A water body is what adds spice to any vacation spot. From beaches to rivers to lakes we have always had an extra liking towards spending vacations surrounding water bodies. Natural or man made, one cannot deny the beauty that a lake holds. Be it for the sport of fishing or boating or swimming, the mesmerizing effect of lakes keep you coming back for more. What we have below is a compilation of five lakes that you must visit in India.
- Dal Lake
Aptly named the “Jewel in Kashmir’s crown”, the Dal lake is undoubtly one of the best lakes in India. Located in the scenic valley of Kashmir, this lake is surrounded by the gardens from Mughal period, along with lovely houseboats and classy hotels. The lake itself is considered a floating garden, where in during the month of July and August, lotuses blossoms creating a floating garden. The lake has three islands in total, of which the Char Chinar is the most spectacular one. This island has four majestic Chinar trees at the four corners of the island, thereby giving it the name – Char Chinar.
- Wular Lake
Being one of the largest fresh water lakes in Asia, the Wular Lake is highly regarded as a wildlife habitat. Adding to its beauty is the rich population of birds. This lake is visited by many tourists as due to its location and surrounding places. At the southern end of the lake lies Sopur which is popular for the apples and walnuts cultivated there. So while visiting the late, don’t forget to munch on some yummy apples.
- Krishna Raja Sagara Lake
This name might sound a little unfamiliar, but anyone who visited South India must have heard of the KRS Dam and KRS Lake. The dam built in the Krishna raja sagara settlement gave birth to the KRS Lake. While visiting Mysore or Karnataka, two places nobody wants to miss is the Mysore Palace and the KRS Lake. The dam was built on the river Kaveri, the lifeline of Karnataka, and it gives water to the whole of Mysore and Bangalore. From this life giver came the KRS Lake. What adds to the beauty of the lake the Brindavan Gardens, a botanical specimen that enriches the flora and fauna of the place. Boat rides and a spectacular water show is what awaits you at KRS.
- Vembanad Lake
From the very own back waters of Kerala comes the Vembanad Lake. It is unfair to visit Kerala without living a day off in the waters. Being the longest lake in India, Vembanad hosts the snake boat races. One must visit this place during August when these boat races takes place. It is a whole different experience to be a part of this race, cheering for your teams amidst some chenda melam, (God’s own country’s music). Spanning over several districts of Kerala, this lake is also the means of transport for many. Catch some fish, spend a night in a house boat, and be a part of one impressive boat race.
- Mansar Lake
The Mansar Lake is like a scenery painting. Lush green mountains with forests border the lake making it an ideal picnic spot for the tourists. A scenic spot like this is bound to attract various species of birds and fishes. The department of tourism holds quiet a few activities near the lake to keep the tourist engrossed. There are boating facilities, festival celebrations, food and crafts festival etc. there are also some religious associations to this lake. It is believed that the purity of the Manasarowar Lake has been parted to the Mansar Lake as well, there by making it a spiritual destination.
Pack your bags and get going, there is quiet a few lakes you got to tick off from that bucket list.