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Timings : Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00 AM - 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Closed on Monday

Time Required : 1 hour

Entry Fee : Adult: INR 25
Child: INR 10
Child (below 3 years) and Senior Citizens: Free Entry
Educational Trip: INR 1
Free entry for joggers from 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM

Kankaria Lake, Ahmedabad Overview

Kankaria Lake is the second largest lake of Ahmedabad, formerly known as Hauz-e-Qutub. Located near the Maninagar area, the lakefront is popular for the balloon safari, zoo, toy trains and the amusement park.

The pristine lake 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 like archery, gymnastics and water rides. The most beguiling festival - Kankaria carnival is celebrated with immense vim and vigour. Kankaria Lake is a place where entertainment, culture, knowledge and talent perfectly blend with each other.

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Legend of Kankaria Lake

The name ‘Kankaria’ is said to have been derived from ‘Kankar,’ the Gujarati word for limestone, after the huge amount of limestone that was dug out during its construction. Other anecdotes suggest that the lake was named so after the Saint Hazrat-i-Shah Alam exclaimed “What a pebble!” after injuring himself on a pebble during the construction of the lake; “Kankaria” also means “pebbly.”

Things to Do at Kankaria Lake

Kankaria Zoo 
Spread over an area of 31 acres, the Kankaria Zoo is also known as Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden. It houses around 450 mammals, 2000 birds and 140 reptiles.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Balloon Ride
The super thrilling tethered balloon ride is available at Kankaria Lakefront. It elevates to a height of around 350 feet, affording a mesmerizing panoramic view of Ahmedabad city. The balloon ride premise also has some restaurants.

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.

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The popular toytrain at Kankaria Lake (Source)
Balvatika 
Named after the first Prime Minister of the country, Chacha Nehru Balvatika children’s park is a haven of delight for parents and children alike. This beautiful park is meticulously maintained with state-of-the-art play areas, slides, swings, and a Natural History Museum with exhibits on Indian birds and animals. The Nabhi Darshan Planetarium is also a major attraction here, with a sky-viewing and screening hall. Keep in mind that you need to bring along a child to be allowed into the park.
Price: Adult (over 12 years of age): INR 3, Child (between 3 and 12 years of age): INR 2, Child (below 3 years of age): Free
Timings: 9:00 AM – 10:15 PM everyday

Amusement Park
The Kankaria Lakefront Amusement Park hosts a number of thrilling rides and attractions for children. With recent security and safety measures in place, the rides are bound to be exciting and fun – the five rides namely Boomerang Roller Coaster, Flipping Arm, Torching Tower, Dis-o-Pendulum and merry-go-round are crowd-pullers.

Joyride
In addition to the amusement park, there are many attractions at the lake including Segways and skating areas for easy mobility. A mini-golf zone and paintball area are frequented by children and adults alike, while the water sports and vertical swing attractions are popular among adventure lovers.

Dutch and Armenian Tombs
To the left of Kankaria Lake is an ancient cemetery with a few Dutch and Armenian tombs. Dating back to the early seventeenth century, these tombs are embellished with stylized domes and pillars, indicating a noble heritage. The inscriptions are in Dutch and Latin. The most notable tomb here is that of a nobleman who set up the Dutch East India Company’s factory at Ahmedabad in 1615. Located at One Tree Hill Garden, these tombs can be reached after a quick hike; the site offers panoramic views of the lake.

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

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.

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The light and laser show at Nagina Wadi (Source)

Kankaria Carnival

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.

How to Reach Kankaria Lake

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.

Best Time to Visit

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 to enjoy the musical fountain and laser light shows.

Architecture of Kankaria lake

The unique shape of the lake is that of a 34-sided polygon, extending over a whopping 76 acres. This shape is reminiscent of the Mughal architecture of the time. With flights of stairs cutting into the stone at regular intervals and water sluices interjecting the stairs, the well-planned lake is a brilliant example of Indian styles.

A garden, appropriately named Nagina Wadi – or Jewel do the Lake – sits on an island in the middle of the lake. The lake has been subjected to numerous renovations by kings, the British, and the post-independence government alike, but has managed to retain its core elements.

Need to Know

  • Several food stalls are located along the lakefront
  • Kankaria Lake and the surrounding areas is not very well managed and may smell foul at times
  • A good place to visit if travelling with kids

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Wassiem Mehmood 2 years ago
Price is 13 for adults. But no change is given back if you give 20

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