Located on the river banks of Rajsamand Lake, Kankroli is a well-known pilgrimage center of the region. Just 65 kilometers away from Udaipur City, it is strategically situated in the south of Rajasthan. It is the administrative headquarters of the district of Rajsamand of Rajasthan. This town is surrounded with Aravalli mountain range and Pali district on the north, Udaipur on the south and Bhilwara and Chittorgarh districts on the east.
Kankroli used to belong to Udaipur until it became separated in 1991 as a district head of Rajsamand. It was believed to be founded by Maharana Manvendra Singh Tanwar. It is also recognized as Haveli of Dwarkadhish Prabhu. Annakutta, Gangaur (Celebration of Fertility), Gawri, Janmashtami (Lord Krishna’s birthday and Jhaljihoolni Gyaras are some of the popular festival here. Devotees come to this town and take a religious bath in the Rajsamand Lake during September.
This place is also famous as the Marble Mandi since it is the main marble mining region in Rajasthan. You can find a handful of marble factories in the Nathdwara-Rajsamand region and known as the Belt of Go-Down. The marble is distributed across the country.
This little town is mainly known for its temple, the Kankroli Templ e, which is dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Krishna. Also called as the Temple of Dwarkadhish (the other name of Lord Krishna), it is the most revered for the Vallabhacharya and Vaishnavas sections of Hindu religion.
The image of Lord Krishna was brought here during the ruling period of Maharana Raj Singh in 1671 AD. It is believed to be brought from Mathura, the homeland of Lord Krishna. The image is currently displayed in the temple, which was built in 1676 AD, during the inaugural ceremony of the Rajsamand Lake. Shri Bal Krishna Ji offered to care for the deity. This temple is the third religious temple (peeth) of Vaishnav religion.
The architecture of the temple is similar to the famous Nathdwara temple. Its ambience is peaceful and relaxing that bestows a divinely bliss for worshippers. The temple complex has a garden and a library with a large collection of scriptures and books. People from all over India visit this temple to receive the blessing of Lord Dwarkadhish.
Apart from the temple, the Rajsamand Lake in Kankroli is another important tourist destination in this town. Built during the 17th century by Maharana Raja Singh, this pleasant lake is the one of five major lakes in Rajasthan. Also known as Rajsamudra Lake, it is built across the rivers of Gomati, Tali and Kelwa. Gomati River is the major supplier of water in this lake. You can see many beautifully carved cenotaphs and ornamental arches here made of white marble along the embankment. It also has some notable old inscriptions.
There are many interesting tourist places here, including Kumbhalgarh, a Mewar fortress; the Haldi Ghati and the Chetak tomb. This place is easily reached via different types of transport. The Kankroli railway line is linked with major cities in Rajasthan. The RSRTC buses are also readily available to reach Rajsamand. You can also rent a car or take a taxi from Udaipur to Rajsamand.