Hesaraghatta lake, a fresh water lake created way back in 1894,  is a manmade reservoir and is situated in north-west region of Bengaluru. Please see the below map which shows the directions from ISKCON to Hesarghatta Lake here: ISKCON to Hesaraghatta

It certainly feels so nice and warm to be curled up in a blanket on a winter morning but get up early some day to experience the freshness of early morning air and the mist while you drive to Hesaraghatta Lake. If you are one of those who loves nature, driving through typical village roads enjoying the fresh air, interested in bird watching and photography – this place is a must visit. The roads towards the lake from Tumkur main road takes you through lush green fields on both the sides, till you reach the lake. You might have difficulty because of the “under construction” flyovers till you reach DasarahaLLi but once you take deviation to the right you are all set for a lovely ride.

Surrounded by the beautiful landscape, this lake  stretches over more than 1000 acres. It also surrounds important institutions such as Government Aquarium, Horticultural Research Institute, Indo-Danish Poultry and Dairy farms with its livestock breeding and poultry centers which face the Lake, and the famous Nrityagram, the dance village — India’s first modern Gurukul (residential school).  In summer time, the lake might be dried up but there are few adventure clubs who run Parasailing that season.  The lake attracts versatile bird life;there will be migrant birds during winter season. To name a few of the bird life: Kingfishers, Wagtails, Magpie Robin, Brahminy kites and other types of kites, Drongos, Purple Sun birds and few types of water birds.

The list of birds that we spotted during our visit:

Kingfisher

Pond Heron

Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite Juvenile

Black Kites

Paddy Field pipit

Bushlarks

Cormorants

Magpie Robin

Black Drongo

Pale Billed Flowerpecker

Erget

Mayna

Black Crow

Doing a nature walk or driving a couple of KMs around this area will certainly relieve the stressed and cluttered minds. It is one of those places where people like me find peace and recycle the mind and body to be ready for struggling and stressful weekdays.  In short, Hesaraghatta Lake and surrounding is yet another place which makes living and working in Bengaluru worthwhile.

A jogger at Hesaraghatta lake

A jogger at Hesaraghatta lake

Brahminy Kite looking for the fishes and crabs in the lake

Brahminy Kite looking for the fishes and crabs in the lake

"Paddy field pipit" looking for an early morning breakfast

"Paddy field pipit" looking for an early morning breakfast

At around 2 KMs from the lake towards Nrityagrama; just before reaching Nrityagram there is mud road on right leading to a huge field of grass surrounded by  the trees.

At around 2 KMs from the lake towards Nrityagrama; just before reaching Nrityagram there is mud road on right leading to a huge field of grass surrounded by the trees. (Photo Courtesy: Prathima)