Vani Vilas Sagar lake and dam are one of the recommended attractions of Chitradurga in Karnataka. The dam, also known as Mari Kanive, is the oldest dam in Karnataka. Located in Hiriyur taluk, the dam was built by the Kings of Mysore before Indian independence.
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Apart from being an architectural wonder, the dam also irrigates all the nearby places that are dry lands located in Central Karnataka. On the foothills of the dam, there is a temple dedicated to Kanive Maramma. The temple also has a lovely park.
The best time to visit the lake and dam are from October to January. In November, Kanive Maramma annual fair is celebrated here, where devotees flock in to be a part of the festivities.