India has numerous lakes scattered across the country. There are man-made lakes and also natural. Natural lakes are then divided into two types- freshwater lake and brackish water lakes. While Indira Sagar reservoir is the biggest reservoir in India, the Lonar Crater is the world’s oldest and largest crater located in Maharashtra. The Sambhar Salt Lake is India’s largest inland salt lake and the Kanwar Taal in Bihar is Asia’s largest Fresh Water lake.
There are many beautiful lakes that we couldn’t mention in the list such as the Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad, Or the beautiful Upper lake in Madhya Pradesh and the serene Sela Lake in Arunachal Pradesh. Ulsoor Lake in Karnataka is one of the most beautiful lakes in South India. Damdama Lake in Haryana, Saputara Lake in Gujarat and Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh also holds a unique beauty that worth your visit. Now, here are the 10 Most Gorgeous Lakes To Visit In India
Most Gorgeous Lakes To Visit In India
1. Pangong Tso Lake & Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir:
Pangong Tso located in Ladakh of J&K is arguably the most beautiful lake in India. In Tibetan, it means “high grassland lake”. The salt-water lake is situated at a height of 4,350 m. Featuring brackish water, migrating birds & surrounded by snow-covered mountains, Pangong Tso is definitely among the most picture-perfect locations in India. And if you want to visit something as gorgeous as Pangong Tso but less crowded, visit the Moriri Tso lake also in Ladakh.
Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful and famous lakes in India. The beauty of this lake has earned it many names including “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar’s Jewel”. Located in Srinagar, it is the second-largest lake in the state. The floating gardens, colourful shikaras and houseboats also have earned it the name ” Lake of Flowers”. Tarsar Lake, Wular Lake, and Manasbal Lake are also some other beautiful lakes located in Kashmir.
2. Vembanad Lake, Kerala:
Kerala is home to many gorgeous lakes such as the Ashtamudi Lake, Chembra Lake and Sasthamkotta Lake. But the Vembanad Lake is surely the most popular one in this state. Spanning across several districts in Kerala, Vembanad is the longest lake in India. With a lush green shoreline, serene waters and comfy houseboats, Vembanad is known for its bird preserve and activities like boating and fishing & its festivals.
3. Prashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh:
Himachal Pradesh is home to some of the most beautiful locations in India. The state has many gorgeous lakes especially the Spiti valley which is home to two of the most mesmerizing lakes in India, Suraj Tal Lake and Chandratal Lake. There are high altitude lakes like Manimahesh Lake in Chamba and Serolsar Lake in Kullu. Lakes including Rewalsar Lake and Mandi and Renuka Lake in Sirmaur has a rich green shoreline. Among all the lakes in the state, Prashar Lake is the most famous one. The sacred lake with a 13th-century pagoda-style temple by its side is among the most beautiful lakes in India. Situated atop a mountain with clear water and shimmering ice, Prashar Lake will offer you a good hike with stunning views.
4. Pichola Lake, Rajasthan:
Situated in the ‘City of Lakes’ Udaipur, Rajasthan, Lake Pichola is an artificial freshwater lake named after the nearby Picholi village. This lake surrounding the palace was created in the year 1362 AD. The Lake Pichola along with Udai Sagar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake and Jaisamand Lake are the five prominent lakes of Udaipur. Also, visit the Nakki Lake in Rajasthan, another gorgeous lake but often gets overshadowed by the Pichola Lake. Rajasthan is also home to the famous Pushkar lake.
5. Sattal Lake, Uttarakhand:
Uttarakhand is home to several major lakes including Bhimtal Lake, Naini Lake, Roopkund Lake and Sattal Lake. Sattal lake is one of the most underrated lakes in India. This green beauty settled in the Lower Himalayan Range is a group of seven freshwater lakes. Sattal or Sat Tal is far less crowded than all the other major lakes in India. And while here, you can also appreciate several species of birds and mammals. The lake is home to over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000 species of other insects.
6. Tsomgo Lake & Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim:
Sikkim is one of the most beautiful gems of India. The amazing state has so many impressive places to see including its gorgeous lakes. Lake Tsomgo is one of the most attractive places to visit in Sikkim. The scenic glacial lake surrounded by snowy mountains offers a sight to behold. Located in East Sikkim, you can hop on a gondola to visit this gorgeous lake.
Gurudongmar Lake, on the other hand, is considered a sacred lake and it is one of the highest lakes in the world situated at an altitude of 17,800 ft. Other than its beauty, Gurudongmar Lake is also famous because when the entire lake freezes, one mysterious corner of the lake keep sparkling with water.
7. Venna Lake, Maharashtra:
Boards, horseback rides, and carnival-style food stalls, Venna Lake is one of the most popular picnic spots in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra. It was constructed by Shri Appasaheb Maharaj. He was the Raja of Satara in the year 1942. The area has pleasant weather all year round making the gorgeous lake surrounded by greenery an ideal place to spend some time in nature.
8. Loktak Lake, Manipur:
The largest freshwater lake in northeastern India, Loktak is located at Moirang, Manipur. The lake is famous for the floating phumdis over it. The lake is the source of water for hydropower generation. Loktak serves as a source of drinking water for wildlife. Here you will also find The Keibul Lamjao National Park, the only home to the endangered Sangai deers, in the world. Manipur’s neighbouring state Mizoram also hosts a beautiful green lake called Tam Dil 64 km from Aizawl. This gorgeous lake surrounded by trees & resorts offers a great opportunity to catch up with nature.
9. Chilika Lake, Orissa:
Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon which means it has more salinity than freshwater, but not as much as seawater. Spreading over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Odisha state, it covers an area of over 1,100 km². It is the largest coastal lake in India and the largest inland salt-water lagoon in Asia. The main draw at this brackish coastal lagoon is bird watching. Apart from being a paradise for migratory birds, the Chilika Wildlife Sanctuary also serves as a home to Blackbuck, Spotted Deer, Golden Jackals and many more other species.
10. Berijam Lake, Tamil Nadu:
Located at the old site of “Fort Hamilton” in the upper Palani hills, Berijam Lake is a reservoir in Tamil Nadu. The lake was created by a dam with sluice outlets. Located near the town of Kodaikanal, it’s a part of a micro–watershed development project. Berijam Lake is one of the most famous and gorgeous lakes in India. Tamil Nadu is also home to a bunch of other beautiful lakes including the Punganoor Lake and the very famous Ooty Lake. You can also access the Pulicat Lagoon from here which is the second largest brackish water lagoon in India famous for its bird sanctuary especially flamingos.