Kukkarahalli lake is located in the heart of the Mysore city. Mummadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, (1794–1868) of the Mysore Dynasty (Kingdom of Mysore) was responsible for getting the lake created, in the year 1864, to provide water for irrigation to about 4000 ha (10,000 acres) of land outside the city. The Lake also used to be a source of water supply to the city of Mysore but over the years, sewage and excessive land encroachments (mostly illegal) and blockage of water flow sources almost led to the eutrophication of the lake. The University of Mysore and the citizen forums of Mysore continue to make efforts to preserve the lake by implementing several remedial measures.  There is a 4.5 km walkway on the periphery of the lake with shaded stone benches for visitors to sit, relax and enjoy the scenic serenity of the lake.
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- http://wgbis.ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy/lake2006/programme/programme/proceedings/studentspapers/ug.htm. Preservation of Mysore Urban Waterbodies
- http://www.hindu.com/2005/04/29/stories/2005042913260300.htm Archived 2005-05-24 at the Wayback Machine Popularity turns a bane for Kukkarahalli lake
- http://www.mysoretourism.org/Kukkarahalli%20Lake.htm Archived 2012-03-14 at the Wayback Machine Kukkarahalli Lake
- "Mysuru District - KARNATAKA". Mysore.nic.in. Retrieved 2016-12-01.