Bird watching @ Manchanabele

When Shashank asked me whether I want to join him for a bird shooting @ Manchanabele, I immediately said yes. Eventhough I didn’t had proper equipment to shoot birds, I joined him as it had been a long time since I went out on a bike ride.
About Manchanabele dam:
Its a less known, small water dam approximately 40-45KMs from Bangalore and the dam is built across river Arkavati. This is a nice place for bird-watchers with plenty of resident and few migratory birds.

On that lovely Saturday morning (11th Nov, 2006), we started off around 6.30 on two bikes – Shashank on his Fiero and me on my Pulsar. Soon we were rolling on beautiful Mysore road (SH17). On the way we bought snacks & water for breakfast as no food is available at the dam so early. Took a right near Rajarajeshwari Dental college which leads to the famous ‘Big Banyan Tree’. When wereached the banyan tree, not many visitors were there as it was too early. We proceeded toward Manchanabele, which is another 8-10KMs from Banyan tree.

We reached the place around 8AM, with few stops on the way to shoot birds. It was a great learning experience for me. Birds watching and their life was kind of totally new world to me. Shashank was patient enough to answer my queries and stupid questions. Except for one or two Brahminy Kite shots, I was just a bird watcher and watching Shashank capturing birds. We stayed there till 2 in the afternoon. And took the same route to reach home back exhausted, but content with the day’s learning & experience.

Here are some beautiful, awesome photos captured by Shashank on that day.

Birds sighted:

Brahminy Kite
Green bee-eater
Pied Kingfisher
Purple-rumped Sunbird
White-browed Bulbul
Indian Robin
Pied Bushchat
Oriental Skylark
Woolly-necked Stork
Black Drongo
Red-wattled Lapwing
Golden Oriole
Brahminy Starling

12 thoughts on “Bird watching @ Manchanabele

  • December 16, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    Nice recount.. Was expecting a lot more pictures, looking at your collection of other pictures. :))

    The lake looks very quiet and serene.

  • January 5, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Hmm, lot of spam here Prashanth. And absolutely loved the third picture.

  • January 11, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for the comments Cuckoo and Mridula

  • January 11, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Those pictures esp the lake were absolutely refreshing prashanth… such unbelievably lovely shades of blue of the lake and the sky! Was nice to read about your day as well.

  • January 11, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    I’ve gone to doDaalad mara sometimes but didnt go till Mandhanabele Dam (also the road from there was very discouraging), won’t miss it next time!

  • May 29, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    been in bangalore for so long and had not heard of this place. nice blog and lovely pictures!

  • June 11, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I’ve been in Bangalore almost all my life and I haven’t heard of this place… so I now have my next instant weekend getaway!
    Great post – Thanks!

  • September 19, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    We had been to Manchina Bele Dam this weekend and We had the most horrid experience there!
    Short answer – We got robbed! Best of all, people who claim to be security guards did that.
    All we were doing is just taking some pictures of the scenic view and just walked nearer to the Dam.
    We felt that scene was nice and took some more snaps. 2 more guys came and taking some random pictures.
    Then suddenly 2 localites with sticks (claimed to be security) came to us and started abusing in very bad language. They snatched our expensive cameras and started to push us around. We were four and they started threatening to beat us and said no one should come to that area.
    We saw, there was no board that said so and we offered to delete photos if we were not supposed to take. They didn’t listen to us and Started abusing badly and they held our hands. We didn’t know what to do and later they asked money. They took 500Rs and quickly went away giving us some gyan saying you should take permission etc etc.
    All said done is, Manchina Bele is not safe and Dam employees themselves are robbers. When you enter Manchina Bele Dam area, there is a board that warns you of robbers. No wonder, Dam security and may be some localites are robbers and they are on the prowl to extort money. We had to pay 500Rs to get our Cameras back. Worst place!
    Adding this comment for others to be careful!

    • November 12, 2011 at 12:08 am

      learn kannada first, you asshole vikas

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  • April 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    looks like an interesting place…for bird watching. The first picture with blue water is beautiful

  • October 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

    looking nice for bird watcher, if you are interested another place for bird watching then Karnala (Near Mumbai) is best one.


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