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Karnataka Manchanabele Dam
Manchanabele Dam is not far located from Bangalore city and at a distance of 50kilometers this dam is available. The water reservoir of the dam is huge and provides better opportunities for migratory birds. Though, the surroundings of this dam are not very attractive and charming but still the site has a unique attraction. This dam does not serve any hydro electricity generation purpose or irrigation management with the surrounding area but still the drinking water supply to the urban area of Bangalore district is assigned with this dam.
This dam has a good history regarding its origination. It is believed that the water collects in this dam is the sweat of Maharshi Durvasa. During his visit to South India, he stayed at this place for meditation for a long time. But the geographical location of the area was tough to wander for the saint. He was suffering from a severe ache in his left legs and it was difficult for him to climb atop of the hill to perform ‘Dhyanam’. Any how he climbed on top of the hill and meditated and in turn of his worship Lord Vishnu presented. Lord Vishnu saw the sweating body of saint and blessed that this area will live on the sweat of the saint and waved his hands in 3600 direction and disappeared. He also pushed his hands towards lower area and ordered the land to become in shape of a bowl to have the sweat of great saint. Since then the lower area of the hills is in the shape of a reservoir and the water from nearby hills is coming is considered as the sweat of Maharshi Durvasa. Later Maharshi Durvasa blessed the surrounding area as a Banyan tree provided shade to the saint when he was wandering in the area in hot season. Presently at a distance of 9 kilometers from this dam, a large Banyan tree orchard is found and the oldest tree in this area is said to be 350 to 400 years old.
As this dam is not assigned with any hydro electricity generation project hence no large technical investment has been made here. Though, canals have been initiated from this dam to irrigate the precious agricultural land in close vicinity of the area.
Surrounding area of this dam is full of attractions though the exact location is not very scenic and picturesque but still the gathering of large number of tourist proves the importance of the area.
A fresh water lake, also called BTM Lake is a better view point to see the migratory birds. Spotting the Spot billed Pelicans is a major attraction here. This migratory bird habited here almost throughout the year. Various other bird species are also habited in the lake.
Savan Durga hills are major tourist attraction as they are largest monoliths in entire Asian continent. This place is also known for trekking activities. Backwater of the dam also provides a cool and relaxed atmosphere for a visitor reason being this place is liked most irrespective of not better scenic areas.
A large Banyan tree is also located in this place. The tree is believed to be the older more than 350 years. Scene of rural India is around the dam and this is one of the most beautiful aspects while visiting the site. For spending weekends, this place is ideal as the relaxed atmosphere find here is special tool to provide ease to the visitor.
How to Reach
This place is accessible from all type of transportation means.
By air reaching here is also possible as Bangaluru International Airport is the nearest and located at 56 kilometers from this site.
Nearest railway station to this dam is Bangaluru. Major trains are connected to Bangalore railway station at frequent intervals.
KSRTC also operate its bus services alongwith other private tour operators. Mysore highway is most busy road and to reach this dam by road is very easy and affordable to all.