Which is your favourite tree?


Not for nothing is Bangalore known as the Garden City! Many parts of Bangalore still retain the green cover. If you just care to stop and look, you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the trees around you.

There were some beautiful trees that I remember from my childhood. In our school, there was a breadfruit tree under which classes were held sometimes. The other was a lovely Jacaranda tree just near the school gate. In season, it spread out its branches and showered us with lovely mauve flowers. Unfortunately, both these trees were cut down to make way for the expansion of the school, but both of them remain in my memory.

In our township, there was a huge Belada mara, under which we played most of our games. There were a number of tamarind trees too, the perfect setting for all ghost stories. These trees of our township, thankfully, still exist.


[Photo from here]

Some trees are just there. You would not have even noticed it, but if it is cut down (as it so often is), you can immediately see that something is missing. But there are some trees which somehow just catch your eye. You just cannot miss them. One such tree (my current favourite) is the magnificent 300-year-old silk cotton tree in Lalbagh (see photo). Its canopy is unbelievable wide, and its roots – mammoth!

So which is your favourite tree?

7 Comments so far

  1. SHADOW (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 7:02 pm

    “Some trees are just there. You would not have even noticed it”
    Yes…. This is very much true, We wont notice that coz it is(tree) a part of our life ! We will feel empty only a part of our life is vanished.
    I really felt bad went they cut the trees on Bangalore-Mysore road.

  2. Nparry (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

    One of the best and shadiest roads in Bangalore ever was Krishna Road, a quiet road that connected Vani Vilas Road to South End.. don’t know if it’s still like that. Another was MNK Park Road near the Home School!

  3. Adi (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 5:28 pm

    So, your fascination for trees contiues! :)

  4. Ravi (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    At the risk of sounding shady (hehe), to me, every tree that adds to the greenery of our city is precious and favourite to me! One of the things that brings max. joy to me is seeing green foliage abound!
    Cheers & nice post!

  5. Suresh (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 8:48 pm


    I visit Bangalore every two months and the first thing that I notice is how green the city is. I might want to add that it’s fast receding, but it’s still there.

    There are so many roads wherein the morning sunshine fights to reach the ground. And as I take an auto to reach home, all I can do is stare at these trees. This time around, it had rained the previous night making the early morning even more beautiful. I closed my eyes and felt the air. A smile swept across my face…this was Bliss!

    Great post.

  6. Shruthi (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 10:35 am

    Shadow, that’s true… I felt bad about the trees on the Bangalore-Mysore highway too – and the ones on Race Course Road…
    But.. sigh.. all in the name of development! At least if it is worth it, there is a small bit of satisfaction!

    Nparry, The road which they call Nanda Talkies Road, with Lakshmana Rao Uyanavana on either side (from South End) does still have beautiful trees… I am not sure if that is the same road you are talking about.
    As for MN Krishna Rao park… whew… that one has some really unique trees!!

    Adi Ahhh that will never end :)

    Ravi, Ha ha! Thank you :)

    Suresh, I am so glad that you also think that there is a lot of green cover around. We are so obssessed with the traffic, that we forget to see the trees! :O

  7. Mallik (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

    I love the trees in bangalore. Save them.

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