A MOSAIC OF NATURE, ADVENTURE & CULTURE
Karnataka's last surviving natural grasslands are a ten minute walk from Earth Kitchen. On the verge of destruction by irresponsible human activity, they have now been closed to traffic and are a perfect morning walk destination and ideal for picnics - just ensure you don't leave any litter behind.
Hesaraghatta, where Earth Kitchen is located, has the best of both worlds - proximity to Bangalore (30 Kms / 1 hour from the city centre) and pristine spaces, untouched by the mindless development and mess of urbanity.
This is mainly because thousands of acres of land is owned by a host of government departments and are beyond the reach of real estate developers. There are now active proposals - thanks to a few local citizen activists - to create a protected biosphere reserve of over 5000 acres that will cover lakes, grasslands and forests of Hesaraghatta.
Once a key source of water for Bangalore, Hesaraghatta Lake was built across the Arkavathy river in 1894 to store 3 years' supply of drinking water. Now a shadow of it's former self, it is still a stunning spectacle and a trek around it is a must for birdwatchers and nature lovers.
Located next door to Earth Kitchen, Nrityagram is a dance village and school dedicated to Odissi, and follows the ancient Indian gurukul tradition. Most Sundays, there are morning classes for children, and it is enchanting to watch young ones learning under the watchful eyes of the masters.
On road or off it, Hesaraghatta offers the best tracks and trails for
both bikers and cyclists - so bring your wheels when you come.