Date of visit: 04/09/2009
Madiwala lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore spread over an area of 114.3 hectare. It is situated in the BTM Layout. It is a home to many migratory birds. The Madiwala Lake comes under the administration of Karnataka State Forest Department which carries out the routine maintenance of this lake. There is also a beautiful Children park. The boating facility has been discontinued recently. The Madiwala lake sees a huge number of Spot-billed Pelican migration in the winter(November-December). These Spot-billed Pelicans live in groups. The main food is fish. Pelicans take small flight across the lake for fishing. These migratory birds can also be sighted in Sri Lanka. They provide a great sight while landing. Typically their wing spans for about 8.5 feet. The pelicans in this lake share their food with the local fishermen. Egrets can also be sighted along with these birds.
As the city’s growth spiraled, the Madivala Lake was subjected to intense pollution, with the blockage of inflow channels, encroachments into the catchment area and inflow of sewage water. All these had transformed the lake into a very large sewage pool. Madivala Lake, which was once, a fresh water tank, was fully covered with thick growth water hyacinth, thus preventing aeration and affecting the bio-diversity of flora and fauna. Presently the lake is restored under INEP and is in good condition.
Photos of the garden near the lake:
- Children’s Park: