Rankala Lake

Rankala, It’s not only a lake but a place to chill, relax, and enjoy a peaceful moment with stunning view.


Rankala was dug as a stone quarry in 8th century. Later the underground water flooded the query in 9th century after the earthquake, thus the quarry became a lake. The name Rankala adopted from the Rankabhairav temple which is believed to be submerged at the center of the lake.

This historical lake has a temple nearby with a big Nandi. Nandi is a vahan of shiva. (As per Hindu mythology Lord Shiva uses Nandi for traveling). the local believes that the Nandi moves about a distance of a single wheat grain towards the lake and back about a distance of single rice grain daily. It is also said that when this nandi reaches the lake the whole world will be destroyed.

Current Attraction at Lake:

Sandhya Math:

The circumference of the lake is 4.5 miles. Sandhya Math was built on the east banks of this lake.


Shalini Palce:

Shalini Palace was built on the north side bank of the Rankala lake. The palace was built in 1931-34 at a cost of Rs. 800,000 and was named after Princess Shalini Raje of Kolhapur.

Shalini palace rankala

Padmaraje Garden:

Padmaraje garden is on the north-east side makes the scene of this lake enchanting.

The south-east bank of the lake has been developed into a pathway, park and sit-outs. There are local fast food stalls, horse-riding for children and boating on the lake as part of the tourist attraction.

The Distance between Rankala Lake to Mahalaxmi Temple is less than a Kilometer from the Mahadwar (West Entry). You can enjoy street shopping on your way to rankala.

The depth of Rankala lake is max 15m. This Lake has a circumference of 4.5 miles.

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