27 March 2013

Hemavathi Reservoir - Gorur

I have visited Hemavathi Reservoir many a times, but my most memorable moment was in 2005, when all the gates of the reservoir were open. We had planned to visit as it was in News for more than a week. The view was just awesome, with the splash of water. Whole of the garden place was filled with visitors, the scene outside the garden had turned into a fair with eateries and toy shops.
My mother's memories with this reservoir is still more amazing. As we say few childhood memories never fade, when ever i check with her about Gorur, the first thing which she shares is her trip to Gorur in 1967, when she was in class 2. She had been to Gorur from her school as a part of educational excursion to have a look at the construction work of the reservoir. 
The Hemavathi is an important tributary of the Kaveri. It starts in the Western Ghats near Ballala rayana durga in Chikkamagaluru  District, and flows through Hassan District and Mysore district. At Gorur, river Yagachi from Belur joins Hemavathi. And Hemavathi  joins Kaveri along with Kapila at Shrirangapattana near Krishnarajasagar losing its identity then after.
A Dam is constructed across the river Hemavathi in Gorur to form a reservoir, which is named Hemavathi Reservoir. 
This post is part of our last trip to Madikeri. We started at 7:30 in the morning from Hassan, a gang of 10 of us. By the time we reached Gorur it was  around 9, this was the first stop of our trip. 




Also there are Temples of Yogarasimha and Paravasudeva. 
Gorur also has an interesting bird population and one should visit during sunrise to catch a glimpse of a large number of water birds.

  • Location: Gorur is 192 kms from Bangalore, 24 kms from Hassan, and around 108 kms from Mysore.
  • How to reach:
    • By Train: Nearest railway station is Hassan, Hassan Railway Station is linked to major Indian cities and well connected to Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.
    • By Road: There are regular KSTRC buses from Hassan to Gorur
    • By Air: Nearest airports are Bangalore International Airport and Mangalore airport.
  • Accommodation: The nearest preferred stay option would be in Hassan.


  1. Hi, great photos :)
    Are there frequent buses from Hassan to Gorur dam? I wish to visit in the coming summer.

  2. Hi, great photos :)
    Are there frequent buses from Hassan to Gorur? If yes, then can you please share the timings?
    I'm planning to visit Gorur at the end of this summer. Your inputs would be valuable :)