The Big Banyan Tree or locally called as the Dodda Alada Mara is a 400 year old banyan tree in the village of Kethohalli near Bangalore. Sprawling over a vast 3 acres of land, the tree is one of the largest of its kind. In the 2000s, the tree got infected with a natural disease and the chief roots died of contamination. Ever since, the giant tree looks like an amalgamation of several smaller trees, with its roots still multiplying in number and size. Awning with at least a thousand aerial roots, Alada Mara covers a circumference of more than 250 metres.
The humongous tree is a scintillating example of nature’s marvels. Tourists from all over India gather here just to soak in the impeding sunlight amidst the labyrinth of its enormous roots. The tree has also been believed to symbolize the holy trinity of the Hindu gods- the roots, stem and branches represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. Over the years, the big Banyan tree has been a witness to the state’s development, and is maintained and managed by the horticulture department of Karnataka. The area has been fenced, has neat little pathways and brightly painted cement seats and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions of Bangalore.
10 months ago by Kovid Kapoor
We went on a Sunday bike ride to the Big Banyan Tree, also known in Kannada as Dodda Alada Mara, during the monsoon. As usual in Bangalore, the weather was brilliant for a long bike ride. We rode mainly on the ring road, then the NICE road, and then the last few kms to the spot. The place itself is very interesting - it's quite intriguing to see a since tree which has grown so many huge offshoots. Walking inside the park feels like you are inside a forest of banyan trees. The tourism dept. has made a few benches to sit in the park and enjoy the scenery, and are also reconstructing a temple inside the park. It makes for a nice bike ride (or long drive) from the city.
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