Hussain Sagar Lake is one of the popular landmarks and important tourist destinations in the city of Hyderabad. Hussain Sagar Lake, situated about 2 km from the heart of the city of Hyderabad, connects Secunderabad to Hyderabad.
Hussain Sagar Lake of Hyderabad is the largest artificial lake in Asia. This lake was excavated during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah by Hussain Shah Wali in 1562 AD. Hussain Sagar Lake, built on the tributary of the River Musi, had been of significance in the early days since it connected the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Hussain Sagar Lake has become a major recreational as well as picnic spot. The lake is bordered by Indira Park in the east, Sanjeevaiah Park in the north and Lumbini Park in the south.
Towards the middle of the lake, there is a huge monolithic statue of Lord Buddha in white granite standing on the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’. This statue of Buddha is about 16 meters high and weighs about 350 tonnes.
Hussain Sagar Lake has become a prominent centre for water sports. Boating facilities like speed boats, motor boats, etc. are provided at this lake. A 48-seater launch is another added attraction of this lake, on which dinner and private parties can be arranged.
The state tourism board of Andhra Pradesh organises water sports competition at Hussain Sagar Lake which range from boating and cruising to water-skiing and para sailing.