Of the many tourist attractions in Bangalore, the Dodda Alada Mara is truly like no other. It is a huge banyan tree that is famous worldwide as one of the oldest and largest banyan tress in India and Asia. It is estimated to be over 400 years old. Found in the village of Ramohalli about 28 kilometers to the west of Bangalore, this one tree occupies a 3-acre-wide area. The name, which may also sometimes be spelled with a single “d” (“Doda”), literally means “Big Banyan Tree”. To the first-time visitor, it may seem like many trees with connecting roots and branches, but it is just one super tree. Its main root suffered from a disease and had spread out, making it look as though it is more than one tree.
To protect it from being damaged and further vandalized, the entire tree is enclosed in a fence. There is noticeable etched graffiti on the trunk and roots, and it is hoped that nothing more will be added to them. Also inside the fence is a Shiva temple. Visitors may walk [Read more…]