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Thonnur Lake

About Thonnur Lake

Thonnur Kere is also called as Tondanuru kere Locally. This lake is a natural lake formed by collection of rainwater from surrounding hills and Yadavanadi River. The lake measures length of 145 Meters and a height of 230 Meters. It has expanded over 2150acres of land. The dam is built across the lake help to provide water for irrigation to surrounding areas. Beside the lake statue of Sri. Ramanujacharya is constructed, one of the 4 statues of Ramanujacharya in India. 

The place is the best weekend picnic spot. Fishing is allowed in the lake. Boating (Teppa ride) are also available for visitors. The outflow of the lake is called Ramanuja Gange/Thonnuru madaga.

History of Thonnur Lake

The lake has a historical background. It is believed to be constructed by great Vaishnava saint Sri.Ramanajucharya. Sri Ramanajucharya came from Srirangam of Tamilnadu to this place for spreading Vaishnava siddantha. The great Vaishnava saint stayed in Thonnur from the year 1909 – 1111. During the period of his stay in Thonnur he identified the lake and constructed mantapa around it and named as “Thirumalasagara”(Lake of Lord Thirupathi (Venkateshwara Swamy)).Sri.Ramanajucharya build a temple and started worshiping an idol of Lord Nambi Narayana. 

The writings about Thonnur Kere can be seen in the History chapters of Bijapur Sultans, Mughals, and Tipu Sultan. Bijapur sultan Adil Shah was believed to be found this lake during his period. The Mughal subeddar Nasir Jung referred to this lake as “Moti Talab”(Lake of Pearl) after seeing his image in crystal clear water of lake. History also says that the Mysore ruler Tippu sultan renovated the bunds of the lake and constructed caves in them they are called Tippu caves.

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Mythological Importance of Thonnur Lake

Story of Hoysala Princesses

When Ramanujacharya arrived to thonnur the place was ruled by Hoysala king Bitti deva (Vishnuvardhana). Bittideva came to visit the Ramanujacharya along with his daughter. The king told about illness (processed by a ghost) of his daughter. Ramanuja suggests visiting temple after taking a bath in Thonnur lake. The king along with his daughter visited the temple soon after she gets cured. Hence the lake is believed to be holy. There is a belief that Ramanujacharya still stayed in this place in the form of a snake.

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Thonnur Lake Timings
Mon – Sun : 05.00 AM to 06.00 PM

Thonnur Lake Entry Fees

Best time to Visit Thonnur Kere
October to February

Thonnur Lake Website
There is no official website

Thonnur Kere Email  
No official email address

Thonnur Lake Phone Number  
No Contact Number

Thonnur Lake Address  
Tannur lake,
Sanaba, Pandavapura, 
Mandya -571434

Thonnur Lake Accommodation

There is no accommodation available at Thonnur Lake. There are hotels available in Srirangapatana located at a distance of 22 kms. The list of hotels situated in Srirangapatana are as follows.

Places near Thonnur Kere 

Yoga Narasimha Swamy Temple – 1.3 Kms
Nambi Narayana temple – 1.3 Kms
Venugopalaswamy Temple – 2 kms
Srinivasa Temple – 500 mts
Daria Daulat Bagh – 22 Kms
Kshanambika Temple – 22 Kms
Gumbaz  – 24 Kms
Jumma Masjid – 22 kms
Karighatta – 24 Kms
Nimishamba Temple – 24 Kms
Ranganathaswamy Temple – 22 kms
Kunti Betta – 23 Kms
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary – 26 Kms
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Thonnur Kere Distance
From Bangalore – 136 kilometres  
From Mysore – 41 kilometres  
From Srirangapatna – 22 kilometres
From Pandavapura Railway Station – 13 kilometres

How to reach Thonnur Kere 

KSRTC (Bus)  

KSRTC and Private Buses are available from Bangalore to Srirangpatana(fare: ₹110/-

from there you can reach Thonnur Kere by boarding (Srirangapatna – Melukote) or (Srirangapatna –Pandavapura) KSRTC or Private Bus.


Express train is available to Pandavapura  from Mysore & Bangalore (fare: 60/- or ₹45/-), 

From Pandavapura railway station shared autos and buses are available to Thonnur Kere. (fare: ₹30/- to ₹50/-).

NOTE –  Please do contact Indian Railways (IRCTC) for better clarity on train timings & updated Pricing 


Air Nearest Mysore airport (Domestic Airport) is 49 kilometres from temple. Drive time approximately 1 hour – 1 hour 30 min 

Bike / Car
Bangalore to Mysore

Majestic (Kempe Gowda bus station) – Nayandahalli – Bidadi – Kengeri – Ramanagara –  Channapattana – Madduru- Mandya- Pandavapura – Thonnur Lake-

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