List of Lakes in India (State-wise)


Lake is an area of appreciable size filled with water. It is any relatively large body of stagnant water that occupies the inland basin. Although the difference between lakes, ponds or rivers, and other bodies are not well defined, we can say that streams and rivers move faster than Lakes. If defined geologically, lakes are temporary bodies of water. Globally lakes contribute to a very small quantity of all available water i.e. 0.009%.

Lakes can be classified by two ways:

  1. Natural lakes.
  2. Artificial lakes.

Uses of Lakes:

  1. Lakes are used for commercial purposes, large lakes provide a form of transport for heavy and bulky goods like coal, iron, machinery, etc.
  2. Water is essential for day to day life. Thus, lakes can be used as water storage for domestic usage of towns or industrial cities.
  3. Lakes are generally used for hydroelectric power generation. Both natural and artificial lakes are used but natural lakes are preferred over manmade lakes to generate hydroelectric power.
  4. Besides generating electricity lakes also works for agricultural and irrigation purposes.
  5. It is also used for fishing because lakes are generally connected with rivers and oceans which brings fishes to the lakes. It helps industries engaged in fishing.
  6. Lakes are used for tourism purposes also. Tourists use lakes for boating and fishing.

Lakes in India is one of the important topics in the General Awareness section. One to two questions can be expected from this topic in the upcoming SSC CGL 2019 and Railway NTPC examinations. It will be helpful for all the upcoming SSC and Railway exams.

State-wise List of Lakes in India

Name of the StateName of the Lake
Andhra Pradesh Kolleru Lake
Pulicat Lake
Assam Chandubi Lake
Chapanala Lake
Haflong Lake
Son Beel Lake
Bihar Kanwar Lake
Gujarat Hamirsar Lake
Kankaria Lake
Lakhota Lake
Sursagar Lake
Thol Lake
Vastrapur Lake
Himachal Pradesh Brighu Lake
Dashair and Dhankar Lake
Kareri and Kumarwah lake
Khajjiar Lake
Macchial Lake
Manimahesh Lake
Nako Lake
Pandoh Lake
Prashar Lake
Renuka Lake
Rewalsar Lake
Seruvalsar and Manimahesh Lake
Haryana Badkhal Lake
Beauty lake
Blue Bird Lake
Brahma Sarovar
Current lake
Karna Lake
Sannihit Sarovar
Tilyar Lake
Jammu and Kashmir Dal Lake
Manasbal Lake
Mansar Lake
Pangong Tso
Sheshnag Lake
Tso Moriri
Wular Lake
Karnataka Agara Lake
Bellandur Lake
Byrasandra Lake
Hebbal Lake
Kempambudhi Lake
Lalbagh Lake
Madiwala Lake
Puttenahalli Lake
Sankey Lake
Ulsoor Lake
Dalavai Lake
Devanoor Lake
Karanji lake
Kukkarahalli lake
Lingambudhi Lake
Honnamana Kere
Pampa Sarovar
Kerala Ashtamudi Lake
Kuttanad Lake
Maanaanchira, Kozhikode
Manakody Kayal
Padinjarechira, Thrissur city
Paravur Kayal
Punnamada Lake
Shasthamkotta lake
Vadakkechira, Thrissur city
Vanchikulam, Thrissur
Vellayani Lake
Vembanad Lake
Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Wetland
Lower Lake
Moti lake
Sarang pani lake
Shahpura lake
Tawa Reservoir
Upper Lake
Maharashtra Gorewada Lake
Khindsi Lake
Lonar Lake
Mehrun Lake
Pashan Lake
Powai Lake
Rankala Lake
Salim Ali Lake
Shivasagar lake
Talao Pali
Upvan Lake
Venna Lake
Meghalaya Umiam Lake
Manipur Loktak Lake
Mizoram Palak dïl
Tam Dil
Odisha Anshupa Lake
Chilika Lake
Kanjia lake
Punjab Harike Lake
Kanjli Lake
Ropar Lake
Rajasthan Ana Sagar Lake
Balsamand lake
Dhebar Lake
Jaisamand Lake
Jal Mahal, Man Sagar lake
Kaylana Lake
Nakki Lake
Pushkar Lake
Rajsamand Lake
Ramgarh Lake
Talwara Lake
Sambhar Salt Lake
Fateh Sagar Lake
Rangsagar lake
Uday sagar Lake
Sikkim Gurudongmar Lake
Khecheopalri lake
Lake Tsongmo
Lake Cholamu
Telangana Alwal Cheruvu Lake
Durgam Cheruvu (Secret Lake)
Himayat Sagar
Hussain Sagar
Osman Sagar
Safilguda Lake
Saroornagar Lake
Shamirpet Lake
Tamil Nadu Berijam Lake
Chembarambakkam Lake
Kaliveli Lake
Kaveripakkam Lake
Kodaikanal Lake
Ooty Lake
Perumal Eri
Red Hills Lake
Sholavaram Lake
Singanallur Lake
Veeranam Lake
Uttar Pradesh Amakhera Lake
Barua Sagar Tal
Belasagar Lake
Bhadi Tal
Chando Tal Lake
Keetham Lake
Nachan Tal
Ramgarh Tal Lake
Sheikha Jheel
Uttarakhand Skeleton Lake (Roopkund Lake)
Bhimtal Lake
Nainital Lake
Sat Tal
West Bengal Debar Lake
East Calcutta Wetlands
Jore Pokhri
Mirik Lake
Rabindra Sarobar
Santragachhi Lake
Senchal Lake

Important points regarding Lakes in India:

  • Largest freshwater Lake in North -East India– Loktak Lake –Manipur
  • Longest Lake In India – Vembanad, Kerala
  • Largest Saline Water Lake In India – Chika Lake, Orissa
  • Dal Lake is a lake in Srinagar, Jammu, and Kashmir also known as the “Jewel in the crown of Kashmir” or “Srinagar’s Jewel”. Tulip garden is situated on Dal Lake.
  • Largest Artificial Lake In Asia – Upper Lake, Madhya Pradesh
  • Bhimtal Lake, Uttarakhand is the largest lake in the Kumaon region. It is also known as the “Lake district of India”. One of the prominent qualities of this lake is It is a “C” shaped lake.
  • Highest Lake In India – Cholamu Lake, Sikkim
  • Salim Ali Lake has been named after the great naturalist and ornithologist, Salim Ali who is also known as birdman of India.
  • Largest Fresh Water Lakes In Asia & India – Wular Lake, Kashmir

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