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Top Backwater Destinations in Karnataka

By Akshatha Vinayak

Karnataka has many attractions from temples to beaches, hill stations to heritage sites. While the beautiful coastal line has some amazing beaches, the Western Ghats provides lush greenery. The state is also one of the top places for trekking in India. Although it has many rivers and dams, there are not many backwaters. However, there are a few reservoir-backwaters which are known for tourism.

In this article, we are listing the top backwater destinations in Karnataka. Let us explore and enjoy the nature at its best at these backwaters of Karnataka.



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Honnemaradu which is at a distance of 35km from Sagara is famous as the 'Golden Lake'. In recent times, the picturesque landscapes and a small island in the middle of lake serves as a camping destination. Tourists have to book this site if they want to stay in the idyllic surroundings of Honnemaradu. This lake is the backwaters of Sharavathi River. Honnemaradu is also near to places like Jog Falls, Ikkeri, Dabbe Falls, etc. Interestingly, Honnemaradu is also turning into a Kayakers paradise.


Sigandur is a village which is famous for Choudeshwari Temple in Shimoga. This holy village is bordered by the backwaters of Linganamakki Dam. In fact, the visitors have to reach the temple through the barge by crossing the backwaters. This lake is formed by the Sharavathi River. Sigandur or Singandooru Choudeshwari Temple is one of the famous goddess temples in Karnataka.



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Navilathirtha or Navilthirtha is the backwaters of Malaprabha River. It is located near the holy town of Saudatti in Belgaum district. Navilthirtha is also known as Renuka Sagar Lake. This is not only a tourist place but also a sacred spot as Gurudeva Mahatapasvi Shri Kumaraswami did the meditation here. Navilthirtha is around 12km from Saudatti. The town of Saudatti or Saudatti is known for Renuka Yellamma Temple which is one of the popular goddess temples in North Karnataka.


The town of Lakkavalli is known for the dam and the reservoir of Bhadra River. This scenic town is covered by the Western Ghats. Lakkavalli is also near to the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. Lakkavalli Shiva Temple and the Jain Temple are some of the religious places here.

These backwater destinations in Karnataka are some of the most scenic places to explore. Though they are not very famous, these destinations are worth a visit.

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