Gorur Dam in HassanGorur Dam, also known as Hemavathi Dam is built across river Hemavathi, a tributary of river Kaveri. The Hemavathi is the main river flowing through Hassan district. It is also one of the main household water sources for the entire district. The river starts in the Western ghats and travels for approximately 245 kms before joining Kaveri near Krishnarajasagara. At Gorur, a reservoir has been built in 1979, covering a catchment area of 281 thousand hectare with an intention of supplying drinking water and helping government irrigation projects.
Gorur Dam as a Tourist AttractionGorur Dam is also a beautiful picnic spot and is an attraction for the bird watchers. Monsoon is the best time to visit the place, with a view of white water gushing out through the six large radial spillway gates. The dam is enclosed sideways with lush green lawn for the picnic goers. Roads are ill maintained and one has to walk around 1.5kms from the reservoir gate to reach the dam, as vehicles are not allowed inside. Tourists can also visit the temples of Paravasudeva and Yoganarasimha located nearby.
This dam is around 22kms from Hassan and 192kms from Bangalore. Regular KSRTC buses are available between Gorur and Hassan. One can avail train service till Hassan Railway Station and get a rented car to reach this place.