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The second largest lake of Ahmedabad, Kankaria Lake, was initially known as the Hauz-e-Qutub. Built-in the 15th-century this lake was completed in the year 1451 which was during the reign of Sultan Qutb-ud-Din Ahmad Shah II.  

And due to a very good amount of footfall on an annual basis, this lake is one of the best tourist attractions to visit in Ahemdabad. One can find many public attractions nearby such as Kamla Nehru Zoo, Kids City, Water Rides, Food Stalls and many other things. Apart from this, one of the highlighting factors of this destination is the Kankaria Carnival which is a week-long festival held in the last week of December. This carnival which is more like a festival organizes many activities related to cultural, art and social activities. 

History of Kankaria Lake

If the records of the 14th-century chronicler Merutunga are to be believed then, a Chalukya ruler named Karna had built a temple here dedicated to Goddess Kochharba at Ashapalli after defeating their chief. 

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After this event, Karna went on to establish a city by the name of Karnavati nearby where he simultaneously ordered the construction of Karneshvara and Jayantidevi temples. And next to the Karneshwara temple, he built the Karnasagra tank. Many experts claim that it is this city of Karnavati which is known as the city of Ahemdabad in modern times and the Karnasagar tank came to be known as the Kankaria lake. However, this identification is not proved and neither it is certain in any way.

Another theory regarding the same suggests that the construction of this lake was started by Sultan Muizz-ud-Din Muhammad Shah II in the 15th century. The inscriptions present at the lakeside also mention that it was completed during the reign of Sultan Qutb-ud-Din Ahmad Shah II. And it was after him that this place was also named as the Hauz-e-Qutb. 

Why You Should Visit Kankaria Lake 

Kankaria Lake is a tourist spot in Ahmedabad, Gujarat that cannot be missed on your trip to the city. One can find a great number of tourist spots here like Kankaria lake zoo, amusement parks, toy trains, kids city along with Ahemdabad’s eye.  Apart from all this, the culture and the food of this city are really amazing to experience and thus are very strong reasons to visit Kankaria lake. 

Top attractions in Kankaria Lake

Nagina Wadi - The Nagina Wadi is located at the very centre of the Kankaria Lake. This place can be accessed by walking on the straight, tree-lined walkaway. The beauty of this place is well enhanced during the night time mainly because of the overall brilliant laser lights which wrap this whole place with their vibe. From here, you can also get access to ski boats and jet skis. 

Kamla Nehru Zoo - Established in 1951, this zoo spreads over an area of around 117 acres witnessing more than 20 lakh visitors on an annual basis. Here, you get to find a very diverse range of animals like deers, lions, snakes, bears and various variety of beautiful birds.

Things to do in Kankaria Lake

Go for Rides - Kankaria lake offers you with different rides to explore like Aqua Kart, Vertical Swing, Water Sports, Black Flashride. Overall, it’s quite an amazing experience to ride these carts.

Mini Toy Train Ride - The toy train is located near Gate No. 3. Taking a ride in this train offers you an amazing experience of the lake. The charges are Rs. 25 for adults and Rs. 10 for kids.

Best time to visit Kankaria Lake

Summer months can be overwhelming or rainy season can be a fuss. So, the best option would be to go for winter months from the months of October-February. Though, the official timing of the Kankaria Lake may vary from day to day of the week. Visiting in the morning at 7 am-10 am and evening at 5 pm-7 pm are the preferred timing slots.

How to reach Kankaria Lake

By Air. Ahmedabad has its own airport namely Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport which is located at Hansol, Ahmedabad. It is well connected with other Indian cities and after deboarding, you would need to cover a distance of around 15 km to reach Kankaria lake.  

By Road. Ahmedabad has very good connectivity with other cities via road networks. You can easily travel to this place from major cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh. From these cities, you will need to cover a distance of 956 km, 655 km, 527 km, 1,192 km. 

By Train. For travelling to Kankaria lake you will need to take a train to Ahmedabad. The railway station in Ahmedabad is very well connected with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai. After getting off the railway station you will need just about  20 minutes to reach this place via driving. For this, you can easily get a cab.  

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