Natural Lake Area Lakes provide a valuable supply of water for drinking, agriculture, fishing and recreational purposes. Several similar beautiful lakes are found in India.
In this article, I described the top 10 beautiful natural lakes to travel to with family & friends.
In the year 2019 the data says that over 17.9 million tourists arrived in India as compared to the year of 2018 which is 17.4 million.It represents 3.5% growth. This makes India the 22nd most visited nation in the world and the 8th position in ASIA.
1. Chilika Lake-Odisha:-
Chilika Lake is a brackish water lagoon, spread over the Puri, Khordha and Ganjam districts of Odisha state in INDIA. It covers over 1100 square km.Chilika Lake is the biggest Lake of India after Vembanad Lake.
This lake is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the largest brackish water lagoon in the world. It is the largest wintering ground for the majority of birds on the Indian subcontinent. The lake is home to several threatened species of plants and animals.
Chilika Lake has International Importance. It is designated as “The Ramsar Site” wetland. The Nalaban Islands within the Lake will be notified as a Bird Sanctuary under the Wildlife Protection Act-1972. Chilikais is the most beautiful natural lake in India.
How to reach Chilika from Bhubaneswar:-
Tourists planning a road trip to Chitika Lake from Bhubaneswar & Cuttack are first required to reach Balugaon, which is around 2 hours from Bhubaneswar.
From there you can get a taxi or auto rickshaw to reach Rambha or Barkul. It is only 70 km. away from Bhubaneswar.
Best Time to visit Chilika:-
From the month of October to March is the best time to travel to Chilika to see the migrating birds. You can see Irrawaddy dolphins in more than 100 numbers, 228 species of Birds and 335 species of Fish at Chilika during your travel.
From 1989-1990 an estimated two million birds visited Chilika Lake. Odisha Tourism Department and Dolphin Motorboats Association, an NGO at Satpada report that nearly more than 40,000 tourists visit Chitika every year.
2. Dal Lake-Kashmir:-
Dal Lake is located in Srinagar, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar is the Capital of Jammu. It is an urban lake. Dal Lake is a beautiful Lake of India and it is the second largest lake of the state Jammu & Kashmir.
It is the most visited place by tourists and local people. It is variously known as “Lake of Flowers”. Urban Lake is integral to tourism and recreation in Kashmir and it is named the “jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar of Jewel”.
This Lake is also an important source for commercial operation in fishing
and water plant harvesting. Its catchment area is 316 square kilometers.
The major attraction of the lake is the canopied Shikaras sailing on the lake. The houseboat on the lake is also the top attraction as the best accommodation option in Srinagar for tourists.
The lake covers an area of 18 square kilometers and it is a part of a natural wetland which covers 21.1 square kilometers including a floating garden. The floating garden is known as “Raad”.Dal Lake is the most beautiful lake in India.
How to reach Dal Lake from Srinagar:-
The quickest way to get to Srinagar Airport to Dal Lake is by taxi which cost Rs.650/-Rs.800.It is 17 km. distance from Srinagar. You may go by bus, train and auto rikshaw also.
What month is the best time to visit Dal Lake:-
May to November is the best time to visit Dal Lake in Srinagar. It is very pleasant during winter.
Every year, more than 12 Lakh arrivals of tourists in Kashmir come from different places all over the world to see the beauty of Kashmir & Dal Lake in Srinagar.
3. Vembanad Lake-Kerala:-
The Vembanad Lake is the longest in India. Vemanad is a very beautiful lake which is the largest lake in the state of Kerals. Its area is 2033 square kilometers & maximum length is 96.5 kilometers. It is the second largest Ramsar site in India. It is also known as Vembanadu Lake in Kottayam.
Every year the Nehru Trophy Boat Race conducted in the Vembanad Lake in Kerala. The government of India has identified the Vembanad wetlands under the national wetland conservation program.
