Dodda Aaladha Mara ( Big Banyan tree)

Dodda Aaladha Mara - Ramohalli

Dodda Aaladha Mara


  • 400 year old banyan tree
  • Sri Muneshwara temple
  • Mukti Naga Kshetra

Dodda Aaladha Mara

,   means Big Banyan tree in the Kannada language. The huge banyan tree, which spreads of 4 acres land, is located in Ramohalli village, 28 km from Bangalore. 400 years ago, Sage Muneshwara is believed to have been in penance under this tree. A small temple, Sri Muneshwara temple is under the shades of this tree. Now the tree is within the campus of Bank of Maharastra.

Though not in its full glory, the tree is still magnificent. The main root has died and the aerial roots have taken anchor in the soil to give the appearance of multiple trees. Some branches are said to be replanted near Madiwala lake. The tree seems to be an abode to many monkeys!

This is the 4th largest banyan tree in India after these three huge trees:
  1. World’s biggest banyan tree at Thimmamma Marimanu near Gooty, Andhra Pradesh
  2. The banyan tree at Botanical Gardens, Kolkata
  3. Adyar banyan tree at Chennai
On Mysore Road: Rajarajeshwari Nagar Bangalore University - Kengeri - Rajarajeshwari Engineering College - right turn at Kumbalgod Cross - 7 km from there is Dodda aalada mara.

3 km from the Banyan tree is Mukti Naga Kshetra, a large monolithic statue of seven-hooded serpent God, Lord Nagaraja. The statue is 16 feet tall and weighs 36 tonnes.

Dodda Alada Mara
Travel info:
Location : Ramohalli
28 km South East of Bangalore
Bus: Route 227 from K.R.Market
Transit Point:
Big Banyan Tree bus stop