Friday, June 5, 2009

Tonnur Kerre, a Picturesque Lake

Tonnur Kerre is a little known place when compared to the neighboring places like Mysore, Srirangpatana, Melkote. Never the less that does not reduce the beauty or charm of the place. This place does has historical significance.



The area is famous for the beautiful fresh water lake surrounded by hillocks. The lake occupies an area of around 2000 acres. About 1000 years ago Saint Ramanujacharya moved to this place from Srirangam. He had built the lake and then moved to nearby area Melkote. The lake is built between two rocky hills by constructing a dam. The source of water is by means of river and many streams running off the hills surrounding the lake.



Because of the crystal clear water in the lake it is also known as Moti Talab. This forms a ideal picnic spot away from the busy life of the city. People can also enjoy boating here in the local made round boats called "Theppa". In one corner of the lake there is a small beach where people can relax. It is a very calm and scenic place and words make no justice to it. It has to be only experienced to cherish.

The water from the lake is used for irrigation. Even fishing is done here for the variety of fishes. If one sits on the edge of the lake lot of small fishes come close to you in search of food.




This is not a place for sightseeing. This is more of a place where people can relax in the nature from their daily busy routines. The place is slowly getting popular and one can see steady increase in number of people coming here. I only hope that influx of tourists to this spot does not disturb the serenity of the place.

How to Reach There

This place is located interior to the Bangalore - Mysore 2 lane highway in the right side while going towards Mysore. Just after crossing Mandya one can see a road on the right and directions are available on highway for Melkote. It is approximately 35 kms from this highway and from Bangalore it is around 130kms. The roads are very good and people do drive here at good speed.



67 comments:

Debra Trean said...

peaceful areas indeed...nice about this area as well.

siva // ശിവ said...

The 3rd photo looks nice....

Glennis said...

So nice to find a special peaceful place, will be a pity if too many people visit and spoil the peaceful atmosphere, you enjoy.

Regina said...

Nice post! thanks for the tour. Good shots

Tinsie said...

Lovely pics - I like the first one in particular. Great purple hues, very serene and spiritual.

M.Kate said...

Rajesh, as usual, I am enjoying India via your blog. the place looks serene and peaceful. Happy weekend.

AJEYA RAO said...

I had been here once, i think its called - Tannur lake. Nice place, we took a coracle ride here.

Pradip Biswas said...

This place should be protected for pollution because it may lure the visitors from everywhere.

fishing guy said...

Rajesh: That is a wonderful place of nature. I enjoyed the visit.

usandeep said...

did u say the place is along the mandya - melkote road? or, is there a further detour from this road? i never noticed it while going to melkote

interesting place and an interesting name too. has it got anything to do with 90?

Anya said...

Wow !!
Rajesh,
you make fantastic shots ;)
The water looks so peaceful !!!
Be careful,
a fish can bite your toes.....LOL

alicesg said...

Very beautiful photo for SWF. Wow those fishes reminded me of the fish spa that I had in South Korea. The fishes nibbled at our skin, was so ticklish...lol. We were all screaming in fright...lol

Jacob said...

I would love to experience the peace and serenity of this place. The clean, clear water is unusual and very striking!

joo said...

Seems to be great place! Thanks for showing:)

see you there! said...

Love the photo with the little fish. I'm going to take some time and go back through your blog and view your wonderful photo's.

Darla

PS thanks for stopping by my blog.

SandyCarlson said...

Such a lovely spot. The lesser known places very often offer more just because they are so unselfconscious about their beauty.

Pam said...

They are all wonderful photos. I like the last one with the little fishies swimming around your feet. Have a wonderful weekend, thanks for the visit.

George said...

Thanks for sharing this peaceful, serene lake with us. I too hope it doesn't become too popular.

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the nice words.

Debra: Indeed it is peaceful area.

M.Kate: Thanks, visit my blog more often to see more of India.

Siva: Thanks for appreciation.

Glensis: Yes, as the number of people increase the peace of the area will be lost.

Regina: Thanks for appreciation.

Ajeya: It is known by both the names.

Tinsie: Thanks for appreciation.

Pradip: More than number of people, it is their uncaring attitude that spoils the place.

fishing guy: Thanks for appreciation.

usandeep: It is on the way to Melkote. At a T-junction close to Melkote where one takes right for Melkote, this is in opposite direction.

Anya: Thanks for appreciation.

alicesg: Thanks for appreciation. Yes fish nibbling is ticklish.

Joo: Thanks for appreciation.

Jacob: It is a nice experience amidst the nature.

see you: Thanks for appreciation.

magiceye said...

peaceful indeed!
perfect for unwinding!!

Pietro said...

Very quiet and serene place indeed. Thanks for sharing!

sujata said...

Its so hot where I stay that even looking at the pictures of the crystal clear lake soothed ,me. Again a lovely and informative post!!

chrome3d said...

Putting the feet to the lake is such a good ideA. It always works for a tired traveller.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Great post as always..those fish..do they pick on your feet after a while? we have similar fish when your drop your feet in to the water they come and start picking on youe feet and it is very ticklish..

Elisabeth's bright side said...

Wonderful pictures and it's very interesting to learn about the place!

Dave Coulter said...

Looks like a lovely spot!

Christopher Raun Leth said...

That is a truly beautiful place. Would love to visit it!

Tammie Lee said...

Lovely to have a place like this to go. Wonderful photo with the little fish by the toes.

Bengbeng said...

Look at the last pic. Like most of the others I am so awed. The fish seem to be not afraid at all. Wow

WR said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. Life can be hectic on off kilter days! :) I enjoyed seeing your blog. Nice photos. My x is was India (Bombay). One of my non-clinical claims to fame - I can make Indian food. My sons are keen about the spice - me not so much.

