Nearly 400 years old, the dodda alada mara (Kannada for ‘big banyan tree’) is a natural wonder. The tree has spread its roots across an awe-inspiring three to four acres. As sunlight filters through the thick foliage, pause to admire the labyrinth of roots and trunk. Or stop by at the small temple nearby.
Distance: 28 km
Direction: Take the Mysore Road (SH 17), turn right after Kengeri and drive for another 8 km to reach the tree.