Madiwala Lake is one of the largest and most popular lakes of Bangalore. Situated in the southern part of the city, the lake is located between NH7 Hosur Road and Bannerghatta Main Road in BTM 2nd stage. As such, the lake is also known as the BTM Lake. The lake covers a large area of 114.3 ha and is a wonderful destination to observe a number of rare migratory birds.
The lake is maintained by the Karnataka Forest Department. To preserve the attraction of the lake the forest department carries out routine maintenance on this huge lake and its surrounding areas.
History of the Madiwala Lake
Madiwala Lake is an ancient water-body of Bangalore. The history of the tank can be traced back to 400 years. The tank was built to fulfil the demands of water for the purpose of irrigation, domestic use and primarily for washing clothes. The neighbouring areas of the lake were once occupied by traditional washer men for the purpose of residence. This is the reason the lake is popularly known as Madiwala Lake as Madiwala is the community of washer men.
The beauty of the Madiwala Lake
Madiwala Lake is a peaceful place with beautiful green surroundings. The cool breeze blowing over the lake adds to the charm of the place at any time of the day. The place is ideal for evening walks. The lake is also known as the Lake Garden as it has a well maintained garden adjoining it. The garden has large shaded trees. A children’s park has been created to provide a place for the little ones to enjoy in the beautiful atmosphere of the lake. It is a delight to watch the sun set over the horizon across the lake.
There is an island in the middle of the lake that has bamboo bushes. This island is a source of attraction for several species of rare migratory birds that flock to the lake during the winter season.
Pelican delight at the Madiwala Lake
The lake is home to several migratory birds that flock to the city during winter. At such times, the lake is transformed into a busy nesting ground that is occupied by the winged visitors of the city. It is a beauty to watch the island in the middle of the lake full of exotic birds on the cold winter days.
Among the many species of birds flocking to the lake during the winter, the Spot billed Pelicans are the most popular ones. These birds occupy the lake in huge numbers during the winter months of November and December. The pelicans form small groups to live together. It is an amazing sight to watch the graceful pelicans flying across the lake to catch fish from the water for their food.
Egrets are another species of birds that are often seen on the island of the lake in huge numbers during winter. It is a great pleasure to watch several bird species such as the long legged Purple SwampHen, the Pond heron, the Floating Pelican, Eurasian Marsh Harrier, Shikra, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Black Kite, Darter, Barn Swallows, Gray Wagtail, White breasted Waterhen, Little Cormorant, Little Grebe, etc. making the lake their temporary home every year.
Boating at the Madiwala Lake
One of the major attractions of this lake is the boating facility to enjoy a ride on the water body. The boating club of the Madiwala Lake provides boats to visitors that can be hired on an hourly or half-an-hour basis. The place is not much crowded and visitors can get pedal boats to explore the beauty of the lake. The boats are available as two-seaters and four-seaters. There is no restriction on photography at this place and visitors can capture the moments of their visit by taking pictures at the place. However, there is a charge for carrying cameras inside the lake.
Timings for boat ride on the Madiwala Lake
- Boating time: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
- Entry tickets for the BTM Lake Garden
- For Adults: Rs. 5
- For Children: Rs. 2
How to reach Madiwala Lake
Bangalore is the silicon valley of the country and is easily accessible from every part of the country. There are air ways, rail networks and bus services that connect Bangalore to the other parts of the country.
Visitors can reach the lake from all parts of the Bangalore city. Taxis, cabs and autos are the common means of transport to reach the lake.
There are bus services that ferry passengers from different parts of the city to the areas surrounding the lake.
Visitors or tourists have to reach the BTM 2nd stage and look for the 29th main road. This is the connecting road between the BTM main road and the Bannerghatta Road.
To reach the lake one has to travel towards the Bannerghatta Road via 29th main and the lake will be easily reached.