India is an enthralling country blessed with many wonders of the world. From the ancient heritage to the rich culture, from the majestic temples to the mesmerizing lakes, India has it all. India is a versatile country blessed with everything in abundance, it is a rich country with a huge number of lakes spread all through the map; be it at the extreme top Kashmir to the lower bottom state of the country Kerala or from the dry state Rajasthan to the beauty of Northeast – Assam, the lakes flourish throughout the country. Whether you are an adventurous person or enjoy visiting the serene beauty of nature or if you are fond of fishing and boating then this could be of great help.
We have listed the best 12 quintessential Lakes from all over India:
1- Dal Lake, Srinagar:
The Dal Lake in Srinagar is the 2nd largest lake in the state. It is one of the most famous lakes in India. Its mesmerizing beauty attracts a huge crowd from every corner of the world. Dal Lake is situated amidst the beauty of Kashmir, is definitely a place worth visit. You can either hire a houseboat or be on a Shikara and enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Srinagar. This beautiful lake is surrounded by the Mughal gardens which can never get away from your mind. You can also enjoy some of the water sports like kayaking, water surfing and many more.
If you want to enjoy it to the fullest then you must visit the Dal Lake during the months of July and August.
2- Loktak Lake, Manipur:
The Loktak Lake in Manipur is the largest fresh water lake in the whole of Northeast India. If you ever want to see the small ponds in large lakes, then Loktak Lake is all that you need to visit. It would surprise you to know that it is considered to be the only floating lake in the world. Getaway from all your worries and your daily hassles by spending some quality time on the houseboats or guest house in the Loktak Lake. You can experience the alluring beauty of the sunlight dancing on water and also treat your eye with the serenity of Nature.
The best time to visit the Loktak Lake is between the months of November to March.
3- Nakki Lake, Mount Abu:
The Nakki Lake in Mount Abu is the largest man-made lake in India and has a very interesting story behind its name. The Nakh Lake was dug by Gods and Devtas using their nails or nakh and hence the word Nakki derived from there. The local people residing in Mount Abu even worship this beautiful piece on Earth. It is surrounded by mountains and gardens making it worth your see.
The best time to visit this artificial lake is during the monsoon seasons.
4- Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar:
The Venna Lake in Mahabaleshwar is another example of a man-made lake constructed in the early years. It was constructed to satisfy the water needs of the people residing in Mahabaleshwar City and later became a major attraction of the city. If you are out for a honeymoon or want to spend some quality time with your partner then this could be a great place you can visit. You can spend your early mornings here and give a fresh start to the entire day.
Best time to visit the Venna Lake is during the months of October to June.
5- Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal:
The Berijam Lake in Kodaikanal is hidden amidst dense forest near the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal. Benjamin Lake is a reservoir that can offer you the best view of hills. Purify your soul and mind by spending some time at this beauty of Nature.
However, you can visit the Berijam Lake any time of the year but the best would be during the months of September to May when the weather is at its best.
6- Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom:
If anytime you desire to visit Kerala, you should live by its waters. The Vembanad Lake is an enchanting Picnic spot wherein you can spend some happy moments with your loved and dear ones. It is a major tourist attraction which provides you with boating, fishing and wonderful sightseeing experiences. Relish your early mornings at the Vembanad Lake.
Best time to visit the Vembanad Lake is between November and March.
7- Saputara Lake, Gujarat:
Saputara Lake is located on the foothills of the Sahyadri range. If ever you feel the need to enter nature’s womb then this is where you should be. Experience the enchanting beauty of Nature in the months of March to November and relish your eye.
8- Wular Lake, Jammu and Kashmir:
Wular Lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in India. It is surrounded by towering mountains and is a great treat to the eye. For all the adventurous fun-loving people you can enjoy water sports like water skiing and water rafting on the lake.
The best time to visit the Wular Lake is during the months of June to August.
9- Damdama Lake, Haryana:
The Damdama Lake is the biggest Natural Lake in Haryana. It is a place for having a fun trip, a day trip, a picnic, or a family tour. You can spend your day boating in the Damdama Lake by Rowboats, Paddleboats, and motorboats. If you are an adventurous one then you can also enjoy rock climbing at the Damdaman Lake near the Aravali hills.
The best time to visit the Damdama Lake is during the months of October to March.
10- Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim:
Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim is one of the highest lakes in the world. Sikkim, as we all known in a very beautiful state and is known for having the most beautiful Natural Lakes in the world.
The best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is from the month of June to August.
11- Sumendu Lake, Mirik Darjeeling:
Sumendu Lake is one of the major attractions of Mirik. Mirik, Darjeeling is a very fascinating place that we all desire to visit. The Lake is located right between the pine trees and lush gardens can make you fall in love with the entire ambiance.
Best time to visit the Sumendu Lake is during the months of September to February.
12- Chilka Lake, Orissa:
Chilka Lake is considered as the queen of natural beauty and is also one of the largest brackish water Lake in Asia. It is Asia’s largest saltwater Lagoon which is separated from the Bay of Bengal by a Sandy Bridge. The Chilka Lake is famous for fishing boats, migratory birds, and also an entertaining baba who you will encounter at your visit.
The best time to visit Chilka Lake is between the months of October to March.