The beautiful Vembanad Lake is in the heart of Kerala.Every year, lakhs of domestic and foreign tourists travel this lake to enjoy with their family.
Kumarakom The bird sanctuary is located on the east coast of the lake. The lake has become a major tourist attraction.
This Lake is known by three names as Punnamada Lake in Kuttanad, Kochi Lake in Kochi and Vambanadu Lake in Kottayam.Vembanad Lake is a popular tourist destination in INDIA. It provides boating, fishing, and sightseeing experiences that are truly exhilarating the tourists.
Vast arrays of rivers and canals that Kottayam is blessed with emptying itself into picturesque Vembanad Lake. It is a very lovely place to go picnic and has also turned into a prominent backwater destination.
Vembanand Lake has its source in four rivers, Meenachil, Achankoli, Pampa and Manimala.The Vembanand wetland system spans a mammoth area of 2033.02 sq. km.Vembanand Lake is the most beautiful lake in India.
How to reach Vembanad Lake in KERALA:-
Vembanad Lake spreads its beauty across many popular cities and tourist destinations in KERLA. Visitors can reach this pristine lake from a major destination like Alleppey, Kochi, Kumarakom, Kuttand, Kottayam and Ernakulam.
What month is the best time to visit Vembanad Lake in KERALA:-
The best time to visit Vembanad Lake is between September and March every year. The weather from September to march at Kerla very pleasant to travel to.
As per the report of the Kerala Tourist statistics report says that in 2018, foreign tourists visited Vembanad Lake at Kerla nearly 0.63 million whereas 4.48 million domestic tourists visited 2018.
4. Loktak Lake-Manipur:-
Loktak Lake is a freshwater Lake in Northeast India. Loktak is a very beautiful lake in India. It is the largest fresh water lake in Asia. It is a pulsating lake with a surface area of 250sq.km to 500 sq km.
The day is observed in Manipur every year on the 15th of October.This Lake plays an important role in the economy of Manipur.
Loktak Lake in Manipur serves as the source of water for hydropower generation, irrigation and for the drinking water for the people of Manipur.
This lake is also a livelihood for the rural fisherman who live in the surrounding areas.Loktak is the the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India. It is also known as a floating lake for the numerous phumids and masses of vegetation it supports
The phumdis float around the lake’s surface due to decay from the bottom.
Loktak Lake is not the only largest freshwater lake in northeast India. It is also home to a floating island called “phumdis”.
How to reach Loktak Lake in Manipur:-
This iconic lake, located in the Bishnupur district at a distance of 53 km. from Imphal. It is also known for its circular floating swamp called phumdis” in the local language.
However, you can reach 27 km from District Headquarters. From Jirbam Railway station it is 240 km. By Road, it is located from Moirang bus stop
only 3 km.
What month is the best time to visit Loktak Lake in Manipur:-
The month of February to March is the best time to visit this lake in Manipur. Boating and water sports are organized here at Takmu water sports complex.
5. Pangong Tso Lake-Ladakh:-
Pangong Tso Lake is an Endorheic lake spanning eastern Ladakh and western Tibet. It is 134 km. long and divided into five sub lakes called Pangong Tso, Tso Nyak, Rum Tso and Nyak Tso.
Approximately 50% of the length of the overall lake lies within Tibet in China & 40% in Ladakh, India and remaning 10% is a disputed area. This lake covers almost 700 square kilometers. During the winter the lake freezes completely.
Pangong Tso Lake is very popular for its changing color ability. Its color changes from shades of blue to green to red. It is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world that is filled with saline water.
It is located at an altitude of 4350 meters above sea level.Ladakh is famous for breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear skies, the highest mountain passes, thrilling adventure , Buddhist Monasteries and many local festivals.
Pangong Tso is in disputed territory. The Line of Actual Control (LAC) passes through the lake. A section of the lake approxmately20 km from the LAC, which is controlled by the Chinese government but claimed by India, which is declar as disputed area.
