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Karanji lake  

  Mysuru , Karnataka.
from  20 per person

  • Botanical garden and park
    Category
    Botanical garden and park
  • duration
    Duration
    1 -2 Hours
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • bird spotting
    Bird spotting
    Zone
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • drinking water
    Drinking water
    Available
  • snacks counter
    Snacks counter
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • activity zone
    Activity Zone
    Available
  • ExploreBees
    Children's play area
    Available
  • water games
    Water game
    Available
  • boating
    Boating
    Available
  • life jacket
    Life jacket
    Available
  • lake
    Lake
    Available
  • first aid kit
    FIrst Aid kit
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • adult ticket
    Adult
    20 INR
  • children ticket
    Children
    05 INR
  • still camera
    still camera
    10 INR
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    25 INR

Description

Picturesquely located at the foot of Chamundi hills and adjacent to the Mysuru Zoo, the Karanji lake is a beautiful bird sanctuary in the heart of Mysuru City which provides a wonderful habitat for more than 70 different species of avifauna. The recently re-developed lake, spanning across 90 acres has a butterfly park, boating, children's corner, a watchtower and India's largest walkthrough aviary.

Karanji Lake was built by the King of Mysore about 100 years back, as a percolation tank. This lake was used by the residents for bathing, washing, drinking etc. The Mysore Zoo took over the lake in 1976. The 90 acres water spread area has a 2.5 Kms. long feeder channel from the nearby Chamundi hills and has about 745 hectares of the catchment area.

The Karanji lake is said to possess the largest aviary in the country. Its set up cost was nearly 3.8 million, and it measures 20m in length, 50m in breadth and has a height of 60m. There is a waterfall too with two water bodies alongside. The lake also consists of a butterfly park which is home to more than 45 species of beautiful butterflies fluttering their wings and flying around in brilliant colors. Nectar, as well as host plants, have been planted in the park to help the butterflies sustain. The mesmerizing lake also consists of a Regional Museum of national history which is situated on the banks of the lake giving out information on the natural environment of South India and how to maintain it. 

The Karanji Lake includes a walk-through aviary for chirping birds. This aviary is constructed on the banks of the lake making it India's biggest walk-through aviary. The birds are within handshaking distance. Karanji Lake has a butterfly park housing a large variety of plant species to attract butterflies. Karanji Lake also includes children corner and boating facilities.  

butterfly park

About 15 different species of butterflies were let free in the special park, where they bred and multiplied. During the first year, the park was not very popular with either among the migratory butterflies or the nature lovers of the region. Spread over one acre of land by the side of the lake, flowering plants carefully selected are grown to Attract butterflies. A wide variety of butterflies like Grey Pansy, Lemon Pansy, Peacock Pansy, Yellow Pansy, Tailed Jay,  lue Mormon, Commo  Mo mon, Crimson Rose, Common emigrant, Tawny coaster, Blue Tiger, Plain Tiger, Striped Tiger, Danid egg fly, and many others can be seen dotting the park. Red Pierrot captivates the onlookers making it difficult for them to drag their eyes away from them. For sheer beauty, Blue pansy, Blue Mormon and Crimson Rose can be counted on.

Bird Watch Tower

A 10 meters high observation tower enables the visitors not only to view panoramic environs of the lake but also provide an excellent opportunity to ardent bird watchers. All round viewing is provided so that there would not be any hindrances to the visitors to view the birds through telescope and binoculars.

Medicinal Plants

At the entrance gate of the Karanji Lake, more than 100 medicinal plants have been raised. It is planned to educate and create awareness among the public about their uses and needs for conservation. Nursery A nursery has been set up to raise and propagate plants inside the lake premises for planting in the gardens.


Tips

  • The ideal time to visit would be between 8-10 am or post 4 pm, gets way too hot to enjoy between 10 am - 4 pm.
  • It is most pleasant near closing time (5:30 p.m.) and they let you stay until around 6 p.m.
  • There are cycles for hire.

Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 08:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Thursday 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Friday 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Saturday 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Sunday 08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Last Admission 05:00 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no bags
    Bags
  • no outside food
    Outside Food
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    0.75 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    1.5 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    1.5 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    1.2 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    0.9 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    1.0 KM
  • shopping mall
    Shopping Mall
    1.5 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    1.0 KM
  • train
    Train
    4.0 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    1.0 KM

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