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Lingambudhi Lake

Lingambudhi Lake

Lingambudhi Lake, nestled at a distance of about 7 km from one of the major city of the Indian state of Karnataka, Mysore is located at Ramakrishna Nagar. The lake is stretched across an area of about 260 acres and the lake also stands as the biggest and the oldest lake in Mysore.

The lake was constructed by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, ruler of the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore as part of building the Mahalingeshwara temple and as an act of thanksgiving to the local female deity Shri Chamundeshwari. The lake was built in the year 1828 and is well-known for housing a wide variety of species of birds and bio-diversity. The lake is named after the beloved wife of the ruler of the Mysore Dynasty, Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, Lingajammanni.

There are about 250 species of birds that visit the lake during various seasons and it also includes a few varieties of endangered species such as spot-billed pelican, Indian darter, pin tailed duck and shoveler. The lake enjoys a serene and silent atmosphere, which gets rippled with the humming tunes of the migratory birds. The lake is under the supervision of the forest department.

Geographically, the lake is located in the southwestern side of the city of Mysore at a 7 km drive away and is an elevation of about 730 m above the sea level. The lake of Lingambudi has a catchment area of 45 sq km. This lake also has a unique quality and that it has a Herbal Park which contributes with its medicinal properties in the use to the research students and scholars. Here in the park, there are roofs or can say shelters which are known as the ‘Pergolla, and these pergolas are built for the purpose of relaxation for the visitors.

The lake is among the three healthy and surviving water bodies-Kukkarahalli, Karanji & Lingambudhi, and also stands as a supporting moderate bio-diversity. The lake of Lingambudhi leads in terms of richness of its flora and fauna. Lingambudhi Lake is also recognized as a perennial freshwater lake that is nestled in the basin of River Cauvery.

There is abundant flora and fauna that can be seen in the lake region as it holds different varieties of vegetation such as tropical dry deciduous, secondary scrub, Pongamia pinnata, Acacia spp, Mangifera indica, Syzygium cumini, Ziziphus spp and semi arid grass land, along with the vast variety of spiecies of both domestic as well as migratory birds. Downstream of shoreline where the water flows is all covered by Typha, Scripus, Pandanus and Phoenix spp.

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