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Nature is our ultimate home. Our man-made magnificent architectural structures or the world’s most delicious food can’t compete with the beauty of mountains and the trail of flowing rivers.

To me, lakes seem to wash off the pebbles on both sides of the bank, and murmur about the sights and sounds they bear witness to. For large blues lakes, it seems as if one blue meets the other blue in an infinite blue tumble. Beautiful seems a lesser word to describe the scene.

Here’s a list of 5 breathtaking lakes in India

1. Chilika Lake, Odisha

Photo by Steve Browne, CC BY 2.0

Chilika is a brackish lake located on the eastern coast of India. Fishing is a major source of income for people living near the lake since it has large fishery resources. Moreover, the lake supports inhabitants of over 132 villages and provides a ground for migratory birds during the winter seasons. All this flora and fauna adds to the diversity of the lake, thus making it a point of intersection of beauty of vision and life.

2. Wular and Dal Lake, Jammu and Kashmir

Photo by Somyadeep Paul, CC BY 2.0

Both, the Wular Lake and Dal Lake, are sourced from the Jhelum River and are examples of eternal beauty. While Wular Lake is the largest fresh water lake in the continent, Dal Lake is often referred to as ‘Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir’. The snow-kissed mountains in the background, the scarcity of people around and the homely ambience in the houseboats make the lakes a lover’s perfect destination. And by love I mean, any kind of in one’s heart.

3. Loktak Lake, Manipur

Photo by Bungo, CC BY-ND 2.0

This lake is the only one in the world on which a national park, namely Keibul Lamjao, floats on. Many phumdis (mass of lands) float on the lake however the national park is the longest stretch and thus is like a living miracle for many. The biodiversity around the lake is huge and rich while many endangered species house in here. Largest fresh water lake in North-East India; the Loktak Lake only makes one awe, more and more.

4. Vembanad Lake, Kerala

Photo by Vinayaraj, CC BY-SA 3.0

A back water lake, the Vembanad Lake sees more zeal and adventure than any other lake in India. It is the longest lake in the country and hosts many boat races and other sports in its domain throughout the year. It is also the most favorite picnic/hangout spot, for both inhabitants and travelers, and reenergizes one thoroughly. A set of four to five small islands are located in the Kochi lake portion which adds to the enthusiasm of the people in Kerala.

5. PangongTso Lake, Ladakh

Photo by dipak123, CC BY 1.0

Pangong Tso Lake is a beautiful lake shared by Tibet and India. Despite having saline water, the lake freezes in the winter months and is an epitome of silent beauty. The vegetation free mountain surrounds the lake, making a vivid contrast of brown and blue in summers and turning into shades of white during the winters, and leaves the visitors enchanted long after they have left the place. Moreover, the lake is of artistic significance and many series of film shooting have taken place here. The entire landscape is a sight to behold.

There’s something different about the lakes; something that makes it more glorious than other aspects of nature. It’s the evident movement of water that leaves one gaping and all excited. It’s the hot and cold temperature of the water that travels so easily to our soul leaving us mesmerized.

Author Bio:

Rohit is a traveler, and more than a traveler he is a seeker of life and beauty. He writes regularly at and believes in the vast capability of small things teaching us larger than life sought of lessons.