About Bhadravathi


                 Bhadravathi (Kannada: ಭದ್ರಾವತಿ) is an industrial town and taluk in the Shivamogga District of Karnataka state, INDIA. It is situated at a distance of about 255 kilometers (158 mi) from the state capital Bangalore and at about 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the district headquarters, Shivamogga. The town is spread over an area of 67.0536 square kilometers (25.8895 sq mi) and has a population of 150,776 as per the census held in 201

                 Bhadravathi derives its name from the Bhadra river which flows through the city. It was earlier known as Benkipura(or Venkipura), which in English means city of fire. In recent history, Bhadravathi rose into prominence with the establishment of Mysore Iron and Steel Limited (now known as Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited) in 1918. This is a large Iron and Steel manufacturing facility and constitutes a major part of the town. Bhadravathi's reputation as an industrial town was further enhanced with the establishment of a paper manufacturing firm, the Mysore Paper Mills Limited in 1936.


As of 2011[update] India census, Bhadravathi had a population of 150,776 of which male and female are 75,020 and 75,756 respectively. Bhadravathi has an average literacy rate of 86.60%, with 91.56% of the males and 81.70% of the females literate.


Bhadravathi lies in the central part of the Karnataka state, in the south-east corner of the Shimoga district. The latitude and longitude coordinates of Bhadravathi town are 13°50'N and 75°42'E

Bhadravathi Taluk borders Shimoga Taluk of Shimoga district to the west, Honnali Taluk of Davangere district to the north, Channagiri Taluk of Davangere district to the east and Tarikere taluk of Chikmagalur district to the south. The total area of Bhadravathi Taluk is around 690 km².

Bhadravathi is at an altitude of around 1900 ft (580 m) above sea level



KSRTC buses frequently run from Bhadravathi city. Many State Highways pass through the city. Most of the metropolitan cities are connected to the city. There are direct buses from Bhadravathi to Mumbai,Pune,Panaji,Chennai&Hyderabad. Many buses to Davangere,Udupi,Hubli,Chickmanglur & Chitradurga are running from Bhadravathi.


Two national highways pass through the city: NH-206 and NH-13
. From Bangalore, one can take NH-206 which passes via Tumkur, Tiptur, Arasikere, Kadur, Birur & Tarikere to reach Bhadravathi. Buses that go from Bangalore to Shimoga stop at Bhadravathi and take around 6 hours to complete the journey.


Shivamogga–Bangalore train, the Birur–Shivamogga train, and the Mysore–Shivamogga train all go through Bhadravathi. The Birur-Bhadravathi railway line passes through the city. Many trains run daily from Bangalore to Shivamogga that stop at Bhadravathi. Alternatively, one can catch a train that goes to Birur and engage another train/bus from Birur to Bhadravathi. It takes around an hour to reach Bhadravathi from Birur by bus.


Train Timings:

Bangalore to Bhadravathi:

Shimoga Exp : Departure Bangalore (SBC) at 3:30 Pm and reach Bhadravathi(BDVT) at 8:15 PM

Talguppa Exp : Departure Bangalore (SBC) at 11:00 Pm and reach Bhadravathi (BDVT) at 4:10 AM

Janshatabdi Exp: Departure Bangalore (SBC) at 6:00Am reach and Birur (RRB) at 9:30Am, with in next 15 min you can get Mysore Shimoga Exp from Birur  it will reach Bhadravathi at 10:30 Am

Bhadravathi to Bangalore:

SBC SMET Exp : Departure Bhadravathi (BDVT) at 03:50 Pm and reach Bangalore (SBC)  at 8:40 AM

Janshatabdi Exp: Departure Birur (RRB) at 5:50 Pm and reach Bangalore(SBC) at 9:30Pm

Bangalore Exp: Departure Bhadravathi (BDVT) at 22:50 PM and reach Bangalore at 5:40Am


The nearest airport is in Hubli, around 170 kilometers (110 mi) from Bhadravathi. Another airport is under construction in Shivamogga.


