- State: Karnataka
- Location: Bangalore District, Karnataka
- Distance: 18 km to the north west of Bangalore city
- Journey time: 1 hr by road
- Route: via Bellary Rd; via Bellary Rd and NH75; via Hesarghatta Main Rd
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Located about 18 km to the north west of Bangalore city, Hesaraghatta Lake is a man-made freshwater lake. It has been created across the Arkavathy River in the year of 1894. This was done with a purpose to fulfil the increasing water needs of the city. Now a perfect picnic spot, it was conceptualized by Sir K. Seshadri Iyer, the then Dewan of erstwhile Mysore state and M. C. Hutchins, the then Chief Engineer of Mysore.
With an area of about 1000 acres, the lake presents a refreshing setting to spend a few moments. A popular place for bird watching, it is often visited by groups of bird watchers who would come in search of beautiful avian fauna which this place consists of. Some of the common birds that you can spot here are Paddy Field pipit, Bushlarks, Kingfisher, Pond Heron, Magpie Robin, Black Drongo, Brahminy Kite, Brahminy Kite Juvenile, Black Kites, Cormorants, Pale Billed, Flowerpecker, Egret, Mayna, Black Crow and many more. The area is good for nature walks as well. It gives you a relaxing break from the chaos of cities and let visitor spend some time amidst calm and serene surroundings.
There are many interesting places which are located close by. On your visit to Hesaraghatta Lake, you can also plan a visit to places such as Government Aquarium, the popular dance village - Nrityagram. If interested then you can also visit Horticultural Research Institute and Indo-Danish Poultry and Dairy farms which are also located quite close to the lake.