Bhadravathi

Bhadravathi is a town in the Shimoga District of Karnataka state, India. It is situated at a distance of about 255 kilometres from the state capital Bangalore and at about 20 kilometres from the district headquarters, Shimoga. It is also the headquarters of the Bhadravathi Taluk. The town is spread over an area of 67 kmē and has a population of 160,662 as per the census held in 2001.


Tiled houses as seen on a foggy morning in Bhadravathi Town
Tiled houses as seen on a foggy morning in Bhadravathi Town

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How to reach

Road

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.

Rail

The Birur-Bhadravathi railway line passes through the city. Many trains run daily from Bangalore to Shimoga 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. Recently a daily train is being run from Mysore to Shimoga which can be used to reach Bhadravathi from Mysore.

Air

The nearest airport is Hubli which is at a distance of around 170 km from Bhadravathi. Hubli has daily flights from Bangalore and Belgaum. Airports at Bangalore and Mangalore are also viable alternatives that can be used to reach Bhadravathi.

History

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 Vishweshwaraya 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.

Geography

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 kmē. Bhadravathi Taluk has a population of 338,989 as per 2001 census.

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


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Industries

Vishweshwaraya Iron and Steel Limited (VISL)


Started under the able guidance of Sir M Vishweshwaraya , VISL (earlier known as Mysore Iron and Steel Limited) has been 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.

This is also India's first steel plant (started in 1916)

Mysore Paper Mills Limited (MPM)

MPM is a Karnataka Government Enterprise started in the year 1936. It is in the business of producing Writing and Printing Paper (WPP), newsprint and sugarcane crushing. It also has a sugar mill, and the bagasse obtained from it is used as a raw material for producing WPP.

Tourist attractions

Temples

Hoysala Architecture as seen in Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
Hoysala Architecture as seen in Lakshmi Narasimha Temple


Wildlife sanctuaries

Bhadra River Project Dam across Bhadra river
Bhadra River Project Dam across Bhadra river

Rivers and Dams

This was one of the great example for the finest Engineering beauty.The whole design was done by Sir.M.Vishweshwaraiah then 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 metres)

Cricket stadium

VISL Cricket Stadium is located in the New Town area of Bhadravathi town. 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 current Indian captain Rahul Dravid, 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 1988 between Karnataka and Goa .

Current Scenario

The town has been rescued from the thrones of recession by the global resurgence of the steel industry. It would be interesting to see whether VISL (Vishweshwaraya Iron and Steel Limited) survives after the boom subsides. There are Good Educational Institutions nurturing well talented students .There is an Impressive talent pool available in Bhadravathi. There is an Opportunity for the IT People to utilize the talent pool available in Bhadravathi.