Ameenpur Lake has the distinction of being the first water body in the country to be declared a Biodiversity Heritage Site. It was declared a ‘Biodiversity Heritage Site’ (BHS) by Telangana in Nov 2016, under the Biological Diversity Act 2002. The lake dates back to the time of Ibrahim Qutb Shah, who ruled the kingdom of Golconda between 1550 and 1580. According to one account, the tank was excavated to irrigate a large public garden. The lake is now divided into two parts called Pedda Ameenpur and Chinna Cheruvu.