Welcome to Karanji Lake, also known as the fountain lake – a popular picnic spot that’s sure to give you a day full of fun and laughter! And why not? Visitors are allowed to bring packed food and there’s even a coffee shop on site – perfect for those who want to enjoy the beauty of nature without having to give up their morning caffeine fix!
Speaking of beauty, Karanji Lake is home to as many as 147 different species of birds, making it a paradise for birdwatchers. With herons, Asian openbill storks, cormorants, and grey pelicans among the many species you can spot, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. And if that’s not enough, the lake also boasts the largest aviary in the country, measuring a whopping 20m in length, 50m in breadth and 60m in height – quite a sight to cheer!
But that’s not all – there’s also a butterfly park in the vicinity, where you can see over 45 species of these beautiful creatures flitting around in brilliant colors. The park even has nectar and host plants planted to help sustain the butterflies. And if you’re interested in learning more about the natural environment of South India and how to maintain it, be sure to check out the Regional Museum of National History, which is situated on the banks of the lake.
This enthralling lake was once a part of the Mysore Zoo and is now controlled by the Mysore Zoo Authority. It’s easy to see why it’s such a popular tourist attraction – the lush greenery and abundance of fauna make it a treat for the senses. And if you’re travelling with kids, you’ll be happy to know that there’s even a special kid’s corner to keep them entertained.
But what’s a lake without boating, right? Luckily, Karanji Lake has got you covered. You can choose to hire a pedal boat or a boat with a boatman to row for you. The boat takes you on round trips around the bushy islands in the lake, giving you the opportunity to explore every nook and cranny of this stunning natural habitat. And at just INR 25 per head for a 20-minute ride, it’s a steal!
If you’re planning a visit, the best time to come is during the winter months when the weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius. And for the ultimate experience, we recommend visiting during sunrise or sunset when the lake looks even more enchanting.
Just remember to bring a torch if you’re visiting after sunset, as well as food packages and plenty of water to keep you energized throughout the day. Oh, and don’t forget your camera – you’ll definitely want to capture the beauty of this stunning location. So what are you waiting for? Head to Karanji Lake and experience the magic for yourself!