Ulsoor Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore which is located on the eastern side of the city. It draws its name from the name of the locality it is situated in, namely, Ulsoor, close to M G Road. Expanded over 50 hectares it has several islands. The present day lake was created by Sir Lewin Bentham Bowring, Bangalore's commissioner. This lake was earlier known as Halsur or Alasur.
Ulsoor or Halasuru, is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city of Bangalore. It is located in central Bangalore. It is quite known for its numerous temples and narrow streets. This Lake was constructed by Kempe Gowda II in the 2nd century. This lake was earlier known as Halsur or Alasur. It is now used as one of the important venue for the Ganesha Festival. Although the lake is not suitable for swimming, you can have a refreshing swimming experience at the recreational complex which is located quite close by. However, at the lake you can go for boating.