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Thol, Kadi

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Thol Lake is an artificial lake near Thol village in Kadi in Mehsana District in the Indian state of Gujarat. It was constructed as an irrigation tank in 1912. It is a fresh water lake surrounded by marshes. It was declared the Thol Bird Sanctuary in 1988; it is a habitat to 150 species of birds, about 60% are waterbirds. Many migratory birds nest and breed in the lake and its periphery. The two most prominent species of birds recorded in the sanctuary are flamingoes and sarus crane (Grus antigone). The sanctuary is also proposed to be declared an Eco-Sensitive Zone, conforming to the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (29 of 1986), for which draft notification has been prepared.TopographyThe lake drains a catchment area of. It is in a semi-arid zone of the Mehsana district with dominance of dry deciduous vegetation.The climate in the area consists of three seasons: winter, summer and monsoon. The average annual rainfall in the catchment of the lake is with a minimum of and maximum of. The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded in the area are and.The lake is situated near Thol village from Kalol and north-west of Ahmedabad, from Mehsana in Mehsana District.HistoryThe lake was initially built in 1912 as a tank by the Gaekwad regime to provide irrigation facilities to farmers. This established the user rights of the lake water. The operation and management of the lake is under the dual control of the Forest and Irrigation departments of the Government of Gujarat.
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  • There are more than 150 species of both native and migratory birds at the Thol Lake. It was the first time I saw Pelicans. We also came across flamingos, lapwings, ducks, geese, godwits, spoonbills, e...  more »
  • November to February is good time to visit, morning and evening having enjoyable weather as well birds view. Temporary home for many migrant birds.  more »
  • Good Place to hangout with friends & family between the nature. Best time to go there is November to January to see famous flamingos.
  • You have to wait for to go there unexpected visit can make you feel bad. Bug in good weather it's a good place to visit.
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