Dodda Alada Mara – Big Banyan Tree

At a distance of 43 kms from Bellandur, Bangalore, the Dodda Alada Mara, literally translated to Big Banyan Tree, is a giant Banyan tree located in the village of Kethohalli in the Bangalore Urban district. Me and my hubby started our journey on bike at around 3:30 PM on a Weekend via Harlur Road and Nice Ring Road…. The Nice Ring Road is one of the most maintained road in India. What a beautiful Ride it was…we were riding at a speed of 80kmph completely. The Toll charge is 36 INR one way for a 2-Wheeler. Being Month of January, the winter is at its peak, and so the climate was romantically cool… If you are planning to visit, do carry sweater and scarf to cover yourself from cold winters.
After riding for around 25 KMS on Nice Ring Road, we took a left and reached Rajrajeshwari Nagar. Then, we took a right in front of Rajrajeshwari College of Engg. And continued for 10 KMS to reach the Destination. There are many nurseries on both sides of the road near to the Big Banyan Tree. The drive is a beautiful one with big shadowing trees on both sides of the road.


Dodda Alada Mara is a single Banyan tree that is 400 years old and has spread over 3 acres of land. This tree is said to be the largest tree in Karnataka and the second largest in India. It has a circumference of more than 250 m and has more than a thousand aerial roots. In last 10-15 years the main root of the tree succumbed to natural disease, and thus the tree now looks like many different trees. The area is fenced and well-maintained with pathways, bright cement seats and handy dustbins. There are lots and lots of monkeys playing over the tree. We walked round the park, took some snaps and spent a good-time sitting on a well-laid bench in cool shadow of the big banyan tree.


There is small temple dedicated to Lord Muneshwara (Lord Shiva). It is believed that the Big Banyan Tree symbolizes the holy trinity of Hindu Gods. The root, stem and branches represent Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva respectively. The big banyan tree is also a well-liked outing for quite some time as well as a preferred location for several film shootings.



This is a nice getaway spot for spending a beautiful evening with your loved ones… Make sure to leave the place by 5:00-5:30 PM, so that you can experience a colorful sunset while driving at the NICE Ring Road.


It was a soothing and romantic ride to the Big Wonder of Nature…



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    You’ve made me want to visit!


  2. lucykharris says:

    You’ve made me want to visit!


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