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Karanji: Mysore’s beautiful lake

The dead lake was restored to life with the concerted efforts of Asian Development Bank, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation and Mysore Zoo authority. Today, the lake is a haven for more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds.

Two elegant stone sculptures mounted on a brick pedestal on either side greets visitors as they enter the premises. The lake with two fountains, in keeping with the name “Karanji” (meaning fountain) reveals itself, in all its beauty. Decorative colourful boats, rowing and peddling types, parked at the jetty invites adventure buffs. The park also has the biggest walkthrough aviary in the country, a mini-theatre all set to offer experiences of the warmth of the inhabitants of this tiny world from a close distance. This aviary is home to 17 species of birds which includes peacocks, both white and coloured, hornbills etc.

A watch tower offers a kaleidoscopic view of the activities taking place on the lake. The butterfly park, the central attraction of the park is at a distance of more than a kilometer from the watch tower. The park attracts over a dozen species of butterflies in hordes.

The biodiversity and the climatic conditions of Mysore city are highly conducive for breeding of the butterflies. This 90-hectare lake park has 55 hectares of waterspread area and about 35 hectares of foreshore area. The lake is fed by a 2.5-km-long feeder channel from the nearby Chamundi hills.

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