Manchanabele Dam is built on the water of the tranquil Arkavati River. Located in the state of Karnataka, this place is visited by a lot of people because it is ideal to get away from the pell mell of city and enjoy some serenity in the lap of nature. Manchanabele Dam is replete with cool and clear water. This dam is also surrounded by lush green trees in small hills that makes the place look even more mesmerizing. The panoramic views of the sky and the earth can be best observed during sunrise or sunset. The place looks spellbinding during these two phenomenons as the different hues of the sky juxtaposed with the lush greenery and blue water is simply magical. Manchanabele Dam is a perfect place to visit to unwind and relax.
Hennur Bamboo Forest is located 20 km in the northeast part of the city. With well-laid trails in this dense bamboo forest, Hennur Bamboo Forest is popular among cycling enthusiasts and is safe for walking as well.
Located at a distance of 18 km northwest to Bengaluru in Karnataka, Hesaraghatta Lake is a beautiful freshwater lake and manmade reservoir. Constructed in the year 1894, across the Arkavathy River, the reservoir was built to cater to the water needs of the city - for drinking, irrigation and other purposes. The spot is thronged by a large number of avifauna species that migrate to the place.
Located in Marathahalli in Bangalore, Chinnapanahalli Lake Park is based around the Chinnapanahalli Lake with well paved walkways and ample plants and trees. There is also a kid's play area with umpteen swings which is packed in the evenings.
Located at a distance of around 60 km from Bangalore, Chhota Ladakh (also known as Dodda Ayur) is a tiny abandoned quarry that has been filled with rain water and is flanked by solid rocks. It has a slight resemblance to the Ladakh landscape. The place is best known among the bikers who go here to enjoy a nice bike ride. However, it is recommended that you go only during early morning or in the late evening since the harsh sun gets unbearable during the day with no nooks to hide.
Once a neglected lake, situated near Jakkur, the lake was revived in early 2019 by the efforts of a citizen’s group. Aerial species like the Brahminy Kite, Spot-Billed Pelican and Intermediate Egret have made the lake their abode. The tracks laid out in the premises and its serene surroundings make it a perfect place to go for a jog in the morning or to sit and watch the sunset during dusk.
Timings: 5:30 AM - 9 AM and 4 PM - 7 PM on all days of the week
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Atta Galatta house over 10,000 books in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali and English. Relax and read away amid the sweet aroma of freshly bakery. The place also hosts regular literature and musical events. Keep in touch with their social media profiles to know more!
Hennur Lake and Biodiversity Park is like a small forest in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bangalore. This park has a walking track of about 1.2 kms. There is a play area for children which is surrounded by greenery. There’s a garden for medicinal plants and about 1800 local trees. You could even be able to spot different species of butterflies and birds.
Location: Service Rd, 5th Block, Nagawara
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 5:30 AM to 9 AM, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
A unique feature of this lake is that it was a dump-yard for residents in Harlur until the administrative body decided to transform it into a lake. This lake is a bio-diverse ecosystem in itself. Home to reptiles, amphibians and birds, Kaikondrahalli Lake, is bordered by trees of all sorts and hosts a small island at the centre like most lakes. Around the lake are jogging and cycling tracks, play areas, and parks. Despite all of this, the bird population here is significantly more.
Each month brings its own set of migratory birds. Some of its guests are the White-throated Kingfisher, Purple Heron and Spot-billed Pelicans. This lake is full throughout the year but is in all its glory in July. It is open throughout the week, and there is no entry fee. This lake is a boon for nature enthusiasts and conservationists.
Location: Kaikondrahalli Lake Trail, Harlur
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: Closes at 6:30 PM
Located at a distance of only 20 km outside Bengaluru, Turahalli is a sprawling verdant forest that is a perfect escapade from the chaos and din of the city into nature. The forest is sprinkled with huge rock boulders that make it a perfect spot not only to sit and relax but also to pose and take great pictures with the forest in the backdrop. Vehicles have been banned inside the forest with the exceptions of cycles. It has excellent cycling trails so you can find a lot of cyclists visiting here especially in the mornings.