka
is constructed over Ghataprabha River
in Karnataka. The objective of constructing this reservoir across Ghataprabha River was to store water for irrigational purpose. The first stage of construction started in 1897 and included a 71 km long left bank canal across Ghataprabha River for providing irrigation to an extent of around 0.425 lakh hectares. The second stage of construction of Ghataprabha reservoir included left bank canal near Hidkal, up to a height of nearly 650.14 metres.
Krishnarajasagara Dam in Karnataka
The famous Brindavan Gardens
is located on the yard of the Krishnarajasagara
Dam. These gardens are very elegantly decorated and have several colourful fountains. The closest airport terminal from this dam is the Bengaluru International Airport.
Alamatti Dam in Karnataka
Another popular dam of Karnataka is the Alamatti dam
. This dam stands across the Krishna River
. It benefits the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh
. Basava Sagara
is a dam and reservoir in Karnataka.
Linganamakki Dam in Karnataka
The Linganamakki dam
was built across the Sharavathi River. The State Government of Karnataka erected the Linganamakki dam in the year 1964. This dam was situated in the premises of Sagara taluk. It has a length of around 2.4 kilometres, expanding across the Sharavathi River. The Linganamakki dam is also considered as a popular tourist attraction. There is a huge reservoir behind this dam and the release from Linganamakki dam is quite heavy.
Supa Dam in Karnataka
is another significant reservoir of Karnataka and is standing across Kali River
. The Supa dam is situated in Uttara Kannada District
. The main purpose of constructing this dam was to produce power. Karnataka Power Corporation had constructed this dam and the electric power generating station successfully serves the purpose of a Hydroelectric Power station. The electricity produced by this dam is supplied to diverse parts of the state.
Kadra Dam in Karnataka
Another notable dam in Karnataka is the Kadra Dam
. This dam is located in the Uttara Kannada district
of Karnataka. It stands on Kalinadi River. The vital purpose to erect this dam was to initiate a hydroelectric project for the supply of water to turbines of electric power generating station. KPCL completed the project.
Tunga Bhadra Dam in Karnataka
Tunga Bhadra project is a combined endeavour of Andhra Pradesh
. The Tunga Bhadra Dam
is 2441 metres in length and 49.38 metres in height and it is built on the Tunga Bhadra River. Over the Kabini River, the Kabini Reservoir
was designed. It is close to Bidarahally and Beechana halli in Mysore District
with canals on both the banks.
Harangi Dam in Karnataka
One of the well-known dams in Karnataka state is the Harangi Dam
. The dam is an ideal picnic spot and there are some short walks along selected paths. It is a beautiful reservoir cuddled in north Kodagu, in the Kodagu district
in Karnataka. Harangi Dam is located at a distance of 36 kilometres from Madikeri
. The length of this dam is around 846 metres and its height if 47 metres. The spot of this dam is renowned for its calm environment.
Hemavati Reservoir in Karnataka
Hemavati reservoir is impounded behind the Gorur Dam, which is located at a distance of about 12 kilometres from Hassan
to Arakalagud. Kodasalli Dam
is built across the River Kali in the state of Karnataka. Karnataka Power Corporation had constructed this dam and the electric power generating station successfully serves the purpose of a Hydroelectric Power station. Thus, it is visible that dams in Karnataka provide water to different parts of the state, control flood and help in power.