Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary
Ghataprabha Bird Sanctuary is located in Gokak taluk of Belgaum district in Karnataka. The Sanctuary is located in an area of 29.78 square kilometres, and its boundaries enclose a stretch of about 28 km of the Ghataprabha River. The sanctuary is known for its migratory birds such as the demoiselle crane, European white stork etc. The sanctuary is surrounded by agricultural fields and the best time to visit the place is between November and March, when most of the migratory bird species nest there.
There is a reservoir near Ghataprabha which is across the Ghataprabha River, The initial stage of construction started in the year 1897 and comprised a 71 km-long left bank canal from the Dupdal weir, across the Ghataprabha River near Ghataprabha, into the Gokak Canal, The second stage comprised a left bank canal from Dupdal weir from 72 km to its full extent of 109 km across the Ghataprabha River near Hidkal, up to a height of 650.14 meters. The Reservoir has a storage capacity of about 659 million cubic meters and provides irrigation to a total extent of 1,396,000 hectares of land, Inclusive of the area under stage I. The third stage of the project includes raising the Full Reservoir Level of to 662.94 meters. Ghataprabha is very famous for its wholesale vegetable market. Vegetables from Ghataprabha are distributed not just across northern Karnataka, but also to various cities in Maharashtra and Goa.