Going back in time!

After thinking long and hard, and after eliminating a lot of places from a rather long list, we decided to go for a day trip  to the famous Big Banyan Tree near Bangalore. It was even more awesme than we had expected, and we adored it.

Apparently, the tree is over 500 years old. There was just one big banyan tree years ago, which spread and spread and spread, and it now covers an area of over 3 acres! There is a Shiva temple in the middle of the entire area, which happens to be fenced.

The place is SO peaceful and beautiful, I just wanted to stay there for ever. It is awesome to sit on the benches that have been put up all over, under the boughs, and just chat and unwind.

Of course, we loved watching the hordes of monkeys there, having the times of their lives!I felt we had entered inside the movie Avatar! 🙂

What is sad is that there is hardly a single branch of the HUGE tree that is not covered with graffiti! 😦 Also, apparently, the tree is on the verge of its end. I am so glad we could see it now!!

On the way back home, we went to Janapada Loka – a huge museum showcasing the varied culture of Karnataka. It’s an awesome feeling walking through the beautiful grounds of the museum, which happen to be extremely green. We were amazed by the ducks and ponies inside the campus.

We were awed by the sheer variety of puppets, jewellery, clothes and other artefacts on display – from various parts of Karnataka – some going back to 150 years in time. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take pictures inside the display halls.

I have never visited a proper village, and was amazed to see the Model Village that has been made inside the campus – complete with a potter’s shop and all. We had some wonderful guides, who told us about the use of various vessels and objects on display, and man, it was fascinating! I would never have imagined how people 100 years ago stored their foodgrains or oiled their bullock cart wheels! I am most definitely going to take my kids here someday to introduce them to their roots!

Sadly, we could not see the folk dance performances at Jaapada Loka, which take place only on the second and fourth Sundays of every month. Nevertheless, the visit did us a whole lot of good.

I cannot not mention a wonderful restaurant just next to Janapada Loka – Kamat Lokaruchi. The restaurant has been designed in rural Indian style, and they even have their own cows! It was a very different feeling sipping coffee made from freshly drawn milk! 🙂

It was a day when we went back in time and studied some pages of the beautiful book that happens to be our cultural heritage, and we’ll remember the lesson for a long time to come!

Do check out these places if you haven’t already!! Totally worth it!!

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16 responses to “Going back in time!

  1. Where exactly is this place? It is looking damn gud . It is hard to find out a serene place in bangalore.
    How did u manage to find such a place?

  2. Nice pictures..have never heard about the Big Banyan during my trips to Bangalore. Wish I see it sometime..

    Sathej

  3. I have been here! I agree- it’s so great 🙂

  4. Even I had loved being at the Big Banyan Tree, so serene! But missed visiting Janapada Loka, will plan for a visit soon…thanks for the recommendation and nice pictures 🙂

  5. Beautiful pictures! That tree truly is spectacular. I would be awed by it. 🙂

  6. priyaiyer

    @kalyan

    The Big Banyan tree is located at a place called Ramohalli, which is very near Bangalore. You can drive down. It’s about 6 km. from the Rajrajeshwari Dental College.

    I agree, it’s so difficult to find a serene place where you can spend time these days. This one, as well as Janapada Loka, is an awesome place, and you must visit these if you haven’t already.

    It’s quite a famous place actually. I had heard of it from a lot of relatives and colleagues. It definitely comes up whenever you search for places to visit around bangalore or weekend getaways from bangalore on Google. 🙂

  7. priyaiyer

    @sathej

    it is, for sure, a beautiful and peaceful place. you should see it sometime, when you’re here. 🙂

    @aarti

    it’s out of the world, isn’t it?

  8. priyaiyer

    @anupama

    The Big Banyan Tree is a place you fall in love with, totally. You should visit Janapada Loka soon. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it too. And do let me know if you’re planning a trip. 🙂 Would love to join in!!

    @suko

    Yes, it is indeed awesome!! Thanks!! 🙂

  9. The place looks awesome! I’ve heard about it too but never thought of a trip to this place. sad to know that its nearing its end 😦
    Maybe we’ll plan a trip sometime. thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  10. priyaiyer

    @priya

    oh, you should check out both places some time… they are must-see places 🙂
    i felt sad to know that too..

  11. This is great! Totally understand the Avatar connection! Great photos 🙂

    P.S I have an award for you at my blog 🙂

  12. priyaiyer

    @kals

    thank you so much for the award. i am honoured. 🙂

    glad you liked the post!!

  13. Lovely photos. Sounds like a perfect spot for a daytripping picnic 🙂

  14. priyaiyer

    @nish

    glad to know you are based in bangalore too… yes, it is a perfect spot for a nice day trip. calm, serene, beautiful and janapada loka is a must visit to teach children about our roots. 🙂
    do let me know how you found both places when you do visit…

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