Aren’t we lucky to be living in a city that boasts of so many lakes. But with modernisation and commercialisation (think giant gated communities and steel and chrome tech parks that are busy burying lakes forever), the number of lakes in Bangalore have dwindled to just about a few. While the lakes at Ulsoor, Lalbagh and Sankey Tank (actually a tank) at Sadashivnagar, get a lot of good press and attention, it is some of the lesser known but equally beautiful lakes in the city that are worth a visit. So take our advice, put on your walking shoes or take your bicycle and don’t forget your binoculars (for a spot of bird watching) at some of the still lively lakes of Bangalore.
You couldn’t have missed the Hebbal Lake on your way to the airport. Considered to be one of the three lakes built by Kempe Gowda in the 16th century, the Hebbal lake today is major landmark of the city as well as a favourite for bird watchers.
Where: National Highway 7, Junction of Bellary Road and Outer Ring Road
Surrounded by a landscaped park called the Lumbini Gardens by the Lake Authority of India, Nagvara Lake is well maintained, has a good walkway, a musical fountain and an adjacent water park.
Where: Nagawara, Near Lumbini Gardens
When: Monday to Sunday, 10am-7pm
Considered to be one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore, the Madiwala Lake thankfully comes under the maintenance duties of the Karnataka State Forest Department and is blessed with park areas. Not least of all a cute children’s park and walkways. The lake is also popular for spotting migratory birds, especially the Spot-Billed Pelican.
Where: BTM Layout
This fresh water, man made lake was built by the Dewan of Mysore, K Seshadri Iyer. Apparently, nearly 29 species of birds have been recognised and documented here. Located very close to dance school Nrityagram, this might make for a nice day trip with a lunch over at farm and bistro, Earth Kitchen and an overnight stay at the Taj Kuteeram. Don’t forget to visit the nearby Byalkere Peacock Sanctuary.
The location for the second edition of the Kere Habba held in December 2015, Kaikondrahalli Lake, spread over 48 acres, is also home to migratory birds (upto 70 species of birds have been recognised here) and is great for a lovely walk around the lake perimeters (around a 2 kilometre stretch). The lake has been restored to its original glory (it had been reduced to a dump yard) with the effort of BBMP, citizens and green initiatives from around the city.
Where: Sarjapur Main Road, Kaikondrahalli
Find the community page of the Kaikondrahalli Lake on Facebook here.
Supposedly one of the oldest lakes in Bangalore, with origins that date back to the Hoysala period, Yediyur Lake today has a nice walkway built around it for joggers and walkers. A surrounding park offers options for picnicking and boat rides are popular too.
Where: Yediyur, Kanakpura Road, Jayanagar
Featured image via:Nikkul / Wikipedia