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.
History of the Lakes in Bangalore
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. 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- ISRO Layout Lake: It is also known as Devarakee/Vasanthapura 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.