Did you know Mysore is also home to several natural beauties in the form of lakes and ponds? Even though tourists come to Mysore to study the Indian history and witness the architectural masterpieces of ancient India, it can still be denied that Mysore is deprived of natural spots.Unknown to many, there are several beautiful lakes within the boundaries of Mysore which are visited by hundreds of locals and nature lovers who come here to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Next time, you are in and around Mysore, do not forget to visit the following lakes which act as green lungs to the city and hence, provide it with a natural atmosphere. Read on to know more about these top lakes in Mysore.
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Karanji Lake is the most famous and immensely visited lake in Mysore which witnesses visitors in hundreds everyday. From India's largest walk-through aviary to butterfly parks and beautiful gardens to the bamboo forest, there is everything within the boundaries of Karanji Lake, which in turn, make this lake a must-visit destination in Mysore.
You can visit Regional Museum of Natural History which is located alongside the lake. It covers an area of 90 acres with the lake surface spread across 35 acres. If you are eventually planning to explore the natural beauties of Mysore, then Karanji Lake is the place where you should start your journey. The major birds found here are egret, pelicans, cormorant and painted stork.
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Another natural beauty of Mysore, Kukkarahalli Lake is located in the heart of the city and hence, is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Spread over an area of 150 acres, Kukkarahalli Lake is an evening destination for locals who come here to provide their lungs with freshness and unpolluted air.
As it is also home to several species of indigenous and migratory birds, it also a haven for bird lovers and photographers. The major species found here include pelicans, darter, night heron and painted storks which can be seen savouring its lush greenery and unblemished environment.
From picnic goers to joggers and photographers to birdwatchers, you can find everyone witnessing the grandeur of Kukkarahalli Lake.
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Lingambudhi Lake is located at a distance of around 6 km from the centre of Mysore and is one of the most beautiful lakes in the region, despite falling into the hands of pollution. Hence, the beauty of Lingambudhi Lake is still intact due to its composed environment.
Surrounded by the green carpets of nature, it is a freshwater lake and is believed to have been built during the 19th century under the supervision of the Wodeyar dynasty. It is known amongst locals and tourists for its birds and colourful butterflies.
Even though the lake dries up partially during the summer season, it still attracts several species of birds to settle there. Being a centre of rich biodiversity, it is a must-visit place for birdwatchers, nature lover and photographers. So, how about visiting this land of butterflies and birds?
Located at a distance of around 3 km from Kukkarahalli Lake, Bogadhi Lake is another tourist spot which needs to be explored. Being visited only by locals and a few tourists, the actual beauty of this lovely lake is yet to be glorified.
If you are a nature lover and desire to spot some underrated beauties, then Bogadhi Lake is the place where you should be next time. As the lake is not maintained properly, you can only find a few locals who come here to indulge a little bit in the activities of nature. You can also spot several beautiful birds nesting around the lake.
Once a major source of water for regular needs, Hebbal Lake in Mysore is another victim which has lost its beauty over a period of time due to its irregular maintenance. Despite being a sufferer of time, Hebbal Lake still attracts several locals and nature enthusiasts who love discovering hidden beauties.
Being surrounded by numerous trees and patches of grasslands, it provides its visitors with a peaceful and serene atmosphere. So, how about a trip to Mysore and exploring these lost, hidden and popular lakes?