Dodda Alada Mara

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Dodda Alada Mara
Roots of BIG Banyan Tree.jpg
Roots of the tree
Species Banyan (Ficus bengalensis)
Location Kettohalli, Bangalore Urban, Karnataka, India
Coordinates 12°54′34″N 77°23′44″E / 12.90944°N 77.39556°E / 12.90944; 77.39556Coordinates: 12°54′34″N 77°23′44″E / 12.90944°N 77.39556°E / 12.90944; 77.39556
Date seeded 17th century

The Dodda Alada Mara or Doda Alada Mara, literally translated to Big Banyan Tree, is a giant 400 year old Banyan tree (Ficus bengalensis), located in the village of Kettohalli in the Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka, India.[1] This single plant covers 3 acres (12,000 m2) and is one of the largest of its kind. It has a crown circumference of more than 250 meters and has more than a thousand aerial roots.[2] In the 2000s, the main root of the tree succumbed to natural disease, and thus the tree now looks like many different trees.

Big Banyan Wines, a wine brand launched in 2007 by John Distilleries, is named after the Big Banyan Tree. The corporate headquarters of Paul John Enterprises, the parent company, is also located near the tree.[3]

Tourism[edit]

The Big Banyan Tree is located at a distance of 28 km from Bangalore, on the Bangalore – Mysore Road.[2] Buses can be taken from Majestic to Kengeri, and then from Kengeri to Doda Alada Mara. There are direct buses from KR market to Dodda Alada Mara which stops just beside the tree. Tourists also visit by hiring taxis and autos, bicycles or private vehicles.

The tree has fenced boundaries, and benches for people to sit. The picnic spot at the Big Banyan Tree can be reached by travelling 7 km down the narrow road to the right at the Kumbalagod junction on Mysore road. The Tourism department runs a restaurant at the spot that offers food and water to visitors.[2]

Panorama of Big banyan tree.
Monkeys in the tree.
Monkeys around Big Banyan Tree surroundings
Monkey on the Banyan tree

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 trees may get heritage status in Karnataka". Business Line. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b c Raggi Mudde (2013-04-24). "The Big Banyan Tree – A Great Picnic Spot in Bangalore". Karnataka.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  3. ^ "Big Banyan Wines adds two new variants". Fnbnews.com. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2013-07-04.