|Location||Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Lake type||Artificial lake|
|Max. length||2.5 km (1.6 mi)|
|Max. width||140 m (460 ft)|
|Surface area||3.885 km2 (1.500 sq mi)|
|Surface elevation||2,220 m (7,280 ft)|
Ooty lake is located in Ooty in the Nilgiris district, Tamil Nadu, India. It covers an area of about 2.75 km, from the central bus stand, in an irregular ‘L’ shape. The Boat house situated by the lake, which offers boating facilities to tourists, is a major tourist attraction in Ooty.
Ooty lake is an artificial lake constructed by John Sullivan, in 1824. The water flowing down mountain streams in the Ooty valley was dammed to form the lake. The lake became empty on three occasions when it breached its bund. The lake was originally intended to be used for fishing with ferries being used to travel across the lake. It gradually shrunk from its original size giving place to the current bus stand race course, and the lake park. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation on behalf of the Tourism Department took the possession of the lake in 1973, for providing boating facilities as a tourist attraction.
The boat house, which adjoins the lake was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC). Boating is the prime attraction at the lake. The boat house offers boating facilities with Paddle boats, Row boats, and Motor boats. It also features a garden, a mini train and an amusement park. The other notable features include a canteen run by the TTDC and pony rides in front of the boat house.
The lake has had continuous problems with rapidly proliferating weeds (water hyacinth). The officials of the Public Works Department (PWD), have been continually working to clean the lake of the weeds. According to a study conducted by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Ooty lake is the most polluted water body in the state and its water is not fit for potable purposes.
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