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Sankey Tank, Bangalore: Everything you Need to Know

Last Updated on February 1, 2023 by Tariq

If you stay around Malleshwaram, Vyalikaval, or Sadashivanagar and want to relax near the water, Sankey Tank is undoubtedly a worthwhile proposition.

The artificial lake is situated in the western part of Bengaluru, in the middle of Malleshwaram and Sadashivanagar.

The lake spreads across 37 acres and is an attraction for locals and tourists visiting Bangalore.

Love walking or jogging around a lake? Well, Sankey Tank is just what you want!

Just in case you are looking for an option towards central Bangalore, there’s always Ulsoor Lake.

History of Sankey Tank

Sankey Tank is an artificial lake constructed by Col. Richard Hieram Sankey of the Madras Sappers Regiment in 1882.

The tank was built to meet the water supply demands of Bangalore city and was linked to the Dharmambudhi Tank and Miller’s Tank.

Considering the lake was located near the Government Sandalwood Depot, the Sankey tank was also known as Gandhadhakotikere.

An Overview

Sankey Tank: An Overview

Sankey Tank in Bangalore is one of the major lakes in the garden city.

The manmade lake looks like a natural lake surrounded by a picturesque garden.

Sankey Tank is well-maintained, clean, and surrounded by tall green trees, with branches spreading across the walkway.

You have small colorful shrubs and potted plants to add to its beauty.

Want to keep your kids busy? No problem!

There’s a dedicated children’s play area as well.

Sankey Tank: Children's Play Area

There’s also a dedicated trail to jog or simply take a refreshing walk around the lake.

You also have benches and gazebos to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Sankey Tank is an excellent spot for photography lovers.

Even non-photographers like me will keep clicking away! 😉

Be it capturing the magnificent lake, the ducks that keep swimming and flapping around, or the various birds (local and migratory), Sankey Tank is great for photographers.

You’ll love the sight during winter if you are a bird lover.

The lake is converted into a nesting ground for various migratory birds and is a sight to behold.

Visitors often frequent Sankey Tank as a picnic spot and for weekend trips.

An exclusive tank is built explicitly for idol immersion during the festivals of the Ganesh Chaturthi (Tue, Sep 19, 2023).

Recently the tank was renovated by the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation.


Mayura Sankey Boat Club

Love boat rides? You are covered here at Sankey Tank.

The Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation maintains the Mayura Sankey Boat Club at the Sankey Tank.

The boat club has all kinds of boats, such as pedal boats, row boats, and motor boats.

You can rent the boat for a specified time frame and enjoy your ride around the lake.

You could also visit the island situated in the middle of Sankey Tank.

Must say… it’s a fantastic view of the surrounding lake from the island.

Best Time to Visit Sankey Tank

Bangalore is known for its great and pleasant weather all through the year.

This says the lake can be visited any time of the year.

That being said, the best time to visit is summer.

However, if you want to explore the lake and indulge in outdoor activities like boating, you’d probably want to avoid visiting during the rainy season.


The lake is open on all days of the week except Friday.


Morning: 6.00 AM to 10.00 AM
Evening: 4.00 PM to 7.00 PM

Weekly holiday: Friday

Entry fee: Free

Boating charges: INR 20 per person


My Two Cents

Sankey Tank is a great place to visit if you want to be near water without leaving the city.

It’s situated in the neighborhoods of Malleshwaram, Vyalikaval, and Sadashivanagar and is a perfect place to enjoy a walk, jog, or a casual stroll.

Enjoy the greenery surrounding the lake and birds chirping, and be amongst nature.

Over to you! 🙂

Have you planned a visit to Sankey Tank? Have you already visited the lake?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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An entrepreneur based in Bangalore with a passion for blogging and real estate. Connect with me on Instagram @imtariqsp.
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