Feb 21, 2015

Baobab tree of Golconda

October 2, 2014
Few months back I knew only about Savanur's baobab trees. After some online research I realized India was home to several 100s of baobab trees spread across western and South Indian states. Gujarat leads the list with close to a thousand trees, followed by Maharastra, Goa, Karnataka, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and one in Uttar Pradesh too. Hyderabad is home 5 or six baobab trees but I've found only one until now.. that's at Golconda fort.

October 26, 2014
The day was cloudy in the morning and started raining around 11 am. The tree is located inside Naya Qila ~ new fort. I hired an autorickshaw from Golconda fort entrance to reach the tree. It was 10 minute ride. This tree is slightly different in looks compared with Savanur trees.

I was glad to see the iron fencing around the base, keeps vandals away. Also a care-taker was present, the man looked sincere to his duty. You can see lot of graffiti on the tree trunk.. made long time back by insensitive people :( This tree is popularly known as Hathiyan or Elephant tree. It's girth is 27.4 metres, in feet its 89 feet. The trunk is so huge that it has two "rooms" in it. To reach the room, one has to climb up the trunk and then descend in the hollow. Of course you can expect to see creatures like frogs in there.

Our care-taker was a soft spoken person. He said this tree's parts resemble elephant body parts. For instance, a branch here looks like a trunk of an elephant.

This looks like elephant's feet.

Fold on the surface seems like folds in elephant skin.

For a tree of this size, the leaves are pretty small and soft too. The leaves are lobed and they dry quickly. Baobab leaves are a contrast to its trunk which is a succulent. It is said that baobabs store huge quantities of water in their trunk and branches.

The seven lobed baobab leaf.

That's the care-taker of this magnificent tree. I can't recall his name :(

Glimpse of the fort walls from under the tree.

An ancient mosque next to the tree. This mosque is said to be constructed by Aurangzeb after defeating Abul Hasan Tanashah, the last king of Qutub Shahi dynasty.

Here is a list of known Baobab trees of India-
  1. Hilltop Nightclub, Vagator, Goa
  2. Cabo Raj Bhavan, Dona Paula, Goa
  3. Quepem, Goa
  4. Bamboo Motels, Goa
  5. next to Yogapur mosque, Bijapur
  6. near Ibrahim Roza, Bijapur, Karnataka (may have dried out)
  7. Dodda Hunashe Matha, Savanur, Karnataka
  8. Attapur, Hyderabad
  9. Vansthalipuram, Hyderabad, Telangana
  10. near Chappel Road, Hyderabad, Telangana
  11. Ranganath temple at Nanakramguda Hyderabad, Telangana
  12. Uppal in Chengicherla Reserve Forests, Hyderabad, Telangana
  13. Shivalaya on Balachandruni Guttalu, Nalagonda, Telangana
  14. Nellore, Andhrapradesh
  15. Theosophist Society Gardens, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  16. The American College campus, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  17. Chinmaya Vidyalaya's campus at Ilanthope, Rajapalayam, Tamil Nadu
  18. Mangaliawas near Ajmer, Rajasthan
  19. Vadodara, Gujarat
  20. Dayapur, Gujarat
  21. Kutch, Gujarat
  22. Bhanagar, Gujarat
  23. Baroda, Gujarat
  24. near Gujarat College / Victoria Garden / Sukharamnagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  25. Mulund, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  26. Byculla zoo, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  27. Outside the Vasai fort, Maharashtra
  28. Tilak road and Ghole road, Pune, Maharastra
  29. near Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  30. Mandavgad or Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
  31. near Sangam, left bank of the Ganga, Prayag, Uttar Pradesh 
  32. Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Bihar

1 comment:

Manjula Umesh said...

Nice post, yes it resembles parts of elephant, felt same looking at pictures 4 & 5.Thanks for sharing info about wonderful things.