Nice that our paths crossed on the internet highway.

Ebie said...

Your waters look so calm and love the colors. This is very informative. Thank you for taking us to your world.

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the nice words.

Sandy: Thanks. Yes lesser known places have their own charm as they not disturbed by mankind.

Pam: Thanks for appreciation.

George: Thanks, I too hope the area continue to remain peaceful.

Tammie: Thanks for appreciation.

magiceye: It is nice and peaceful.

Elisabeth: Thanks for appreciation.

Sujata: Thanks. Even in the hot Sun the water here is very cold.

Raun: Thanks for appreciation.

chrome3d: Thanks. Yes, it is very true it takes away all tiredness.

Dave: Thanks for appreciation.

Kirigalpoththa: Thanks. The fishes at your feet gives a ticklish feeling.

Bengbeng: Thanks, the fishes were not afraid at all. They were in search of food and people do feed them.

WR: Thanks. Nice to know about your association with India. Let us cross our path throgh the blog more often.

Ebie: Thanks for appreciation.

humanobserver said...

Rajesh, the imformation about this place was really realy good.

Dusty Lens said...

It is important to have natural areas to get away from city life.

BeachILike said...

It is good to have some nice place for relaxation, it doesn't need to e tourist places all the time you know.

roughterrain crane said...

Wow! Even small fish are friendly to tourists. You must have refreshed yourself.

Michele said...

Oh the water looks so nice and refreshing... amazing how clear it looks even though it is used for irrigation... a very nice post!

Ilan said...

Fun to follow your blog :P

Great photos, us usual!

Robin said...

Having a special place to escape the heat and pressure of the city is such a gift, isn't it.

joshidaniel said...

this place is new for me!

John said...

Great shots all three.

Wendy said...

Looks like a beautiful place to relax!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rajesh:)

Greetings:)

This narration reminds me of the various places I have to visit. It also reminds me India is a vast country with so many gorgeous scenic spots which remains unexplored.

The artificial lake is a lovely picnic spot. Very soon it will become a popular tourist spot.

You are doing a wonderful job of posting lovely photos backed with excellent narration making people become aware of relatively lesser known places of interest.

Have a nice day Rajesh:)
Joseph

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the nice words.

Deepak: Thanks for appreciation.

Dusty Lens: Yes, without such places it will be a concrete jungle.

BeachLike: I agree with such place need not be tourist place. That way it is better.

Ilan: Thanks for appreciation.

roughterrain: Yes, it was refreshing experience.

John: Thanks for appreciation.

Michele: Thanks, the lake is at a higher altitude when compared to irrigation land around.

Robin: I agree with you.

Joshi: It is still little unknown place.

Wendy: Yes, it is a nice place to relax.

Joseph: Thanks for appreciation. I agree with you lot to be discovered and preserved.

Kcalpesh said...

This unheard place looks quite good thanks for posting the picture and such a nice write-up about the place too! :-)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very nice place to share. great narrative and I would love to see the lake and put my feet in the lake. I like your photo of the feet and many little fish swimming around.Thanks for your comments on the Phoenician and Camelback Mountain series on my site.

Viji said...

Hi Rajesh, B'ful pics:-)

Agree with you, as long as a place does not become a "tourist spot" it does not lose its serenity.

Cheers!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Rajesh THe Last Picture Of Feet In Water Is Great..I Like This Post..THanks For Sharing And Comments On My Blog..

ShySongbird said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed looking at yours and seeing some of the lovely places you have visited, it is wonderful to be able to share other people's countries and experiences in this way.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Very peaceful place...thanks for visiting my blog.

joo said...

Rajesh, I left something for you on my Daily Haiku http://joo-dailyhaiku.blogspot.com/
Please come collect and enjoy:)

Walter Neiger said...

thanks for providing such nice pictures and interesting words.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Another great post!

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the nice words.

Kcalpesh: Thanks for appreciation. It is lesser known place.

shySongbird: Thanks for appreciation.

Julie: Thanks for appreciation. It is a nice place for relaxing.

Unseen: Thank you.

Vicki: Thanks for appreciation.

Viji: Thanks, good to see people having similar opinion.

Walter: Thank you.

Phivos: Thanks for appreciation.

Joo: Thanks for the kind gesture.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Thanks for this info! Never knew such a place existed!

Ai Shiang said...

I suppose you had a good time picnicking there? I hope you didn't feed the fish too much :o)

KRIS JASPER said...

Beautiful shots. I can just imagine the sensation U feel when those little fishes come near your feet.

fufu said...

wow...i wanna have a fish spa there =p hihihi

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It sounds like a wonderful place to spend a quiet, peaceful day.

Denise said...

Your photos are incredible and I would love to go there some day.

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the nice words.

Rakesh: There are many places close to this place worth a visit. Will post the details soon.

Ai Shiang: It is a nice place. They liked biscuit powder.

fufu: Thanks.

Kris: Thanks for appreciation. It was ticklish.

Joan: It is a nice place for relaxing.

Denise: Thanks for appreciation.

unplaned plan said...

nice trvel blog...through ur blog i have visited so many places....take care and keep it

Barbara Martin said...

It's good you have found a quiet place to relax which is necessary in our busy world. The photos are superb as always.

Rajesh said...

unplanned plan: Thanks for appreciation. Keep coming for more.

Barbara: Thanks, definitely it is nice to have place for relaxing.

Maboe said...

Thanks, very interesting!

Tammie Lee said...

sounds like a wonderful place.

Raghu N said...

It is a tourist place, but plz plz dont ever get inside this lake even if u know swimming..
bcoz i know e pain of loosing an important life..
I lost a very good friend of mine..
PLZ ITS MY SINCERE REQUEST...