Though Mysore has developed into a modern city, the city still moves at a gentle, unhurried and leisurely pace. The city has a good green cover and has a few lakes that add to the beauty and calmness of the city. These lakes are popular picnic spots and are frequented by nature lovers as they attract a number of migratory birds. The area around these lakes is lush green and therefore a good place to relax and rest after a hectic day's work.
Karanji Lake :
This lake is located at the bottom of the Chamundi hills and is close
to the center of the city. This lake is spread over 90 acres and is home
to more than 90 species of resident and migratory birds. The lake also
has India's largest walkthrough aviary. The lake has boating facilities
that are available on all days except Tuesday. On the banks of the
Karanji lake is the Regional Museum of Natural History. With the
Chamundi hills as a backdrop makes the lake look picture perfect. The
lake and its surroundings allow you to appreciate nature and the
Regional Museum that is adjacent to the lake, will help you increase you
knowledge about the natural environment in South India and will help you
understand the importance of conservation of nature. The lake has a bund
on which you can take refreshing walk.
This lake is in the middle of Manasagangothri, the Mysore University
campus. This beautiful and placid lake is visited by a variety of
migratory birds during winter. During the winters this lake attracts a
lot of bird watchers, who come observe and enjoy the birds. The lake
provides boating facilities at nominal rates.
Lingabudi Lake :
This lake is in Sriramapura and is about 8km from the center of the
city. This picturesque lake also attracts numerous types of migratory
birds. The lake has a beautiful lush green park beside it and the entire
sight that is presented is one that sooths the mind and soul. There are
a number of buses to this lake from the city bus stand. This place is a
favourite haunt of nature lovers of the city.