The Harangi Dam is a great tourist destination because of
its scenic beauty. At this place, the visitor finds herself near to all
elements i.e. earth, water, fire, air and aakash. The structure is built over
Harangi river which is a small rivulet of the auspicious Kaveri river. The
construction of the dam was started in 1970 and became operational in 1982. The
dam is a large project and construct with a height of 53 m and the boundary
stretching to 845 m.
Also, it is covered by lush green forests of verdant
trees and various other grasslands. This particular area is named Dubare forest
area. Apart from its aesthetically pleasing virtues, the dam is also a source
of earning for the nearby villagers. This is a hydroelectric dam which provides
which provides irrigation facilities to the farmers. Therefore, the reservoir
of the dam is 420 sq km large.
The Harangi river originates in Pushpagiri hills of
western ghats. This is the only reservoir region in Coorg. The southwest
monsoon in the months of July- October is the season which raises the water
level in the dam. It is operated by the Karnataka irrigation department.
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Things to do
You will be mesmerized by the utter embrace of nature at
this place. The wonder of nature and beauty of human construct stand together
at this spellbinding place and leaves you with deeper questions to ponder over.
The magnitude as well as magnificence of this place are too hard to ignore and
makes a lasting imprint on your soul. You cannot leave this place without
gathering a deeper respect for the Mother Nature.
For a small picnic type experience, there is also a
beautiful garden which becomes even lusher during the monsoon season.
Sri Chamundeshwari Temple: An
ancient Hindu temple in the vicinity.
Anekad forest: Take
a walk in the small stretch of the reserve forest area.
Best time to visit
July- September is the most optimum season for the place.
During this time, the forests, grasslands and gardens portray the best view
with greenery all around. You can also visit during the winter months which
witness sporadic rains. Avoid during the hot weather season.
You don’t know about the internal construct or depth of
the water. So, please don’t venture too deep for your own safety.
Keep the premises neat and clean. It is very close to
nature. Also, there are many cottages around of wish to witness the peace and
serenity for long.
How to reach
The nearest airport and railway station to the Harangi
Dam is mysore. You can also approach the place from any of the major towns of
the area including Kushalnagar, Madikeri and Bangalore. National Highway 275 is
compatible for routes through Madikeri and Bangalore while Kushalnagar stands
just 10 kilometers away from the spot.