Gorur dam or alternately known as the
Hemavathi Dam is a popular picnic spot that attracts lots of tourists all
around the country. This dam is constructed on the river Hemavathi which is one
of the important tributaries of river Kaveri. The surrounding of the dam is
filled with lush green vegetation which make it the best place to do a nature
walk and sightseeing. This is one of the reasons why people come here to spend
time with friends and family, especially on New Year’s Eve and other special
occasions. This place is an abode of different bird species, thus one of the
best places to go for birding.
This dam was built in 1979 and is located
not so far from the city of Hassan. It is a multipurpose dam which is used for
irrigation, drinking water and other household usages. The total catchment area
of the Gorur Dam is 2,810 sq. km with a length and height of 4,692 m and 56.5 m
respectively. It has a total of six spillway gates.
This is the place you can visit on the
weekend to spend some quality time exploring different places and its natural
beauty. You can even plan for a short vacation trip with your friends and
family by leaving all those hustle and bustle behind. This place can be one of
the best choices for making you feel joyful and energetic. The serene
environment and soothing surrounding is indeed breathtaking. This place is also
a heaven for various bird species, so you can go birding and enjoy the day. You
can visit two famous temples, Paravasudeva and Yoganarasimha,which are situated
near to the dam.
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Things To Do at Gorur
you ever visit the Gorur dam, then you will return with lots of unforgettable
memories and can feel the magic of its beautiful and pleasant surrounding. If
you love to get an experience of watching various bird species and listen to
their beautiful tweets, then this place is the one you should consider
visiting. This place is a picnic spot which is situated right near the dam
where you can have some relaxing time with your friends or family. Don’t forget
to pay a visit to the Paravasudeva and Yoganarasimha temples.
Legend of Gorur Dam
place has some interesting mythological tales. According to the mythology, this
place is holy because Lord Vishnu blessed the river Kaveri to be the garland of his adornment. As people
say, the river kaveri is mightier than the river Ganga as Lord Vishnu blessed
her so. The name of this dam is after a Kannada writer named Goruru Ramaswamy
Iyengar who was born in Goruru. He was also a freedom fighter, so the name of
the dam was to honour his freedom struggle.
About Gorur Dam
Gorur dam is constructed on the Hemavathi river. Hemavathi is one of the
important tributaries of river Kaveri. The Hemavathi is the main river that is
the lifeline of Hassan district. The origin of the river is from the Western
Ghats and it joins the Kaveri river at Krishnarajasagara after fathoming
hundreds of kilometers. This dam was constructed in the year 1979 and the
important purpose was to supply water mostly for domestic use and
Best Time To Visit
dam without water may look deserted, so the best time to visit Gorur dam is in
the monsoon time. You can see the water gushing out of the spillway gates along with the
beautiful lush green vegetation.
Tips For Visiting Gorur
1. You are not allowed to take vehicle to the inner
complex and have to walk about 1.5 km to reach the dam.
2. Carry your
own food and water as you can’t find any shops near the dam.
3. You should get permission in order to climb the top
of Gorur Dam.
How to Reach Gorur Dam
Gorur dam is standing at a distance of 22km from the city of Hassan. You can
reach the dam by public bus transport(KSRTC). If you reach Hassan by train and
from the railway station, you can book a cab or any other private transport to
reach the dam.