Kanjia Lake
Location of the lake in India.
Location of the lake in India.
Kanjia Lake
Coordinates20°24′05″N 85°49′11″E / 20.401332°N 85.819734°E / 20.401332; 85.819734

Kanjia Lake (Odia: କାଞ୍ଜିଆ ହ୍ରଦ) is a natural lake on the northern outskirts of Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. While the main lake covers 75 hectares (190 acres), the total wetland covers an area of 105 hectares (260 acres) with the scuba diving facility.[1] It has a rich biodiversity and is a wetland of national importance which is helpful for maintaining the city's ecology.[1][2]

The lake's ecosystem consists of 37 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 10 species of amphibians, 46 species of fish and three species of prawns, 10 species of sub-merged macrophytes, 14 species of floating macrophytes and 24 species of emergent macrophytes.[3]

The lake is facing threat from uncontrolled quarrying, the dumping of solid waste and haphazard real estate construction on its fringe areas.[1][4][5]

The lake is a part of the Nandankanan Zoological Park and is used for recreational boating by visitors.


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  2. ^ "Report on the celebration of the WWD-2008 at Kanjia Lake, Odisha". Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Kanjia Lake". Nandankanan Zoo. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Kanjia lake shrinking?". The Hindu. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Nandankanan lake chokes - Encroachment threat to wetlands". The Telegraph. 30 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.