Tungabhadra River at Hampi, Karnataka

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Tungabhadra is one of the prominent rivers in the Indian state of Karnataka. Tungabhadra is formed out of the amalgamation of two rivers named Tunga and Bhadra. River Tunga and River Bhadra both originates from the Gangamoola-Aroli-Gangrikal hill range in Kudremukh National park of Western Ghats. Tunga flows through Sringeri, Thirthahalli and Shimoga town of Karnataka and joins river Bhadra at Koodli. Bhadra takes a different course through Horanadu, Bhadravathi etc untill they merge at Koodli near Shimoga.

From here the combined river is known as Tungabhadra. It continued its journey towards east until it joins river Krishna at Gondimalla, near Alampur in Mahaboobnagar District of Andhra Pradesh.

It is said that river Tungabhadra water is very sweet. I have not tested it but I can tell for sure that it is very clean and soothing cold.

In Hampi you can see Tungabhadra river meandering through rock stone by taking a left at Hampi Bazar. There are a few riverside restaurants which offers great view but little costly. 1 omelet costs Rs 50.

I would suggest that while visiting Vittala temple, you go by walk. It takes around 30 minutes by walk from Hampi Bazaar. The catch is you will be walking on the banks of the river, hiking rocks, country side view and watch many historical things on the way. I can tell you from my experience that it is one of the best trail I have walked on.

You will also see river Tungabhadra while visiting Anegundi. Here you will have to cross the river on boat as the old bridge is broken.

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