Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes In The World That Are Nature’s Paradise
Lakes are bodies of water surrounded by lands and can be natural or man-made. They are home to a variety of aquatic species like fishes, mammals, reptiles, plants, etc. There are millions of lakes around the world and are found in each and every kind of environment including mountainous regions, plains, deserts.
They vary in size and some small lakes are commonly referred to as ponds while some large lakes are known as seas. The Caspian Sea, in Europe and Asia, is the world’s largest lake while the deepest lake in the world is in Russia known as Lake Baikal. The water in the lakes comes from many sources like rain, snow, inlets, and streams.
Here is a list of the top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world that are nature’s paradise:
10. Laguna Colorado, Bolivia
Laguna Colorado, also known by the name of the Red lagoon, is a shallow salt lake that lies in the southwestern corner of the Bolivian altiplano at an altitude of 14.000 feet.
The lake is dotted with white islands of borax deposits and is found in the beautiful Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, which is home to various species of flora and fauna including pumas, reptiles, fish, Andean foxes and cats, alpacas, llamas, etc.
The bloody red hue of the lake is due to red sediments and algae in the water. Desert rocks and salt deposits are majorly found around the Lake. There is also a famous tourist attraction, Salar De Uyuni.
The Lake is a major attraction for flamingos- James’, Chilean and Andean flamingos, out of which James flamingo species are one of the rarest and endangered ones. Though the flamingos are white, the tinted red hue of the algae stains their feathers and thus makes them look pink.
9. Lake Kawaguchi, Japan
One can see the iconic volcano Mount Fuji, which is the highest mountain at 3,776 meters in Japan. It is the most accessible lake out of the Fuji Five Lakes.
The best time to visit Lake Kawaguchi is in spring (mid to late April) and autumn (early to mid-November) and one can even see stunning views of Mount Fuji with grounds covered with red maple leaves or cherry blossoms.
The scenic view of the lake and Mount Fuji will mesmerize you. One can even visit Kawaguchiko Music Forest, a small musical theme park that is absolutely amazing and breathtaking and is located on the lake’s northern shore.
Itchiku Kubota Museum, located on the northern coast of the Lake, is an art museum that is extremely beautiful and is devoted to artist Kubota Itchiku.
8. Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal or “Pearl of Siberia” is not only the oldest lake, being 25-30 million years old, but is also the largest and most voluminous freshwater lake in the world. It is located in the southern Siberia area of Russia and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
The lake is extremely gorgeous and breathtaking. The lake is also referred to as the Sacred Sea. The lake is also the clearest lake in the world, and the clarity is due to melted ice’s purity. Thus, during summers, it is possible to see about 130 feet (39 meters) deep in the lake.
The lake is also known as the “Galapagos of Russia” because it is home to a variety of flora and fauna, most of which are endemic. The most famous animals here are ‘nerpa,’ the only freshwater seal in the world.
7. Lake Pehoe, Chile
Lake Pehoé is located in the Magallanes Region of southern Chiles in the Torres del Paine National Park. The lake is quite large with a 10km width. The lake is home to much exotic and unique flora and fauna, including grazing wild Guanaco.
The crystal-clear water makes it look incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring. One can even embrace the picturesque views of wonderful Paine Grande Mountain and the Cuernos (horns) del Paine. The lake is a major tourist attraction and is famous for camping, trekking, and hiking.
The famous waterfalls include Salto Grande waterfall which lies to the Northeast of the lake and towards the South East is the Salto Chico waterfall.
6. Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
Being Queenstown’s crown jewel, Lake Wakatipu was earlier used as a method of transport but today is a major tourist attraction. It is the longest and third largest lake in New Zealand with an 80 km width.
The lake is so deep that it dips below sea level. The lake was first explored by Scottish surveyor, Donald Hay in August 1859, though the lake was formed by glaciers 15,000 years ago.
Spirit of Queenstown Scenic Cruise is an enjoyable way to travel the lake and the alpine scenery views are extremely stunning and magnificent. Not only this, people who love adventure can even take jet boat trips, known as KJet.
