Kankariya Lake is the second largest lake in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India. Kankariya Lake is formally known as Hauj-e-Qutb, it is located in the south-eastern part of the city, in the Maninagar area. A Lack-front is developed around it, which has many public attractions such as a toy train, Zoo, Kids City, Tethered balloon ride, Water Park, water rides, food stalls, and entertainment facilities.
The lakefront renovated in 2008. In December last week kankariya carnival is a week-long festival held here. In kankariya carnival, many cultural, art and social activities are organized during the carnival.
Attractions At Kankariya Lake
Kankariya Zoo: Kankariya Zoo, officially Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, was established by Ruben David in 1951. At here they are 450 Animals, 2000 birds, 140 reptiles in the 31-acre zoo. Kankariya Zoo was rated the best zoo in Asia in 1974. It houses wild animals like tigers, python, lions, anaconda, snakes, albino (white), elephants, chinkara, and white blackbuck.
Balvatika: Balvatika has a boathouse, playroom, butterfly and weapon displays, mirror house and planetarium. Balvatika is a children’s park named after Jawaharlal Nehru.
Amusement Park: In Amusement Park Netherlands based company installed five rides in 2014. It includes the Boomerang Roller Coaster, the Torching Tower, Disk ‘O’ Pendulum, the Flipping Arm and merry-go-round. It also has a kid’s zone for computer games.
Kids City: Kids city is spread in 4240 sq. Meter area had 18 activity centers, that including banks, science lab, radio station, police station, ,and prison, dental as well as medical hospital, theater, BRTS, heritage gallery, town governance, IT center, Newsroom, ice-cream factory, etc. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had applied for copyrights and patents on the individual games in the premises.
Toy Trains: At here there are two trains which are handled by Indian railway. A fist was imported from London in 25th December 2008 on the birthday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee that the first train name was announced as Atal Express. The train circles the lake around 4.5 km track at a speed of 10 km/h with the capacity of 150 passengers with 36 adults.
Balloon Safari: Ahmadabad Eye is a tethered balloon ride set up near Kankariya Lake. It was spread over 3000 sq. Yard, is divided into four sections that including a restaurant, tethered balloon, heritage exhibit, an exhibition displaying the making of Ahmadabad Eye. It is managed by Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation.
Nagina Wadi: It is an Island in center of Kankariya Lake. It was a small summer palace initially built for Mughal royals. Nagina wadi is accessed by straight, tree-lined walkway traversing half of the lake. Also in 2009 AMC and Amrapali Group made a musical fountain with multicolored laser lights which are shows on the night.
Stone Mural Park: It was India’s biggest Stone mural park named “Gurjar Gaurav Gatha” on the side wall of the circular lake. It was in which sculptors are depicting, in pink sandstone, the history, and rise of Gujarat. Mainly in murals flowing subjects are covered: folklore and history of Ahmadabad, great rulers of Gujarat, commerce and good practices(ethical business-trade traditions), freedom fight, education, cultural heritage, ports, art and literature, expression of culture, global Gujarat’s, today’s Gujarat selected stories of common Gujarati’s in past centuries. It will also include stories about Mahatma Gandhi, ancient sage Dadhichi, Sardar Patel, Jhaverchand Meghani and Indulal Yagnik.
Dutch and Armenian tombs: The Dutch Armenian tombs are on the one tree hill embankment which shows the strong trade presence of the Dutch East India Company in the city in the 17th century. The dates of tombs are not readable which range from 1641 to 1699.
Joyrides: At kankariya, they have introduced Seaways for people for easy movement around lake. Aqua kart, a mini golf course and other water sports, Paint Ball shooting, Vertical Swing, Black Flash and Sky Fly, rides, and other joyrides.
Important things at Kankariya Lake
Closed On – Monday
Opening time – 09:00AM to 10:00PM
Entry Fees – Rs 10 per person for Adults
– Rs 5 per child for children
– Free entry for senior citizens, children below five years
– Rs 1 per person for an educational trip
– Rs 100 per person monthly pass
Visit duration – Around One Hour.
Photography – Photography allowed
Nearest railway station – Maninagar railway station (1.3 KM)
Nearest AMTS STOP – Kankariya lake AMTS stop (0.0 KM)
Nearest BRTS – BRTS Corridor kankariya (1.1 KM)
Nearest GSRTC bus stop – Geeta mandir Bus Terminal (3.0 KM)
Nearest Airport – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (11.5 KM)