Top 5 Oldest and Giant Banyan Trees in India

The Banyan tree is one of the holy tree for Hindus and other religious traditions, It is also the National tree of India and state tree of Madhya Pradesh. Banyan tree is also called Kalpavriksha, Bargad, Vatavriksh or Barh.

Old Banyan- Anantapur

The Thimmamma Marrimanu is the world’s biggest tree and recorded as the largest tree specimen in the Guinness Book of World Records. Thimmamma Marrimanu banyan tree is located in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

Great Banyan – Kolkata


The Great Banyan tree is located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden of Howrah,Kolkata. Great Banyan is the largest Banyan tree in botanical garden of Kolkata and one of the biggest Banyan tree in the world.

Gigantic Banyan Tree – Ranthambore

Ranthambore national park is best  known for its majestic tiger and wildlife but it is also home to a gigantic banyan tree in the park itself, which is considered to be India’s second largest banyan tree.

Giant Banyan – Chennai

Adyar Banyan Tree is one of the biggest Banyan trees in the world and the oldest existing tree in the city of Chennai.
The 450-year-old giant banyan tree is located at Adyar in Chennai.

Big Banyan – Bangalore

The Big Banyan Tree is the 400-year-old tree, located at Ramohalli in Bengaluru. Dodda Alada Mara or Big Banyan Tree has more than a thousand aerial roots and is one of the largest of its kind.

Other Famous Banyan Trees

One of the most famous of banyan tree is located on the island of Kabirvad in Gujarat. It is one of the Oldest living Banyan tree in India,believed to be 300 years old. One large Banyan tree called Kalpabata is there inside the premises of Jagannath Temple of Puri,Giant Banyan of Majhi near Lucknow and the Pillalamarri Banyan banyan tree in Telangana.


  • srikanth pisipati says:

    How come the Banyan tree in Kolkata is the biggest in India and whereas the Banyan tree from Anantapur is biggest in the world, but is not the biggest in India ? Anatapur and Kolkatta are in India. Please clarify.

    • Danielle Shapley says:

      They have a catch phrase “one of the”… perhaps that is how they get away with not clarifying..

    • Hello Srikanth,
      Thank you for pointing out this, Have verified the same with Wiki and update the information accordingly.
      Thimmamma Marrimanu is the largest in the world and Great Banyan of Kolkata is one of the largest.

    • Suraj says:

      Haha, many such sites don’t use accurate data . More so when you talk about trees in India. All that is said is they are old, ancient, sacred, etc. I’m not even sure if there is any interest to date old trees.

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