“This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty”
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Often as I have wandered across India immersing myself in nature, I have been bowled over by the lakes as there’s something unique and serene about them. As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder – I have been in love with lakes while many in my peer group prefer mountains, beaches, etc. Here are some of the most beautiful lakes in India that have left imprints in my memories, making me want to visit them again soon:
Once upon a time – well in-fact, over more than 52,000 years ago – a meteor hit earth, creating one of the world’s largest craters and the only hyper velocity impact crater. Guess what, it’s in the state of Maharashtra – about 475 KMs from Mumbai and a 9 hour drive by car. There are several temples such as Daitya Sudan Temple, Kamalja Devi Temple, Gomukh Temple, etc., that surround the lake. Most of these temples, perfect examples of Hindu Architecture, are in ruins – the only exception being the Daitya Sudan temple. You would also find lots of peafowls and migratory birds in the region. Approaching the lake may feel like a trek and it is advisable that you carry water, snacks, etc., as you would find limited outlets for the same in the area.
Situated about 6 km from Somwarpet town, Honnamana Kere Lake is the largest lake in Coorg. If you enjoy some peaceful and quiet time, this is the place to be. If you are spiritual, there’s a temple adjacent to the lake that’s dedicated to Goddess Honnamana. The place is surrounded by mountains, hills, and coffee plantations. The visitors must carry their own snacks/food as they will not find any eateries around the area. Also, do not rely too much on Google Maps to reach the place as you may end up on forest roads that are blocked.
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