I had not been to either Big Banyan Tree or Manchanabele earlier, whereas Thilak had been to both these places once before. This was a suddenly planned trip. We decided to travel post lunch. We had lunch at Jayanagar and started at around 1.30 PM, we took Mysore road to reach Dodda Aalada Mara (Big Banyan Tree). As the name itself suggests, the tree was huge. It was 400 years old. Below the tree, there were many benches to sit.