In this article, You will read the List of Important Lakes of India – for UPSC IAS.
Important Lakes of India
- Lake is a surface water body that is surrounded by land. Rivers will be outlet or inlet to the lakes i.e. lakes take the water from rivers or act as a source of water.
- Lakes are found in various landscapes like Hilly areas, plains, plateaus, rift zones, etc.
- There are various types of lakes that can be classified based on different criteria – They are
- Fresh Water Lakes,
- Salt Water lakes,
- Natural Lakes,
- Artificial Lakes,
- Oxbow lake, (Formed by river deposits)
- Crater Lake, etc. (formed due to volcanic activity)
- Lakes have various applications like drinking water, irrigation, navigation, water storage, livelihood (fishing, etc.), impact on microclimate, etc.
- A subglacial lake is a body of liquid water located in between an ice sheet and the continental landmass.
- The water remains liquid because the ice sheet above the water acts as an insulator and traps geothermal heat from the Earth’s crust.
- Lake Vostok is the largest of Antarctica’s almost 400 known subglacial lakes. Lake Vostok is located at the southern Pole of Cold, beneath Russia’s Vostok Station under the surface of the central East Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is at 3,488 m above mean sea level.
Important Facts related to Lakes of India
- Largest freshwater lake in India – Wular Lake, Jammu and Kashmir
- Largest Saline water lake in India – Chilka Lake, Orissa
- Highest lake in India (Altitude) – Cholamu lake, Sikkim
- Longest Lake in India – Vembanad lake, Kerala
- Largest Artificial Lake in India – Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar (Rihand Dam)
- Dhebar Lake is India’s second-largest artificial lake, after Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar. It is located in the Udaipur District of Rajasthan.
Lakes of India
|Name||State||District||Type of Lakes||Facts/Description|
|Pulicat Lake||Andhra Pradesh||Sullurpet||Brackish Water||It encompasses Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary;|
Satish Dhawan Space Centre located here
|Kolleru Lake||Andhra Pradesh||Vijayawada||Freshwater||Home to migratory birds|
|Nagarjuna Sagar||Andhra Pradesh||Nalgonda||Freshwater||Artificially constructed;|
|Haflong Lake||Assam||Silchar||Freshwater||High altitude lake|
|DeeporBeel||Assam||Kamrup||Freshwater||Under Ramsar Convention|
|Son Beel||Assam||Karimganj||Freshwater (Tectonically formed)||Largest wetland in Assam|
|Chandubi lake||Assam||Kamrup||Freshwater||Migratory Birds (winter);|
formed by 1897 earthquake
|Kanwar Lake||Bihar||Begusarai||Oxbow (freshwater)||Asia’s largest freshwater oxbow lake;|
|Hamirsar lake||Gujarat||Kutch||Artificial||Situated in centre of Bhuj|
|Kankaria lake||Gujarat||Ahmedabad||Artificial||During 14th century by Muhammed Shah II|
|Narayan Sarovar||Gujarat||Kutch||Artificial freshwater||Pilgrimage site for Hindus|
|Thol Lake||Gujarat||Mehsana||Lentic lake||Constructed for irrigation purpose|
|Badkal Lake||Haryana||Faridabad||Freshwater||Man made|
|Blue Bird Lake||Haryana||Hisar||Freshwater||Migratory Birds, Wetland Habitat|
|Brahma Sarovar||Haryana||Thaneswar||Freshwater||Ancient water pool sacred to Hinduism|
|Damdama Lake||Haryana||Sohna||Freshwater||Constructed by British government for Rainwater Harvesting|
|Karna||Haryana||Karnal||Freshwater||Connected to great epic Mahabharata|
|Tilyar||Haryana||Rohtak||Freshwater (canal inflow)||Located inside Tilyar Zoo|
|Chandra Taal||Himachal Pradesh||Lahul and Spiti||Sweetwater lake||Ramsar wetland site|
|Suraj Taal||Himachal Pradesh||Lahul and Spiti||Freshwater (High Altitude)||Bhaga River inflow|
|MaharanaPratapSagar||Himachal Pradesh||Kangra||Freshwater||Ramsar site|
|Prashar lake||Himachal Pradesh||Mandi||Holomitic (Freshwater)||It has a floating Island|
|Renuka lake||Himachal Pradesh||Sirmaur||Freshwater||It is designated as the Ramsar site|
|Dal lake||J &K||Srinagar||Warm monomitic||Remnants of past glacial period|
|Pangong Tso||J &K||Ladakh||Endorheic Lake (saline water)||Indo-China Border|
|Wular lake||J &K||Bandipora||Tectonic lake (fresh water)||Largest freshwater lake in India|
|TsoMoriri||J &K||Ladakh||Saltwater||High altitude lake|
|Agata lake||Karnataka||Bangalore||Freshwater||Located in southwest part of the city|
|Karachi lake||Karnataka||Mysore||–||Butterfly park|
|Ulsoor lake||Karnataka||Bangalore||Stale water||It has several islands|
|Honnamana||Karnataka||Kodagu||Freshwater||Holy lake, place for various festivals|
|Pampa Sarovar||Karnataka||Hampi||Freshwater||Tungabhadra river|
|Ashtamudi Kayal||Kerala||Kollam||Brackish water||Ramsar wetland site|
|Kuttanad||Kerala||Alappuzha, Kottayam||Backwater paddy cultivation|
|Vembanad||Kerala||–||Brackish water||Ramsar wetland; boat race|
|Bhojtal||Madhya. Pradesh||Bhopal||Freshwater||Ramsar site; largest artificial lake in India|
|Lonar lake||Maharashtra||Buldhana||Crater lake||National Geo-Heritage monument|
|Loktak lake||Manipur||–||Lenticular freshwater||Ramsar wetland; Phumdis (Floating Islands); Multipurpose project|
|Umiam||Meghalaya||Shillong||Freshwater||Famous for cycling and boating|
|Chilika lake||Orissa||Puri||Brackish water||India’s largest brackish water lake; lagoon|
|Kanjia lake||Orissa||Bhubaneswar||Freshwater||Wetland of national importance|
|Harike||Punjab||Ferozepur||Freshwater||Ramsar wetland site|
|Rupar||Punjab||Rupnagar||Freshwater||Manmade riverine lake|
