The diverse topography of India is often spoken about in reference to mighty mountains or the large coastline owing to its peninsular geography. Visitors also find that India has some beautiful lakeside locations, perfect for relaxing, wildlife spotting and exploring charming towns and villages. We highlight our top five lakes of India.
1. Vembanad in Kerala – Vembanad Lake of Kerala does not represent the quintessential lake which is surrounded by mountains, but instead offers visitors a unique backwater experience. The Vembanad Lake can safely be called the ‘harbour of houseboats’ and stretches for 14 kms at its widest point. It is the largest lake in India. The Punnamada part of the lake is also the annual destination for the famous Snake Boat Race in Kerala.
2. Nainital and the lakes around – Nainital and the towns around it draw a parallel where the lakes of the cities are concerned. While Nainital is built around the Naini Lake, places like Bhimtal, Sattal and Nachiketa Tal form a similar pattern. This cluster of lakes in the region make for an interesting place for camping, boating, fishing and other water based activities. Moreover they provide a beautiful backdrop to these already charming destinations.
3. Periyar Lake – The 26 sq kms of the Periyar Lake compliments the Periyar Wildlife sanctuary in the southern district of Idukki in Kerala. The lake also serves as great view point to watch the elephants and other wildlife come for a drink of water. The best way to experience the lake is to take a raft ride for the day to watch the thriving eco system of the Periyar National Park.
4. Lake Pichola – The artificial fresh water lake situated in Udaipur is one of the distinct features historical Rajasthan. The Aravalli Range of mountains stand in the backdrop while the famous heritage hotel stands in the middle of the lake, making it a coveted tourist spot. This was a former summer palace built by the legendary Maharana Udai Singh in 1559 A.D. The other lakes in Udaipur are Udai Sagar Lake, Fateh Sagar Lake, Rajsamand Lake and Jaisamand Lake.
5. Dal Lake in Kashmir –A constant companion to the Bollywood movies of yester years, the Dal Lake is of monumental importance in the lives of the Kashmiris. A whole community exists around the lake with vegetable vendors drifting in small boats, school children using the boats to get to school and of course the plenty of houseboats that are still sprinkled on the calm waters. Kashmir has inimitable natural beauty and the Dal Lake has always demanded a prime spot on the list of things to do here.
If you would like to visit India contact our reservations team who will be happy to help you with your plans.
Many thanks to the photographers who share their images under the Creative Commons licence. All images link back to the original source.
Find out about the homestay experience and don't forget to check out our ideas on things to do in India or browse our India homestays.