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Harangi Dam, Dubare Overview

The Harangi Dam is set against a scenic and quiet setting over a small rivulet called Harangi river of the important Kaveri river. The Harangi river originates in the Pushpagiri hills of the Western Ghats and being the only reservoir in the region of Coorg, and it holds great tranquil and picturesque value. The engineering construction stands tall at 47 meters in height and 846 meters (2775 feet) in length. The Dubare forest area covers the place with its verdant trees and grasslands. It is located near the settlement of Kushal Nagar, famous for its Tibetan ethnicity.

The construction of Harangi Dam started in 1970's and was opened for operation in the year 1982. The height of the dam 53 m and the boundary of the dam stretches for 845 m. It is a large dam, the reservoir of the dam is spread across the area of 420 sq km. It is a hydroelectric and irrigation project, which was built to produce hydropower and it is also used for irrigation purposes in the nearby areas.

The dam is operated by Karnataka irrigation department. The primary source of water supply to Harangi dam is the southwest monsoon that hits the region in the month of July-October. The water level rises during this period and water is released, making is the best time to visit the dam.

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Things To Do at Harangi Dam

The tranquil environment offered by Harangi Dam is one to be cherished. Surrounded by lush green forests on all sides, the reservoir waters are a picnicker's paradise. The freedom to explore is complemented by the picturesque sight it offers. The almost 3000 feet long dam embankment is constructed over a tributary of the Kaveri river and although may not be the most impressive engineering creation you will witness, it is nonetheless an amazing piece of nature cum man-made getaway. There is a scenic garden at the entrance of the dam which is at its verdant best during monsoon seasons as the reservoir is filled and the grass is greener than ever. Known for its picnic spots, the backwaters overlooking grasslands are a fantastic place to unwind and rejuvenate.

Sri Chamundeshwari Temple: An age-old Hindu temple on the banks of Kaveri's tributary, the Harangi River.
Anekad Forest: A small but extensive area of reserve forest area.

Best Time To Visit Harangi Dam

Harangi Dam is at its most beautiful during the rainy season from July to September when the reservoir is at its optimum level. Green carpets of grasslands cover most of the land adjacent to the dam. Summer months from March to July are hot and would be uncomfortable times to explore the place. Winter months are pleasant and witness few spells of showers here and there.

Tips For Visiting Harangi Dam

1. If you are looking to spend a quiet weekend, you can also find numerous hotels, homestays and cottages for accommodation here.
2. Kindly do not litter out in the open.
3. Be aware while stepping into the water and do not venture too deep.

How To Reach Harangi Dam

Kushalnagar is the nearest major town in the district and is a mere 10 kilometres away from the Harangi dam and reservoir. Madikeri, also famously known as Scotland of India, is at a distance of 30 kilometres on the National Highway 275 which covers the stretch between Bangalore and Madikeri. Bangalore and Mangalore are the closest major cities at a distance of 260 kilometres and 140 kilometres respectively by road. The nearest airport and railway station is in Mysore.

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