Date:- 04th June 2016
Time:- 05:58 PM
Camera Model:- Moto G4 Plus
Rankala Lake is a picturesque lake in the Kolhapur District of the state of Maharashtra in western India.
It is believed to be linked directly to a well in Panhala Fort which Shivaji Maharaj is believed to have crossed. Nowadays it is a famous spot for residents of Kolhapur to spend the weekends. It lies in Kolhapur. In recent past, Kolhapur Municipal corporation has built “Padpath Udyan” for a lakeside walk. This lake was constructed by Chhatrapatis of Kolhapur. It is located on the western side of MahaLakshmi temple. This wide and spacious lake is so called because at its centre lies the temple of Rankabhairav.
It is surrounded by chowpati, other gardens and pathway. The area surrounding the lake has been converted into a garden where people sell Bhel-Puri, Ragda Patis and various mouth-watering snacks like roasted corns etc. Rankala is also famous for horse riding and boating. . The Shalini Palace stands on the west bank of the lake. It is built of intricately carved black stone and Italian marble. Recently, the palace is now converted into a hotel.
Today lake is facing problem of sewage pollution due to discharge of nallahs from residential areas nearby. Occurrence of algal species since last three years has led concern in minds of Rankala lovers in the city. Lake is turning green since 2011 in every August as this year also. KMC (Kolhapur Municipal Corporation) is striving hard to cope up with eutrophication. Problem of pollution is aggravated by visitors as they throw wastes in to the lake.