Location and History of the Pakhal Lake
Pakhal lake is present in the dense forests in Pakhal wildlife sanctuary near Pakhalashoknagar Village, Khanapur Mandal, Warangal District, Telangana State, India. The history of the lake roots back to 11th Century. The Pakhal Lake can be considered as a testimony to the engineering expertise during the Kakatiyas rule. Many artificial lakes were constructed during the Kakatiya period by many Kings.
The average depth of the Pakhal lake is about 30 to 40 ft. The lake is a reservoir created by a dam across the Pakhal river, a tributary of the Musi River. The artificial lake was built to serve as a source of water for irrigational purposes.
Significance of the Pakhal Lake
The word ‘Pakhal’ is a Sanskrit derivative and it means a large container of water. According to one of the inscriptions found, it was constructed during Ganapatideva by Jagadalu Mummadi in 1213 AD. Jagadalu Mummadi was the son of the minister Bayyana Nayaka and Bachana Nayaka at Maudgalya tirtha close to the temple of Siva-Ramanatha. Bayyana Nayaka’s wife was Bachamamba and their sons were Peddana – Ganapati, Nalia – Ganapati, and Jagadala – Mummadi.
In the premises of the water tank, Jagadalu Mummadi constructed a splendid city called Ganapura and granted a mansion and five martula of land to Kavichakravarti.
Shitab Khan had the Pakhala tank repaired which still serves many farmlands in the area and is now a picturesque tourist spot as it has beautiful views. It is the largest artificial piece of water in the Telangana State. The length and breadth of the water body is around 8000 and 6000 yards. And, the dam is more than 2000 yards long, and the water discharging from it covers an area of approximately 13 square miles.
Scenic beauties at the Pakhal Lake
Pakhal lake is situated about 32 km East of Warangal and 7 km North – East of Narsampet, the Taluq Head Quarters, and 19 km from Nechonda Railway Station.
Apart from watching the picturesque of the lake, wildlife watching and recreation is a popular retreat for tourists. With all these features, the lake is attracting a large number of tourists from the recent years. Taking a stroll in the moonlight on the shores of this lake is simply a heavenly experience.
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How to reach Pakhal Lake
The way to reach the Pakhal lake is generally considered a moderately challenging route as it takes an average of 1 h 20 min to reach the venue from the village in which it is situated. But, once you get there, the spot is great for bird watching, hiking, and walking, and more likely you’ll encounter many other people while exploring.
Pakhal lake is around 10 km from Narsampet town and 57 km from Warangal city, Pakhal lake is one of the few unpolluted lakes we have in India. The best time to visit the Pakhal lake is during the first three or four months i.e the winter and spring season of the year.