Picturesquely located at the foot of the Chamundi Hills, It is one of the best lake for the tourists in the State which measures 100 acres located adjacent to and now a part of Mysore Zoo. The nearby Chamundi Hill is perpetual source of fresh water and also provides a dramatic back drop for the tank.
Mysore Zoo after a long time acquired the area to deepen the tank bed, create an attractive but natural shoreline and construct seven man made islands in the tank. When this was accomplished, the tank became a catchments area for monsoon rains and for the stream of water running off Chamundi Hill.
The lake is now attracting variety of nesting birds, several types of boats including pedal boats and motor boats. The islands far from the main road are reserved exclusively for birds. Wonderful habitat for more than 70 different species of avifauna.
The recently re-developed lake, spanning across 90 acres has a butterfly park, boating, childrens corner, a watch tower and India’s largest walk-through aviary.