The bustling city of Bangalore is one of the best places to live in India. Eating at Food Street in VV Puram, shopping at commercial street, partying at MG Road, watching movies at malls or long beautiful walks through the garden of Lalbagh are some of the activities that everybody indulges in during the weekends.
However every once in a while exploring the offbeat nooks and corners of the city that you never knew existed can be fun and satisfying. All the popular places usually get crowded with people during the weekend which can hamper the fun of being in solitude. I experienced the same feeling during a weekend.
Living near the far end of Bangalore comes with its own set of perks and downsides. The perks of living on the end of Bangalore University is that I get to go on getaways to places like Manchinbele Dam, Chunchi Falls and other such quaint little escapes, in a jiffy. Similarly, I happened to find this one tiny gem of an escape.
Bangalore is filled with many small and beautiful lakes. Lakes like the ones in Hebbal, Bellandur, Ulsoor are well known by the city folks. But these days it is hard to find a lake in Bangalore that isn't terribly polluted. However the Kommaghatta Lake is a beautiful offbeat destination that is located in Kengeri, right beside the NICE road.
It is a tranquil and scenic lake surrounded by a well-maintained path, dotted with places to sit at and a park with trees and gardens. In the middle of the lake you can find a thicket of trees which attracts many birds and a beautiful view for a quiet evening.
In fact, the lake is a great place for birdwatching since it attracts birds like pelicans, ducks, baya weavers, night herons, to name a few. You can just stay back and watch the birds swim across the clear water body. Since it is situated on the far-flung region of Bangalore, you can hardly ever find people in this place.
When I visited the lake, I was taking a stroll through the path around it while absorbing the beauty of this quick escape for a good 2 hours. You can find a few smaller water bodies and a well along the sides of the lake. I even noticed the head of a snake slowly emerging from the water, as it tried to perhaps feed on insects.
With well-maintained seats around the park, it is a great place to sit back and enjoy the view of sun setting behind the clouds. Visiting this lake during monsoon is a wonderful idea since the light rainfall enhances the beauty of the lake and everything around it on the whole.
To reach the lake, most of the BMTC buses that go to Kengeri such as the 221 series or 401M, etc., will either go through the Lake Road or it will reach pretty close to the lake so commuting to the place is hassle-free. The beauty of this lake is that although it is close to the main road, the lake is still secluded with hardly any human interference.