Kanva Reservoir is an artificial lake and popular tourist destination located at a distance of 69 Km from Bangalore. The reservoir has been formed from the damming of the river Kanva and is well known as a tourist destination for its birdlife. It is surrounded by wooded hills.
Kanva Reservoir is usually a small irrigation project dam. Constructed in 1946 across the River Kanva, the dam is 15 km stretched covering 776 hectares. The Kanva River (a tributary of the River Kaveri) is named after the Kanva Maharshi (Sage), it is believed that he lived inside the caves in mountains as well as forests around the dam during the time of Ramayana.
Alongside the dam you can see a fisheries training and research center, the main intention was making the local villagers self-sufficient through fish farming.
The cave temple of Purushotthama Thirtha Gavi is 3 km away. It is an important pilgrimage center for Madhwa Brahmins, as it is believed that a saint performed penance here. A statue of Hanuman has been installed inside the cave.