Venna Lake Overview

Venna Lake not only happens to be one of the most beautiful and scenic lakes in Mahabaleshwar, but it also happens to serve a lot of other purposes as well. It  is the main source of water for the nearby township. It is considered to be one of the most loved attractions of Mahabaleshwar. The place is jam-packed with lush greenery and scenic picturesque beauty. Shri Appasahed Maharaj who was once the ruler of Satara and happens to be a descendant of the famous Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, built the Lake.

Venna Lake is constructed artificially over an area of 28 acres. The periphery of the lake is about 7-8 km long. The lake was built in the initial days to provide the nearby township with a source of water and cater to their day-to-day needs. This lake is not only famous among tourists but it is also famous among pilgrims. About one-third of the lake is meant for pilgrimage.

The lake offers amazing boating facilities and horse rides to the tourists. Venna Lake has a lot to offer to nature lovers as well. The lake is surrounded by lush green Chhatrapati Pratapsinh gardens. If you want to spend your evening in a peaceful setting of the adjacent Chhatrapati Pratapsinh garden, you can come to this place and take part in a number of activities as well as relish the local food in more than a few nearby food joints.

How To Reach

- By Air: 
The nearest airport to Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar is Pune International Airport. The airport is situated at a distance of 76 Km from the lake. You can easily hire a cab to take you to the Venna Lake after landing at the airport. 

- By Bus: 
The nearest bus stand to the Venna Lake is the ST bus stand of Mahabaleshwar. The bus stand is just about 2 km from the lake. All major nearby cities have direct bus service to this place. After reaching the bus stand, you can hire a cab or an auto-rickshaw for the last mile travel.

- By Road: 
Venna Lake has well-connected roads to all the major cities of Maharashtra. Most of the Mumbaikars head out on a road trip to Mahabaleshwar and then visit the lake, which is just at a distance of 2 km from the main market. You will fall in love with the curvy hilly roads and picturesque beauty all around.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Venna Lake is in between the month of March and June. The weather remains pleasant during this period. However, it becomes difficult for tourists to come over here after June. Mahabaleshwar receives very heavy rainfall from the month of July to the month of September and tourism completely comes to a hold.

If you want to make the most of the Venna Lake come here with your family members in the month of May and relish in all the activities present at the lake. Countless tourists long to go for boating in Venna Lake and it is possible only in between May and June.

Other Essential Information

- Location:
 The Venna Lake is located at Satara, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. The lake is just about 2 km from the main market of Mahabaleshwar. 

- Price: 
There is no entry fee for tourists however; tourists need to pay for other activities in the lake. If you wish to go for boating, you need to pay INR 250 for rowboats and INR 440 for pedal boat. 

- Timing: 
The lake is open for public from 7:00 AM in the morning to 7:00 PM in the evening. Boating in the lake is allowed until sunset and the best time for boating in the lake is around 4:00 PM in the late afternoon.

Boating at Venna Lake 

Venna Lake is widely known for its amazing boating facilities. There are various kinds of boating available at the lake for tourists. You can choose to spend time boating in some of the rowboats as well as paddle boats. For boating in rowboats, you need to pay INR 250 for half an hour and a single row boat can accommodate 7 people.

If you want to spend one-hour boating in the serene environment, you need to pay INR 500. You can also choose to paddle boats over rowboats for boating. For boating in peddle boats, you need to pay INR 440 and the bow can accommodate 6 people at a single time.

Places to Eat around Venna Lake 

1. Cream Corner-
The cream corner is one of the most loved fast food destinations near the Venna Lake. Cream corner offers a wide range of menu for tourists like strawberries with cream, wraps, noodles and whatnot. The food offered in the restaurant is just  mouthwatering and delicious. 

2. Hirkani Garden Restaurant- 
The Hirkani Garden Restaurant happens to be one of the most recommended places to dine out near Venna Lake. This is just because of its amazing ambience and great quality food. The place offers amazing Maharashtrian and North Indian food. It also happens to be one of the oldest food joints in Mahabaleshwar serving unique recipes.

3. The Grapevine Restaurant- 
If you want to have some of the well-curated international cuisines on your plate then this is the place. The Grapevine Restaurant has been offering some of the amazing Mediterranean-style lamb burgers. The restaurants give you a long list of wine to choose from. Most of the tourists love the ambiance of the place and the quality of service. You can ask the chef to recommend something from the menu based on your taste of food.

Travellers' Tip before visiting Venna Lake 

Carry all the valid identity proofs with you.

2. Carry water bottles and sunscreen lotions with you as you would be spending long hours under the sun.  

3. Do not litter inside the lake.

4. The rush hour for boating in the Venna Lake is 4:00 PM. 

5. Boating is available until sunset. Do not extend the time of boating beyond the sunset, as things can get worse out of a little negligence. 

6. Do not overload the boat more than its capacity.

7. If you do not know how to row a boat, it would be better to go for paddle boats.  

8. Visit this place in between the month of May and June.

9. Do not visit this place in the rainy season as it receives very heavy rainfall.
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Venna Lake FAQs

How do I get to Venna Lake?

In order to visit Venna Lake, you can come down to Mahabaleshwar, which is one of the most renowned hill station weekend getaway locations of Maharashtra. Venna Lake is just about 2 Km from the main market of Mahabaleshwar and you easily reach the place by hiring a cab.

What are the visiting timings of Venna Lake?

The lake is open for visitors from 7 AM to 7 PM. If you want to make the most of the park, you should come to this lake in between May and June and should make sure you don't come on weekends if you love to spend some time in tranquility.

Is parking available near the lake?

There is ample amount of parking space for all your vehicles near the lake. You can park your vehicles safely in the parking lot and enjoy your time inside the lake with your loved near and dear ones.

What activities can we do at Venna Lake?

When you are at Venna Lake, you can go for the following activities: Boating at the Venna Lake. Bird Watching in the adjoining garden. Relish the chowpatty food. Hiking tours to the nearby mountain ranges of Mahabaleshwar

How far is Venna Lake from Mumbai?

Venna Lake is situated at a distance of 265 Km from Mumbai. It takes about 6 hours to reach the lake from Mumbai. Mumbaikers comes to this place on weekends to have fun and take a break from the busy and chaotic life.

Does the lake gets crowded on weekends?

Venna Lake happens to be one of the most loved places for weekend getaways. It remains very crowded on the weekends. If you get suffocated in a crowded environment, you should think of coming here on the weekdays.

Is Veena Lake safe to visit for children?

Yes, Venna Lake is safe for children to visit. You should be very careful about kids when taking them for boating. Boating is one such place where things can go wrong if proper attention is not given to kids.

What are the boating charges at Venna Lake?

The boating charges at Venna Lake are as follows:

- Rowboat (7 Pax)
- INR 250 for 30 minutes
- INR 500 for 1 hour
- Peddle Boat (6 Pax) INR 440

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