The Linganamakki dam, one of the largest man-made water reservoirs in India, was constructed in 1964 and is located in the Sagara taluk, Shivamogga District, Karnataka State. Its length is 2.4 km, stretching across the Sharavathi River. It creates Badhra Reservoir and has a height of 1819 ft with a capacity of 152,000,000,000 cubic ft and a catchment area of 1991.71 km.
Linganamakki dam was designed with a view to impound 4368 million cubic meters of water in an area of around 300 km which would result in submerging 50.62 km of wetland and 7 km of dry land, with the remaining being forest land and wasteland. Rainfall is the main source of water though it receives water from the Chakra and Savahaklu reservoirs that are linked to it through a canal.
The water from the dam flows to Talakalale Balancing Reservoir via a trapezoidal canal that has a discharge capacity of 175.56 cusecs. The length of this channel is 4318.40 m with a submersion of 7.77 km and has a catchment area of about 46.60 km. The gross capacity of the reservoir is 129.60 cu meters.
Travelers visiting the Linganamakki dam can experience a scenic atmosphere with magnificent views of forests, islands, and hills covered in dense vegetation which has resulted in breathtaking backwaters, lined with myriad islands. These islands are full of biodiversity and visitors can visit each of these islands with the help of a kayak.
The Linganamakki dam has a power generation capacity of 2×27.5 MW. A hydroelectricity plant is also one of the tourist attractions besides boating facilities and other water sports activities. Another attraction is a park with various migratory birds and crocodiles.
The Linganamakki dam can be reached from Shivamogga town via road.
Though the dam can be visited at any time of the year, the post-monsoon time period is most ideal as the reservoir is full and it is an exhilarating sight to watch.