Located 8 km to the west of Jodhpur, the Kaylana Lake is a massive manmade lake, covering a surface of 84 square km. Constructed in 1872 by Pratap Singh, it serves as the primary resource for drinking water for the citizens of Jodhpur and other neighbouring settlements. A peaceful location, this lake is a must visit for most travellers who are road tripping between Jaisalmer and Jodhpur. It also serves as an excellent viewpoint for sunsets in Jodhpur.
The pristine lake is surrounded by Babul trees, hills, and rock formations, granting travellers many picturesque sights across its boundaries. A favourite among bird watchers, one can find a variety of bird species beating the heat of Rajasthan while enjoying the cool breeze of the lake. The Siberian Crane can also be spotted here during Winter. Visitors may avail boating services to truly explore the area or can have picnics by the lake if they are looking to relax in a serene and calm environment. Kaylana Lake is a great place to connect to various other tourist sites near Jodhpur, such as the Machia Biological Park, the Machiya Fort, and various Shiva temples. These sites are all within a 5 km radius of the outskirts of the lake.
Geography of Kaylana Lake
The area around Kaylana Lake is surrounded by Babool (Acacia) trees and a number of migratory birds like the Siberian Cranes etc. visit here every season. Owing to its rich wildlife, the place was also a hunting ground for the Rajas once. Surrounded by igneous rock formations, Kaylana Lake receives water from the nearby Hathi Neher and Indira Gandhi Canal. And the water from here is further drained into the Takhat Sagar and Umaid Bhawan Sagar.
Things to do at Kaylana Lake
Trek to the Shiv Mandir situated in the vicinity.
Enjoy a boat ride and witness a mesmerizing sunset.
Enjoy bird watching as you can spot most unique and exotic bird species here.
Relax in the peaceful environment and admire the scenic natural beauty.
Carry some food in a basket and enjoy a picnic amidst bounteous nature and scenery.
Best Time to Visit Kaylana Lake
Since Kaylana Lake is situated in Jodhpur, the temperature is hot throughout the year. The best time to visit the lake is however during the winter months between October and March. The climate is relatively pleasant and you can have the best time.
How to Reach Kaylana Lake
The lake is about 8 kms from the city centre Jodhpur. State run buses and shares autos and rickshaws are easily available from the bus stop. Alternatively, you can hire a cab or a private taxi. In case you are driving, you can take the route that goes to Chapasani Road.