|Kanjli||Punjab||Kapurthala||Freshwater||Ramsar wetland site|
|Sambhar lake||Rajasthan||Sambhar Lake-town||Saltwater||Ramsar wetland; largest inland saltwater lake in India|
|Tsomgo lake||Sikkim||East Sikkim||Freshwater||Winter frozen|
|Khecheoplari||Sikkim||West Sikkim||Freshwater||Sacred lake for Hindus and Buddhists|
|Ooty lake||Tamilnadu||Nilgiris||Freshwater||Boat House|
|Kodaikanal Lake||Tamilnadu||Dindigul||Artificial lake||Boat club, boathouse, and boat service|
|Hussain Sagar||Telangana||Hyderabad||Artificial lake||Artificial Gibraltar rock island|
|Badrakali lake||Telegana||Warangal||Freshwater||Artificial lake|
|Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar||Uttar Pradesh||Sonbhadra||Man-made lake||Rihand dam|
|Belasagar||Uttar Pradesh||Kulpahar||Freshwater||Irrigation lake|
|Bhimtal||Uttarakhand||Nainital||Freshwater||Medium altitude lake|
|East Calcutta wetlands||West Bengal||Calcutta||Brackish water||Ramsar wetland|
Q. Consider the following statement with respect to Wular Lake
a. It is located in Kashmir
b. It was created by Tectonic activity
c. It is fed by the river Jhelum
Select the correct option
- a only
- b and c only
- a and c only
- a b and c
Q. Which one of the following is an artificial lake? (2018)
(a) Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
(b) Kolleru (Andhra Pradesh)
(c) Nainital (Uttarakhand)
(d) Renuka (Himachal Pradesh)
Important Lakes on Earth
- Black Sea is not a lake since Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits connect it to the Mediterranean Sea. Many big rivers fall into the Black Sea, making the salinity of its surface water half that of the ocean: 17‰.
- Caspian Sea and the Dead Sea are lakes. The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 423 meters below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land.
- While writing facts about lakes, people ignore the Caspian Sea because for them it is too big to be considered a lake. But it is still a lake.
- Just like everybody else, even I have ignored the Caspian Sea while stating the below facts.
Lake Baikal – Deepest Lake
- Located in Siberia, Russia.
- The deepest lake in the world [1,637 metres deep]
- It is the world’s largest lake by volume.
- It is the second longest.
Lake Tanganyika – Longest Lake
- The longest lake in the world. [660 kilometres long]
- It is also the second largest by volume.
- It is the second deepest lake in the world, after lake Baikal.
World’s Highest and Lowest Lakes
- The world’s highest lake, if size is not a criterion, may be the crater lake of Ojos del Salado, at 6,390 metres. It is in Andes.
- The highest large lake in the world is the Pumoyong Tso (Pumuoyong Tso), in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. [5,018 metres above sea level]
- The world’s highest commercially navigable lake is Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia border at 3,812 m. It is also the largest lake in South America.
- The world’s lowest lake is the Dead Sea, bordering Israel and Jordan at 418 metres below sea level. It is also one of the lakes with highest salt concentration.
The Largest Lakes (surface area) by Continent
- Australia – Lake Eyre (salt lake)
- Africa – Lake Victoria, also the third-largest freshwater lake on Earth. It is one of the Great Lakes of Africa.
- Antarctica – Lake Vostok (subglacial)
- Asia – Lake Baikal (if the Caspian Sea is considered a lake, it is the largest in Eurasia, but is divided between the two geographic continents)
- Europe – Lake Ladoga, followed by Lake Onega, both located in northwestern Russia.
- North America – Lake Superior.
- South America – Lake Titicaca, which is also the highest navigable body of water on Earth at 3,812 metres above sea level. The much larger Lake Maracaibo is a contiguous body of water with the sea, so it is ignored. ,
- Great Lakes of North America are a series of interconnected freshwater lakes which connect to the Atlantic Ocean through the Saint Lawrence Seaway.
- Consisting of Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario [in the order of west to east]. Superior, Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Ontario [In the order of largest to smallest].
- Lake Superior is the largest continental lake in the world by area, and Lake Michigan is the largest lake that is entirely within one country.
- The Great Lakes are today used as a major water transport corridor for bulk goods.
- The Great Lakes Waterway connects all the lakes; the smaller Saint Lawrence Seaway connects the lakes to the Atlantic oceans.
- Also called the Salt Sea.
- Lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Palestine and Israel to the west.
- It Earth’s lowest elevation on land.
- It was a lake lying between Kazakhstan in the north and Uzbekistan, in the south.
- Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects.
African Great Lakes
- Series of lakes constituting the part of the Rift Valley lakes in and around the East African Rift.
- They include Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, and Lake Tanganyika, the world’s second-largest in volume as well as the second deepest.
Largest Lakes by Surface Area
[Caspian Sea Excluded in all facts]
- Lake Superior – North America
- Lake Victoria – Africa
- Lake Huron – North America
- Lake Michigan – North America
Largest Lakes by Volume
- Baikal – Asia
- Tanganyika – Africa
- Superior – North America
Deepest Lakes in the World
- Lake Baikal – Asia
- Lake Tanganyika