Nothing can be better than sitting idly under the shades of nature and gazing at its spectacular beauty and magical charm. India is a country with rich vegetation. From ancient trees-turned-fossils to decades-old popular trees, India harbours everything to meet the demands of nature lovers.
There are numerous banyan trees in India which are hundreds of years old and have become famous tourist spots over a period of time on account of their intact beauty. How about visiting these marvels of nature this season and getting entirely astonished by their golden charm? Read on to know more about these most popular and oldest banyan trees in India.
1) Thimmamma Marrimanu, Andhra Pradesh
Flourishing remarkably in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, Thimmamma Marrimanu has been declared as the largest tree in the world. With its canopy spread across an area of more than 4 acres, this gigantic banyan tree is a wonder in itself. Apart from having amazing physical features, this grand old tree is also regarded as a holy place.
It is also believed that if childless parents pray in the nearby temple, dedicated to Thimmamma, they will certainly be blessed with a healthy child. The monumental trunks and thick branches of this banyan tree have lead it to be inscribed to the Guinness Book of World Records. Why not visit this historical tree and fathom the depth of its beauty?
2) Dodda Alada Mara, Karnataka
Literally meaning big banyan tree, Dodda Alada Mara is a 400-year-old banyan tree located in the Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka. It is a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore for all the picnic goers and nature lovers.
You can find several people on a picnic, taking a breath of fresh air under the relaxing shadows with their family and children playing around the stunning stems and prop roots, showcasing the incredible beauty of the tree.
3) Adyar Banyan Tree, Chennai
Even though the exact history of Adyar Banyan Tree is still unknown, it is believed to be a 450-year-old tree and hence, on account of its unstained environment and beautiful surroundings, it has become popular amongst nature lovers over a period of time. The major speciality of this banyan tree lies in its strong trunks spread across acres of space in the grounds of the Theosophical Society.
4) The Great Banyan, Kolkata
One of the oldest trees in Kolkata, the Great Banyan is believed to be 250 years old and is home to several exotic plants and trees, which had been brought from several continents around the world. Despite being hit by two cyclones, it is standing strong with numerous tough trunks and several prop roots.
You can see people coming in large numbers everyday to enjoy the perennial attractiveness and delightful atmosphere of the Great Banyan. How about paying a visit to this splendid art of nature?
5) Pillalamarri, Telangana
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Located in the Mahabubnagar district of Telangana, Pillalamarri is an 800-year-old banyan tree and has been a sacred place in the past. Today, it is serving as a tourist spot to thousands of visitors who come on a regular basis to enjoy the remarkable beauty of this banyan tree.
Passing the space of the time, the whole area under its canopy has been converted into a park for the visitors to enjoy its cool breeze flowing all around. Apart from savouring its magnificence, you can also visit the nearby science museum and deer park, which are other favourite spots for children.