Pakhal Lake | Wildlife Sanctuary, Things to do & Timings

About 50 km from Warangal city is the beautiful Pakhal Lake, with an area of ​30 sq km. Amidst the hills and lush green forests, the manufactured lake is the most scenic spot. Pakhal Lake timings are from 06:00 AM to 06:30 PM.

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About Pakhal Lake

The lake also borders a wildlife sanctuary on its banks. The chirping of birds, combined with the rejuvenating breeze and tranquillity, causes it a favourite spot for picnickers and nature enthusiasts.

A manufactured lake built by King Ganapatideva during the Kakatiya Empire in 1213 AD, it was made useful for agricultural land activities. Even today, an ancient creation has been seen performing its function of providing water for irrigation. About 3 lakh acres of land depend on its waters.

Adjacent to the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary, established in 1952 by the makers of the lake, Pakhal Lake offers a natural haven for wild animals amid low hills and a plateau with a safe climate. You can also spot a wide range of flora and fauna near the lake.

Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary 

The lake had located next to the Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary. The monastery covers an area of ​​839 sq km and is home to rare flora and fauna. 

Some wild animals found here in Pakhal Wildlife Sanctuary are leopards, wild boar, panthers, hyenas, sloth bears, chital, mountain gazelle, blackbuck, four-horned deer or chousinga and many others.

Reptiles like pythons, cobras, crocodiles, monitor lizards etc., are also found in the sanctuary. A variety of migratory birds can also be seen from November to March. The wildlife sanctuary is home to various herbs, shrubs and climbers.

It consists mainly of deciduous trees like Emblica Officinalis, Bombax ceiba, Cordifolia, Cleistanthus collinus, Bridelia retusa, Dalbergia latifolia, Flacourtia indica, Cochlosperm religiosum, Garuga pinnata. A few evergreen species, such as Mallotus philipensis and Aegal marmelos, are also found.

Best time to visit

The best time to see Pakhal Lake is from November to June. However, this lake is pleasant throughout the year. So please include it in your Warangal tour itinerary.

Accommodation at Pakhal Lake

There are many tour packages available to explore the forest. Harita Hotel in Warangal City manages the flow of tourists to the heritage city of Warangal and other nearby tourist attractions.

Things to do at Pakhal Lake

Filled with the love of nature, Pakhal allows you to have an amazing time. Here are a few things you must do while visiting the beautiful retreat –


Being old school never gets old! Pack some yummy food, take a camera, wear comfortable clothes and head straight to Pakhal Lake to spend some time away from the rush and bustle of the city.

Relaxing and spending happy time with family and friends has become necessary. So, next time you plan such excursions, you will know where to go. 


Get hold of it! The place has amazing beauty and is the perfect place to click for new Instagram and Snapchat stories.


Add some more fun by taking a motorboat ride. The ride lasts 15 to 90 minutes and costs INR 300 for four people. You will likely spot some crocodiles in the middle of the lake.

Tips for visiting Pakhal Lake: 

  • November to June is the best time to visit Pakhal Lake. 
  • There are no facilities available at Pakhal lake, so tourists often stay in Warangal. 
  • Special toddy (palm wine) is available in this region.

Pakhal Lake Timings:

Monday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday6:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Nearby places to visit

How to Reach Pakhal?

By Air: 

The nearest airport is Hyderabad, 160 km from Warangal. 

By Train:

The nearest railway station is 50 km away at Warangal. 

By Road: 

Pakhal is 50 km east of Warangal and connected by road through the east, while Narsampet taluk headquarters is 12 km away.

Distance from neighbouring and main cities

  • Warangal – 55 km
  • Hyderabad – 200 km
  • Secunderabad- 214 km
  • Delhi- 1435 km
  • Pune – 733 km
  • Chennai – 618 miles
  • Vijayawada – 220 km
  • Vishakhapatnam – 460 km
  • Mumbai – 887 km
  • Bangalore – 738 km


Which river flows through Pakhal lake Wildlife Sanctuary?

Dating back to 1213 AD, this manufactured lake housed within a sanctuary is all about beauty and a peaceful retreat. It had built on a tributary of the Krishna River for irrigation purposes.

At which place can you see Pakhal Lake built in the 13th century?

Pakhal Lake had located in Warangal, one of the oldest districts of Andhra Pradesh, the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty. This lake is artificial but created by King Ganapati Deva and has the beauty of bringing heaven to this planet.

Who built Pakhal Lake?

In 1213, the Kakatiya king Ganapati Dev built this lake. Surrounded by beautiful forested hills, Pakhal Lake had spread over ​​30 sq. ft. km. The embankment of a small tributary of the Krishna River is a must-see.

Where is Pakhal Lake in Warangal?

Pakhal is 50 km east of Warangal and connected by road through the east, while Narsampeta taluk headquarters is 12 km away.