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Powai Lake,Mumbai(India)

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OVERVIEW

The lake serves as home to a wide range of amphibians and aquatic plants. Beautiful pink and purple balsam bushes form a carpet around the lake that attracts honeybees, bumblebees, beetles and colorful butterflies. Among the animals and birds spotted at the lake, the most common are crocodile, kingfisher, pond heron, spot-billed duck, spotted dove, White-browed Bulbul and falcon. Visitors can also indulge in activities like boating at the Powai Lake.
 

History

Powai Lake, built by the British in the year 1799, is an over 214-year old artificial lake in Powai (Mumbai). Located at an elevation of 58.5 m above sea level, this lake has a surface area of 2.1 sq km and varying depths that range between 3 m and 12 m. Water from this lake was once used for drinking purpose in the city of Mumbai. The centrally located lake is surrounded by many housing complexes and hotels. Premier education centers like IIT Bombay and NITIE are located close to the lake. The lake serves as home to a wide range of amphibians and aquatic plants. Beautiful pink and purple balsam bushes form a carpet around the lake that attracts honeybees, bumblebees, beetles and colorful butterflies. Among the animals and birds spotted at the lake, the most common are crocodile, kingfisher, pond heron, spot-billed duck, spotted dove, White-browed Bulbul and falcon. Visitors can also indulge in activities like boating at the Powai Lake.
 

Best time

October-March Visit Duration:1 hour
 

opening and closing time

Timings: 2:30 pm - 10:30 pm
 

Entry Fee

ENTRY FEE: No entry fee Other Fee: INR 140/220 (weekday/weekend) for 12 rides INR 500 on Tuesdays for go-karting
 

General Information

Visit the Mahakali Caves (1.6 kilometers from Powai Lake). These Buddhist sculptures have stood here since 1st century BC. The monument consists of two groups of rock-cut caves. According to archaeologists, the caves were used by monks as cells and viharas. Visit the Holy Trinity Church (1.5 kilometers from Powai Lake) if you're looking for some peace from the madding crowd. The church was built in 1971 but the area has witnessed Christian life and activity for the last 400 years. Mass is conducted daily here and the feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of May every year.
 

Near By Attraction

World of Bollywood India Tours Club Renaissance & Spa Mumbai Zoo (Veermata Jijabai Udyan) Baccha Party Indoor Play Space Marine Drive
 

Transportation

A distance between Kanjur Marg Railway Station Bus Stop and Powai Lake is 10 km or 6.2 miles or 5.4 nautical miles
A distance between Marol Naka Metro Station and Powai is 5 km or 3.1 miles or 2.7 nautical miles.

Application Availability Which Saves Some Money

Zomato, Swiggy(best service for delicious food) Uber, Ola(best service available for a cab up to 24/7 hours)
 

Interesting facts about Powai Lake

When it was built, the lake had an area of about 2.1 square kilometers (520 acres) and the depth varied from about three meters (9.8 ft) (at the periphery) to 12 meters (39 ft) at its deepest. Powai Lake has gone through many stages of water quality degradation. The lake water which used to supply drinking water for Mumbai has been declared unfit to drink. The lake still remains a tourist attraction. Before the lake was built by the British, in 1799 AD, the estate where the lake is now was leased on a yearly rent to Dr. Scott. After his death in 1816, the government took control of the estate in 1826 and leased it to Framaji Kavasji, then the vice-president of the Agricultural and Horticultural Society of Western India after whom the lake was named when it was built in 1891.
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