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| Last Updated:: 15/02/2017

Lakes of Maharashtra

 
Lakes Of Maharashtra
 
Lake is an expansion of water bodies which is surrounded by land and is not connected to sea. Lake formation take place due to various natural processes like earthquake, land slide, Erosion, Meteorite impacts etc and some unnatural lakes are constructed and created by human for power generation, industrial use, agricultural use, regular water supply, etc.

Lakes vary in term of size, shape, depth, occurrence, etc. These water bodies don’t have any specific shape of formation; it can be nearly round or irregular in shapes. Lakes can be in few hectares or in thousands of square kms and depth depends (depth may vary from few meters to thousand meters). Size and depth can change over time period of time due to various reasons.

Source:
  • http://www.waterencyclopedia.com/Hy-La/Lake-Formation.html
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lakes_of_India#Maharashtra
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lakes_of_Maharashtra


Gorewada Lake is located in North Western region of Nagpur city, Maharashtra. It is an artificial lake which was created or built in the form of dam. The dam size is around 2,350 feet long. In 2012 the lake has become one of the most important sources of water for 24.05 lakh Nagpur population. The lake is covered from three side by a thick or dense forest and Pili river is the outflow from Gorewada Lake.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorewada_Lake
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/100-year-old-Gorewada-lake-quenches-Nagpurs-thirst-but-hungry-for-recognition/articleshow/15427796.cms?referral=PM


Khindsi Lake is located near the city of Ramtek in the Nagpur district, Maharashtra. It is central India's largest boating center and amusement park with lakhs of tourists visiting every year.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khindsi_Lake


Lonar Lake is located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra. It was created by meteor impact. Lonar lake is having a mean diameter of 1.2 km and 137m below crater rim. It can be usually in circular or oval pattern.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonar_crater_lake


Pashan Lake is an artificial lake located near Pashan suburb in Pune. The surface area of lake is around 40 km2. The surrounding area of lake is most popular in bird watcher because it attracts migratory birds.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashan_Lake


Powai Lake is an artificial lake which is surrounded by hill, is located in Powai region, Mumbai. It is located in downstream of vihar lake. When lake was build it was about 2.1 Km square and depth of lake varies from 3 metres to 12 metres.

Due to poor water quality of lake, it has been declared unfit for drinking purpose. But still the place of lake has become a tourist attraction. Fauna and flora are the attractions of this lake. Many crocodiles have been spotted along the shore and other species like blue kingfisher, white-throated kingfisher, spotted dove, etc are also spotted. Also, Balsam bushes, is seen around the area.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powai_Lake
  • http://www.mumbai.org.uk/lakes/powai-lake.html


Rankala Lake is located in Kolhapur District. An earthquake which took place in 9th century some natural structural change took place in the quarry. Water started accumulating in this quarry due to opening of an underground source. This accumulated water is famous as Rankala Lake.

Today lake is facing severe problem due to pollution i.e. due to sewage discharge from nearby area and also due to waste thrown in and around water bodies.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rankala_Lake
  • http://www.getcityguide.com/visit-details.php?visitId=MjAwMDY=#.VhIb-itQFtM


Salim Ali Lake is located near Delhi Gate, opposite Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad. This lake also consist of small bird sanctuary, Bird watching is prfereable in winter season. That time migrating birds arrive for nesting. It has rare and rich biodiversity.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salim_Ali_Lake


Shivsagar Lake is a reservoir in Satara district. The lake was formed after the Koyna River was impounded by the Koyna Dam. The primary inflow and outflow for lake is Koyna River. The maximum length lake is around 50 Km and surface area of 891.78 km2 and Maximum depth of 80 m.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivsagar_Lake


Talao Pali (Masunda Lake) is located in Thane. It also considered as the most beautiful lakes of Maharashtra. The lake is surrounded by roads on all sides including Shivaji path. The lake is located around 600 m west away from Thane creek and a kilometer north away from Thane railway station. Lake offers boating and water scooter facilities also. Kopineshwar temple, which is situated at the bank of the lake and it, is the oldest temple in Thane.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talao_Pali


Upvan Lake is located in thane near Gawand Baug,Shivai Nagar, Vasant Vihar and Vartak nagar. It’s one of the biggest lakes in thane and also a spare time area for people of thane. It’s very famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. The lake is surrounded by road and pathway. Once, it was major source of water for Thane city.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upvan_Lake


Venna Lake is one of the most attraction points for tourist in Mahabaleshwar. It is spread over 28 acres (0.11Km2) with an average depth is 10 feet (3.04 m). The lake is full of greenery, i.e. surrounded by tree from all side. Tourists enjoy boat ride, horse ride and other attraction near by the lake.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venna_Lake


Ambazari Lake is located near by the western border of Nagpur. Nag river is originated and only outlet from this lake. This lake was originally built for supplying water requirement in city. The lake is surrounded by mango trees through which it got its name as Ambazari river. It has supplied water in Nagpur city for around 30 yrs, but now due to pollution it is not currently being used for water requirement.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambazari_Lake


Tulsi Lake is a fresh water artificial lake which was built by damming the water River Tasso. This is also built on Powai-Kanheri hill ranges and formed a catchment area of 6.76 km2. Both Tulsi lake and Vihar lake are located within Borivali National Park or Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Tulsi lake was designed as backup for Vihar lake. This water fullfills the water requirement of southern part of Mumbai.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsi_Lake


Vihar Lake is located near Vihar village on the Mithi River with surrounded boundary of the Borivali National Park, which is also known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Its the largest lake in Mumbai. Lake is located between Tulsi Lake and Powai Lake. This lake was formed on construction of dam and reservoir on Mithi river to store monsoon water.

This dam and reservoir was built on Powai-Kanheri hill ranges to form a catchment area of 18.96 km2 in which rain water drains into the Vihar lake. For this purpose, three earthen embankment dams with a masonry spillway section were constructed to create a reservoir of 9200 million gallons capacity at the full reservoir level of 80.42 metres. The maximum water depth in Vihar lake is around 34 m and is widely spreads in 7 km2.

Source:
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vihar_Lake#History