Generally lakes play a huge role in the development of any city and also country because it can provide the water required for irrigation of agriculture at the same time it may also be a good tourist spot, grow the economy & provide fresh drinking water to locals & also use the water for domestic purposes and
also depending upon the dimensions of the lake it can also help you generate hydroelectricity and last but not least If the lake contains any fishes then local people can catch &
sell fishes & make some money, because of all these amazing reasons lakes play a huge role in the overall development of the country.
Now that you know the importance of lakes let’s take a look at top 10 largest lakes in India along with some additional information about the lakes.
So let’s get started.
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Top 10 largest lakes in India
We will take a look at the top 10 lakes along with what is the best time to visit the lake and more in detail.
1. Vembanad lake
Vembanad lake is the longest lake of the country and it is located in Kerala state.
This gigantic lake has 96.5 km of maximum length and 14 km of maximum width with a surface area of 2033 km² & 12 meters of maximum depth.
This lake contains both perennial blackish water and fresh water in it and this lake is so vast that it spreads in 3 different districts of Kerala State which are kochi, Alappuzha & Kottayam and called with different names in each state.
The vembanad lake is famous for backwater house boating and it also has a beautiful bird sanctuary. Winter season is considered to be the best time to visit the lake if you are ever interested to do so.
2. Chilika lake
Chilika Lake is the second largest lake in India which has the total length of 64 km & 4 meter depth with a surface area maximum of 1165 KM².
This beautiful lake is located in the Orissa state of India and the lake contains brackish type of water.
This lake is famous for being the largest brackish water lake at the same time it is also a home for lots of threatened animals & plants.The lagoon hosts over 160 species of birds in the peak migratory season.
October to March is considered the best time to visit this lake because it is the exact time when the Migrating birds visit the lake.
3. Shivaji sagar lake
Shivaji Sagar lake is another great lake in the state of Maharashtra which has the maximum length of 50 km and maximum depth of 80 meters and with the surface area of 891.78 km2.
This lake was formed when the dam was built on the koyna river and this lake is great for tourist spot for families and we can do a lot of activities like boating, kayaking, swimming, etc and
monsoon season starting from October to February is considered to be the best time to visit the lake with your family.
4. Indira Sagar Lake
Indira Sagar lake is the largest lake in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The lake has formed by building a dam on the Narmada river and it is considered to be the largest water Reservoir in terms of volume in India.
Monsoon time is considered to be the best time to visit this Lake because it will get large amount of volume of water from Narmada river and also contains a lot of greenery so it can be a great picnic spot for families.
5. Pangong Lake
Pangong Lake is another Lake located in the eastern part of Ladakh and western Tibet and it is located at the height of 4.2 km above the sea level.
This Lake has a maximum length of 134 km and 5 km of maximum width and surface area of 700 km² and it is also considered to be 330 feet Deep and the lake is filled with saline water.
The lake is popular for various reasons like the ability to change its colour from Blue to green to red and it also has lots of ducks and gulls and lots of migratory birds visiting it in the summer season.
Since it is located in the Himalayas region the best time to visit the lake is obviously in summers from may to September because in the winter season the lake would get frozen.
6. Pulicat Lake
Pulicat Lake is another great brackish and saltwater lake located between Andhra Pradesh and tamilnadu border in the Coromandel coast.
As a matter of fact this is the second largest saltwater lake in the country.
This Lake has a maximum length of 60 km and maximum width of 17.5 km with a maximum depth of 10 meters and surface area of 450 km².
This lake is famous for mainly nature and the migratory birds like kingfishers and storks that visit the lake.
October to March is considered to be the best time to visit the lake and you can also see lots of migratory birds and visit the bird sanctuary.
This lake is considered to be one of the best places for bird photography.
7. Sardar Sarovar Lake
Sardar Sarovar Lake is another Lake which was formed by building a sardar sarovar dam on Narmada river in Gujarat.
What’s really amazing about this dam is that four different states of India receive electricity e from this dam which are Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Gujarat and Rajasthan.
October and November are considered to be the best period to visit the lake.
8. Nagarjuna Sagar Lake
The lake was formed by building a dam called Nagarjuna Sagar dam on Krishna river and it is located in Nalgonda district of Telangana and Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh border.
This lake is popular for providing water for irrigation facilities and also generate hydro electricity for the telugu states at the same time you can also find lots of migratory birds and animals and also famous for its heritage.
Winter season is considered to be the best time to visit the Nagarjuna Sagar lake.
9. Loktak Lake
Loktak lake is considered to be the largest freshwater lake in India which is located in Manipur state of India. This Lake has a maximum Length and width of 35 km & 13 km & 4.6 meter of maximum depth and it has a surface area of 100 KM².
It is famous for the phumdis (heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition) floating over it.
Keibul Lamjao National Park is a only floating National park in the world which contains lots of endangered species like deers, etc.
February and March is considered to be the best time to visit the lake.
10. Wular Lake
Wular lake is also one of the largest freshwater Lakes you can find in Asia and it is located in Jammu and Kashmir state of India.
This Lake has a maximum length and width of 16 km and 9.6 km and also a maximum depth of 14 meters at the same time the surface area of 189 km².
This lake is famous for wide variety of fishes and also lots of migratory birds population.
Boating and water sports are considered to be the most popular activities you can do you here.
Unlike other lakes on the list you can visit this Lake throughout the year.
So these are the top 10 largest lakes you can find in India.
If you are interested you can also read my guide on top ten largest rivers of India.
These are all the top 10 largest lakes in India.
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