Tourism

PARKS AND GARDENS

Since completion of the dam, the Board has developed and maintained many gardens and parks, downstream of the dam and in the colonies. The gardens near the dam are attracting many tourists.
Aquarium

Nandanavana Garden
Japanese Park
Deer Park
Birds Aviary
Children Park
Vaikunt Guest House Garden
Circular Park and Triangular Park

Nandanavana Garden

Nandanavana garden was developed soon after the completion of the dam during the year 1956-57. Thisgarden is located just downstream of the dam running parallel to it. It has an area of about 6 acres (2.43 ha) and is designed and developed on the lines of Brindavan Gardens at Krishna Raj Sagar near Mysore. It is well laid with four terraces at different elevations. The first terrace is housing circular type fountain with a Shiva statue at the center. The other three terraces are equipped with fountains of various designs, running parallel and perpendicular to the layout of the garden. This garden has got welll-maintained lawns, Bougain villea on the slopes, seasonal and annual flower beds, Christmas trees, Cyprus plants and topiary arches.

Japanese Park

Japanese Park was developed in the year 1968-69 with a total area of 18 acres (7.29 ha) and is located adjacent to Nandanavana garden. It has got 3 water ponds, namely mango shaped pond, bean shaped pond and children peddle pond which were constructed after 1970. This park has arches, ornamental flowering trees, flowerbeds, etc. A musical dancing fountain was added to the garden in the year 1994 which provides added attraction for visitors. An aquarium was constructed within the garden to provide further choice of entertainment and education for the visitors.

Deer Park

The Deer park is located just by the side of Japanese park. It was developed in the year 1982, with anapproximate area of about 15 acres (6.07 ha). At present , it has got about 70 spotted deer’s, 4 sambars, 4 neelgai, 6 black bucks, 1 chinkora, 30 rabbits and 2 porcupines.

Birds Aviary

A small aviary is housed in the complex of Deer park and was developed in the year 1989. Presently, it has got about 200 pigeons, 4 peacocks, 15 guinea fowl and 10 parrots.

Children Park

Children Park is located in the township area of TB Dam on the main road, and was developed during 1984. It has got latest type of sea-saws, bars, swings and other items for children. The park is exclusively meant for children below 12 years.

Vaikunt Guest House Garden

Garden at Vaikunt Guest House was developed during the year 1960-61. It is a formal garden with well designed fountains, flower bed, topiary arches, flowering trees etc.
Photo vaikunt and garden.

Circular Park And Triangular Park

A Circular Park and a Triangular Park is located just in front of the Administrative building. It was developed at the time of construction of dam. It is also a formal garden with lawns, flowering trees, shrubs, arches etc.

Tungabhadra Reservoir

Water Management in a reservoir, among others, calls for a fairly accurate assessment of the capacity of the reservoir to store water at various levels. Tungabhadra Reservoir with a drainage area of 28,180 sq.km was designed for storing 133 TMCft. of water and was impounded for the first time in the year 1953. The full reservoir level (FRL) was fixed at RL 1633 ft. Capacity of the Reservoir at various levels was worked out based on the regular contour survey conducted in the river basin upstream of the Dam prior to the impounding of water in the reservoir. The survey was conducted with a contour interval of 10 ft and the capacity of the reservoir computed for every one-foot interval. According to this the Gross capacity of Tungabhadra Reservoir was taken to be 133.0 TMCft., (3766.1 M.cum) at an FRL of 1633 ft. (497.738M).

Tungabhadra River

The River Tungabhadra derives  its name from two streams viz., the  Tunga, about 147 km (91.6 miles) long and the Bhadra, about 178 Km (110.9 miles) long which rise in the Western Ghats. The river after the influence of the two streams near Shimoga, runs for about 531 Km (330 miles) till it joins the river Krishna at Sangamaleshwaram in Andhra Pradesh. It runs for 382 Km (237 miles) in Karnataka, forms the boundary between Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh for 58 Km (36 miles) and further runs for the next 91 Km (57 miles) in Andhra Pradesh. The total catchment area of the river is 69,552 Sq Km (26,856 Sq miles) up to its confluence with Krishna and it is 28,177 Sq Km (10,880 Sq miles) up to Tungabhadra Dam. It is influenced chiefly by the South-West monsoon. It is a perennial river but the summer flows dwindle to as low as 2.83 to 1.42 cumec (100 to 50 cusec).