Kankaria Lake

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Time Required: 1 hour

Timings:

9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Entry Fee:

Adult: INR 10,
Child: INR 5
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Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad Overview

The second largest lake of Ahmedabad, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub, Kankaria Lake was built in the 15th century and was later revamped in 2008. Located in the south-eastern part of the city, it is a complete package of entertainment for your family. A pathway circumscribes the lake which has alluring activities and adventures for people of all age groups.

From balloon safari and zoo to toy trains and amusement park, Kankaria Lake has it all. You can also just rejuvenate in the garden as life in Ahmedabad city unfolds around you. The ecstatic ambience with high-spirited people is a cherry on the cake. It is perfect for evening strolls with multi coloured lights glowing all around its periphery. For adventure buffs, Kankaria Lake lays down a plethora of options for like archery, gymnastics and water rides. The most beguiling festival- Kankaria carnival is celebrated with immense vim and vigour. And you are wrong if the festival seems only a source of amusement to you! It also provides you with a great platform to showcase your talent in different competitions.

Kankaria Lake is a place where entertainment, culture, knowledge and talent perfectly blend with each other. Looking for a place where you can have ultimate fun with your family? Just head out to Kankaria Lake!

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The artificial Kankaria Lake was built by Sultan Qutbuddin in the 15th century. The construction was over by 1451 CE and the lake was used by kings for bathing. Later, over the years, the lake lost its charm and turned into an urban chaos. With lack of management and disorganised environment, its quality deteriorated over time.

The issue resolved when Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation took charge. The development of the lakefront was drafted and different fun activities were included in the plan. The central garden was revamped and utilities were improved. After spending around 360 million, the project was completed in the year 2008 and it was inaugurated in the Kankaria Carnival on 25 December 2008. Now, the transformed Kankaria Lake observes crores of people every year who always have a whale of a time!

Around Kankaria Lake, there is a lakefront which has many attractions. Some of them are-

1. Kankaria Zoo 
Spread over an area of 31 acres, it is also known as Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden. It houses around 450 mammals, 2000 birds and 140 reptiles. The timings of the zoo are 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

2. Balloon Ride
The super thrilling tethered balloon ride is also available. It elevates to a height of around 350 feet and you can enjoy the mesmerizing panoramic view of Ahmedabad city. The balloon ride premise also has some restaurants serving you mouth-watering dishes.

3. Toy Train
The Atal Express, imported from London and named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee, takes a round of Kankaria Lake on a 2.3 km track. It can carry up to 150 passengers and is a fun-filled ride.

4. Kids City
It is a replica of an actual city for kids aged between 5 to 14. It has mini banks, prison, theatre, police station, hospital and many other activities that provide a platform for both amusement and learning for kids.

5. Stone Mural Park
On the sidewalls of the lake, different fascinating murals depicting the history of Ahmedabad in pink sandstone is worth admiring.

6. Nagina Wadi
It means a beautiful garden in Urdu. It is located in the centre of the lake and looks extremely pleasing in the evening with musical fountain and laser lights.

Other entertaining activities of the Kankaria Lake are mirror maze, mini-golf, butterfly park, Segway and archery.

The week-long Kankaria Carnival is the most awaited festival of Ahmedabad which promises to be entertaining and extremely exciting. Held in the last week of December every year, the festival includes scores of novel activities that could be enjoyed by people of all age groups. Some of the fun events and adventures included are- Magic Show, Rangoli-making competition, debate, essay or painting competitions, dog show, scuba-diving, laser show and gymnastics.

Kankaria Lake is opened from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days except Mondays. The entry fee is very nominal. For kids, it is INR 5 per head and for adults, it is INR 10 per head. Senior citizens or handicapped persons are not charged.

Kankaria Lake is always mesmerising at any time of the year but, you should visit in the last week of December when the Kankaria Festival takes place. Evenings provide the best opportunity because you can enjoy the musical fountain and laser light shows.

You can take the Punt Maharaj Road to reach the lake, which lies right across Nelson's Primary School. The nearest railway station to kankaria lake is Ahmedabad Jn Train Station which is 5 km away from Kankaria Lake.

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Kankaria Lake Reviews

2 months ago by Wassiem Mehmood

Price is 13 for adults. But no change is given back if you give 20

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