Around Bangalore: Lakes

Bangalore once had 117 lakes! Though in the recent years the number has dwindled, a few that are left add to the beauty and ecology of the city. Read more about Bangalore’s lakes.

1. Hebbal

Details

Adjoining Hebbal flyover, this lake provides vital lung space in an otherwise concrete jungle. Spread over an area of 150 acres, this lake is as old as Bangalore city. It is a natural lake maintained by the Forest department. The lake attracts migratory birds from Himalayan and Central Asian regions and is home to 70 species of water birds and a huge variety of aquatic vegetation. In the recent years, the lake has been in the news for the controversial public private partnership policies by the Lake Development Authority of Bangalore. Boating facilities and a beautiful park are the attractions for a leisurely evening out.

Location

Junction of NH7 and Outer ring road

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebbal_Lake

2. Ulsoor

Details

Ulsoor lake is situated in Bangalore Cantonment near MG Road and faces the army’s MEG regiment. It is an elegant lake spread across 1.5 square kilometers, dotted with a few islands and is a venue for immersion of idols during the popular Ganesha festival in August-September. In recent years, the authorities have constructed a separate tank for idol immersion, so that the lake itself does not get contaminated. You can go boating here or just take a swim in the recreational complex near the lake.

Location

Between MG Road and Old Madras road

References

http://www.bangaloreindia.org.uk/tourist-attractions/ulsoor-lake.html

3. Sankey

Details

Sankey Tank is actually a man-made lake situated in the Malleswaram – Sadashivnagar area. The lake was a creation of Colonel Richard Sankey of the MEG Regiment to meet the water supply needs of North Bangalore. Spread across an area of 15 hectares and surrounded by forest area and a well maintained park, the lake looks surreal during misty winter mornings and also contributes to the cool breeze in hot and sunny days. The Forest Department provides boating facilities to visitors.

Sankey tank

Location

Adjacent to Chowdiah road near Sadashivnagar Bhashyam circle

References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankey_Tank

4. Nagavara

Details

The Nagavara Lake, situated near Hebbal on Outer Ring Road, is a lake with a difference. The place has been leased to Lumbini Gardens (a private organization) and offers a variety of amusement rides for kids on the banks of the lake. The lake has a steady stream of visitors everyday and can be called as a water based theme park rather than a lake. The main attraction of this amusement park is a huge artificial wave pool. You can peddle-boat or go in a ‘coffee boat’ across the lake. The area is well maintained with a well stocked food court and clean walkways. This is an ideal place to go with your kids on the weekend.

Nagavara Lake

Location

Near Nagavara junction on the Outer Ring Road

5. Agara

Details

Lying between bustling Koramangala and H.S.R. Layout in South Bangalore, Agara lake is a picture of tranquility. Its 39.58 hectares of greenery and water, which attract a variety of birds – dicks, coots, moorhens, herons, egrets, kites and kingfishers. The lake has recently shot up in controversy due to the Lake Development Authority’s plans of leasing the lake maintenance to a private company. The residents and naturalists are concerned that the eco-system will be threatened due to the pollution if the private company creates a amusement park beside the lake.

Location

Near Koramangala, HSR Layout

References

http://bangalore.citizenmatters.in/articles/view/5-agara-lake

About Poornima Dasharathi 46 Articles
Poornima is our correspondent for Heritage & Features. She also runs a heritage and culture themed travel outfit called Unhurried.

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