Chetpet Lake

Chetpet Lake in chennai

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About Chetpet Lake

Chethupattu Aeri is more commonly known as Chetpet lake. It is quite an enormous lake which is spread over 15 acres. Situated at to the north of Chetpet railway station, it is the only existing lake bang at the centre of the city. The Chetpet Lake belongs to the Department of Fisheries of the Tamil Nadu government. Out of the total area of the lake, the water body is spread across a mind boggling 9 acres.

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There was an anglers club which was functioning till the late 1940s in the lake. Members of this anglers club often visited the small island in the midst of the water body for the purpose of fishing. Although the water from the Chetpet lake is not used for drinking purposes, the lake is the major source of groundwater recharge for wells in the surrounding areas. As the water quality is not saline, the fresh water lake has a few varieties of fishes such as rohu, catla and mrigal. Breeding in the lake is regularly monitored in order to continuously assess the water quality. Around the Chetpet lake is a walking track which is opened from 4:30 to 8:30 in the morning and from 5 to 7 in the evening. There is an entrance fee for the park which is open between 9 AM to 6 PM.

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Park with entry fee of Rs. 25 for Adult and Rs. 10 for Children. 30 Minute boat rides cost Rs. 50 for Adults and Rs. 25 for Children. In April 2013, then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had announced that the lake would be developed with facilities for angling, water sports, boating and open-air auditoriums.Please note the the park remains closed on all Tuesdays. You can try your hand at angling for Rs. 300. The lake shore will soon have an eco park with tracks for walkers and joggers and children's play area, in addition to a seafood restaurant and multilevel parking space to accommodate 200 cars.


Dr Guruswamy Bridge, Chetpet Station Rd, New Bupathy Nagar, Chetpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600031
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