Thippagondanahalli Reservoir, also known as T G Halli Dam or Chamarajsagar, is located at the confluence of the Arkavathi and Kumudavathi River, 35 km west of Bangalore, India. The name Thippagondanahalli was named after the village head Thippagonda. A supervised construction from the very great Bharatha Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. The dam was built & inaugurated in 1933, the back water provides a good birdwatching spot for the bird lovers. Migratory birds are seen in flocks here during winter.Entry to the BWSSB place is now restricted but I remember it was one of my favourite spots a few years back,now its only the backwaters left for birdwatching.
Best time to visit: October to April.
Distance from Bangalore : Approx 35Kms.
Pros: Best place to photograph swallows when they perch on small twigs & river terns at close range.
Cons: Driving too very near water bank might turn risky as your vehicle may get stuck in loose soil.
Its a half day birdwatching spot , either morning or evening with packed food & drinking water is best ( avoiding eating in hotel near nature places might lower the risks of future commercialisation & hazards “this is only my immature estimations” & this is not a tourist place).
Have compiled photographs made during my visits (October to March).
Thippagondanahalli Back waters (Savandurga Hill is seen at the back)
Once submerged Sangameshwara temple of TG Halli
Illegal Fishing starts at early hours
Pied Bushchat- Female
Pied Bush Chat – Male
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark – Male
Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark – Female
Black Winged Stilt
Little Ringed Plover
Bar Headed Goose
Common Green Shank
& my favourite cute little bird 🙂 the Pratincole
Thanks for dropping by folks 🙂