Scenic views and lush greenery beckon

Spend a peaceful time at this historic lake nestled in the dense forests of Warangal

By Author   |   Saurabh Chatterjee   |   Published: 15th Oct 2017   12:03 am Updated: 14th Oct 2017   2:25 pm
Laknavaram Lake
Suspension bridge over the Laknavaram lake connecting three islands. Photos: Saurabh Chatterjee

Surrounded by the dense forests of Warangal, Laknavaram Lake is a beautiful spot which lies within the Laknavaram village in Govindaraopet Mandal. If you plan a two-day trip here, make sure to catch a glimpse of the rising sun as its rays filter through the forest and fall on the lake creating a shimmery effect.

This was one of our most adventurous trips by bike. We had two days and were looking for places that we could cover in that time. After ruling out Warangal and Palampet, we settled on Laknavaram after seeing the pictures of the bridge which looked very tempting.

Laknavaram LakeAn early morning start landed us at Warangal in a couple of hours. From Palampet, Laknavaram was another 30 kms away. We reached there after driving through the bumpy roads in the jungles and Ghat roads at night. Luckily since it was a weekday, we were got a room at the Haritha Hotel run by Telangana Tourism.

Spread over an area of 10,000 acres, Laknavaram Lake has some 13 mini islands which are scattered around at large distances amidst the lush wilderness. Built by the Kakatiya rulers, it is considered to be one of their best engineering achievements.

It is a calm and quiet place. After dinner, we stood outside our room gazing at the stars and enjoying the beauty of the place. There is a suspension bridge over the lake connecting three islands; from here there is a fantastic view of the entire expanse.

Since it was summer, the lake had almost dried up and we could see the reflection of the moon in the water. I wish our cameras could capture little of what our eyes could see, but it is difficult to pull off. The next morning we went walking around the lake.

There were lots of birds one can spot. The grey hornbill and the woodpecker are two of which we got some shots. If you come here during winter, you will be able to see many migratory birds. There are many amenities provided at the lake resort. A short walk on the bridge leads you to the resort. There are slides and kids play area in the lawns, so kids will be occupied. Apart from that, one can go for boating, rafting and kayaking. There is a ferry that takes you around the lake for a nominal cost of Rs 50.

However amid the beauty, an unfortunate thing I observed is the litter that people have left after visiting. There were beer bottles, chips packets and plastic wrappers. I really wish, we take cleanliness of our places a personal responsibility and not blame the government for everything. But that can’t happen in a jiffy.

Soon, it was time for us to leave. A few stops for tea and lunch later, we finally reached Hyderabad.

Laknavaram Lake
En route to Laknavaram, (Above) a lady pouring toddy. Photos: Saurabh Chatterjee

How to reach:


Laknavaram is 248 kms from Hyderabad and 120 kms from Karimnagar. It is best to you’re your own vehicle as there are hardly any public transport to this place. The roads are great and you will enjoy the ride through the green forests.


Nearby places:


Ramappa temple, Palampet and Ganapur group of temples


Tips:


The best time to visit Laknavaram is during the Monsoons since the water body is full to the brim and boating is in full swing. The Haritha Hotel Laknavaram has a good restaurant. Apart from that, there aren’t a lot of hotels or restaurants on the way. So do carry your own reserve of food, snacks and water.