The nature has blessed this world with many breathtaking places, the scenic landscapes, splendid mountains, appealing green lands, magnificent oceans and beautiful lakes are the surprising beauty of nature. Lakes are the beautiful natural formulations on earth, there are some lakes that man made but no doubt they are extremely outstanding. Lakes exhibit some most appealing qualities of water from captivating ripples and mirror like reflections to sparkling clarity. There are numerous lakes located in this world, some are extremely small while some are very extensive but they carry their own charm, and beauty. Here is the list of top 10 most beautiful lakes in the world that are perfect tourist destinations to enjoy the beauty of nature.
10. Lake Tahoe, United States
It is a large freshwater lake that is located in the Sierra Nevada of the United States. It is an amazing alpine lake and is renowned as one of the most beautiful tourist attraction in both California and Nevada. This lake is famous for its clarity of water and the scenes of surrounding mountains on all sides. The mountain and lake scenery are appealing throughout the year. It is home to a number of summer outdoor recreation, ski resorts and tourist attractions.
9. Shangrila Lake, Pakistan
Shangrila Lake is a part of Shangrila Resort that is located in Skardu region of Pakistan. Pakistan is a developing country but it is blessed with tremendous natural beauty. The lake is an interesting and remarkable tourist destination that must be visited. Due to its natural beauty, it gives an impression of a fairyland and is also known with the name Heaven on Earth due to its breathtaking beauty, scenic views and peaceful atmosphere.
8. Five Flower Lake, China
Five Flower lake is an attractive lake that is located in Jiuzhaigou Valley, China. It is one of the world’s most beautiful lakes due to its flawless beauty and appealing colors which are a consequence of its vibrant algae and lake-bottom limestone. This colorful lake is an amazing attraction for tourists to enjoy and is also named as Wuhua Hai. Its immaculate water is the dignity of Jiuzhaigon National Park of China. This shallow lake glimmers numerous colors of turquoise and the floor of the lake is cluttered with fallen old tree trunks. The autumn reflection of this lake is truly a breathtaking display of nature.
7. Peyto Lake, Canada
Peyto Lake is a glacier lake that is located in Banff National Park in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. This lake is popular in all over the world not only due to its flawless beauty but also due to its distinctive colors that slowly alter according to the season. In the summer season, expressive amounts of glacial rock flour discharge into the lake, and these dangling particles of rocks give the lake a sparkling, turquoise shade. The lake is surrounded by splendid mountains and rich forests, provides a scenic view and is a famous sightseeing area for tourists in the park.
6. Baikal Lake, Russia
Baikal Lake is a rift lake that is located in the Russian region of Siberia. According to surface area, it is the world’s 7th largest lake. It is also renowned as one of the oldest, biggest and clearest freshwater lakes in all over the world. In 1996, it was announced a UNESCO World Heritage house and is famous for its immaculate water and surrounding shores. This majestic expansive lake is located in a region of tremendous beauty, its forested shores are crowned by the ragged, snow adorned peaks of the Barzugin Mountains. In the winter season its looks so breathtaking when it water freezes and in summer season, its crystalline blue water looks so calm, and its shores are encircled with the dazzling colors of seasonal wildflowers.
5. Pink Lake, Australia
Pink lake is an impressive salt lake that is located in Western Australia and its names identifies its color, yes it is pink in color. However the lake is not always of pink color but the unique color of water changes as a consequence of some bacterium, green algae and high concentration of marinade prawn, which when react apparently transforms the water pink. The lake provide most stunning coastal scenery of Australia and its mysterious yet alluring color appeals number of visitors from all over the world. The lake has been recognized as an Important Bird Area by Bird life International as it supports numerous native and migratory birds.
4. Yucatan Cave Lake, Mexico
Yucatan Cave Lake of Mexico is an amazing lake of its own kind having no match in the entire world due to its beauty. The lake is located in Yucatan Peninsula which is an adventure traveler’s paradise. The Yucatan Peninsula has spongy limestone and subterranean caves and water bodies like rivers, sinkholes and lakes and one of these is the Yucatan Lake. It is million years old and the cave that surrounds it is extremely beautiful and is entirely made up of limestone. There are numerous legends and myths regarding this area and this mysterious character make this lake most famous destination these days. But the overwhelming beauty and the relaxing environment of the lake keep it away from the negative thoughts of people.
3. Melissani Lake, Greece
Greece is a beautiful country that is renowned because of its outstanding tourist attractions, immaculate waters and various sandy beaches. The Melissani Lake is also a pride of Greece that makes it more famous. The lake is basically a cave lake that is situated in the Kefalonia, and is completely surrounded by forests and caves. It was a hidden treasure and was explored when the roof of the cave shattered in 1953, after an earthquake. The magical sky blue lake, encircled by a heavy forest, is most captivating in July and August when sunlight suffuses the region, altering the water color and reflecting it on the encircling walls.
2. Tekapo Lake, New Zealand
Tekapo Lake is one of the largest and most visited lakes and is located in the heart of the Mackenzie country, in central South Island of New Zealand. It occupies an area of 83 square kilometers and is at an altitude of 2,300 ft above sea level. The lake gets its extraordinary milky aquamarine color from the beautiful rock flour which is dangled in the water. It is one of the best tourist’s destinations in New Zealand to see this band of color. There are various resort hotels around the lake, it is a great viewing destination that is renowned for its crystal nights and lack of light pollution. This beautiful lake is surrounded by splendid mountains and far from the glow of city light, its cloud free skies make it an awesome place to see night sky.
1. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
The Plitvice Lakes are located in the largest National park of Croatia and are an amazing tourist destination in the country. These lakes are actually combined natural and human constitution. The Plitvice Lake is basically a formulation of smaller lakes rather than one huge lake, the sixteen lakes are arranged in the form of cascade. They are a consequence of the assemblage of numerous small rivers and hidden karsts rivers. All the lakes are connected to each other, pursue the water flow and are detached by natural dams of travertine. These lakes are so impressive and are renowned for their unique colors, ranging from grey to blue and green to azure.
The continuous change in the colors depend on the organisms residing, quantity of the minerals in the water and the angle of sunlight. The organisms and minerals in the lakes perform rainbow dance numerous times in a day in union with shifting sunlight.
The Plitvice Lakes along with its beautiful scenic views seems like a fairytale and the man made lightening system has enhanced its beauty to a greater extent. If you love nature and want to enjoy its beauty then visit these lakes, it will be truly a privilege for you.