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30 Popular Lakes in India to Enjoy a Perfect Lakeside Vacation

With seas of jostling crowds and sky-high costs, lake retreats can be more frustrating than fun, which is why we’ve compiled a list of quintessential Indian lake vacation where you can do boating, fishing and numberless activities to satisfy your adrenaline adventure rush. India’s lakes are spread widely across its stunning environment, going up and down. Here, lakes can be either naturally occurring or artificially manufactured by former rulers to meet the community’s water needs. They are incredibly lovely, peaceful, and serene, and have been valued since the time of our epics. It is difficult to resist becoming lost in the captivating beauty of the picturesque lakes in India, which range from some of the highest lakes in the world, such as the Gurudongmar Lake and the Pangong Lake, to picturesque lakes, such as the Naini Lake and the Venna Lake.

If you are a passionate traveller and enjoy nature, visiting some of the lakes from our list can be an extraordinary and a once in a lifetime experience.

Whether you’re searching for serenity or want to make a splash, here’s a list of places where you can enjoy a perfect lakeside vacation.

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Must Visit Popular Lakes in North India

Name of Lakes Location
Dal Lake Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Wular Lake Bandipora, Jammu & Kashmir
Nigeen Lake Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Mansar Lake Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir
Pangong Tso Ladakh, Ladakh
Renuka Lake Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh
Rewalsar Lake Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Prashar Lake Mandi, Himachal Pradesh
Suraj Tal Lahaul – Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
Naini Lake Nainital, Uttarakhand
Bhimtal Bhimtal, Uttarakhand
Sat Tal Sattal, Uttarakhand
Kalagarh Dam Lake/ Ramganga Dam Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand
Damdama Lake Sohna, Haryana

Dal Lake, Srinagar

Dal Lake Kashmir

Visiting Dal Lake will definitely make you say “heaven falls right here.” Situated amidst the beautiful Kashmir, Dal Lake is definitely a place worth a visit. Do it your way, either hire a house boat or be on a Shikara. This must-visit lake is the 2nd largest in Kashmir and is surrounded by the beautiful Mughal Gardens which will make your ride an affair to remember.

There are stunning shikaras which are loaded with fresh flowers and remind you about the gondolas of Venice. One can also enjoy various water sports like kayaking, water surfing and licensed angling. During the winter season the lake sometimes freezes over, and it looks phenomenal.

Best time to Visit: The best time to visit Dal Lake is during the months of July and August.

How to Reach?

You can reach Dal Lake by hiring a cab from Srinagar Airport within one hour as it is only 20 kilometres away from the airport.

Things to Do in and around

  • Houseboat Stay
  • Shikara Ride
  • Kayaking
  • Water Surfing
  • Photography
  • Shopping

Also Check Out: Srinagar Tourism Guide

Wular Lake, Jammu & Kashmir

Wular Lake Kashmir

Located in Bandipora District of Jammu and Kashmir, this lake is the largest freshwater lake in India. Wular Lake, which is one of the popular tourist attractions in Kashmir, is surrounded by farms of small vegetation and majestic hills.

You can experience some stunning views of snowy mountains, green vegetation, and valleys of flowers around the lake while having a boat ride on Wular Lake. Mountain skiing, and hiking opportunities are also available on the bank of the lake. So put on your adventurer hat and witness the fabled beauty of Kashmir.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Wular Lake is during the months of June and August.

How to Reach?

It will take approximately two hours to reach Wular Lake to cover a distance of 60 kilometres between Srinagar Airport and the lake.

Things to Do in and around

  • Bird Watching
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking
  • Boat ride
  • Photography
  • Nature Walk
  • Picnic

Also Check Out: Other Popular Lakes in Jammu and Kashmir

Nigeen Lake, Jammu & Kashmir

Nigeen Lake Kashmir

Just like Dal Lake, but with less crowd – that’s Nigeen Lake in Srinagar, and it is undoubtedly the best place for nature sightseeing. The lake is known as the ‘jewel in the ring’ for its picturesque setting in between a hillock, adorned by purple willow forests. The poplar and willow trees standing afar encompass the lake and make it look like ‘nageena,’ from which it’s named Nigeen. Can you imagine how beautiful it looks during sunset? Situated at a height of 1,582 metres, Nigeen Lake is one of the most romantic lakes in Kashmir.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Nigeen Lake is during the months of June and August.

