The Tungabhadra is one the major rivers in South India. For the majority of its route, it flows through Karnataka, before joining the Krishna river at the border of Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, and ultimately draining into the Arabian Sea. The Tungabhadra is formed by the confluence of two rivers, namely Tunga and Bhadra at Koodli.
This river has a major historical importance in South India. Many ancient temples and palaces were constructed overlooking its banks. The famous city of Hampi is situated beside the river. The Vijayanagara empire was prosperous due to its close proximity to Tungabhadra, which was exploited to its full measure. Today, the Tungabhadra Dam has been built across the river. It is the primary source of water to the surrounding settlements. The dam has become a retreat spot for tourists and locals. If you are lucky enough, you can see the might of Tungabhadra, when the dam gates are opened.