Venna Lake

Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar: Address, Venna Lake Reviews: 4/5

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Mahesh Shah
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Couples
As soon as u get down at the venna boat club, u r greeted by touts, who I sist that along with boat u have to take the boatman or driver, with extra charges, as per boat club rules, as it's is monsoon.

No such extra charges were mentioned on the display boards.
I wanted to do boating my self, as I know how to and enjoy it.so when I reached counter, the counter guy, illays mansuri, ( I believe he gave me wrong name)refused to give me boat ticket, made me wait, gave lot of excuses, system not working( he gave tickets to those touts while I was waiting and arguing), then he said u will not be able to see if fog comes, then he said come tomorrow( as if monsoon is going to be over on 25 June!!!)

Ultimately when I did not budge he gave me tickets, no receipts were issued!!!. No UPI payment option!!!. I wonder weather they are paying GST?
Written 25 June 2022
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Ankur M
Ahmedabad, India732 contributions
Venna lake is a nice one in Panchgani and we had passed by the same and would like to visit again if we get a chance.
They have boating facilities there.
Written 3 June 2022
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Abhijeet
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Family
Almost 2 hrs spent in traffic jam and no management from the authorities who collect the tax for visiting this place. No parking coz some idiots are allowed to park on both sides of the road leaving the law abiding citizens to suffer. Place is too crowded and encroached by vendors and horse ride walas. In short AVOID if you don't want to ruin your mood.
Written 29 May 2022
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bk
Pune, India33 contributions
This was by far the best point for us. Lake is serene and water and air are clean. There is a bit of rush in ticketing but its worth it
Written 11 May 2022
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Sunil_Mathias
Dubai, United Arab Emirates103 contributions
Visited this place 21 years ago. Disappointed with the state now.
Paddle boats are not maintained. No proper approach or departure points. Touts / Agents just harass for money. Most cheat you in the name of lake trips. Nothing to see along the shore other than paddle around in the lake. Needs serious look from administration to ensure long term visitors.
Written 8 May 2022
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arvind1000
Pune, India2,223 contributions
Couples
It’s the main lake of Mahabaleshwar, and great attraction for boating as well as there are number of nice eating places near it. The water had receded a lot as we went in May just before the rains.
Written 3 May 2022
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Alokmili77
New Delhi, India557 contributions
Couples
Nice calm lake boats with shed & peddal boats available to enjoy one of the must visit place while in Mahabaleshwar.Street food available near the lake
Written 12 April 2022
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bearcat98
pune71 contributions
not really worth going boating in the lake. The best option is to sit by lake side and enjoy the view. The boats are controlled by a select group of people and they charge more money than officially shown on board (which are already exorbitant ) . they neither give a receipt and are arrogant. when i visited i ended up paying Rs 600 for 20 min boat ride . Not worth it . best save your money and use elsewhere for fun
Written 25 March 2022
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Swapneel S
Goa22 contributions
Overall it was a good experience. Suggest to kindly go in groups of 4 as the river ride costs 600/- and the boat is big so can easily accommodate atleast 6 people.
Written 3 January 2022
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Anika S
Navi Mumbai, India2,845 contributions
Venna lake is one of the main tourist attractions at Mahabaleshwar.
We paid INR 800 for an hour for paddle boat +INR 200 to the boatman cum guide.

In November the water was clean ,not muddy though not blue...climate was cloudy but pleasant . For safety purpose its compulsory to wear life jackets which are kept at a corner .
Our boatman Anwar was quite knowledgeable and due to him we enjoyed this visit more...he has been operating the boat since 1993 and had many anecdotes to narrate .He took us along the long route and patiently explained each and every point ...showed us a water snake ,the hanuman temple ,local birds ,forest officers' bungalow and the tiger caves which are now submerged in water .
The unique part about this lake is the natural lake was extended by adding a man made portion to it .
For some part of the year ,once water recedes the ground is visible and carrot is cultivated there.
Overall a pleasant ,not to be missed experience.
It was not very crowded but tourists are advised to take care of belongings.
Tip :Be careful to choose a good boatman who does not take you for a ride and short cuts the experience for quick buck ! as there are about 80 + boatmen cum guides who are given tokens so many want to finish the ride fast and go back for next token…
There is horse riding ,archery games too.
One can also relish the sweet corn, local red guavas, raw mangoes ,strawberries ,mulberries ,carrots from roadside vendors or variety of fast food across the street.
Written 4 November 2021
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