(Last Updated on : 07/12/2016)
is located in the southern part of India, more specifically, on the Malabar
Coast. National Geographic's Traveler Magazine labeled Kerala as one of the ten paradises of the world in the year 2012. Kerala's beaches
, ancient ports and religious institutions have lent beauty and popularity to this state. Apart from the above mentioned attractions, Kerala also has a number of lakes
. Some of them are described below.
Bordered by the Alappuzha
districts, Vembanad Lake
is the longest lake in India and the largest lake in the state of Kerala. This lake is approximately 14 kilometers wide at its widest point and just over 96.5 km in length. A narrow barrier island helps this lake in maintaining a distinct identity from the Arabian Sea
. 10 rivers
flow into Vembanad Lake, out of which 6 rivers belong to central Kerala. This lake is known to provide shelter to more than 20,000 waterfowls - the third largest such population in India. It is also a suitable habitat for shrimps. The Vembanad Wetland
System was included in the list of wetlands of international importance in the year 2002 as defined by the Ramsar Convention.
is beautified by a lake called Vellayani Lake. It has the distinction of being the largest fresh water lake of Thiruvananthapuram district. This lake occupies an area of about 7.5 square kilometers. The quality of this lake is being deteriorated by illegal sand mining, pollution and land reclamation. The noteworthy aspects of this lake are boat race
during Onam and its crystal-clear calm water.
Pookode Lake is situated in Wayanad district
. This lake has an elevation of about 770 meters above sea level. This natural fresh water lake serves as a home to fresh water fish
es. Pethia pookodens
is a species of cyprinid fish which is only found in Pookode Lake. This lake is adorned by blue lotus
and groups of blue water lily
. Boating is a fun filled possibility on this lake. This lake comes under South Wayanad Forest
Division and is the responsibility of the District Tourism
Enamakkal Lake is located in Enamakkal in the district of Thrissur
. The lake is spread over an area of about 25 square kilometers. Characteristically, this is a fresh water lake. Keecheri River and Viyyoor River amalgamates with Enamakkal Lake.
Orange Poika is housed in Kudappanakunnu in the middle of Thiruvananthapuram. Characteristically, Orange Poika is a landlocked natural lake formation above the montane hills.