Sursagar Lake - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Lake / Backwaters

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Distance (From Vadodara Junction): 3 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Place Location: In The Center Of Vadodara City

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 3 km from Vadodara Railway Station, Sursagar Lake is a beautiful lake situated in the middle of Vadodara city in Gujarat. It is one of the oldest lakes in Vadodara and among the major tourist places in Vadodara.

Formerly known as Chandan Talao, Sursagar Lake got its present name after Sureshwar Desai, who was renovated and built earthen ghats with embankments in the 18th century. Later, Malharrao Gaekwad made 'pucca' embankments. There are many underwater gates in the lake which empty the lake if it overflows. The water from the lake empties into the Vishvamitri River. A concrete wall surrounds the lake that is often used by people to sit and enjoy the evenings.

The lake remains full of water throughout the year and in 2002, Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan constructed a 120 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva in the middle of the lake. On every Saturday and Sunday evenings, special lightings are done around the lake. Also, the Statue of Lord Shiva is decorated with Lights on Mahashivratri Festival. The lake is occupied with a variety of fishes and turtles but fishing is strictly prohibited, whereas the lake is used for the immersion of idols after religious festivals.