Lakes give a scenic touch to any place and make the surroundings look pleasing to the eyes. They help in maintaining the ecological balance and add a beauty of their own. There are several such lakes in India that are eco-tourism spots and historical sites (where some are man-made lakes) as well. These days, lakes have become one of the top attractions in cities where activities like boating, bird watching, etc., are being encouraged.
Each state in India has some of the most enchanting lakes that are an integral part of tourism. Likewise the state of Maharashtra has so much to explore and lakes are one of them. Some of these lakes are man-made, while a few are naturally formed water bodies. Nevertheless, these are the top lakes in Maharashtra that are worth a visit.
Come, let's now explore this photo tour of the best lakes you can find in Maharashtra.
The Vihar lake is fed by the Mithi river and it is one of the largest lakes in Mumbai. It is also one of the drinking water sources for the city. The Vihar lake is situated inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
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The Rankala lake is one of the oldest lakes in Maharashtra. It is said that Rankala lake was built by the Chatrapatis of Kolhapur. Today, this lake is one of the famous tourist spots in the city of Kolhapur.
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The Upvan or Upavan lake is one of the scenic getaways in Thane. It is also a source of drinking water for the people in the city of Thane. Upvan lake is locally known as 'lovers paradise'!
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Lonar Crater Lake
The Lonar Crater lake is one of the interesting geological formations in Maharashtra. This saline soda lake was formed by an impact of a meteor. The Lonar Crater lake is situated in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra.
Venna lake is a tourist spot in the hill station of Mahabaleshwar. Tourists can enjoy a boat ride across this lake. Venna lake is a man-made lake that was built during the reign of King Appasaheb Maharaj.
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Salim Ali Lake
Salim Ali Sarovar (lake) is named after the famous ornithologist Salim Ali. This lake which was earlier called the Khiziri Talab is located in the city of Aurangabad. The Salim Ali lake also houses a small bird sanctuary, which is one of the most beautiful attractions in this city.
Futala lake is a historic lake, and it was constructed during the time of the Bhosle kings in Nagpur. This lake is known for fountains and the tonga rides you can take around the lake in the evenings. No doubt, the Futala lake is one of the best lakes in Maharashtra.