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Catch A Gorgeous Sunrise At This Iconic Lake That's Over 120 Years Old

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What Makes It Awesome

One of Bangalore's oldest and most iconic man-made lakes, Sankey Tank can entertain the whole family, be it for photography, fitness, or street food. Any North Bangalorean will tell you that they’ve been there more than once in their life. Spread over 15 hectares, it extends to portions of Malleshwaram, Vyalikaval, and Sadashiva Nagar, with two entrances, so you don't have to run around to get in. Shutterbugs and flower children can happily indulge in some macro, landscape, or bird photography owing to the variety of subjects there, or just breathe some fresh air. Find ducks, herons, lots of flora, and the odd litter of puppies just enjoying the natural surroundings and limited human disturbance.  

Head there between 6 am to 9 am or 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the evenings (timings might vary due to COVID-19 restrictions) to enjoy the natural beauty of the tank which was built in the late 1800s to fulfill the city’s water needs (clearly we’ve always had a problem it would seem). On occasion, you can go boating, but we’d suggest you skip it to enjoy the water from the outside. With a wide jogging and walking track (no traffic jams here), an open group exercise space (we’ve seen many a yoga and laughter therapy groups), an open gym for adults and a play area for kids, the whole fam can get fit at once with an extra dose of oxygen. Cool down at one of the many benches across the track and park, or use it to catch a great sunrise or sunset depending on when you’re there.

What Could Be Better

While the running track was originally designed to go all around the lake, it’s now discontinuous and you’ll need to turn around, and never have the satisfaction of running fully around.


The evenings see a host of snack stalls and carts outside of the lake’s premises at both entrances, so feel free to load up on freshly made street-snacks but due to COVID-19, they might not be there. be sure to carry your own snacks and beverages. Park timings might also vary due to government restrictions.