Tranquility, scenic nature and peace – these are the three attributes for some individuals which make lakes more popular than vast oceans and seas. Islands and seaside holidays may get most of the attention when we think of holiday destinations, but there is a wealth of natural beauty, relaxation and other leisurely activities on offer at lake destinations around the world where you can expect more space to breathe. Whether you are looking to relax in the midst of nature or just want to take your family to a scenic and secluded holiday, here is the list of 10 best scenic lakes in India, which gives you the opportunity to cherish your memory left behind.
Check out the following 10 Best Scenic Lakes in India:
Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal
Located 21 km away from Kodaikanal hill station, Berijam Lake is perhaps the most beautiful lake in South India. Surrounded by tall pine trees the lake water is pure and clean and used for the water requirements of the Periyakulam town and the surrounding regions. Originally discovered by the British & Spanish people, the lake covers an area of 24 hectares. It’s a star shaped lake and the scenery around is captivating. The major attraction of this lake includes boat riding and fishing. You need permission to enter the forests.
Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar
Venna Lake is within a walking distance from the town of Mahabaleshwar and one of the prime attractions for the tourists. Constructed in 1842, the lake spreads over 28 acres, with an average depth of 10 feet. The lake is surrounded by trees on all sides. A late winter evening boat ride through the slight fog is well admired by the visitors. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride over the lake or a horse ride next to the lake. A number of small eateries line the banks of the lake. The area is covered with lush green which adds the magnificent beauty of the lake.
Changu Lake, Gangtok
Changu Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake is one of the scenic lakes in India. Bordered with Alpine forests, Changu Lake meaning the “source of the lake” is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, India, about 40 km away from Gangtok at an altitude of 3,780 m. This lake remains frozen during the winter months. Tourists need a permit to visit this lake as it falls in the restricted area. People from foreign countries require special permission to visit this lake. It is also a home to brahminy ducks. Its cool and placid water complements the scenic beauty around. A small temple of lord Siva is constructed on the lakeside.
Saputara Lake, Saputara
Satpura Lake, a tranquil picnic spot located on the heartland of Saputara hill station is the prime attraction of the only hill station in Gujarat. The 21 m depth Lake is surrounded by lush greenery which makes it pleasurable to sail in the lake in a row or paddle boat. The lake and the surrounding amusement facilities with different types of boating attract many visitors; domestic as well as foreign tourists make it a point to spend some quiet moment on the bank of the lake to relax and take in the beauty of the nature.
Punganoor Lake, Yelagiri
Punganoor Lake is a man mad lake created artificially in the Yelagiri hills in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu to enhance the beauty of the place and attract the visitors. Undoubtedly Punganoor Lake is the prime attraction of Yelagiri hills. There lies a beautiful nature park adjacent to the lake where people can relax while enjoying the beauty of the lake. There is an open space for birds where different species and even migratory birds can be found. It’s a wonderful place to be in the core of the nature.
Nakki Lake, Mount Abu
Nakki Lake is the heart of all activities in Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. According to the Hindu legend, it is a very ancient sacred Lake. The lake offers boating facilities and horse rides are also available around the lake for interested visitors. A children park and a statue of Swami Vivekananda marking the monk’s advent at Mount Abu are special attractions in the vicinity of Nakki Lake.
Prashar Lake, Mandi
Located in the Mandi district, Prashar Lake is a high-altitude lake, about 2,730 metres above sea level and 42 km from the main Mandi town. Near the lake is a three-tiered pagoda-like temple dedicated to Prashar. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is believed to have meditated there. Lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and can be easily accessed via a beautiful trekking route from Bagi.
Sattal Lake, Bhimtal
There are a cluster of lakes in Satal located 23 km from Nainital in the Kumayun Himalayas at 4320 feet above the sea level. This serene and secluded place consists of total 5 lakes. The first lake is the Nal Damyanti Lake, followed by Panna Lake and then the three lakes- Ram, Laxman and Sita. These lakes are draped in dense oak forest adding to the beauty of the place.
Kalagarh Dam Lake, Corbertt National Park
Kalagarh Lake is situated at the south-western side of the Corbett National Park as a result of the construction of a dam known as Kalagarh dam. This is undoubtedly one of the scenic lakes of India and a home to large number of migratory birds during the winter. These migratory birds attract flock of tourists round the year to this spectacular destination.
Tamdil Lake, Aizawl
Located in the Aizwal district of the state of Mizoram, Tamdil Lake lies at a distance of 110 kilometers from the capital city. It is one of the few natural lakes of Mizoram. According to the myths Tamdil Lake was created when a huge mustard plant was brought down. Water strewn out of the stems of the plant and created the lake giving it the name of Tamdil, which means a lake of mustard plant. The serene atmosphere blended with picturesque landscapes with the surrounding of lush green and vegetation captivates the mind of the visitors. The lake has emerged as a popular tourist and picnic spots for the visitors.