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Ayyanakere Lake (18 km from Chikmagalur)

Published Date: 09-May-2024

Tired of visiting touristy places? How about you give tranquil Ayyanakere Lake a try? Set against the scenic and conical Shakunagiri Hills, it is comparatively untouched and away from the madding crowd. The ruler of Sakharayapatna village, Rukmangada Raya, is believed to have built this lake. Then the Hoysala Kings renovated it in 1156 A. D. Today, multiple villages depend on this lake for their agricultural needs, and the water supply is more than enough for 1560 hectares of land. There are 10 canals to distribute the lake’s water efficiently. You can camp around this lake, click some wonderful photos or try your hand at fishing.

  • Best time to visit: September to February
  • Ideal duration: 1 – 2 hours
  • How to reach:
    • By Air: You can hire a cab after you fly to Mangalore Airport.
    • By Train: Once you reach Kadur Junction, you can take a taxi.
    • By Road: Board a government or private bus from Mangalore or Bangalore to reach Chikmagalur. Then, hire a cab.
  • Best for: A popular spot for great views among the places to visit near Chikmagalur.
  • Tip: Carry some food and water as there are no eateries near the lake.
  • Nearby Attractions: Hanumana Gundi Falls, Bhadra Dam, Manikyadhara Falls, Jhari Waterfalls, Kudremukh National Park
  • Google rating and reviews: 4.4 rating and 500 reviews

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