28th April 2012
Markonahalli dam is a reservoir
built across Shimsha River. It is near Yadiyur
on Bengaluru Hassan highway. Built during 1930s by Sir M. Visveswaraiah,
it acts as a source of water to nearby areas. I visited this place with my
family during our recent trip to lesser known Hoysala temples.
After Bellur cross, I was constantly
looking for the board to Markonahalli dam. Two km before Yadiyur was a small
board indicating direction to the Markonahalli village. We took the left turn
and proceeded six km further. The dam could be seen from the road itself. Next
to it was a small unmaintained garden. A “restricted area” board greeted us. So
we went further on the road that led directly to the reservoir bed area.
It was a nice sight to see a huge
expanse of water in this harsh summer season. My daughter started collecting
small stones and started throwing them to water. It gave her a feel of joy!! A
family had come with a purpose of fishing. Birds were plenty due to the
proximity of water.
A siphon system was installed in
the dam (Looks somewhat similar to Madenur dam) which allows excess water to be
Overall a nice place for a short
visit if you are driving along Bengaluru-Hassan highway.
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