Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Big banyan tree and Manchinbele

Yet another get-away on the Bangalore-Mysore road, the Dodda(Big) Aalada mara (Banyan tree) is kinda unique-sy place to visit. It's one huge, very old banyan tree that has grown sideways over a lot of land. As you walk around the park darting around the aerial roots of the banyan, it's difficult to believe it's one single tree. After you leave the highway and take a right to go to Ramohalli to see this wonder, the roadside is full of flower-nurseries growing mostly marigolds.

Carving names and messages and dates and initials on the tree trunk is quite popular with the vandals:

Further down the same road is Manchinbele. Bad roads lead you to the dam that is anyway inaccessible due to 'permission denied' issues. You can however go to the waterbody behind the dam, this time darting among massive potholes and watching your back. Since the roadside is full of shrub, kingfishers and sparrows  make their presence felt. The lake-side is a pleasant place to spend hours, and is visible from the winding roads leading to it:

lalbagh and it's lovely occupants

Lalbagh is more of a botanical garden, but had enough fauna to keep folks coming back for more. an important lungspace of bangalore, it also doubles up to host folk culture - music, dance, plays et al.

 apart from the glass house and a wide array of flowering plants, there's a small lake with a bit of marsh. and here you will find the pretty purple moorehen. and lazing pelicans and ducks... and close to a thousand crows


squirrels you will find by the hundreds.... the lakeside is a melee of bird-tweet and squirrel squeaks. of course, you got to get there early morn. remember, the gates open at 6am. 

and parrots... them too.. by the hundreds.... nesting in the high crevices of trees and wary of approaching humans