शरावतीति विख्याता नदी झकति महा निधि ।।
सौन्दर्य शालिनी रम्या सर्व लोक प्रकाश का ।।
प्रकृते: प्रिय पुन्नीयं वृक्षलक्षस्य रक्षिणी ।।
कर्णाटकाख्यदेशस्य भूषा विजयतेतराम् ।।
The river known as Sharavati is a treasure to of power.
She is attractively beautiful and illuminates the whole world.
She is the dear daughter of Mother Nature and protects millions of trees.
She is a Jewel of the state of karnataka and shines victoriously
Though I had been to Signadooru Chowdeshwari temple quite often, I never came across Hirebhaskara dam. Hirebhaskara Dam is located near Holebaagilu village. The dam was constructed to store Sharavati river water and use of power generation. The entire dam area is under Bhadra reserve forest. Permission is required to see this submerged dam. From Holebagilu we need to enter Bhadra Reserve Forest gate and travel 3-4 kms to reach the dam.
About 26 km from Jog Falls while travelling towards Honnavara, we come across the Sharavathi View Point. This stretch has innumerable curves and bends passing though thick forests, with views of hillocks on either side whenever the woods give a respite. Here, you have a chance to pause and marvel at Nature.
When Linganamakki Dam becomes brimful by August due to the peaking of monsoons, the gates are opened to let out excess water. This reaches Kargal village where the flow is bifurcated into 2 streams. Known variously as Chain Gate, China Gate and Kargal Dam, this feature directs water to flow simultaneously towards both the power stations downstream. Water flowing towards Talakalale enters the underground channel and disappears; the other stream rushes by gravity towards Seetha Katte en route Jog Falls.
Vattakki is another peaceful village further down the road from Melinahuklu on the banks of the backwaters of Talakalale Reservoir. However, the chosen option of travel is a boat, come rain or shine! The road was not in any great shape during my visit; more than that, sailing was a wonderful experience. Gliding along peacefully, one would cross countless islets while enjoying the cool breeze, watching birds fly hither & thither, or the sedate ripples on the water being sliced by the bow of the boat.
Apsarakonda, the pool for Apsaras, if you want to believe the locals. They didn't say you'll turn into one, though! They just said angels used to come by for a dip at night. We don't even know whether angels ever need a bath!! Anyways, this place is just too idyllic to let go which means, the first thing you'll do is to strip as much as you can and simply wade in. Mind you, it's perennial.
Mirjan fort could be entered from 4 sides, with wide stairs leading the visitor inside the double-walled structure. It also had secret passages and a U-shaped moat filled with water fed by the channel as features of defence. Some of the bigger turrets on the bastions could be restored around 2000 AD. The rest is still in ruins and is believed to comprise more entrances, royal and other living quarters, a darbar hall and storage-cum-trading points for spices.