Pictures:1-6 Various shots of the Banyan Cluster.Pictures:7-8 Other plants in the Garden
Friday, July 10, 2009
Ramohalli is a sleepy village located around 35 Kms on the Bangalore -Mysore Road in the southern State of Karnataka in India. The last 7 kms of the journey from Kumbalagod is a dirt track away from the highway. Ramohalli is a delightful but not so frequented picnic spot and has a large botanical garden containing the largest Banyan Cluster in Asia. This magnificent "monument" is protected by a flimsy fence, entry is unregulated, urchins freely gallivant inside, stray dogs & monkeys have free access too. This 3 acre premises is well landscaped and is maintained by Bank of Maharasthra. There is a paved pathway all around the garden & cement benches on either side. We learnt from the watchman that the Big Banyan cluster (Dodda Allada Mara in Kannada) is around 400 yrs old but the parent tree has already met with its tragic demise and its obituary written some years ago. This garden has the potential to be developed into one of the most attractive tourist spots in Karnataka - by building good roads, providing regular shuttle services & through proper publicity. This site is must see for any visitor to Bangalore.