How about bird watching? Or boating? Or just gazing at the waters? Or all three? Despite being the IT city, Bangalore has its share of tranquil, thanks to its lakes. These water bodies are icing on the cake for the Garden city. Bangalore lakes are packed with trees and fauna.
Here is the list of 10 lakes in Bangalore:
1. Sankey Tank
This lake is overbrimming with serenity. Nestled in the suburbs of Malleshwaram, Sankey tank instantly composes your senses. This is the kind of place where one could dive into a book and forget about the world or have deep contemplations while staring at the sunset or feel liberated when a thick flock of pigeons instantly decides to take off and fly in synchrony. Swimming enthusiasts have a pool and boating, of course, is available at minimal charges. Gardening devotees can satisfy their needs at a nursery available here. Also, bird watching here is a treat to the eyes.
Location: 11th Cross Road, Kodandarampura, Gayathri Nagar
Entry Fee: Child - INR 5 Adult - INR 10
Timings: 6:00 AM - 08:00 PM (Closed on Fridays)
2. Ulsoor Lake
Location: Sivanchetti Gardens, Near MG Road
Entry Fee: No Entry Fee
Timings: 6:00 AM - 08:00 PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
3. Lalbagh Lake
Location: Mavalli, Bangalore
Entry Fee: INR 10
Timings: 9:00 AM - 06:00 PM
4. Hebbal Lake
Again, this lake too is a habitat for exotic birds. Situated alongside Bellary road, this lake is seasonal. It is parched during summers but regains its beauty with monsoon rains. This is a perfect place for getting those IG worthy sunrise pictures or for a refreshing early morning jog. This lake is best viewed in its entirety from the Hebbal flyover.
Location: NH 7, Bellary road, Outer ring road
Entry Fee: INR 20
Timings: Closes at 06:45 PM
5. Madiwala Lake
One of the hidden and unknown lakes, Madiwala lake, is spread across 270 acres an island filled with bamboo bushes at the centre of the lake. This lake is perfect for nature lovers and can be visited throughout the year. This lake offers boating; nature walks, children's play area and astonishing bird watching sessions.
Location: Bannerghatta Road
Entry Fee: Child - INR 2 Adult - INR 5
Timings: 5:00 AM -09:30 PM (Boating 10:30 AM - 06:30 PM)
6. Kaikondrahalli Lake
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
7. Kengeri Lake
This forgotten and forlorn lake has recently got a new lease of rejuvenation. Kengeri lake had been ignored and left without supervision, but off late, there have been plans made that include building walking paths, boating, children's play area, recreation zone, islet and so on. This lake has been a home for migrating bird since forever and is one of the fastest disappearing lakes in the city.
Location: Harsha Layout, Kengeri Satellite Town
8. Hesaraghatta Lake
These grasslands of Bangalore, safe to call it this way has a water body amidst dry, parched land. This lake is enormous and has water as far as you can see. It hosts diverse birdlife and winter migrants spend their winters here. This human-made reservoir is visited by Harries, Quails, Flycatchers and Robins. Excellent for photographers, this place is also a popular destination for cyclists and bikers. Monsoon and post-monsoon would be the best season to visit this lake.
Entry Fee: Free
9. Agara Lake
Agara lake is one of the few natural lakes of Bangalore. However, it is also a victim of deterioration. Attracting a good deal of morning walkers and joggers, few activities have been organized around the lake. Every monsoon brought hundreds of birds to this lake but off late, the avian population has been decreasing. The only ones visiting now are the Spot-billed Pelicans.
Location: Agara Village, 1st Sector, HSR Layout
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 5:30 AM to 11 AM, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
10. Varthur Lake
Location: Varthur Kere, Varthur, Bangalore
11. Hennur LakeHennur 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, NagawaraTo break free from the monotony or to have leisure walks by the waters, lakes are always a better yet peaceful option. Don't waste your weekend being a couch potato. Life's too short for that.
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 5:30 AM to 9 AM, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM