Bhadravati, the town in Shimoga District of Karnataka owes its name to the mighty river Bhadra that flows besides the town. This is the same river that joins Tunga River in Koodli and flows as Tungabhadra. Situated on the banks of Bhadra River, Bhadravati is one of the important cities of Shimoga District. Like all other towns and villages of Karnataka state, Bhadravati also holds the picturesque charm. The tiled houses with slant roofs, the foggy mornings, local traders setting out for their business, farmers in their fields, you get to see a typical village scene in Bhadravati.
Bhadravati takes pride in being the industrial town due to the presence of Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Limited (VISL) - a large iron and steel manufacturing company, the Mysore Paper Mills Limited and many other sugar factories that contributed to a greater extent for Karnataka's industrial development. Apart from this, Bhadravati is famous for Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhadra River Project Dam (or simply BRP Dam) that increases the town's tourist hunger. The Bhadra River originates at Western Ghats and flows through the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. At Lakkavalli, a dam was built across this river. Most of them come to see the iron and steel plant but only with some higher official's permission.
The town that was earlier known as Benkipura (or Venkipura), is not much given to tourist attractions but the Lakshmi Narasimha temple, the dam and the sanctuary satisfies your travelling fervour.