Saturday, December 2, 2017

VANI VILAS DAM (Mari Kanive)

Vani Vilasa Sagara is a dam located at a distance of 40 Km from Chitradurga in Hiriyur Taluk of Chitradurga district. Vani Vilasa Sagara is also called as Mari Kanive.
A Temple is situated at the bottom of the Vani Vilasa Sagara dam with a Beautiful Park. This Temple is dedicated to Kanive Maramma. Hence, Vani Vilasa Sagara is also called as Maari Kanive.

Vani Vilasa Sagara is an artificial lake built across River Vedavathi by Mysore Wodeyars. Vani Vilasa Sagara is recognized as Architectural Masterpiece.

The Vani Vilasa Sagara dam is definitely a beautiful example of architecture, an engineering wonder for that time, plus supplies water to a lot of surrounding cities, towns as well as villages, which are mostly dry lands of the Deccan area of the Central Karnataka.

The Vani Vilasa Sagara dam continues to be a tourist attraction for several years, although have been in fact neglected like a major tourist destination. In recent times, however, the enhancement work undertaken by forest department to reinstate the neighboring forest cover, as well as the 'Panchavati' gardens - a garden of medicinal plants using the ancient Indian cultural theme has increased the visitor numbers, which makes it a preferred weekend getaway location. The 'Panchavati' garden has medicinal plants lined up representing cultural themes - the 'Rashis', 'Sapta Swaras', 'Nava Grahas' and several more.

Best time to visit Vani Vilasa Sagara (Mari Kanive): October to January

Every year during the month of November Kanive Maramma annual fair is celebrated with a great devotion. The huge numbers of devotees are gathered at Vani Vilasa Sagara to witness the annual fair.

How to get there:

Road: Vani Vilasa Sagara (Mari Kanive) is well connected by road network. Vani Vilasa Sagara (Mari Kanive) is about 160 km from Bangalore on the NH-4 highway and 40 km from Chitradurga.

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