Experience the Magic of Gandipet Lake: A Nature Lover’s Paradise!

Witness the Majestic Beauty of Gandipet Lake

The migratory birds seen at Gandipet Lake | Image credit

Gandipet Lake, situated on the outskirts of Hyderabad, is a beautiful and tranquil getaway for everyone looking to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lake is located in Rangareddy district, about 20 km from the city centre.

The lake, also known as Osman Sagar Lake, is a man-made reservoir created in 1920 by the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. It was created to protect the city of Hyderabad from flooding. Osman Sagar was formed by damming the Musi River, in order to provide an extra source of drinking water for Hyderabad and to safeguard the city from flooding right after the Great Musi Flood of 1908.

The Nizam, Mir Osman Ali sought counsel from the renowned engineer Sri Sir M.Visheswaraya regarding the twofold issues of severe flooding during monsoon and severe water shortage in summer. In response, he devised a plan for the construction of a dam, a complex engineering feat in those days. This ingenious solution resolved both the issues faced by Hyderabad.

It is now the primary source of drinking water for the city of Hyderabad and its surrounding areas. It is surrounded by lush green hills and is an ideal place to relax and unwind.

Gandipet Lake is the perfect place for a picnic or a day out with family and friends. You can enjoy the scenic beauty of the lake while boating or fishing. There are also several restaurants and eateries in the vicinity, where one can relax and enjoy a meal.

The lake is home to several aquatic species, including a few migratory birds. Nature lovers can spend hours watching the birds, turtles, and other wildlife that inhabit the lake. It is also a great spot for bird watchers, who can observe the many species of birds that visit the lake.

The shimmering Gandipet Lake | Image credit

Gandipet Lake is also a great spot to enjoy some outdoor activities. There are facilities for swimming, and paddle boating, which are all great ways to take in the beauty of the lake. There are also a number of trails around the lake for those looking for some adventure.

If you looking for a place to stay then the Sagar Mahal guest house, provided by Telangana Tourism, offers overnight accommodation with a tranquil lake and peaceful atmosphere, away from the drudgery of routine life. Sagar Mahal was once the summer resort of Nizams and now offers public accommodation, with 10 double rooms for guests to enjoy. Here, guests can experience a royal ambience, with stunning views of the lake with excellent food on the menu to tantalize your taste buds.

The Golkonda Resorts | Image Credit

If you are seeking more luxurious accommodations then the nearby Golkonda Resorts & Spa is an excellent option. The resort offers a wide range of activities and facilities for its guests and has a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets and preferences. It also has a number of restaurants to suit different palates.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush and fun activities for the kids, there are several amusement parks in the vicinity of Gandipet lake in Hyderabad. Notable attractions like Ocean Park Hyderabad and Sky Zone ( now known as Fly Zone) are situated in close proximity to the lake. For people with a religious inclination the famous Chilkur Balaji Temple also known as Visa Balaji Temple is just 10 kms away from Gandipet Lake.

The picturesque Gandipet Park

You also have the option to visit Gandipet Park. Spread over 18 acres, the park has been developed by the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) at a cost of Rs.35.60 crore. It features an open-air theatre with Osman Sagar as a backdrop, offering cultural events to art and culture enthusiasts. With its unique set of features, the park is truly one-of-a-kind.

Gandipet Lake and the newly renovated Gandipet Park are definitely worth a visit for anyone looking for a peaceful and scenic spot to spend some time with family and friends. With its beautiful surroundings, it is a great place to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Entry Fees:



Gandipet Lake,
Telangana – 500075


All days: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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