Tungabhadra Dam, which is the largest dam in Karnataka, is located approximately five km from Hospet town. The town is to the north of Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. Nature has poured all her natural assets on this beautiful land. Thousands of tourists visit this site round the year.
The Tungabhadra dam is constructed across the river Tungabhadra. Tourists can have a wonderful view of the waterpower of the dam, while standing at any part of the dam. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are the two states that share the stored water among them. To reach the dam, tourists have to take a drive through a narrow road and some surrounding hills, which are bound with coffee coloured soil and green plants. There are some small and multicolored houses beside the road. If we discount the telephone and electric lines which moves in a zigzag way, the scenery of the road is beautiful. An entry to the each end of the dam is limited due to the security reasons. The dam has 33 spillway gates to release water.
A small house that serves as a lighthouse is located at the top of a mount, beside the Tungabhadra dam. This lighthouse is one of the best places to have an eye-catching view of the environment. The government of Karnataka has designed a beautiful garden at the foot of the dam, which is one of the ideal places to spend some leisure moments. On the arrival of monsoon in the months of May and June, all the gates of the dam are closed to store water in it.
The best time for the tourist to visit Tungabhadra dam is during the month of August. All the 33 gates of the dam are opened on 15 of August. Generally, the dam is full with water during these days and when the water is released out, it flows in a symobolism of the celebration of the Independence Day of India. You might be lucky one if you reach here in the month of August.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/11