Kunigal Dodda Kere means Big Lake of Kunigal. The lake is situated in Kunigal town, Tumkur district, Karnataka.
The famous Kannada singer P. Kalinga Rao composed music and popularized the folk song on this lake, which goes like this:
Mudal Kunigal Kere Nodorigondhaibhoga
Moodi Barthaane Chandhiraama
Thaanandhano Moodi Barthaane Chandhiraama
Aathanthrisi Nodorge EnThaa Kunigal Kere
Santhe Haadhili Kallu Katte
Thaanandhano Santhe Haadhili Kallu Katte…
For the full lyrics see: http://mykannadalyrics.blogspot.in/2013/01/kannada-folk-song-moodal-kunigal-kere.html
Meaning of the above song is: The lucky ones see the Kunigal Lake and the moon will come out to look at the beauty of the Big Kunigal Lake. For the people who wait to see the lake, oh! What a lake. On the way to the fair is the stone bund of the lake…
Locals vouch that the depth of the lake could never be measured.
The lake was built by Magadi Kempegowda and the bund is 2 Km long. Water from this lake is used to irrigate lands and it is haven for migratory birds like, Egrets, Ducks, and Cormorants.
At one end of the lake is the ancient Someswara temple.
Interesting place nearby:
Yediyur – 2 KMs
Kunigal stud farm (Horse breeding farm, owned by Vijay Malya)
Deepambhudi lake – 26 KMs from Kunigal
Huliyurdurga – another picnic & small trek point – 22 KMs from Kunigal
Type of place: Lake
Situated: Kunigal, Tumkur District
Distance: 74 Kms from Bangalore (Bangalore – Mangalore Highway)
Transport: Well connected by road