On a bright sunny day in February, I left from Bangalore for Mysuru. I was delighted as touring Southern India was always on my bucket list. We hired a rental car as it allows room for freedom to take multiple photo-stops. Enroute Mysore, say about an hour from Bangalore, we took our first photo-stop at Dodda Alada Mara. The name translates to Big Banyan Tree – which is what, it is! An enormous 400-year-old Banyan Tree, stationed in Kethohalli village of Karnataka. It was astounding to visit this site where a single tree stretches across three acres of land and is one of the most extended of its kind.
Dodda Alada Mara Prevalence
Situated in Ramohalli, this famous tourist attraction is a natural habitat to many monkeys, thus be careful with camera, food, water, and anything snatchable. Dodda Alada Mara has been rooted in this soil for over four centuries, therefore, the altered roots bear a single tree that gives an illusion of several trees. However, the soil ‘neath has remained consistent over the centuries. As of today, Dodda Alada Mara is also the 4th-largest Banyan Tree in the Country. The awning of Dodda Alada Mara has invariably broadened over the years, testifying to India’s development. Fencing on all sides shelters Dodda Alada Mara, while the tree’s shade amply provides a cool environment around the picturesque sphere. It is one of the vastest Banyan trees I have ever seen.
I was here only for 30-minutes, however, given the legacy of the tree – I had to
make sure, to stop by and pay a visit. Fortunately, there is plenty of seating encompassing the tree for you to cherish its excellence warmly. Amongst other plantations near the tress, is also a beautiful garden of roses. As I sat on one the benches, I saw a few devotees revelling in calm praying at the temple, positioned right in the epicentre of the tree. By and by, Dodda Alada Mara is a must-visit for anyone who is visiting Mysore from Bangalore or vice versa. Given the popularity of this site, a number of local eateries have established themselves near the tree.
How To Reach:
Kethohalli village is about 28-kilometres from Bangalore. Hire a rental car or board a bus. Direct buses can be boarded, from K. R. Market to Dodda Alada Mara. They stop nearby the tree. This site can be visited, between 8 AM to 5.30 PM.