Bangalore is one of the fastest globalising cities India has today. What with tech parks and urban adventure retreats, you’d think it couldn’t have anything more to offer. You’re wrong. Because Bangalore offers a dollop even of the most calming natural wonders ever- lakes. Fresh to marine, in different hues, Bangalore has them all. Lakes make great tourist or regular visiting spots because they are tranquil, free from pollution, and you can indulge in various activities like boating, bird watching, photography etc all along them. B’Lore’s lakes have also fallen prey in parts to the demons of progress, namely pollution as well, and a lot of them have been totally wiped off from the face of the Earth. But not to worry! The remainders have this amazing collection of 10 on the list.
1. Hebbal Lake
Hebbal Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes Bangalore has on offer and is a hotspot for a lot of activities. You can actively indulge in watching several species of rare birds, or photograph them. The surrounding visuals are also worth photographing. Unfortunately, such a great eco friendly spot isn’t properly shielded itself, with widespread exposure to daily industrial pollution.
2. Ulsoor Lake
Ulsoor Lake is one of the lakes with the best locations in the city, located at the convenient, well connected near centre. It is also an ecological marvel with visuals that can challenge others for photography. It also is known for its boating opportunities, having a very tranquil atmosphere.
3. Agara Lake
Agara Lake is a lake that is as magnificent by light of day as it is by night lit up by artificial lights. It is full of natural beauty, but is suffering from lack of cleaning measures. It is within navigable distance of the HSR and is great for walking along the shorelines.
4. Lalbagh Lake
This wonder has a separate garden of its own in the premises which is a popular tourist spot in its own right. Accompanying Lalbagh Lake are various exotic flora and fauna species. The venue is noted for photography and serves as a sort of green barrier from the outside world.
5. Madiwala Lake
Madiwala Lake is also a lake that is surrounded by a lot of greenery. It is close to the BTM and all of Bangalore’s lakes could profit from a little more maintenance. You can go cruising the lake or just spend alone time here.
6. Varthur Lake
This was mainly a utility venture created artificially for aiding local irrigation. Today, large parts of it are of no use due to excessive pollution and adverse effects. Varthur Lake is more than a millennium old but a popular tourist spot.
7. Kengeri Lake
Kengeri Lake is also a man-made wonder, falling inside the Mysore province. Strange, it shares another sadder thing with Varthur. It is the fact that it is also falling prey to pollution and really disappearing. But you can still see stunning sights around if you visit.
8. Hesaraghatta Lake
There are rivers which are beautiful, that which are ecological landmarks, that which house life, and that which, like this one, are related to water conservation and power generation. Hesaraghatta Lake is both of that, being linked to the TG Halli Dam, and also used to serve drinking water purposes.
9. Kaikondrahalli Lake
Kaikondrahalli Lake is one place that has been thankfully kept out of pollution’s clutches due to the lucky low exposure. Locals visit this as much as tourists do, and give walks to both themselves and their furry friends. It also houses rare birds perfect for observation.
10. Sankey Tank
Rounding off this list with a man-made wonder, Sankey Tank is a tank as well as a lake. It is used to serve industrial purposes and is particularly dazzling at night with lights on. It is ideal for quick strolls.
Lakes are and always have been a great source of pleasure to the curious tourist. With manifold attractions both man made and natural, living and non living, one keeps coming back for more and maybe even captures memories in photographs. Bangalore has a diverse lot, don’t give it a miss by any chance!