Bangalore is also a City of Lakes. I have never seen or heard about a city in India with so many lakes in and around the city. Here is a photowalk through few of the lakes that we have explored.

BTM/Madivala Lake:

Right amidst the hustle bustle of the city is one of the biggest freshwater lake in Bangalore – Madivala Lake or BTM Lake. Named on the area where it is situated i.e BTM Layout, this lake is a home of the winter migratory bird Spot billed Pelicans. You can spot them in huge numbers here apart from other birds like Pond Heron, Egret and Purple Swamphens. But the lake is not in a very good condition as it is filled with weeds and a pile of them stinking on the sides of the lake. The lake has an adjoining park good for a morning stroll or an evening walk or just sitting beside  the lake.

BTM/Madiwala Lake

View of BTM/Madiwala Lake at evening

Hebbal Lake :

View of Hebbal Lake

View of Hebbal Lake in the morning

Hebbal Lake is more of a bird sanctuary for photographers and bird watchers. A nice place to be in the morning where you can hear the birds chirping, enjoy the sunrise view and capture the beauty of the colourful flowers with insects and bees buzzing on them.

 

Sunrise View at Hebbal Lake

Sunrise View at Hebbal Lake

Hesaraghatta Lake:

Another man made fresh water lake in north west Bangalore. Its actually a dam with walls on one side of the lake. This lake with a beautiful view has lots of beautiful Brahminy Kites soaring in the sky. As you walk along side the lake, you can enter a small forest with lots of greenery and birds.

View of Hesaraghatta Lake in the morning

View of Hesaraghatta Lake in the morning

Jigani Lake:

View of Jigani Lake in the morning

View of Jigani Lake in the morning

On the outskirts of  the city through Bannerghatta area inside a village is a beautiful lake “Jigani Lake”. A nature walk at an early morning is a good activity at this big tank. But the lake is in danger. Though the lake looks clean, the sides of the lake has garbage dumped which gives a very stinking smell. With so many birds at the beautiful place, soon we might not be able to see any birds here if the effects of urbanization reaches here.

LalBagh Lake:

One of the biggest botanical garden in the heart of the city, Lalbagh Botanical Garden, is one of the most famous in Karnataka. This garden is making the city green inspite of being in the main city withstanding all the pollution and making a great home for the flora and fauna. The garden has a big lake where you get to spot lots of different breeds of ducks apart from the cormorants, spot-billed pelicans and other birds.

Lalbagh Lake with ducks

Lalbagh Lake with ducks

Lalbagh Lake View with Flying Pelicans

Lalbagh Lake View with Flying Pelicans

Manchanebele Dam:

Around 40 kms from Bangalore towards Mysore Road is the beautiful Manchanabele Dam. On the way to the dam are villages , trees lined up on both sides of the road, the famous big Banyan tree which leads you to the scenic beauty of the place. Around the dam you can walk through a mini forest like where you can spot different variety of birds. Still untouched by the city pollution this place is a nice picnic spot.

 

Manchanabele Dam

View of Manchanabele Dam

Rampura Lake:

The dirtiest lake , infact not a lake any more – Rampura Lake. This lake has turned into a sewage dump. No sooner this lake will disappear like few other lakes of Bangalore.

 

Rampura Lake

Rampura Lake

Bheeman Kuppa Lake:

Another lake through Mysore Highway, has a wet area land around which has lots of birds around. The road through the village giving a nice sunrise view leads to this lake which is surrounded by lots of trees.

View of Bheeman Kuppa Lake

View of Bheeman Kuppa Lake