How to Reach?

It takes around one hour to reach Nigeen Lake from Srinagar Airport. Distance is 22 kilometres.

Things to Do in and around

  • Shikara Ride
  • Houseboat Stay
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Watching Sunrise and Sunset
  • Photography
  • Shopping

Also Check Out: Popular Tourist Attractions in Srinagar

Mansar Lake, Jammu and Kashmir

Mansar Lake Kashmir

Time to take a dip in this holy lake! Mansar is considered as a divine site because the temple of snake god (Sheshnag) is located on the bank of the lake. It is one of the best places to visit in Kashmir for pilgrims and travellers who love exploring temples. Two ancient temples of Umapati Mahadev, Durga and Narsimha are situated in the vicinity of the Mansar Lake. A holy dip in the Mansar Lake is assumed to purify one’s sins. The lake, which is covered with dense forest, has facilities for boating.

Best Time to Visit: Best time to visit this lake is during the months of April and October.

How to Reach?

The lake is situated on the way to Udhampur from Samba, which is around 250 kilometres away from Srinagar Airport. The lake is around 62 kilometres away from Jammu City.

Things to Do in and around

  • Birdwatching
  • Nature Walk
  • Explore Wildlife
  • Boating
  • Temple Visits
  • Photography

Also Check Out: Jammu Tourist Places Guide

Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake, Ladakh

Pangong Lake Ladakh

Want to witness a lake where you can see your own reflection? Do you remember that scene in ‘3 Idiots’ where all the people meet in the last scene? Yes, that is Pangong Tso. In Tibetan language, Tso means lake, and Pangong is the westernmost lake in Ladakh. One of the best destinations in India for lake lovers, this beautiful lake is famous for its huge monasteries that cover an entire mountain range and vast expanse of extreme mountain ranges. Spending an entire day on the bank doing nothing but embracing the peace and serenity and enjoying the different shades of colour during the day are the two best things you can do here.

The interesting fact is that despite being a saline water lake, it completely freezes in winter. This picturesque lake then becomes a playground and ice-skating destination for locals and tourists.

Best Time to Visit: Best time to visit this place is between May and August.

How to Reach?

You can reach Pangong from Leh City for a day trip within six days. The distance is 226 kilometres.

Things to Do

  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Nature Walk
  • Strolling
  • Sightseeing
  • Monastery Walk
  • Stargazing

Also Read: Other Must Visit Lakes in Leh Ladakh

Renuka Lake, Himachal Pradesh

Renuka Lake Himachal

Renuka Lake, which is one of the important lakes in India, is regarded as the embossment of Renukaji, the wife of sage Jamadagini and mother of Parshuram, one of the ten Avatars of Lord Vishnu. Shaped like a profile of a woman, this lake is considered as the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh and you must explore it while visiting the Sirmaur District. This is the perfect year around destination that beckons every traveller.

People also visit Shri Mata Renuka Ji Temple and Mini Zoo or Renuka Sanctuary on the banks of this lake. A five-day long international festival, Shri Renuka Ji fair on the eve of Prabodhini Ekadashi is held here, which attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the country.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Renuka Lake is during April to June and September to November.

How to Reach?

You can reach Renuka Ji Lake from Shimla within five hours. The distance is around 155 kilometres.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Temple Visit
  • Sanctuary Visit
  • Nature Walk
  • Sightseeing

Other Interesting Blogs to Read

Rewalsar Lake, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Rewalsar Lake Himachal

Want to discover a water body that looks like a square? Then, you ought to see this shimmering pool called Rewalsar in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. Rewalsar Lake is also known as Tso Pema and it is a scenic lake in India. From a mythological point of view, this lake is a divine centre for the Hindu, Sikhs and Buddhist. It is a pilgrimage site among Buddhists as it is believed Guru Padmasambhava took a flight to Tibet from here using his enormous powers. The major attraction of the Rewalsar Lake is the statue of Guru Rinpoche that overlooks the lake, the fish, its floating reed island, and its surrounding mountains which looks stunning throughout the year.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Rewalsar Lake is between March and October.

