At a distance of 41 km from Karwar, 17 km from Anshi and 16 km from Kaiga, Kadra Dam is one of the popular dams and is situated in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka. The dam was primarily built as hydroelectric project for supply of water to turbines of electric power generating station.
Kadra Dam was constructed in 1997 in the Tapi and Tadri river basin across the Kali River. It is an earthen dam with a length of 2313 m and height is 40.5 m. The dam is the integral part of the Kaiga Project. The Kadra power house has been built on the left bank of the river with an installed capacity of 150 MW. The power house integrates three 50 MW Kaplan turbines which are coupled to the generating units. The annual generation is 570 MU. The design head is 32 m.
The Kadra Dam site normally experiences heavy rainfall measuring up to approximately 4600 mm in the monsoon season from June to September. The architects of the dam have given special emphasis on the safety standards of the dam during floods and failures.
One of the major attractions of this area is a beautiful park with fountains, cascades, caves, colorful trees and plants. A gorgeous rose garden is a special feature of the dam. The unique Vedic garden depicting sun signs, planets and stars is not to be missed.
Mahamayi Temple near Kadra is an ancient and popular temple that attracts pilgrims from nearby villages. The temple is right inside the forest and the blissful atmosphere is really exceptional. Several other attractions close to this dam are Anshi sanctuary (17 km), Ulavi (39 km), Kadra falls (5 km), etc.