Top 6 Schools of Bhadravathi:

1 Jnanadeepa CBSE, Javalli - Hollehonnur. 2 Poornaprajna STATE, Lower Hutta - Old Town. 3 Visvesvaraya English High School, Siddaruda Nagar - Old Town. 4 St. Charles STATE, Jannapura - New Town. 5 SAV STATE, VISL-MPM Industrial sector - Paper Town. 6 Jawaharlal Nehru English School - Old Town

Top 5 PU Colleges of Bhadravathi:

1 Aurobindo PU College.(Science). 2 SAV PU College.(Science). 3 Paper-town PU College(Arts). 4 T.K. road PU College(Arts). 5 St.Charles PU College(Commerce)

Professional Colleges Around Bhadravathi:

1 TAMES Ayurvedic Medical College,Bhadravathi. 2 JNN College of Engineering,Shimoga. 3 Shimoga Institute of Medical Science,Shimoga. 4 Sir.M.V. Government science College,Bhadravathi. 5 Sir.M.V. Arts and Commerce College,Bhadravathi.


Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited (VISL):

                    Started under the able guidance of Sir M Visvesvaraya, VISL (earlier known as Mysore Iron and Steel plant) has been a pioneer in production of high quality alloy and special steels and pig iron. VISL has an installed capacity of 77,000 tonnes of alloy and special steels and 205,000 tonnes of hot metal. VISL has received the ISO: 9001:2000 certificate for steel production through rolled and forged routes and pig iron production. VISL is at coordinates [show location on an interactive map] 13°49′54″N 75°42′08″E / 13.831777°N 75.702227°E / 13.831777; 75.702227 (VISL). It is currently owned by SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited)

Mysore Paper Mills Limited (MPM):

The Mysore Paper Mills Limited is an ISO 14001 Company engaged in the manufacture and marketing of Newsprint, Writing, Printing and Packing Paper of different varieties and Sugar at its plant at Bhadravathi, Shimoga District with production capacity of 75000 MTA (Metric Tonne per Annum) of Newsprint, 30000 MTA of Writing, Printing and Packing Paper and 2500 TCD (Tonne Crushing per Day) of Sugar and with a total manpower of about 4800 employees.

It was incorporated on 20 May 1936 under the Mysore Companies Regulation, VIII of 1917 and became a Government Company in November 1977 when the State Government acquired controlling interest in the company increasing its share holding to more than 51% as required under Section 617 of the Companies Act, 1956. The Company has its Registered Office at Bangalore.

For the purpose of providing pulp wood for the manufacture of paper, the Government of Karnataka has leased 300 square kilometers of land to the company for raising its own captive plantations. The sugarcane requirement of the company is procured from about 15000 families of the cane growers who are directly dependent on this company.

MPM is at coordinates [show location on an interactive map] 13°49′32″N 75°42′50″E / 13.825620°N 75.713761°E / 13.825620; 75.713761 (MPM).

Tourist attractions:


Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple:

Hoysala Architecture as seen in Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

* Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in the Old Town area of Bhadravathi, built by Hoysala's in the 13th century old. Temple was built by Veera Narasimha, The Grand Son of Vishnuvardhana. The Superb Temple which is currently maintained by the Archaeological Department of the state of Karnataka.

Wildlife sanctuaries:

* Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary was started in 1951 as Jagara Valley Game Sanctuary covering an area of about 252 km². It was combined with the surrounding Lakkavalli forests in the year 1972 and given its present name of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It now spans an area of 492 km². Best season to visit is from October to February.

Rivers and Dams:
Bhadra River Project Dam

* Bhadra River Project Dam across Bhadra River at Lakkavalli, a distance of 20 km from Bhadravathi City. The whole design of this dam was done by Sir. M.Visvesvaraya, the then Chief Engineer of Karnataka State. The dam mainly serves the purpose of irrigation in and around Bhadravathi and Tarikere Taluk.


Radio station:

A radio station belonging to All India Radio is located in Bhadravathi. It broadcasts radio programs on Medium Wave channel at 675 kHz frequency (444 m). This radio station is at coordinates [show location on an interactive map] 13°49′24″N 75°41′52″E / 13.823248°N 75.697783°E / 13.823248; 75.697783 (All India Radio).


Sir.M.V. Bhadra is the local Chanel of Bhadravathi which telecast the news and advertisement of Bhadravathi city.Ammogha Chanel is most popular Chanel of Shivamogga-Bhadravathi twin Cities Which officially broad cast the News and Advertise of both the cities.

News Papers:

Bhuvanavarthe is local news paper which publish the Hot news of Bhadravathi city. Besides "Thunga-Bhadra" was the official news paper of Shivamogga Bhadravathi twin cities.