How to Reach?

Rewalsar Lake is located 23 kilometres away from the town of Mandi, which is around 130 kilometres from Shimla.

Things to Do in and around

  • Temple Visits
  • Monastery Visit (Tso Pema Monastery)
  • Gurudwara Visit (Gurudwara Rewalsar Sahib)
  • Zoo Visit (Rewalsar Zoo)
  • Nature Walk
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Also Check Out: Mandi Tourism Guide

Prashar Lake, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh

Prashar Lake Himachal

Prashar Lake or Parashar Lake, the most beautiful lake to visit for a ravishing travel experience, is located high above in the mountains and offers a panoramic view. Located at a height of 2,730 metres above sea level, this lake is a treat for the eyes, especially in the month of June because a traditional fair is organised here during this time. If you’re looking forward to some weekend getaway to spend a lakeside vacation in India, then this place is a perfect treat. One of the major attractions of this place is a pagoda-like three-storied temple of sage Prashar.

Best Time to Visit: Best time to witness this breath-taking pool is from April to July and September to November.

How to Reach?

The lake is situated 49 kilometres east of the Mandi Town in Himachal Pradesh and it takes approximately eight hours to reach from Shimla.

Things to Do in and around

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Nature Walk
  • Camping
  • Temple Visits
  • Photography

Also Check Out: Popular Tourist Places in Mandi Himachal

Suraj Tal, Lahaul & Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Suraj Tal Himachal

One of the popular lakes in India, as well as Himachal Pradesh, Suraj Tal or Tso Kamtsi is dedicated to the God of Sun. It is one of the popular tourist destinations that attracts flocks of travellers who visit Spiti Valley to admire nature and adventure. Trekkers, bikers and adventure enthusiasts also visit this lake en route as a common destination. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes In North India, situated below Bara-lacha-la pass in Lahaul and Spiti District. One of the highest lakes in India, Suraj Tal offers scenic vistas all around. It is also considered the source of Bhaga River, which meets with Chandra River in Tandi and then flows through the valley with the name of the Chandrabhaga River.

Best Time to Visit: Best time to enjoy here at Suraj Tal Lake is during summers.

How to Reach?

You have to reach Suraj Tal via Keylong which is accessible through Leh-Manali Highway. The road to the lake is only three-kilometre away from Bara-lacha-la pass.

Things to Do in and around

  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing
  • Climbing
  • Biking
  • Monastery Visits
  • Temple Visits
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Also Check Out: Lahaul & Spiti Valley Tourism Guide

Naini Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Naini Lake Uttarakhand

The famous lake in India, Naini Lake, sits right in the middle of town and offers spectacular views of the surroundings. This mango-shaped infinite waterbody is a major tourist hub in Nainital as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the temple of Naina Devi is situated on the bank of it. Naina Devi Temple is a world-famous pilgrimage site that accommodates the eyes of Goddess Durga. Naini Lake is flanked by seven peaks and divided into two parts according to size, Tallital and Mallital. The Himalayan flora, lush green forests of the mountains adds glory to the beauty of this lake which looks stunning with floating colourful boats on the water.

Best Time to Visit:  Naini Lake is a year-round destination, but the ideal time to visit is between the months of March and June.

How to Reach?

The lake is located at the centre of Nainital City which is around 55 kilometres from Pantnagar Airport and 35 kilometres from Kathgodam Railway Station.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Nature Walk
  • Temple Visit
  • Strolling
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Picnic

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Bhimtal Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Bhimtal Lake Uttarakhand

About 22 kms from Nainital and nestled in a beautiful pristine valley, this gem of this lake is the largest in Nainital. The beauty is enhanced by a small island surrounded by crystal blue water. This famous lake in Uttarakhand offers ultimate rejuvenation and you can enjoy the view of the shimmering sun dancing on the water. The town surrounding the lake is also named after it. Bhimtal, the lake is situated at a height of 1,370 metres and the best tourist place in Uttarakhand to visit with family. A little island in the middle of the lake is home to a large aquarium filled with an exotic collection of fish.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Bhimtal is from February to April and August to November.

