Bhadravathi is an industrial town and taluk in the Shimoga District of Karnataka state, India. It is situated at a distance of about 255 kilometres (158 mi) from the state capital Bangalore and at about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from the district headquarters, Shivamogga. The town is spread over an area of 67.0536 square kilometres .
Bhadravathi derives its name from the Bhadra River which flows through the city. It was earlier known as Benkipura (or Venkipura), and earlier Benki Pattana which in English means city of fire. Iron ore from the hill station of Kemmannugundi and water from the Bhadra River helped the establishment of an iron mill in 1918 and a paper mill in 1936. Hoysalas ruled the city. The Goddess "Halldhammadevi & Antargattamadevi" guard the city from past time. The sacred temples was still present in the city.
20 years old plan to make Shimoga and Bhadravathi as twin cities & to establish Shimoga-Bhadravathi Mahanagara Palike and there by develop both the cities. Since Shimoga is the headquarters of the district & all other equipments are situated in Bhadravathi such as VISL, MPM, AIR-Bhadravathi. Bhadravathi is just 20 km from Shimoga the four lane road is constructed between twin cities which takes only 15 minutes journey between these two cities. Both the cities are well connected to all Metrapolitan cities.Around 200 buses daily travel between Shimoga and Bhadravathi.Many people from Shimoga have been working in Bhadravathi industries since long time, hence there is frequent buses from VISL & MPM to Shimoga. Town service buses are present in both the cities green coloured in Shimoga & blue colourerd in Bhadravathi. Just like twin riverrs Thunga-Bhadra, Shimoga & Bhadravathi will be twin cities in future. Shimoga airport & Bhadravathi FM together launch their service in future days.Many IT & BT parks are established in Bhadravathi-Shimoga Industrial area (Machenahalli).Soon after the political issues Shimoga & Bhadravathi will be declared as Twin-Cities in Future.