Gajanur Tunga dam, an S-shaped dam located about 10 km south-west of Shimoga
city, is an important picnic spot in Karnataka
. Extending to a length of 535 m, it is built across the Tunga River
to regulate the flow of water. An elephant training school can be found at Sakrebailu, just 3 km away. Another major attraction is the Mandagadde bird sanctuary
, an ideal site for bird watchers.
Shimoga Railway Station is the nearest railhead, at a distance of 12 km and there are regular train services to Bangalore, Mysore and Hubli.