How to Reach?

You can easily reach the lake from the Nainital City, which is 55 kilometres and 35 kilometres away from Pantnagar Airport and Kathgodam Railway Station, respectively.

Things to Do in and around

  • Hiking
  • Forest Walk
  • Boating
  • Paragliding
  • Cycling
  • Water Ball Experience
  • Horse Riding

Other Interesting Blogs to Read

Sattal Lake, Nainital, Uttarakhand

Sat Tal Lake Uttarakhand

A group of seven lakes, Sat Tal where sat means seven and tal means lake, Sattal is one of the largest freshwater lakes in North India, as well as the country. The lake is a delightful place offering numerous activities, camping, stargazing and birdwatching. Garud Tal, Purna Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Ram Tal, Sita Tal, Khurdariya Tal and Lakshman Tal, these seven lakes together known as Sattal (seven lakes). It’s a paradise for ornithologists for being home to a rich collection of exotic Himalayan birds. There is also a butterfly museum to visit which houses more than 2,500 species of butterflies and over 1,100 species of insects.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Sattal Lake is between March and June and from September to December.

How to Reach?

Sattal is located 23 kilometres from Nainital City and the nearest railway station to it is Kathgodam Railway Station. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to the lake.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Stargazing
  • Kayaking
  • Night Swim
  • Watching sunrise

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Kalagarh Dam Lake or Ramganga Dam, Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

Kalagarh Ramganga Dam Lake Corbett

Located within Jim Corbett National Park , Kalagarh Dam Lake is an artificial dam built over the Ramganga River. A part of Ramganga Multipurpose Project (irrigation and hydroelectric), this lake offers a scenic beauty. It is also a place to watch and explore countless migratory birds during winter. One of the best lakes in India for birding enthusiasts, it is situated on the periphery of the national park and is the main source of electricity to the park. Being with nature and birds is the ultimate thing you can do here.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Kalagarh Dam Lake, Corbett is between November to June.

How to Reach?

The nearest city of the lake is Lansdowne. However, you can reach the place via Ramnagar by buses from various cities in North India including Delhi.

Things to Do in and around

  • Birdwatching
  • Nature Walk
  • Forest Walk
  • Park Visit
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Also Read: Other Popular Must Visit Lakes in Uttarakhand

Damdama Lake, Sohna, Haryana

Damdama Lake Sohna Haryana

Around eight kilometres from Sohna, the Damdama Lake is renowned for its scenic splendour. Since it is a beautiful location for tourists who enjoy fishing and other water activities, the Haryana Tourist Corporation built a tourist centre there. There are several resorts around the lake where you can spend quality time with your family members and friends. Damdama Lake is one of the best weekend destinations to visit for people living in Delhi and nearby cities.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit it during the monsoon season.

How to Reach?

Dwarka Sector 10 is the nearest metro station to the lake. You can also reach here by taking a bus to the Princess Park Sector 6 Bus Station, seven minutes away from the lake.

Things to Do in and around

  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Angling
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Nature Walks
  • Camping
  • Picnic

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Must Visit Popular Lakes in West & Northwest India

Nakki Lake Mount Abu, Rajasthan
Pichola Lake Udaipur, Rajasthan
Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Saputara Lake Dang, Gujarat

Nakki Lake, Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Nakki Lake Mount Abu Rajasthan

Often called the lake of love,’ Nakki Lake is the largest manmade lake in India and holds importance for all the cupids. This picture-perfect lake is surrounded by mountains, gardens and rock formations and offers an enriching holiday experience to travellers. Nakki Lake is a cliff-edge lake with green surroundings in Mount Abu, Rajasthan. Nakki Lake has become a hotspot for tourists and photographers in recent years due to its unique beauty. It is also famous among tourists as a sunset point. Watching sunset while sitting on the bank of this lake with your loved one is undeniably the best thing to do here. On February 12, 1948, one of India’s greatest freedom fighters and leaders, Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in Nakki Lake.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season is the best time to enjoy the enchanting view of this pool with your loved ones.

