Lake / Backwaters
At a distance of 10 km from Jog Falls, and 103 km from Shimoga, Linganamakki Dam is an earthen dam situated at Kargal village of Sagara taluk. Built across the Sharavathi River, it is one of the top places to visit as part of Jog Falls packages.
Linganamakki Dam was constructed by the Karnataka State Government in 1964. About 2.4 km long, Linganamakki Dam is considered to be one of the largest manmade reservoirs in the country. This dam has a height of 1,819 feet and a catchment area of 1991 sq. km. The main purpose behind building this dam was to help with providing irrigation facilities in that area and also help with supplying fresh drinking water. It derives most of its water requirements from the annual rainfall. Another water support of this dam is Chakra and Savahaklu water reservoirs, which are linked to the dam through a canal. There is also a hydroelectricity plant with a power generation capacity of 55 MW.
The scenery here is exhilarating with magnificent views of forested islands and hills covered in dense foliage. The islands are rich in biodiversity, and it is a lot of fun hopping from one to another on a kayak. One can indulge in many water sports such as boating, and kayaking in the backwaters of this dam. Various migratory birds and crocodiles can be spotted here. There is also a park for children here where they too can enjoy themselves.
Monsoon season is the best time to visit the dam as the rainy season imparts a natural charm to the surroundings. One can view the dam only from a distance. A special permit from the dam authorities may be required to enter the place. While driving up to the dam, you will come across a hanging bridge which is a great place for clicking photographs.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM