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Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in India

Updated on February 14, 2018
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India has some amazingly beautiful lakes which captivate the views with their natural beauty. Here is a list of India’s most beautiful lakes:

Wular Lake, Srinagar
Wular Lake, Srinagar

Wular Lake, Jammu & Kashmir

One of the largest fresh water lakes in the world and the largest fresh water lake in India, Wular lake is situated 60 kms away from Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir. Measuring 24 kms across and surrounded by beautiful, tall mountains, Wular lake attracts tourists for its pristine beauty and mesmerizing views. The small town of Ningal Nullah acts as the tourism hub for Wular Lake. The visitors can rent sailboats, doongas and houseboats from here. Ornithologists often visit Wular lake and the nearby Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary to spot birds such as Himalayan golden eagle, short-toed eagle, Himalayan pied woodpecker, eared kite, sparrow hawk, blue rock pigeon, alpine swift, cuckoo, Kashmir roller and golden oriole .

Loktak Lake, Manipur
Loktak Lake, Manipur

Loktak Lake, Manipur

Also known as the floating paradise due to the floating phumdis on it, Loktak lake is the largest freshwater lake in the North-Eastern region. This iconic lake, located in Bishanpur district is at a distance of 53 km from Imphal and is renowned for its circular floating swamps. It is considered as the world's only floating national park. The lake serves as home to 233 species of aquatic plants, more than 100 species of birds and 425 species of animals including the sambhar and Indian python. The lake serves an important role as it’s the source of water for the nearby hydropower project and also provided water for irrigation & drinking.

Damdama Lake, Haryana
Damdama Lake, Haryana

Damdama Lake, Haryana

This biggest natural lake in Haryana serves as a weekend destination due to its proximity with Delhi. It is situated at a distance of approx 60 kms from Delhi. Located near the Aravalli Hills, Damdama Lake is the perfect place to go for boating or day tour. Rock climbing, boating, kayaking, parasailing, camping etc. make it a popular tourist attraction and picnic spot.

Damdama Lake, Haryana:
Damdama Lake, Haryana 122102

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A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

— Henry David Thoreau
Dal Lake, Srinagar
Dal Lake, Srinagar

Dal Lake, Jammu & Kashmir

Dal Lake in Srinagar attracts the tourists for its beautiful sceneries, floating gardens and shikara rides. Tourists stay in the houseboats on the lake and this lake is a backbone for the tourism industry in Srinagar. This urban lake, which is the second largest in the state, is aptly named the "Jewel in the crown of Kashmir" or "Srinagar's Jewel". Along with nature lovers, Dal Lake also offers great options to adventure seekers. Water sports like water skiing, golfing and hot air balloon riding have lately become quite popular in Dal Lake.

Pichola Lake, Udaipur
Pichola Lake, Udaipur

Pichola Lake, Rajasthan

Pichola Lake in Udaipur is an artificial lake set amidst the beautiful Aravali hills. This picturesque lake in the ‘city of lakes’ Udaipur fascinates the visitors with its beauty. Located in the heart of the city, it is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. The Lake is enveloped by magnificent Palaces, temples, bathing ghats and elevated hills on all its sides.

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim
Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

The Gurudongmar Lake is located in Lachen, a small and beautiful town in North Sikkim, situated at the height of 10,000 feet above the sea level. This fresh water lake is one of the highest lakes in the world which is situated in Sikkim, only 5kms from the Chinese border. The water of this lake is said to have curative properties. This sacred lake is majestic emerald blue in colour and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Chilka Lake, Orissa
Chilka Lake, Orissa

Chilka Lake, Orissa

This largest coastal lake in India is also the biggest brackish water lake in India. It is spread over the Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts of Orissa on the east coast of India and covers an area of over 1,100 km2. Popularly known as the Swiss lake in the continent, Chilka lake is the queen of natual beauty which is famous as the paradise of the migratory birds.

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

— William Wordsworth
Vembanad Lake, Kerala
Vembanad Lake, Kerala

Vembanad Lake, Kerala

India’s longest lake at Kumarakom in Kottayam in the beautiful state of Kerala is famous for its houseboats and snake boat race. It is an enchanting picnic spot and a fast developing backwater tourism destination. The lake provides boating, fishing and sightseeing experiences that are truly amazing.The annual snake boat race which is held in August every year is the major tourist attraction of Vembanad Lake.

Bhimtal Lake, Nainital
Bhimtal Lake, Nainital

Bhimtal Lake, Uttarakhand

The C shaped lake near Nainital is the largest in Kumaon region of Uttrakhand. There is a picturesque island in the middle of the lake which has recreational facilities and can be approached through boats.

Bhimtal Lake, Uttarakhand:
Bhimtal Lake, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand 263136

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Upper Lake, Bhopal
Upper Lake, Bhopal

Bhojtal (Upper Lake), Madhya Pradesh

Bhojtal was formerly known as upper lake. This largest artificial lake in Asia is situated in Bhopal which is one of the major sources of drinking water for the city. Bhojtal was built by Raja Bhoj during his tenure as the king of Malwa.

Beautiful Srinagar Dal Lake Shikara Boat Ride Kashmir India

© 2018 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      Yes , Devika! These lakes are so serene and picturesque.

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      Devika Primić 

      8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The lakes are beautiful! Definitely worth a visit.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      10 months ago from India

      Of course, there are several other beautiful lakes in our country, each special in their own way. However not all can get the top spot

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      10 months ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Thanks for sharing the wonderful information. There are several lakes like Chander Tal, Suraj Tal, Nako, Rewalsar, Manimahesh, Saryolsar etc. in Himachal Pradesh Pradesh, which deserve mention too. After reading your article, I plan to write about these lakes.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      10 months ago from India

      Thanks Thelma!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      10 months ago from Germany and Philippines

      Wow! These are beautiful lakes. Some of them I have seen in the movies and youtube. Lovely places to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      10 months ago from India

      Thanks Bill...India is beautiful indeed!

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Stunning photos! You live in a beautiful country. Thank you for sharing.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      10 months ago from India

      India is a beautiful country worth visiting. I am glad you liked the hub!

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      10 months ago

      What beautiful places. Each is attractive in their own unique way.

      I would love to visit both the cool Gurudongmar Lake and the deep blue lake of Bhimtal.

      Thank you for the travel today :)


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