How to Reach?

Nearest railhead is Abu Road Railway Station and nearest airport is Udaipur Airport to Nakki Lake.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Temple Visit
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Sightseeing

Also Check Out: Popular Points of Tourist Interest in Mount Abu

Pichola Lake, Udaipur, Rajasthan

Pichola Lake Udaipur Rajasthan

This lake is situated in Udaipur, which is known as the ‘city of lakes.’ Visiting Udaipur without having a boat ride in Pichola Lake is considered an incomplete trip. Boats depart from Rameshwar Ghat in the City Palace gardens. You can also explore Fateh Sagar Lake by renting a paddle or motor boat from the bottom of Moti Mcgraw hill. It’s an artificial lake built in 1362 and named after a nearby village, Picholi. With its picturesque settings and two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir, Pichola Lake tops the list of top 10 most beautiful lakes In India.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Pichola Lake is between the months of October and March.

How to Reach?

It is located at a distance of around five kilometres from the Udaipur City.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Sightseeing
  • Watching sunset
  • Garden Visits

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra

Venna Lake Mahabaleshwar Maharashtra

This lake is an integral part of the socio-cultural landscape and hence, offers an insightful peek into nature. You can indulge in boating, fishing and even pony riding. Flanked by lush greenery and blooming flowers, the placid Venna Lake is counted amongst the major tourist attractions of Mahabaleshwar. It’s a man-made lake that attracts people of all ages. Travellers can spend quality time here with their family members and friends. It was built by Shri Appa Saheb Maharaj in 1942 to serve the purpose of water scarcity in the nearby areas. It has now become a popular weekend getaway for people living in Maharashtra.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the lake in between May and June or during the monsoon season.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Venna Lake is Pune International Airport and it is just two kilometres away from the main town of Mahabaleshwar.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Pony Riding
  • Nature Walks
  • Photography
  • Food Tours

Also Read: Must Visit Lakes in Maharashtra

Saputara Lake, Dang, Gujarat

Saputara Lake Gujarat

The picturesque lake Saputara is located on the foothills of Sahyadri range. It’s a man-made lake, located near the main city of Saputara, the famous hill station in Gujarat. Rather, you can say the greenery-surrounded lake is the heart of this quaint hill town. Saputara Lake is one of the perfect weekend getaways for people living in the Dang District and nearby cities for spending a relaxing trip away from the chaos of the city. People also treat this place for morning and evening walks.

Best Time to Visit: It’s an all-year-round destination but can be best experienced from March to November.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport to Saputara Lake is Vadodara Airport, 309 kilometres away and the nearest railway station is Waghai. The lake is situated at a distance of 250 kilometres from Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Paddling
  • Recreational Activities
  • Photography

Also Read: Must Visit Lakes in Gujarat

Upper Lake, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (Central India)

Upper Lake Bhopal

Commonly known as Bhojtal, this lake is considered as the largest in the western parts of India. This lake is situated on the western side of the city of Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Legends say the lake was built by king Paramara Raja Bhoj, who was also believed to have established Bhopal. The lake is surrounded by Van Vihar National Park and it contributes around 40 percent of drinking water to the residents of Bhopal.

The lake was also known as Bada Talab or Big Pond until March 2011, then renamed to Bhojtal in honour of the King Bhoj. The lake along with Chhota Talab or Lower Lake, which is located near to the Upper Lake, is now a Ramsar Site.

You can find several resorts, cafeterias, restaurants and markets on a side of Upper Lake where you can refresh. There are also other tourist places nearby, Kamala Park, Shah Ali’s Dargah and Aquarium, which add to the beauty of the lake.

Best Time to Visit: March to November is the best time to visit Upper Lake.

How to Reach?

Bairagarh railway station, 1.8 kilometres away is the nearest railhead and Bhopal Habibganj-ISBT Bus Stand is the nearest bus stand, 2.2 kilometres away from the lake.

Top Things to Do in and around

  • Sailing
  • Paddling
  • Boating
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Watching sunset

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Madhya Pradesh

Must Visit Popular Lakes in East India

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Chilika Lake Odisha
Sumendu Lake Mirik, West Bengal

Chilika Lake, Odisha

Chilika Lake Odisha

Famous for all the good reasons on this earth, this lake is considered as the queen of natural beauty. Chilika Lake is one of the largest brackish water lakes in Asia covering an area of over 1,100 square kilometres. This pear-shaped lagoon is considered as the ‘Asia’s largest salt water lagoon.’ One of the majestic lakes in India, Chilika Lake spreads over three districts of Odisha, Puri, Khurda and Ganjam. It is one of the main sightseeing spots for travellers visiting Puri from all over the country. The lake is enlisted in the list of tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is the best sighting place of endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in India.

Best Time to Visit: Best time to enjoy the serenity of this place is in between the months of October and June.

How to Reach?

It is around 104 kilometres away from Puri and 62 kilometres from Bhubaneswar. You can reach the lake by hiring a cab from both the places.

Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Dolphin Sightings
  • Sightseeing
  • Viewpoint Visits
  • Seafood Tour

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Sumendu Lake, Mirik, West Bengal

Sumendu Lake West Bengal

One of the major attractions of Mirik, Sumendu Lake is located right between the pine trees and lush gardens. It is one of the beautiful lakes you must visit in winter while having a trip to Darjeeling, the popular hill station in West Bengal. The lake is around 1.25 kilometres in length and there is a 24-metre long arch footbridge across it, named Indreni Pull or Rainbow Bridge, which makes it look like a postcard. It’s a man-made lake in the centre of Mirik, a quaint tourist spot in Darjeeling. The temple of Singha Devi, also known as Devi Sthan, is another attraction near the lake.

Visitors have to cross the bridge over the lake to get there because it is on the western bank of the lake. Moreover, there are two viewpoints close to the lake, Rameetya Dara and Deosi Dara and they offer the greatest views of the valley and the snow-capped Himalayan Range.

Best Time to Visit: Best time to enjoy the stillness of this place is in between the months of September and February.

How to Reach?

It is around 40 kilometres from Darjeeling and you can reach here by hiring a cab from there.

Things to Do in and around

  • Horse Riding
  • Boating
  • Restaurant Visits
  • Nature Walk
  • Temple Visits

Also Check Out: West Bengal Complete Travel & Tourism Info Guide

Must Visit Popular Lakes Northeast India

Gurudongmar Lake North Sikkim
Tsomgo or Changu Lake East Sikkim
Tamdil Lake Aizawl, Mizoram
Sela Lake Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh
Loktak Lake Bishnupur, Manipur

Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake Sikkim

Gurudongmar is like a paradise in the middle of nothing in terms of its beauty. One of the natural lakes In India worth visiting, Gurudongmar is renowned for being one of the world’s highest lakes and is situated in North Sikkim at a height of 5,430 metres. It attracts throngs of travellers who love exploring adventurous places in India. One exciting feature about this lake is that it never completely freezes over. During the winter, a portion of the lake doesn’t freeze. The holy lake bears Guru Padmasambhava’s name, who established Tibetan Buddhism.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit the lake is November to June.

How to Reach?

By hiring a cab or bike from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is the easiest way to reach Gurudongmar Lake, which is one of the surreal Himalayan lakes in India.

Things to Do in and around

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Seek blessings
  • Nature Walk
  • Photography

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Tsomgo or Changu Lake, East Sikkim

Changu Lake Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake, is the pinnacle of natural beauty and is situated around 40 kilometres from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. At a height of 3,753 metres, this must-visit lake in Sikkim is tucked away in a mountain range covered in snow, and it is only 18 kilometres from the Indo-China border. One of Sikkim’s must-visit locations is Tsomgo Lake, which draws tourists with its seasonal colour changes. In the spring, the glacier lake is sapphire blue, while in the winter, it is dark green. During Guru Purnima, both tourists and locals come to the holy lake to pray to the protector deity.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to experience Changu Lake, which is one of the top tourist places of Sikkim is between April and July as you can experience the beautiful flowers blooming by the lakeside.

How to Reach?

Hiring a cab or taxi or a bike is the best way to reach Changu Lake from Gangtok.

Things to Do in and around

  • Sightseeing
  • Yak Ride
  • Hiking
  • Snow point visit
  • Photography

Other Interesting Blogs to Read

Tamdil Lake, Aizawl, Mizoram

Tamdil Lake Mizoram

Tam Dil, which means Lake of Mustard in English, is located close to Saitual Village and is around 87 kilometres from Aizawl, Mizoram in North East India. This lake is one of the most popular in the state due to the Fisheries Department’s development of it as a significant pisciculture centre and the Tourism Department’s development of it as a vacation destination. Numerous tree, plant, and animal species can be found in the lake and the dense forest that surrounds it. It’s a picturesque lake which is believed to be found as a curse of pulling out a mustard plant. You can spend a relaxing trip here with your dear ones to escape from the chaos of the city.

Best Time to Visit: If you want to enjoy the enchanting view, then pay a visit between the months of October and March.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport is Lengpui Airport in Aizawl district, 32 kilometres away from the lake. You can hire a cab from the city to reach here; it takes around three hours.

Things to Do in and around

  • Biking
  • Swimming
  • Nature Walks
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Other Interesting Blog to Read

Sela Lake, Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Sela Lake Tawang

Witness this shimmering lake amidst large snow-capped mountains. Sela Lake is a grand sight chiselled out between the rock jagged-mountains. The lake water frozen even at noon looks azure and it is a wonderful treat after a cold ride. The Sela Lake or a Sela Pass is in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh’s northern region, and it’s situated on the border between Tawang and the West Kameng District. Tibetan Buddhists also regard Sela Lake as a holy place, and they hold the belief that there are other holy lakes in and surrounding the pass. Tawang, as well as other Indian cities like Dirang, Guwahati, Tezpur, and others, are easily accessible via the Sela Pass. There is a twin lake on top of Sela Pass, and it is known as Sela Lake.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Sela Lake in Tawang is from April to October.

How to Reach?

Guwahati Airport is the nearest airport to this lake and it can be visited from Dirang, Tezpur and Guwahati by hiring a cab.

Things to Do in and around

  • Nature Walks
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

Also Read: Popular Hill Stations to Visit in Arunachal Pradesh

Loktak Lake, Bishnupur, Manipur

Loktak Lake Manipur

Have you ever seen small ponds in large lakes? If not, then witness Loktak Lake as it is considered as the only floating lake in the world. From guest houses to floating houseboats, this small pool is an ultimate spot for relaxation. One can witness the sunlight dancing on the water and experience the serenity of nature. This famous lake in Manipur attracts flocks of tourists all around the year for its beauty and uniqueness. Fishermen dwelling in floating islands called Phumdis and floating cottages called Phumsangs which you can experience here in Loktak Lake. A day spent at this world-famous lake is a memory that lasts a lifetime. From Sendra, visitors may see the lake from above.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Loktak Lake is from November to early March.

How to Reach?

You have to reach Moirang Bazar Bus stop from Tulihal International Airport or Jiribam Railway Station. From the bus stop, the lake is only three kilometres.

Top Things to Do in and around

  • Boating
  • Sightseeing
  • Nightstay
  • Sunrise and Sunset Watching
  • Photography

Also Read: Complete Manipur Travel & Tourism Information

Must Visit Popular Lakes in South India

Berijam Lake Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Punganoor Lake Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu
Vembanad Lake Kerala

Berijam Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Berijam Lake Kodaikanal

One of the famous lakes in South India, Berijam Lake is a scenic freshwater reservoir that is hidden amidst dense forests near the beautiful hill station of Kodaikanal. It is situated at a distance of 21 kilometres from Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. The lake is a perfect example of South India serenity and beauty. This lake offers the best view of hills which is mesmerising and enchanting. Precisely, Berijam Lake is located in the upper Palani Hills, at the old site of Fort Hamilton. It is originally a part of a micro-watershed development project, later developed as a tourist destination. It contributes as a main source of water to the town of Periyakulam, which is located below the Kodaikanal hill station. The best place to spot flora and fauna, Berijam Lake is one of the finest tourist destinations in Kodaikanal that you must visit once.

Best Time to Visit: October to March is the best time to visit Berijam Lake.

How to Reach?

The closest railhead is Kodaikanal Railway Station, which is just 10 kilometres away from the lake.

Top Things to Do in & around

  • Hiking
  • Forest Walk
  • Wildlife Sighting
  • Temple Visit
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing

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Punganoor Lake, Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

Punganoor Lake Yelagiri

Punganoor Lake is a man-made lake situated in the centre of the Yelagiri Hills, 1 km away from Athanavur Bus Stop. It is one of the most well-known man-made lakes in Tamil Nadu and a famous tourist destination in Yelagiri Hills. Punganoor Lake covers nearly 60 square metres of land. Additionally, there is a fountain in the centre and boating facilities are offered. Right by the lake is a garden known as the “Mughal Garden.” Punganoor Lake is also a great location to unwind and take in the natural beauty. Both pedal and motorboat trips are available at this boat club. The lake’s waters are tranquil and serene. There is a path for walking around the lake.

Best Time to Visit: October to March is the best time to visit Punganoor Lake.

How to Reach?

From the city centre, the lake is around seven kilometres, which can be covered by hiring a cab.

Things to Do in & around

  • Boating
  • Sightseeing
  • Garden Visits
  • Photography
  • Relaxing

Also Read: Other Must Visit Lakes in Tamil Nadu

Vembanad Lake, Kottayam, Kerala

Vembanad Lake Kerala

This famous lake is the longest lake in the country and the largest one in Kerala, the state which is known as God’s Own Country. The lake covers an area of 230 square kilometres and it is 96.5 kilometres in length. It is known as Vembanad Lake in Kottayam, Vaikom, Changanassery, Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha, Punnappra, Kuttanad, and Kochi Lake in Kochi. The lake is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes In South India you must visit while having a Kerala trip. It spans across various districts in the state of Kerala. Kuttanad, popularly referred to as The Rice Bowl of Kerala, is one of the few locations in the world where agriculture is practised below sea level and has the lowest altitude in all of India. On the southern end of Vembanad, Kuttanad is located. The Nehru Trophy Boat Race, the famous sport of Kerala, is held in a portion of the lake.

Best Time to Visit: September to February is the best time to visit the lake.

How to Reach?

The nearest airport and railhead, both are in Kochi, which is around 81 kilometres away from the lake.

Things to Do in and around

  • Witness a boat race
  • Sightseeing
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Tour
  • Birdwatching

Also Read: Best Places to Visit in Kumarakom Kerala

The lakes in India are the main source of nature tourism or nature sightseeing places. They are epitome of nature, serenity and source of several activities to experience. If you have visited a lake like the above-mentioned ones, feel free to comment about your journey. We will add the names according to the demand of the article. Pack your bags, and feel nature at its best!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the largest lake in India?

Chilika Lake in Odisha is the largest lake in India with an area of 1,165 square kilometres.

Which is the highest lake in India?

Tso Lhamo, situated at a height of 6,200 metres in North Sikkim, is the highest lake in India.

Which are the most popular lakes in India to visit?

Some of the most popular lakes in India to visit are:

  • Chilika Lake, Odisha
  • Naini Lake, Nainital
  • Dal Lake, Srinagar
  • Nigeen Lake, Srinagar
  • Loktak Lake, Manipur
  • Gurudongmar Lake, North Sikkim
  • Pushkar Lake, Rajasthan
  • Changu Lake, Sikkim
  • Vembanad Lake, Kerala

Which are some mountain lakes in India to visit?

Some mountain lakes in India are:

  • Gurudongmar Lake
  • Tsomgo Chho
  • Suraj Tal
  • Roop Kund
  • Tarsar Lake
  • Tso Moriri
  • Gadsar Lake
  • Kedartal

Which are some man-made lakes in India to visit?

Some popular man-made lakes in India to visit:

  • Gobind Sagar Lake
  • Bhojtal Lake
  • Jaisamand Lake
  • Barapani Lake
  • Bhimtal
  • Hirakud Lake
  • Rana Pratap Sagar
  • Nagarjuna Sagar

Published: 20 Oct, 2022

About the author

Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.