Navilteerth Dam(Renuka Sagar)
Navilateerth is a small place near Saundatti in Belgaum. Dam on the River Malaprabha, Renuka Saagar reservoir is the places to see. About 85 KMS from Belgaum and Hubli, Navilateerth is a picnic spot and is very picturesque as it is located in a low valley between 2 hills. On one side is a DAM built on the Malaprabha River and on the other side is a reservoir, called Renuka Lake. Malaprabha River flows further 300 KMS and joins Krishna River in Bagalkot. The place derives its name by virtue of the fact that it had large population of peacocks sometimes ago. NAVIL means Peacock in Kannada language. Even today, one can easily spot peacocks in this area. The dam has the capacity to store 37.70 tmcft of water. The Full Reservoir Level (FRL) is 2079 feet. It has 4 gates. It is used for irrigation and drinking water purposes. On many occasions drinking water is supplied to Hubli/Dharwad region from here. The place has religious as well as spiritual importance. It is said that Mahatapasvi Shri Kumarswamiji, a famous spiritual leader from Dharwad topovan area meditated here and attained enlightenment. On the banks of Malaprabha River he is believed to have attained oneness with ruler of time and space. The famous Renuka or Yellamma temple is in the close vicinity of Navilateerth. Navilateerth is well connected from Belgaum as well as Dharwad/Hubli. Closest town is Soundatti. One can get decent hotel accommodation and eateries at Saundatti town. It is ideal for half a day’s picnic for people living in the Belgaum – Hubli belt.