Placed on the foothills of Chamundi Hills, right behind the Mysore Zoo, Karanji Lake is a charming lake, which is a popular tourist attraction of Mysore. One of the biggest lakes in the Karnatala state, this lake covers an area of 90 acres. The lake attracts bird watching enthusiasts from all over as it is home to around 90 avifauna species, including resident and migratory birds including darters, herons, egrets, painted storks, rare Glossy Ibis, sandpipers, bill storks, sun bird and pelicans. One can also spot small mammals and various butterfly species around the lake. The area has been developed into Karanji Lake Nature Park.
Karani Lake was originally a percolation tank that was founded around 100 years back by the then ruler of Mysore, which was used by the locals for their daily needs like drinking, bathing etc. Later in the year 1976, the lake became a part of the Mysore Zoo. The total catchment area of the lake is 745 hectares and it has a 2.5 km long feeder channel from the Chamundi hills.
Take a stroll through the aviary on the banks of the lake, while listening to the chirping of the birds, spotting colorful birds and enjoying the serenity spread all around. The biggest walk- through aviary of India, it is 60 m long, 20 m in height and 40 m wide. The aviary has around 17 species of birds.
At the Karanki Lake, there is a butterfly park also that consists of a vast variety of plant species that attract colorful butterflies. Here you can see around 45 butterfly species. Other attractions here include boat riding facility and a children corner. The Lake is just 3 km away from the city center. There is a huge watch tower (10 m high) from where visitors can enjoy bird watching and enjoy nice views of the vast surroundings.
Location- Behind Mysore Zoo
Timings- 08.30 AM - 05.30 PM (closed on Tuesday)
Entry Fees- Adults INR 10
Children (5–15 years) INR 5
Senior Citizen INR 5
Still Camera INR 10
Video Camera INR 25
Boat Riding- Adults INR 25
Children INR 15