Karanji is a picturesque lake located at the footsteps of Chamundi Hills
, in Karnataka
. Spread over an area of 90 acres, it is regarded as one of the biggest lakes in Karnataka.
Karanji Lake, a protected area under the Mysore Zoo authorities, has a butterfly park housing a large variety of plant species to attract butterflies. The lake attracts painted storks, pelicans and darters and a host of other winged beauties.
The lake offers a beautiful view of the Lalitha Mahal Palace, now converted in to a hotel.
The 2000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple, located right on top of the hill is worth visiting.