Tulsi Lake is a fresh water lake in northern Mumbai
. It is stated to be the second largest lake in Mumbai and supplies part of the city’s potable water.This is one of the three lakes located in the Salsette Island
; the other two being Powai Lake
and Vihar Lake
. Both Tulsi lake and Vihar lake are located within the densely forested Sanjay Gandhi National Park
or also known popularly as the Borivali
National Park (BNP). Tulsi Lake was built by damming the River Tasso, and redirecting the flow to the nearby Vihar Lake. Rain water from the catchment area of 676 hectares.
The lake is located 32 km to the north of Mumbai by road.The nearest suburban electric train station is Borivli East on the Western Railways and is close to western express highway, with a further travel of 6 km from the station by road to the lake.The nearest Sahar
International Airport is at a distance of about 20 km.As the lake is located inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, entry permits are to be obtained from the park authorities for visit to the lake.
Flora and fauna
The vegetation on the hill slopes draining into the lake is thick and lush, undisturbed and of mixed moist deciduous type. The lake and its catchment are protected by the Brihadmumbai Municipal Corporation and Sanjay Gandhi National Park Authority.As the lake is situated inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the flora and fauna reported for the park would be relevant to the lake.