Kaikondrahalli Lake, on Sarjapur Road spread over 48 acres, is also home to upto 70 species of migratory birds. The pathway which stretches around 2 Km is great for a lovely walk around the lake perimeters. The lake has been restored to its original glory with the effort of BBMP, citizens and green initiatives from around the city.
Barely 2 kilometres in circumference, Kaikondrahalli Lake is a bio-diverse ecosystem spread over 48 acres near Kaikondrahalli, off Sarjapur Main Road. The lake works are funded by BBMP (Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike), managed by MAPSAS Trust, and supported by the surrounding communities. Once a dump-yard, this lake is now the darling of the neighbourhood; the lake’s rejuvenation has been taken up by BBMP. The lake’s boundary is defined by the compound walls of residential properties on one side and Sarjapur Road on the other. There are a few large apartment complexes adjacent to this lake.
The lake is shaped like a spoon, with the shallow end attracting reptiles, insects, amphibians, and birds; the other end of the lake is deeper. The lake is surrounded by a variety of tall and short trees, and its entrance has a huge ficus tree which attracts many birds. There is a small island in the middle of the water-body, and a wooded area at one corner of the lake bank. The stone paths in the middle of the lake are not open to visitors, but used during the lake’s maintenance. Though there are parks, play areas, and jogging and cycling tracks, there remains a significant avian population, irrespective of more people visiting day by day. The lake is fantastic all year round, with each season hosting different birds and insects, and showcasing Bengaluru’s bountiful urban biodiversity.
In August, the lake is bursting at full capacity. Spot-billed Pelicans usually arrive by mid-august, and at least 5 to 6 of them can be spotted on the wider trees close to the wooded areas of the shore. They dominate the lake for the next 3 to 4 months. Painted Storks and Asian Openbills also arrive at the lake along with the pelicans.