- Mari Kanive
Mari Kanive (
Kannada: ಮಾರಿ ಕಣಿವೆ) is a damnear Hiriyur Taluk, Chitradurga District, in the Indian state of Karnataka. It is the oldest dam in the state.
The dam was built by the
MysoreMaharajas pre-independence across the river Vedavathi. The dam is an exquisite piece of architecture, an engineering marvel for that time, and provides water to lots of surrounding cities, towns and villages, which are largely dry lands of the Deccanarea of Central Karnataka.
This dam is the source of domestic water for
Hiriyurand Chitradurga. It irrigates more than 100 km² of land in Hiriyurand Challakeretaluks through right and left bank canals. This place is 160 km from Bangaloreon the NH-4 highway and 40 km from Chitradurga.
The dam was constructed by a team led by an Engineer called 'Tara Chand Dalal' at the order of his Highness the
Maharajaof MysoreSri Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV.
The dam has been a tourist attraction for many years, but has been apparently neglected as a prime
tourist destination. Recently, though, the development work undertaken by the forest department to restore the nearby forest cover, and the 'panchavati' gardens - a garden of medicinal plants with the old Indian cultural theme has improved the tourist figures, making it a popular weekend picnic spot. The 'panchavati' garden has medicinal plants lined up representing cultural themes - the 'Rashis', 'Sapta swaras', 'Nava grahas' and many more. The tourists who visit Chitradurgaand Hosdurgaoften visit Mari kanive on the way. The historic maarikaamba temple here also attracts many tourists. The place is around 20 km drive from Hiriyuron a deviation from NH4 ( Bangalore- MumbaiNational Highway).
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