The village, Gajanur, is situated at a distance of about 12km from Shivamogga (Shimoga). It is also popularly known as the “Gateway of Malnad”. One of the major attractions in the village is the Gajanur Dam that is, built on the River Tunga. The village is also home to a wide variety of birds which is another attraction of the village.
ತುಂಗಾ ನದಿ ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ನದಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು. ಈ ನದಿಗೆ ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದಿಂದ ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮಾರ್ಗವಾಗಿ 10ಕೀ.ಮೀ ದೂರದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಕಟ್ಟಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಮುಖವಾಗಿ ಕೃಷಿ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳ ನೀರಾವರಿಗಾಗಿ ಬಳಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ವಿಶಾಲವಾದ ಜಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಲ್ಲುವ ನೀರು ಹಾಗೂ ಸುತ್ತಲ ಸುಂದರ ಪರಿಸರ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರನ್ನು ಆಕರ್ಷಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಗಾಜನೂರು ಆಣೆಕಟ್ಟೆ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರು ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡುವ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ತಾಣವಾಗಿದೆ.
The dam is surrounded by plantations, forest and fields on its sides, which makes it a visual treat to its visitors. Built on the River Tunga, the dam is about 770mt in length with a spillway length of about 334mt. The maximum capacity of the dam is about 533.24 meter and has 22 crest gates.
The dam was built in the year 1972 by the Mysore Construction Company (MCC). During the monsoons, the village is seen to receive heave rainfalls as it is surrounded by the Western Ghats. The dam was constructed in the shape of the alphabet ‘S’ mainly so that it would provide the additional irrigation possibility and also would control floods in a better manner. The dam is an architectural marvel as it has around 22, not very huge, crest gates, but, the dam effectively controls the heavy flows of the Tunga River during the monsoons.
The dam provides it’s visitors with a very calm and peaceful atmosphere with the chirping of birds, the serenity of the lush green forests and the sound of the waters passing through the crest gates. The River Tunga welcomes all of its visitors with a beautiful view and watershed.
The calmness and serenity of the surroundings is a necessary factor to reduce the stress and to escape the busy city lives.
The dam’s architecture is a marvel as it is well designed in a very subtle manner to manage the heavy flows of the River Tunga.
The lush green forests, the green fields and the waters, provide the dam’s visitors with an amazing vacation spot.
The weather at the village is almost always cold as the district is situated at a height of about 569 meter above the sea level. Therefore, the village and the dam can be visited during any time of the year. But, the best time to visit the dam is post the monsoons, during mid-winters, i.e., between October to March. The dam is open to visitors from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The dam is located at a distance of 15.9 km from Shivamogga (Shimoga).
ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದಿಂದ ತೀರ್ಥಹಳ್ಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಹಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು 10 ಕೀ.ಮೀ ದೂರ ಕ್ರಮಿಸಿದರೆ ಸಿಗುತ್ತದೆ ಗಾಜನೂರು.
Shivamogga (Shimoga) is well connected by the road networks from most cities. Government as well as private buses shuttles from Shivamogga (Shimoga) to the dam and there on private taxis or other modes of transport can be used. Visitors can also use their own vehicles to reach to the spot.
The nearest Railway Station is the Shivamogga (Shimoga) Railway Station and is located at a distance of about 16kms.
The nearest Airport is the Mangalore International Airport. It is located at a distance of about 188km from the village. The airport is connected to the village by road as well as train.
Sakrebylu Elephant Camp – 2.3 km- It is considered to be one of the first spots of attractions to most elephant lovers. The camp is exclusively dedicated to captive elephants. These elephants are trained and are also provided with snacks, food and water in the camp.
Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary – 14 km- The bird sanctuary is famous as a variety of migratory birds can be found here. The sanctuary is made of dense forests which provides shelter to these birds. A wide variety of flora and fauna can also be found here. The sanctuary is one of the 20 important sanctuaries in the country.
Shivappa Nayaka Palace – 17 km- The palace is now turned to the Government Museum. Though the palace is named after the famous Shivappa Nayaka, the palace was built back in the 18th Century by the ruler of the Mysore Province, Hyder Ali. The palace is of utmost historical significance.
Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari – 25 km- The reserve is famous for the variety of lions and tigers it houses. The reserve stretches in about 200 hectares of land and is the refuge camp for lions and tigers that are rescued from circuses all around the country. The reserve is also home to leopards, deer, sloth bears and a variety of birds.
Koodli – 33 km- A small village in the Shivamogga (Shimoga) district, is famous as it houses the meeting point of the holy rivers- River Tunga and River Bhadra, therefore, giving rise to the Tungabhadra River. The village is home to an exquisite view of this sangama.
Shri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple – 33 km- The temple is located in Bhadravati, which is an industrial town and is dedicated to the Hindu Lord Vishnu. It was constructed in the 13th Century by the Hoysalas. It is a beautiful temple and it’s architecture is said to be one of a kind.
Bhadra Dam – 38 km- The dam is built on the Bhadra River which is a tributary of the River Tungabhadra. The dam was built to enhance the irrigation process and also for hydroelectric power generation. It was commissioned in the year 1965. It is an earth cum masonry structure.
Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary – 52 km- It is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. The Tunga Anicut Dam is located in the sanctuary is also home to a variety of birds and otters. The sanctuary is divided into three parts and tourists are allowed only into the Tourist zone of the sanctuary.