Kaikondrahalli lake is a 48 acre water body in the busy outskirts of Bengaluru. Few years ago, it was a dry land and a dumpyard till BBMP rejuvenated it with active involvement of local citizens. Today, it is the most bio-diverse lake in Bengaluru and home to more than 50 species of resident and migratory birds and reptiles. Everyday it attracts about 500 visitors, mostly residents from the neighborhood - fishermen with license to fish, farmers who collect feed for their cattle apart from the photographers, nature lovers, joggers and senior citizen groups who use the lake, the walkway and the garden for recreation.
Kaikondrahalli lake is a completely community funded BBMP lake, but maintained solely with voluntary donations from local residents and surrounding corporate houses. The lake management and upkeep is looked after by the not for profit trust MAPSAS which consists of members from the surrounding community. As one of the means to raise funds for the lake, MAPSAS organizes a lake festival or Kere Habba every 2nd weekend of January.
- Children’s corner with events including art, story telling, activities from PLAY Arena
- Santhe featuring sustainable products including organic food, cosmetics, books, clothes and more
- Food stalls with delicious yet healthy options such as momos and other Chinese food, south Indian ‘tiffin’ items, parathas, millet-based bisibele bath, and lip-smacking desserts made without maida and processed sugars
- Citizens’ corner showcasing individuals and communities working towards societal betterment
- Special performances in the evening
- Water, food and logistics arrangements
- Staff for maintaining and cleaning the toilets during the day
- Transport expenses for special performances
- Marketing promotions
- Printing banners and posters
- Lake branded merchandise
- Responsible waste management and disposal options
Thank you for helping and supporting Kere Habba 2017