The foremost thing to see at Pangong Tso Lake is its beauty. The mountains with their gradual slopes meet the blue meditative waters of the lake. It is the sight that remains lodged in your memory for a long time
The Brahminy ducks can also be seen standing on the banks of the lake. The lake is extremely popular among photographers, selfie enthusiasts and those on a bike trip to Ladakh.Pangong Lake is the most beautiful lake in India.
How to reach Pangong Tso in Ladakh:-
The beautiful Lake Pangong Tso, you can be reached after a five-hour drive from Leh. From Leh, one can pass through the Changla pass and then through Taste. There are regular bus services run by the state road transport services of (J&KSRTC). Taxis can be hired from Leh to Pangong Lake.
What month is the best time to visit Pangong Tso of Ladakh:-
The best time to visit Pangong Tso Lake is during the month of summer from (May to September) every year. In the winter month, the lake would be frozen making the place less enjoyable.
The number of tourists visiting Leh was approximately 241285 domestic tourists and 38685 foreign tourists visited in 2020.
6. Sambhar Salt Lake-Rajasthan:-
Sambhar Salt Lake, India’s largest inland salt lake, is located in Sambhar Lake Town, Jaipur district of Rajasthan, India. It is 80 km southwest of the city of Jaipur and 64 km northwest of Ajmir, Rajasthan.
The lake receives water from six rivers a month: Rupangarh, Khari, Khandela, Media and Samod. The lake catchment area is 5700 square kilometers.
Sambhar Salt Lake is India’s largest saline lake and is the source of most of Rajasthan’s salt production. It produces 1,96,000 tons of clean salt every year, which is around 9% of the salt production of India.
About 80 km southwest of Jaipur in Rajasthan, the declared Ramsar site is the largest inland salt lake in India.Most of which rises to form a large pink dustbowl under the summer sun.
During monsoon time, the same turns into a cluster of wetland, that flocked by thousands of migratory birds every year.Sambharis is known for the Sambhar Salt Lake, which is the largest inland salt lake in India.
It derives its name from Maa Shakmbhari Devi, Goddess of the Chauhan clan, whose 2500-year-old temple is located 280 km from the Town. Sambhar Lake is nearly a 2-hour journey from Jaipur city Rajasthan. It is nearly 100 km from Jaipur city.
1. Question:-Which is the second largest lake in India?
1. Answer:-Vembanad Lake-Kerala is the the second largest lake in India.
2. Question:-Which country in the world has the most natural lake followed by Russia and USA?
2. Answer:-Canada has the most natural lake in the world followed by Russia and the USA.
3. Question:-How many natural Lake in India?
3. Answer: – There are 62 important natural lakes in India.
4. Question:-Who is the Biggest Lake in India?
4. Answer:-Wulak Lake is one of the biggest fresh water lakes in Asia and it is formed as a result of tectonic activity. Chilika Lake of Odisha is the largest lake saline water lake in India. The beautiful lake Vembanad Lake is one of the longest lakes in India.
5. Question:-Which state has the most natural lake in the world?
5. Answer: – Alaska is the state with the most naturally formed lakes, containing 3197 lakes and over 3 million unnamed lakes.
Tourism offers multiple benefits to Individuals as well as society. Now days tourism sector is the major source not only to develop the GDP of the country also create huge employment opportunities in India. People get to see, experience and know-how lying beyond the world they live in.
Thus it enriches their knowledge about the people, customs and traditions of the places. In 2020, India, the travel & tourism sector of India contribute 4.7% of the GDP of the country.
The top 10 state of India highest domestic tourist visits during in 2020 is (million):-TamilNadu140.56,Uttar Pradesh(86.12), Karnataka(77.45),Andhra Pradesh(70.83),Telangana(40.00),Maharashtra(39.23),WestBengal(28.84),Madhya Pradesh is(23.52),Gujarat(19.46) and Punjab(16.69).
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