The place is also famous for kayaking and paddleboarding. Because of its unusual shape, the lake causes water to rise and fall about 20 cm after every half an hour.
5. Crater Lake, USA
Crater Lake is a natural lake born out of a volcanic eruption, Mount Mazama. It is the deepest lake in America with its depth being 1,943 feet. The lake is crystal blue and the water comes from either snow or rain.
There is no other inlet from other water sources thus the water is pure. For this reason, the lake is also the cleanest and clearest lake in the world. The lake is covered with an average of 43 feet of snow and is also the snowiest place in America. The Vidae Falls are extremely beautiful and breathtaking.
There is also a national park named Crater Lake National Park which is home to many old-growth forest ecosystems. One can even enjoy cycling, hiking, or snowshoeing.
The Park is also home to wildlife like elk and bobcats and deers, squirrels are common to find. Also, at night the sky is clear and illuminated with stars and one can even see satellites or planets as well.
4. Lake Pichola, India
Also known as the city of lakes, Udaipur is one of the most stunning and gorgeous cities in India with an abundance of lakes and marble palaces, and in this beautiful city, there lies Lake Pichola.
Created in the year 1362 AD, Lake Pichola is one of the oldest, biggest and prettiest lakes in Udaipur. The lake is famous for its scenic views and the pure blue water is extremely breathtaking. One cannot miss boat riding during sunset over here.
There are two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir which are situated within Pichola Lake. Jag Mandir is a famous destination for many tourists. There is also an extremely beautiful hotel named after the lake, Lake Pichola Hotel, and was founded by legendary Maharana Udai Singh II in 1559 AD on the banks of Lake Pichola.
3. Lake Tahoe, USA
Considered as one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world, Lake Tahoe is located 1,897 meters atop the Sierra Nevada Mountain range on the California and Nevada border.
Approximately 2/3 of the lake is in California and 1/3 of the lake lies in Nevada. The scenic and picturesque views will make you fall in love with the place.
Kayaking is the most adventurous activity one can go for, and you can even go on the cruise and enjoy the incredible views of nature. The lake is over 2 million years old and is a mile high. Research has shown that the water is extremely pure with 99.994% purity and clarity.
Because of its purity, the lake appears clear blue and thus Emerald Bay (east side) and Emerald Cove(west side) have been named so. The lake is also famous during winters for its snow and is an amazing place for skiing, snowboarding, etc.
2. Lake Como, Italy
Shaped much like an inverted letter ‘Y’, Lake Como is one of the deepest lakes in Europe. In earlier days, the lake was also known as “Lario” which means “deep place.” The shape of the lake is because of the melting of glaciers along with erosion caused by the ancient river, Adda.
It is the third-largest and is the most popular tourist attraction in Italy. Lake Como is also known for the highest rainfall in Italy. The surrounding mountains make the place a little chilly and visiting the lake is perfect during summers.
Popular activities on the lake include fishing and swimming; swimming is best from July to August. The foothills of the Italian Alps are an excellent hiking choice with the route being extremely magnificent and scenic. Isola Comacina is the only island situated in Lake Como.
1. Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake is located in Banff National Park, in the valley of Ten Peaks. It is a glacially-fed lake with magnificent scenic views of mountain peaks and gets an amazing hue of turquoise due to the refraction of light.
The area around the lake is famous for hiking. The Rockpile Trail is the most popular hiking trail and the view from this trail is extremely breathtaking and stunning.
Also known as, “lake with a twenty-dollar view”, the lake is called so because of the fact that the lake was printed on the backside of 1969 and 1979 issues of Canadian twenty-dollar bills. There are many species of fish in the lake which include Mountain Whitefish, lake Whitefish, and trout.
Lakes are beautiful creations by nature and they must be preserved. The biggest threat lakes face is pollution which affects aquatic life as well. One must not destroy nature’s beauty and prevent others as well from polluting.