A hot spot of rich biodiversity and forever crowded by vibrant colored butterflies and exotic species of birdies, Lingambudhi Lake is a resplendent freshwater lake in Mysore. Considered to be a popular tourist spot in the city, the lake is exactly situated in Srirampura, around 8 km away from the city centre. Bustling with lush greenery and gorgeous surroundings, the spot is a popular picnic spot and offers the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind from the hustle bustle of the city.
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History of Lingambudhi Lake
The very famous and gorgeous Lingambudhi Lake was built in 1828 by the then Maharaja of Mysore- Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar. It was originally constructed to provide water for irrigation and drinking purposes, in the neighbouring and adjoining areas. And up until the 1980s, the lake wasn’t developed for any tourist purposes.
However, in 2001, the authorities decided that there was a need to conserve the lake and then it was developed as a protected site. Now the maintenance, responsibility and ownership of the lake lies with the Forest Department.
Flora and Fauna at Lingambudhi Lake
Lingambudhi Lake is blessed with a tranquil atmosphere, boasting of clear pristine waters surrounded by lush greenery. Besides, the presence of several bird species at the lake makes is a popular destination amongst avid bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.
These birds migrate here every season from Central Asia and Eastern Europe to breed and nest. Among the various bird species found here, the popular ones include Shoveller , Pintail, Garganey, Spotted Sandpiper, Black bellied Tern, Gull billed Tern, Brown headed Gull, Black headed Gull, European Roller, Curlew sandpiper, Pallas Grass hopper Warbler, Terek Sandpiper, Tickell’s Green Leaf Warbler, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Verditer Flycatcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Pelicans and Darters etc.
Besides the birds, there can also be several butterflies found at the spot from all the five families of butterflies. Over 107 species of butterflies have been found at the spot. Just like the birds, the butterflies also visit for nesting and breeding. Some popular species found here are Cadaba spp, Critalaria spp, Cassis spp, etc.
How to Reach
There are several public transport modes available from Mysore city that can take you to Lingambudhi Lake. You can take the Bus no. 94 from the City Bus Stand that is bound for BEMLAlternatively, you can also hire a private taxi or take a cab.