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Karanji Lake, Mysore

Located in the city of Mysore, Karanji Lake is home to more than 5 dozen bird species including both local as well as migratory. One can easily catch sight of the fringes of the lake ducklings and darters and during winters, you can spot the pelicans, spoonbills, etc. Karanji Lake is also known as Karanjikere Lake and is popularly known as the fountain lake. The lake is a sprawling water body and is surrounded by a beautiful nature park which consists of a butterfly park and an aviary which is the biggest "walk-through aviary" in the country and is a massive net enclosure where visitors can walk and observe the birds closely.

The aviary is located on the shore of the lake and it has an artificial waterfall. It consists of about 50 birds from 17 different species including hornbills, peacocks, geese, turkeys, black swans, etc. The butterfly park is located on a small island within the lake and has about 45 species of butterflies. There is also a museum situated on the banks of Karanji Lake known as the Regional Museum of Natural History. The lake spreads across an area of 90 hectares filled with lush greenery and gorgeous fauna, out of which 55 hectares is the water spread area while the foreshore area measures around 35 hectares. Situated at the foot of the Chamundi Hills, Karanji Lake qualifies as one of the best tourist destinations in Mysore owing to its scenic beauty. The place offers boating facilities too. There is a children’s park and a coffee booth as well.

The place also has a birdwatch tower which provides a stunning panoramic view of the park and the lake. Karanji Lake also houses the Sarus Cranes, the largest and the tallest flying bird in the world. The lake is a perfect picnic spot with an entry fee of just Rs. 10/-.

Location: Chamundi Hills, Adjacent to the Mysore Zoo, Mysore
Timings: 08:30 AM – 05:30 PM (Tuesday – closed)

Image Source - Tahir Hashmi/Flickr

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