Lakes in Bangalore (Bengaluru)

Bengaluru, the capital city of the South Indian state of Karnataka, is a beautiful city complete with exquisite landscapes. It is also the city of some of the best lakes in peninsular India. The tranquil lakes beckon peaceful walks by the lake and holidays around these lakes are always a pleasant journey for the old and new alike.

Nearly 150 lakes adorn the city of Bengaluru. Once serving as sources of water for the entire area now their water has become insufficient with the growing population count. This has led them to be used now as popular spots of tourist attraction. Accordingly, to fascinate more and more visitors, the Bengaluru Lakes are developing to offer more and more options. With an array of colorful choices you can walk, cycle and splash in the gorgeous lakes to your heart's content.

The lakes look all the more mesmerizing because of their location. Some of these enchanting lakes are fringed with verdant islands creating a magical setting for the most romantic days. The children and the adults alike can try boating, water scooter rides or try the jogger's trail. Stroll around the gardens and breathe in fresh air or marvel at the migratory birds adoring the serene lakes. These lakes in Bengaluru are also the major supporter of rich biodiversity increasing their overall ecological value.

Some of the most beautiful lakes in Bengaluru that have developed as coveted tourist spots and day trip destinations are--

Ulsoor Lake

Ulsoor Lake
Ulsoor Lake, glittering in the slanting sunshine like a jewel in a brass setting spreads across an expanse of 50 hectares and is an undertaking of the Bangalore City Corporation. The lake is dotted with islets, which would host several cultural soirees and film shootings. The shoreline is fanned by trees and is swarming with morning walkers, joggers and peddlers selling their wares while a soothing dwindling zephyr blows by. The serene and picturesque lakes are also full of families and love struck couples out on a boating spree.

Yediyur Lake

Adding to the city's bag full of accolades is the Yediyur Lake, located in the Basavangudi area of Bangalore. The picturesque lake sparkling like quicksilver is a prime tourist attraction and picnic spot in Bangalore. Adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers can have a rollicking time going for scintillating scooter and boat rides in the lake. A small and pretty park blossoming in the color and fragrance of the seasonal blooms is situated in the lakes vicinity and is frequented by morning walkers and joggers alike.

Sankey Lake

Sankey Tank also permits tourists to hire boats and sail across to the jungle-clad nearby islands and spend a fruitful day exploring the dense wilderness. The Mayura Sankey Boat Club is open on both weekdays and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. while the swimming club remains open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all days except Fridays. Entry to the club is reasonably priced at Rs. 10 per adult and Rs. 5 per child for a swim in the lake while a boating spree across the lakes cost Rs. 10 per head. The club also has an exclusive ladies only group from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hebbel Lake

Hebbel Lake one of Bangalore's picturesque lakes captivates tourists with its mind-blowing charm. The beauty of the lake is at odds with its chaotic urban milieu. Strategically located in the northwestern extremity of Outer Ring Road with the Bellari-Hyderabad flyover in its propinquity, the lake is swarming with multitude of tourists throughout the year.
Hebbel Lake is a popular hangout zone, frequented by tourists and local residents alike. The surroundings offer a pleasing quietude, an oxymoron amidst the city's hustle and bustle. People can relax at leisure and absorb the scenic beauty. Quiet evenings spent watching the blazing gold-amber sunsets, which transformed the sky to a greenish hue and the solitary lake to a gleaming mirage of quicksilver, are a pleasant break from the humdrum of mundane city life.

Last Updated on : 03/13/2013