VISL Cricket stadium:

VISL Cricket Stadium is located in the New Town area of Bhadravathi town. The stadium was built in 1960 and can hold 25,000 spectators. The ground hosts the Karnataka cricket team. History was made when a Ranji Trophy match between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu was held here from 6 February to 9 February 1992. This match featured stalwarts including the Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid, Syed Kirmani, Anil Kumble and Venkatesh Prasad who were all representing Karnataka, the eventual winners of the match. However, the first Ranji Trophy match was held in 1986 between Karnataka and Goa.


At Bhadravathi fairs are held at regular intervals. Many film theaters premiere celebrated movies. Some of the theaters are
Bhagvathi, Venkateshwara, Netravati, Vaagish, Veerabhadreshwara, Vinayaka.

 Noted people related to Bhadravathi

* Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya - Founder of VISL
* Gundappa Viswanath - Famous cricketer of Indian cricket team in 1970s was born here.
* Doddanna, Actor who worked at
Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited.
* S.Narayan, a film director cum actor is also from Bhadravathi.

Nearby places:

Tyavarekoppa Tiger and Lion Safari:

                   Its a beautiful and popular nature and wildlife destination located at distance of 28 Km from Bhadravathi. Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari is an ideal picnic spot where you can see animals roaming in deep forest. The Tiger - Lion safari started in the year 1998. The safari is spread around 200 hectares in the thick forest. Regular recreation and sightseeing outings are organized by the forest department for visitor.


 Jog Falls:

                 Jog Falls is created by the Sharavathi River falling from a height of 253 m (830 ft), making it the second-highest plunge waterfall in India.

   Sharavati, a river which rises at Ambutirtha, near Nonabar, in the Thirthahalli taluk and takes the north-westerly course by Fatte petta, receives the Haridravati on the right below Pattaguppe and the Yenne Hole on the left above Barangi. On arriving at the frontier it bends to the west, and precipitating itself down the Falls of Gersoppa and passing that village (properly Geru-Sappe), which is really some 29 kilometres distant, discharges into the sea at Honnavar in North Kanara.
    The Sharavati, flowing over a very rocky bed about 250 yards wide, here reaches a tremendous chasm, 290 m (960 ft) in depth, and the water comes down in four distinct falls. The Raja Fall pours in one unbroken column sheer to the depth of 830 ft (250 m). Half-way down it is encountered by the Roarer, another fall, which precipitates itself into a vast cup and then rushes violently downwards at an angle of forty-five degrees to meet the Raja. A third fall, the Rocket, shoots downwards in a series of jets; while the fourth, the Rani, moves quietly over the mountain side in a sheet of foam. The Tourism Department has built steps from the view point till the bottom of the hill where the waterfall can be seen at the opposite side. There are approximately 1500 steps built to reach the bottom of the hill.
    Associated with the waterfall is the nearby Linganmakki Dam across river Sharavathi. The power station has been operational since 1948, and is of 120 MW capacity, one of the largest hydroelectric stations in India at that time and a small source of electric power for Karnataka now. The power station was previously named Krishna Rajendra hydro-electric project, after the King of Mysore at that time. The name was later changed to Mahatma Gandhi hydro-electric Project. It was served by Hirebhaskara dam until 1960. After 1960, due to the ideas of Sir M. Visvesvarayya, Linganmakki Dam is being used for power generation.    


  Sigandur temple:

                     Sigandur is a beautiful place and small village surrounded by green and backwaters of River Sharavathi in Sagar Taluk of Karnataka state.The main attraction of Sigandur is a temple dedicated to the Goddess Chowdeshwari which is called as Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple.

The Sigandur Chowdeshwari Temple is a unique temple and the powerful Goddess is self-manifest. Sigandur kshethra is near to Thumari, 42 KM from sagar town. Mother choudeshwari is called as “Sigandureshwari”.

 Sigandur was cut off from Sagar once reservoir on Sharavathi River was constructed. There are four ferry [Launch] which carry vehicles as well as people from one end of shore to other.    It takes around 1 hour 15minutes to reach Sigandur from Sagar from local busses stops

The Launch service is available up to 5.00 PM only

Sigandur is connected by road on the other side, which can be reached via Sidhapura or Kollur.