Many lakes in the Bangalore region are artificial and naturally formed. It is due to the region's natural valley systems. These water bodies are essential for irrigation and human consumption, and in recent years, efforts have been made to preserve and sustain all of these national treasures.
Along with helping to restore the area's ecological and natural beauty, the government efforts have also led to a variety of enjoyable activities around the lake that draw a lot of tourists. Some fun activities are boating, bird viewing, trekking, and parks. Bangalore's beautiful lakes, both manmade and natural, are vital to the city.
When locals need a break from the bustle of the city, these lakes provide a needed retreat. Each of Bangalore's lakes, dispersed throughout the city, has something special to offer tourists. Their breathtaking scenery ensures lovely and peaceful environments. Since there are no rivers in Bangalore, the lakes, some created by humans millennia ago, have served as the city's lifelines. Also, lakes are a crucial component of any landscape.
Some famous lakes in Bangalore are
The Kengeri Lake is a one-stop destination for nature lovers, fitness fanatics, nature photographers, and bird watchers. The lake is across an area of 1.5 sq. km, in the heart of the city, and this lake is one of the city's major attractions
It is a paradise for joggers and walkers and a favorite place for fitness enthusiasts. The jogging track, garden, boating, sunrise, and birdwatching, are the activities enjoyed by people from other cities. The lake has a dedicated pond for immersing statues after the festivals of Ganesh Chaturthi as a ritual. The lake is with colors of joy and with festivities. It has various star- hotels and is a busy and happening location in the city.
Sarakki Lake is in the southern part of the city, in the suburb of J. P. Nagar. It is one of the large lakes located on Puttenahalli’s main road. The lake was over an area of 84 acres, out of which 34 acres had been trespassed by private builders and many other establishments as of 2013.
According to a survey, 135 encroachments were made into the lake area in the case filed by the People's Movement for Right to Water, ordered for clearing the area in August 2014. A 10-day eviction drive began after having issued notices to encroachers, and in 2012, the Sarakki Lake Improvement Trust got formed to revive the lake.
The Yediyur Lake is one of the old lakes in the city, and its origins date back to the Hoysala period. It has a suitable walkway for joggers, and the surrounding park allows one to go on a picnic along with boat rides. The lake has no entry fee and is easily accessible through the arterial Kanakapura Road. It is one of the last standing lakes in the city that is popular with the locals.
Yediyur Lake is also a center for birds like
You can turn binoculars to catch a glimpse of these birds.
The Kaikondrahalli Lake is over an area of 48 acres, and it is an urban lake that used to be a dump yard. It is a spoon-shaped lake surrounded by housing areas. The lake attracts a lot of birds and animal species due to its calmness. You can spot frogs, fishes, herons, white-throat kingfishers, and many other species. It has turned out to be a prevalent spot for birdwatching now.
Now it is a maintained lake in the busy area of Sarjapur, with a beautiful landscape, and it has a walking area for fitness fanatics. The lake got restructured to alter it into what it is today. The lake is with reptiles and birds, along with the shady trees that add to the charm of its land.
The Puttenahalli Lake is a small freshwater lake in JP Nagar’s seventh Phase in South Bangalore. The lake is over 13 acres and gets maintained by Puttenahalli Lake Improvement Trust. The lake was on the brink of destruction, but due to the efforts of PNLIT, the lake is now a haven for bird watchers.
For centuries, the lake was one of the pristine lakes. But pollution and neglect turned it into a drain of garbage and sewage. Later PNLIT took the responsibility of conserving the lake. The primary mode of funding is through donations from local people.
Since then, they organized many social events to promote the welfare of the lake. The Total water-spread area of the lake is 10 Acres, and the average depth is 16-18 feet.
The Allalasandra Lake is over an area of 1.1 miles and is located near Yelahanka New Town. It is in the satellite town of Yelahanka, and it is a favorite spot among morning walkers. The water body welcomes species of birds like swans, pigeons, cranes, and other migratory birds.
Facilities near the lake include an open-air gym with a kid’s park adjoining the lake. Since the area is away from the city, it is one of the lesser-explored lakes.
The Kempambudhi Kere is behind Jinke Park, Chamrajpet, over 47 acres. In the sixteenth century, Kempe Gowda, the Vijayanagara chieftain, constructed the lake for his family god. It is the primary lake in the Vrishabhavati stream arrangement, and the lake was the life of Old Bengaluru from where the city prospered.
The lake is set to be a center of tourist attraction, and Immadi Kempe Gowda set a water supply arrangement from the lake to housing areas nearby. The watchtowers that denoted the city's limits are near the lake. The lake has two masterful stone outlets to control the movement of water.
The Begur Lake is a water body in Bangalore, but once upon a time, this was a source of drinking water, but now it is with sewage from the nearby buildings. The lake has 2 compartments with an outlet. The waste water drain is there to redirect the sewage water entering the lake from Nice Road and the encompassing zones.
A sewage treatment unit of 50 lakh liters will be announced to treat water entering the lake. Two small islands will be formed in the middle for birds, and for rainwater purification, a marshy area will be formed, and plants that can act as cleansers will be grown here.
The Arekere Lake is in the Arekere - Hulimavu in Bangalore. The lake is over an area of 37 acres, and it gets surrounded
The lake's perimeter is 3 kilometers, and it was a manmade water reservoir created 100 years ago. The lake is under the Bangalore Development Authority. Due to the rain catchment area of the lake and the lack of seasonal water filling, the lake had nearly dried up. In October 2012, the lake was opened again, and sewage water flooded the areas. Following it, BDA prepared a plan to develop the lake for Rs.14 crores.
The Yele Mallappa Shetty Lake is one of the large lakes on the city's east side, out of KR Puram. It is an artificial water reservoir built in the early 1900s, and the lake is over 490 acres.
The lake is in North-East Bangalore, with the Old Madras Road passing through it. The lake derives its name from Yele Mallappa Shetty, a philanthropist. In the 19th century, when the city suffered from a great famine, Yele Mallappa Shetty, a betel leaf merchant, donated much of his wealth to build a tank to collect rainwater and relieve the people.
The O B Chudanahalli Lake is less-known and is a hidden gem 27 km from the city and 7 km from Kaggalipura village. It is a good place for walking in the early morning while watching the sunrise here is mesmerizing.
Kaggalipura Lake is along Kanakapura Road on the borders of Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka. It is on the Bangalore-Coimbatore National Highway, around 20 km south of the city. The area is named after the Kaggali, which grows in plenty locally.
The area is at a distance of 23 km from Majestic Bus Station in Bangalore and it is a distance of 13 km from Uttarahalli. It is 16 km from Banashankari Temple and 17 km from Global Village Tech Park.
Varthur Kere is a manmade lake built around 100 years to preserve the ecological balance. It was to support the agricultural needs of farmers in the area. The lake slowly fell prey to the toxic wastage from the nearby areas and is a severe reminder that human misuse can be lethal to future generations.
Nature lovers in this lake still adorn the sunrise and sunset scenes, and now many plans are framed to restore this lake naturally.
The Iblur Lake is over an area of the 0.5-mile route located near Bellandur. Although the lake has a big wetland, it could do little to treat the sewage. Local groups want the wetland height to be increased to ensure the water does not go into the waterbody directly.
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