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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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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....!!
10 October 2014
Wonderful! Truly an enchanting experience. Little did I think that this place is going to influence me so much when I signed up for this trek along with my friend. You don't have to be a pro to trek Kodachadri. The distance and different terrains makes the trek a bit difficult and adventurous. But the feeling when you reach the peak is just unparalleled! :)
27 May 2015
For the beginners Kodachadri is one of the best trek to kick start with your trekking boot-rockets as me and my friends scored out the long pending to do list with our first trek to this enchanting hills. First of all if you are a bangalorean you need to bide up yourself as the journey to Kodachadri itself will cover around 422 odd kms and then your day 1 trek starts from the base camp. The entire tiresome journey would fade away once you take a sight of the fascinating hillside with very a little human movement. The best part of our trek was the falls we found in the middle of the jungle as all in a sudden it popped up from nowhere(Disclaimer: Your energy would drain up here if you take a shower at falls as the real trek to the up hill starts from this point). We took this trek on Offseason in the month of April and was tested thoroughly for our stamina & endurance. Day 2 was fun filled with early morning kayaking, hanging bridge and some exploration on a fort. Food at homestay is too good as you would feel the same as the name states. On a note to complete its a must go trek with your friends and family :)
28 December 2015
never thought that waterfall rappelling will be available in india until i saw this tour. it was really an amazing and unforgettable rappelling experinece. the food included in the trek was so delicious and if you're a non veg, this trek is especially for you...
05 October 2015
Aparajita Raychaudhury Trek to Kodachadri with Kayaking
An awe-inspiring, awesome and a lot of "aww"s defined the trip! Am so glad I dared try this! The trek coordinator (Sujay) skillfully talked (and pulled) me into climbing on rocks and trees I was sure I can't (ignoring a lot of "you are nuts" comments, I must add), the team was super (we really bonded over the difficult parts of the trek & the night's camp fire), the atmosphere so peaceful, especially the morning-after visit to the completely deserted backwaters - what more do you need for a great trip? Only problem was the TT - the driver turned it in to a "Flying Machine" and a barely 5-feet tall me found the leg space on the cramped side. Sujay's informal hospitality, patience with trekking novices (and an unfit one at that), willingness to consider any and all reasonable (and unreasonable) demands (we quite literally gave him a head-ache, I believe; but he remained invariably even tempered & welcoming), flexibility about plans and the ability to keep everyone (with various levels of adventure craving and endurance/fitness) happy, safe and motivated really made this experience with Explore2Escape a memorable one. Will certainly recommend this tour and operator! (Picture Courtesy - Krishna Vasudevan & Sujay Kenchi)
02 January 2019
Normally we go for clubbing for New year but this year we decide to do something offbeat so we chose to go for this trek to Kodachadri Peak, it was such an amazing trekking experience, the panoramic views, the beautiful waterfalls overall it was an overwhelming experience, We even had a new year party at the campsite with DJ and everything and the party was so lit.
What an amazing party it was. We spent the new year 2018 on the banks of the Tunga River. It was so much fun. I had great time with my family and friends. Every wildlife enthusiast or trekker should definitely visit! Thanks thrillophilia for this wonderful tour.
"A lot of fun"
Sachin Pothuvaal Trek to Kodachadri Peak
Trekking was amazing but the camping was not so perfect. Bathrooms were less in number. 25 would be an ideal group size i think .Girls in our group found it difficult. Everything else was managed by the team in a good way.
A peaceful trek was done to Kodachadri by me and my friends.looking forward for more treks. Good experience

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