Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thattekere lake on Banngerghatta Road, Bengaluru

Short break from series of Europe posts.

As we were scanning for places to visit around Bangalore, we came across Thattekere.

Thatte means plate in Kannada. May be the lake got its name from its shape, which was near round.

Thattekere is a small lake on the outskirts of Bangalore, on Bannerghatta road, some 38 kms from city. Thattekere has a big lake, few watch towers, a temple and lots of birds.

We visited there fairly early in the morning on a Sunday morning in September, after exploring Bilikal Rangaswamy betta one more time. It was bad time to spot birds, due to cloudy skies. I couldn't manage any decent photo of birds, though we did spot many birds, large and small. The entrance to the area was closed for vehicles, so we explored the area on foot. Lots of electric fencing hinted at possibility of wild animals-mainly elephants.

Should visit this spot again, may be on a dry day. It is an ideal half day visit, can be an extension to Bannerghatta national park visit. There's a bus stop right in front of Thattekere entrance, so personal vehicle is not a must. No basic amenities or restaurants available anywhere nearby. There seems to be a forest department guesthouse here near the temple, which was a small building and had a vehicle in front of it- not sure if it is open to public


Ranjana's craft blog said...

Being in Bangalore, I had never heard about this place. Thanks for sharing. Shall visit this place sometime.

Uma Anandane said...

An interesting place to visit.Thanks for sharing

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Ranjana and Uma: Thanks for the comments. Do visit sometime

R Niranjan Das said...

That is a nice place. Thanks for sharing this.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Niranjan

Athenas Take said...

Serene and green a really nice spot to visit. Thank you for sharing.

Rajesh said...

This is definitely on.

Kasauli said...

cool photos it sounds like a fantastic place for a holiday.
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Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks AT, Rajesh and Kasauli

JK said...

Thank you for bringing out this unknown place to everybody's notice.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks JK

Nasreen said...

Hello Shrinidhi hande ur clicks were really awesome..

Anonymous said...

Need few clarifications since you visited it recently

1. DO we need to take any permissions to enter ?
2. About Elephant place , is it very risk to enter without any guide or do
we get to know the place which is restricted so that we keep away from them

Planning to go this 25 morning . I am a bird lover and into bird
photography ( i am beginner ) .

Please guide

Shrinidhi Hande said...

At Anon: There was no one to take permission from. We parked by the road and walked to the lake. There were no signage indicating that entry is prohibited, so I am assuming no permission is needed. Also be advised that our trip was more than an year ago, be prepared if anything has changed since then.

About Bilikal Rangaswamy betta- No need for a guide. It is very small place on the hill top. The probability of elephants visiting is very very low. Just be alert that's enough. I heard that there's been some fencing done of late

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Nasreen

Vishnu said...

Is this place accessible by car.
Is it open on all days.
Can we swim in the lake.
Also please give me info about the route from bannerughatta.

Shrinidhi Hande said...


The place is listed on google maps, you can follow the root there. I've given some directions in the post already.

Swimming I am not sure how deep/muddy it is. Seems like Ok to swim but be careful.

It is accessible by car, but since there was a barricade, last 1 km we walked, after parking the car by the roadside.

It is open all the time. it is not a designated tourist place, just a nice lake in the woods. Be cautious.