An easy 30kms north of Bangalore, provided the traffic is kind to you, the Hesaraghatta Lake is a magnificent freshwater one surrounded by lush greenery (make a day trip out of it, we suggest taking the car). Around since 1894, this lake was made as a water source for local residents. Since then, over 30 species of local and migratory birds have made this lake their home for the winter. Being an eco-sensitive zone, during this time, it is better to tread slowly around the lake to make it an enjoyable bird watching experience. If you’re up for it, challenge yourself and up your fitness goals by cycling all the way; the roads, are quite friendly to ride on. A good 60kms back and forth from the city, it is quite a distance for noob, though the isn’t much of an inclination en route.
When there though, we recommend you explore the dance village of Nithyagram, a gurukul for Odissi dance lovers. They have an entry fee, open from 10 am to 2 pm. Not too arty? Book a day package at Our Native Village, an eco-friendly resort 10kms from the lake. A typical village set up, the resort offers activities that include riding bullock carts, kite flying, pottery and even milking cows. For a slice of luxury with that hint of rustic, the picture-perfect views and tranquillity of Taj Kuteeram should do the trick. Go on, pamper yourself a bit!