Unakal lake, constructed by Sir M. Visvesvaraya in 1893 is an artificial lake located at a distance of 3 Kms from Hubli city. This 110 years old lake is popular for its peaceful and scenic environment. Unakal lake is the origin of river Bedti. This river flows through western ghats and drains in Arabian sea.
The lake covers an area of 200 acres and is one of the most visited attractions in Hubli. The area around the lake is well developed with a lovely garden and recreational facilities are available for children. The major attraction of Unkal Lake is the idol of Swami Vivekananda that has been placed in the middle of the lake. This site is renowned as the 'Karma Bhoomi' of Shri Siddappajja, who was born in 1859. He left his home at the age of 14 in order to find a Guru and resided in Unkal Mailarlinga Temple. Shri Siddappajja died in 1921 and since then a 'Jatre' (Fair) is organised at this site.
Unkal Lake also acts as the main source of drinking water for nearby cities. Apart from recreational activities, tourists can get a chance to view beautiful sunsets in the evenings. Boating facilities are also available and one can experience the cool breeze blowing in the dusk. The lake also features beautiful lush green gardens that mesmerise travellers coming here in search of peace and serenity. Unkal Lake is in the 'must visit' list of tourists visiting Hubli with family and kids.
Operating hours of the lake is all days of the week during timings: 09:30 AM to 08:00 PM. Entry fee for adults is INR 10 and for children INR 5.