Ahmedabad which used to be the erstwhile capital of the state of Gujarat continues to be the prime commercial city of the state. Modernity blends in harmoniously with the past in each and every section which becomes evident as one takes a tour of the city. And amongst the metropolis’s top sightseeing attractions that attract tourists and holidaymakers from all parts of the world is the Kankaria Lake. The lake, whose origins can be traced back to the 15th century, is about a mile circumferentially and has a span of nearly 4 sq km and serves as the lungs of the city’s southeastern section.
The Kankaria Lake together with its lakefront and the surrounding areas once enjoyed a pride of place in the hearts of the urban residents owing to its graceful environs. The chief attractions that draw in the crowds are the Kankaria Zoo, kids’ amusement park, Balvatika, Kids City, toy trains, ballooning complex, Nagina Wadi, joyrides, and stony Mural Park, and others.
There are different versions attributed to the origin of the lake. Some archaeologists and historians allege that the lake was originally created at some stage during the rule of the Solanki rulers. Others attribute its creation to Kankana Devi after whom the water-body has been named. However, the version that is accepted by most is that the lake was dug out on the orders of Sultan Qutubuddin Shah sometime in the 15th century.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation took it upon itself to completely refurbish the entire area flanking the lake and also decided to beautify the lakefront. The corporation set in motion a developmental project that would see major players from both the public and private sectors come together to deliver the goods. The project which was ready for inauguration in 2008 on 25th December cost a whopping Rs. 360 million.
Where is it located?
The huge lake is situated near the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden in the Kankaria locality. This beautiful lake is about 4 kilometers from the Ahmedabad Railway Station.
Ideal Visiting Time
Visiting Ahmedabad is recommended during the winters when the weather remains cool and pleasurable. The lakefront remains open from 9.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday