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Lakes in Bangalore

Lakes in Bangalore
Ulsoor Lake is one of the major Lakes in Bangalore

Although there are no rivers in Bangalore but the city is a dwelling place for a large number of Lakes where tourists as well as localities often enjoy with their families. Most of these lakes created in the 16th Century have been largely encroached to create urban infrastructure which has left the city with only 17 good lakes while 51 healthy lakes are reported to exist in 1985. You can visit the lakes in Bangalore on any of the day of the week to enjoy some of the breeze recreational activities and spend some good time with your near and dear ones.  

History of the Lakes in Bangalore

The history for creation of lakes is traced to the founders of Bangalore namely Kempe Gowda in 16th Century then later to the Wodeyars of Mysore Kingdom and lastly the British Empire. Bangalore gets most of the lakes made by man for drinking water, fishing and irrigation which have also put an impact on the micro climate of the city. The history has shown that these lakes have also been used by washer-man in order to earn a livelihood for them for washing clothes and drying them.

A survey tells that there were about 280 lakes in the city in 1960’s which suddenly declined to 80 by 1993. Also history marks that there were 400 lakes during the reign of father of Bangalore, Kempe Gowda. The only river nearby was some distance away so to fulfill the need for water of his people the ruler, Kempe Gowda, began township by building lakes. As per researchers, with the Cantonment of Bangalore in 1806 a twin city grew in a planned manner while British imported a special variety of fish which was poured into lakes.

There is a huge sunk in the number of lakes in the past few years which has arisen due to increasing urbanization of the area. Looking at the historical figures, until 1895 there were tanks like Dharmambudhi which supplied unfiltered water currently serving as a Bus stand. Miller’s tank was covering a huge area compiling of three tanks where currently hospitals and IT companies have been built. These lakes were directly connected to the Sankey tank where if overflow of water occurred it used to flow into the Miller’s tank.

Then from 1896, water was supplied to the city from Hessarghtta and was obtained from Thippagondanahalli from 1993. With the arrival of 1970’s, a scheme was incorporated to pump water about 500 meters from the sea level from the Cauvery River which lies 100 Kilometers away. Today’s Lalbagh Botanical garden was the brainchild of Haider Ali while the contribution of Wodeyars was also significant.

Some of the most noticeable lakes in Bangalore include

  • Ulsoor Lake: This Lake is located in Halasuru near MG Road and is regarded as one of the biggest lakes in the city spread over 126 acres containing numerous islands. You can enjoy boating in this lake. Other facilities available include children’s park area, park, Ganesha Chaturthi immersion place and fountains.
  • Bellandur Lake: Situated to the Southwest, it is the largest lake in the city. Today, it has been highly polluted with sewerage. This Lake is a part of the drainage system in Bellandur which drains the southern and southeastern part of the city. Bellandur Lake, the major water body in Bangalore is situated on three main valleys of the city.
  • Sankey tank: Sankey Tank has been renovated to park and is currently serving as a place for Ganesha Chatturthi immersion and jogging area. The lake is spread in an area of about 15 ha (37.1 acres) and the tank id resting at a width of 800 m.
  • Madiwala Lake: It is one of the biggest lakes and is now brimming with crystal clear water. This Lake is listed as one of the oldest locality in Bangalore based on the archaeological documents. Some inscriptions on the temple of Lord Someshwara refer to the chola kings that have presided over the construction of this temple.
  • Lalbagh Lake: It is located in Lal bagh Botanical gardens which in English refers to The Red Garden and is one of the popular ones in the Southern Bangalore. There is a famous glass house which is suggested to offer an annual flower show. Lal Bagh can be referred to as the largest collection of tropical plants in India and has an aquarium. This makes it rest as one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Bangalore.
  • Puttenahalli Lake: This Lake is spread over 24.71 acres and is located in Yelahanka which is around 14 km to the North of Bangalore. It is a prominent Lake as visitors can see around 7,000 birds during the breeding season.
  • Hebbal Lake: It is located in Hebbal and is currently serving as a picnic spot.
  • Agara Lake: It is located between the Koramangala and H.S.R Layout in South Bangalore.
  • Varthur Lake: This Lake is the second largest lake spread over 180.40 hectares.
  • Vengaihnakere Lake: Situated in KR Puram and is also called Fantasy Lagoon.
  • Jarganhalli Lake
  • ISRO Layout Lake: It is also known as Devarakee/Vasanthapura Lake.
  • Sarakki Lake.
  • Vibhutipura Lake: Spread over 40 acres, this lake was recently taken over by BDA for restoration.
  • Doddanakkndi Lake: Spread over 150 acres, it is also taken up by BDA.
  • Nagavara Lake.
  • Mennekolala Lake: AECS layout.
  • Kempambudhi Lake.
  • Puttenahalli Lake.

Some other lakes situated in Bangalore include: Attur Lake, Allalasandra, BTM Lake, Chinnappannahalli, Doddenekundi, Kowdenhalli, Kalkere, Keravanhalli, Karithimmanhalli, Kengeri, Kaikondanahalli, Kodigenahalli, Doraikere, Mahadevpura, Dipanjali, Uttarahalli, Veerasandra, Malgan and Yelahanka.

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