Karanji Lake in Mysore is an fascinating attraction for tourists to visit while in the city. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful nature park that comprises of a scenic butterfly park and an alluring walk-through aviary. What makes this aviary amusing is that it is the country's biggest walk-through aviary.
Karanji Lake that is owned and taken care of by the Mysore Zoo Authority has a total area of about 90 hectares of which, 55 hectares is covered with the lake waters, and the foreshore area covers about 35 hectares. Visitors can also enjoy boating in the lake, and the place makes a perfect spot to spend some quality time in leisure.
The walk-through aviary inside Karanji Lake is the biggest aviary of the kind in India. Established at a cost of Rs 3.8 million, the aviary is 60 m long and 40 m wide. It has a scenic artificial lake and two small water bodies within. Present inside this beautiful aviary are birds like peacock, hornbills, turkeys, black swans and more.
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The butterfly park inside Karanji Lake is yet another beautiful spot to rest and relax at. Present in this wast spread flower garden are are butterflies of about 45 different species. And to attract more butterflies towards the park, appropriate nectar plants have been exclusively selected and planted here.
The place also attracts many migratory birds towards it that take shelter on trees present inside an island within the lake. Some of the birds that migrate to the lake include painted strokes, pelicans, ibis, egrets, herons, sandpipers, black drongo and many more.
Entry to the lake is through tickets, and the lake is open between 8.30am and 5.30pm. It is located behind the Mysore zoo and is easily reachable by city buses.