Tulsi Lake is known for its pristine beauty and serene environment. Read further and find out about the history of this lake and its contributions to the city of Mumbai.

Tulsi Lake

Location: Northern Mumbai (38 km from CST)
Highlights: Serene Environment, second largest lake of Mumbai
Nearby Tourist Attractions: Vihar Lake, Powai Lake, Sanjay Gandhi National Park
How To Reach: One can reach Tulsi Lake by hiring a taxi, car or in a bus and the distance of 25-27 km towards the North Suburb.
Timings: Restricted entry (have to seek prior permission)

Tulsi Lake, Mumbai
Tulsi Lake is the second largest lake in the city of Mumbai, after Vihar Lake. This fresh water lake is located in northern Mumbai on the Salsette Island, along with the Vihar Lake, within the premises of Borivali National Park (also known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park). Tulsi Lake is refilled by collecting rainwater into a catchment area of about 676 hectares of Powai-Kanheri hill ranges. This lake was built by constructing a dam across River Tasso and redirecting the water. During monsoons, the water from Tulsi Lake flows out into the Powai Lake leading down into the Mithi River. The height of the hill in the catchment measures a maximum of 400m. The idea of formation of Tulsi Lake came as a back-up option for the Vihar Lake, to supplement the water requirements of the city of Mumbai. It is also noted for its flora and fauna. For more interesting information on Tulsi Lake, scroll further and find out.

Facts About Tulsi Lake
The natural splendor of the lake enthralls the tourists and is a nice place for people to relax away from the daily chores of city life. Situated in the premises of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the lake is noted for its picturesque, lush green backdrop and diverse flora and fauna. The lake has sustainable number of freshwater crocodiles called the 'Mugger' or 'Marsh Crocodiles'.

Being the second largest lake meant for regulating water supply to Mumbai, Tulsi Lake provides clean drinking water for the 'Bollywood city of India'. This Lake provides fresh water for the southern parts of the city.

The lake was formed as a result of controlling Tasso River and for the purpose coordinating with the Vihar Lake. The idea of building the Tulsi Lake began in 1872 A.D and the construction was completed in 1897 A.D. It has a total surface area of 1.35 km� (135 hectares) with an average depth of 12m. The mean depth of the lake is 12m and the catchment area approximately ranges to 6.76 km�. It comprises of a gross storage of 2,294 million imperial gallons of water at full supply level from which approximately 4 million imperial gallons per day are supplied to Mumbai city. Majority of water requirements of the southern part of Mumbai are met using the fresh water supply of this lake.

Restricted Entry
Entry for the common public is restricted and hence, you need to take prior permission from Sanjay Gandhi National Park authorities before heading to the lake. This is because of the presence of numerous crocodiles and other reptiles and many migratory birds in the lake. However, it is one of the most sought after destinations by the tourists and gaining such permission may not be all that difficult.