Located in the peaceful and serene vicinity of the Mysore University, the Kukkarahalli Lake was built by Dewan Poornaiah in 1864 AD. The lake extensive over 120 acres has more than 180 types of birds including the aquatic kind. The lake plays host to over 30 species of migratory birds that fly all the way from far flung areas such as the cold environs of Siberia, to breed here. The Inspirational Waters The ever-compelling beauty of this lake has inspired many a poet and writer. Karnataka's poet laureate, late Kuvempu (Dr. K.V.Puttappa) and renowned English writer R.K Narayan are among the many that were smitten by the beauty of the lake. The charm and the splendour of the lake find mention in their works. Administered by the Mysore University, the lake is used by the naval wing of the National Cadet Corps to provide boat-pulling training to its cadets for the annual boat-pulling competition. Karnataka State Tourism division provides boating facility in both motor and paddleboats. There is a sidewalk along the lake with shaded stone benches for people to sit, relax and enjoy the scenic loveliness of nature.
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