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Manchanabele is a small village located on the outskirts of Bangalore that is known for its picturesque dam and adjoining reservoir.
It is a short 40km drive away from Bangalore and has recently emerged as a popular weekend retreat for the people of the Bangalore because of the peace, natural beauty and serenity offered by the place.
Manchanabele Dam, which is sought out by travellers, adventurers, families and friends, is built over the Arkavathy river.
It is a mighty reservoir that is used to promote farming and irrigation in the nearby areas. The presence of the reservoir has led to the formation of a beautiful lake on which activities such as boating and kayaking are conducted. It is also popular amongst the tourists because of the incredible natural beauty that one can witness near the Manchanabele Dam.
Even though the reservoir was a popular place for people to explore and swim in, it is now cordoned off and cannot be accessed by the public because of a few incidents.
However, the whole expanse of the lake and the reservoir can be seen from a distance and you can catch a stunning sunset from the vicinity of the lake.
Because of the popularity of the place, several adventure resorts and retreats have sprung up. You can access Manchanabele Dam via Dabbaguli village or from Magadi Road, where you will find most of the accommodations in the area.It is a breath-taking place for a day trip or just a relaxing weekend outing with your friends and loved ones.
Manchanabele Dam and its surrounding areas are replete with some striking flora and fauna which will be able to see on your visit there.
The elevated land surrounding the lake is covered with thick green trees that go on for miles and miles. The environment is fresh and the air is clean because of the wide varieties of trees and shrubs growing the area.
You will also find numerous flowers, some familiar and some unfamiliar, growing in and around the primary reservoir.
As for fauna, Manchanabele Dam is sought after extensively by animal lovers and bird watchers. The thick foliage in the area has also allowed a varied bird population to grow and thrive.
The solitude and serenity of the area also make sightings of these birds a common phenomenon, something city-dwellers who are interested in bird-watching find very rewarding.
Some of the birds you can commonly find in the areas around the reservoir include blue Kingfishers, Brahminy starling, Pied Bushchat, March Harriers, bulbuls, bush larks, Indian Roller, Purple Heron, Oriental Honey buzzards, little cormorants, Booted Warbler and doves.
These are some of the more common species found in the area which can be easily spotted if you travel with binoculars.
However, you might also see some rare species of migratory birds as well if you go with the specific purpose of birdwatching.
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