Our world is full of natural wonders just waiting to be found. Possibly some of the most beautiful of all natural wonders are lakes. They can be found in all regions at both high and low altitudes. Lakes come in different sizes, shapes and colours. They are so diverse and we want to include as many types of lakes as we can. To that end, we’ll even include man-made lakes, if there’s something about them that makes you want to stare. We hope to delight you with some out-of-this-world colours too. We may not be able to offer you the calmness of standing near a lake, but we can certainly show you some beautiful scenes as we take a tour of mesmerising lakes around the world.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – Europe
Our first stop is Slovenia in Europe where the lakes are different colours depending on where they are. Lake Bled in the country’s capital captures your gaze with a dark green hue below its famous castle.
Then we have this striking little lake at a slightly higher altitude, where the whole scene gets a lot greener.
As we continue up into the Slovenian Alps, the colour of the water changes to a crystal clear blue, due to glacial run-off. It’s also bloody cold in that water, even in summer!
Over to Croatia and the Plitvice National Park where things start to get a bit green again.
Our last European lake is one I’m sure most people have heard of. It gave the world one of its biggest folk legends of the 20th century; Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Despite the cheesy boat tours with sonar and underwater imaging equipment, they never did find ol’ Nessie in the deep waters of Loch Ness.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – Africa
Africa is vast with varied landscapes. It’s probably best known for its savannahs and the Sahara. But it is so much more than that. Would you believe the Sahara actually has some lakes? There are a few in Mali that are big enough to show up on the map! For now, I give you one of the small rock lakes at Paradise Valley near Agadir in Southern Morocco. An actual oasis in the desert.
We’ll move away from the Sahara now and into the West African country of Liberia for one of our coolest lakes. This little lake in Monrovia just kind of pops up out of nowhere. You could easily miss it if you stayed on the road. The rickety old wooden bridge to the homestead on a small island in the lake makes it feel very quaint. But the best part is the bar on its bank, where you can settle in for the sunset.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – Oceania
Oceania may be one of the most interesting regions in the world as it’s about 70% water. So would you think it was strange if the first lake for the region was found in a desert? The expansive Simpson desert in Central Australia to be exact. This lake at Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park is aptly named The Garden of Eden.
Maybe you could do with a relaxing ride in a small boat on this green lake away from the desert in Eastern Australia?
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – Asia
It needs to be said that Asian lakes are something else. In fact, Asia has some surprises in store for you! Are you ready? Let’s start in South Asia in a wonderfully welcoming country not normally known for its natural wonders; Bangladesh. This is one of the green lakes of Birishiri.
Then if you head up into the Indian Himalayas, you might just find yourself at one of India’s highest lakes at Chandra Taal in Himachal Pradesh. At 4300m above sea level and several kilometres from the nearest permanent settlement, this lake is never crowded and always pristine.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – East Asian Lakes
Onto East Asia now and another mountain lake. This time on the beautiful island of Taiwan. This amazing lake, known as The Angel’s Tear or Jia Ming Lake (嘉明湖), is Taiwan’s second highest mountain lake. Isn’t she just stunning?
In South Korea, they’re not content with just any old boring lake. They like to put pretty temples in the middle of them.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – Southeast Asia
Not to be outdone by South Korea, Singapore made their own lakes in the middle of the city. Not just one either. If you go to the Gardens by the Bay you’ll see a few man-made lakes, but none are as pretty as this one in front of the ArtScience museum.
They also made their own lakes in the city of Yangon Myanmar. The Kandawgyi Lake in Bogyoke Park was constructed as a freshwater supply during colonial times. Now it’s just a quiet place to hang out.
On the island of West Timor in Indonesia, they do lakes a bit differently. Time to head underground to Goa Kristal (Crystal Cave) to check out its lake.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – West Asian Lakes
Moving on to West Asia where we find the second of two underground lakes. This time in Northern Israel’s Rosh Hanikra.
Now this is where things get a bit strange. Western Asia is full of seas that aren’t really seas. Like the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. It is in fact, the world’s lowest freshwater lake at around 210 meters below sea level.
The Dead Sea, also not a sea and also in Israel, is the world’s lowest saltwater lake, at just over 400 metres below sea level. The last sea/not sea in Western Asia is the Caspian Sea. It is actually the world’s largest lake and forms part of the division between the European and Asian continents. You can see why people would think it’s a sea though.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – Central Asia
The landscapes of Central Asia are mind-blowing. They also have their fair share of lakes. This one, called Big Almaty Lake, is located in the Tyan Shan mountains in the Ili-Alatau National Park. It is the main drinking water supply for the closest city, Almaty.
Next on our tour of mesmerising lakes around the world, we have Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kul. It’s the second biggest mountain lake in the world, with an area of several thousand kilometres. Issyk-Kul means ‘Warm Lake’ and was so named because it never freezes. Even though the area has subzero temperatures in winter.
Now on to Khazhikent in Uzbekistan where we’ll find another massive inland body of water called Lake Charvak. It was created by building a dam on the Chirchiq River.
Our last Asian lake can be found in a small crater in the desert near Darvaza in Turkmenistan. It might not be that pretty, but it’s the only body of water in a desert!
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – South America
Would you believe that halfway across the globe in Ecuador there is also another crater lake? But this one gets extra credit for its location in the Andes and being caused by the collapse of a volcano.
Then on the Northern Peruvian frontier there are a series of protected mangrove lakes with their own crocodile farm.
Our final stop in South America is the world-famous, but terribly named, Lake Titicaca. It is the world’s largest mountain lake. So big in fact that it is spread over two of the seven Andean countries. Those countries being Peru and Bolivia.
Mesmerising Lakes Around the World – North America
We’ve definitely saved the best for last here. First up, we have a lake somewhere in the state of New Hampshire.
Then we’ll head over to the Eastern Canadian province of New Foundland. There we can see a quiet little lake on the Skerwink Trail.
And finally, some of the most mesmerising lakes around the world you’ll ever see can be found in the Western Canadian Province of British Columbia (BC). To be honest, BC should be your first stop for almost any kind of nature activities you want to involve yourself in. But for now, take a look at one of the amazing Jofre Lakes.
See how clear that water is! All three of the Jofre Lakes are filled by glacial run-off from the snow-tipped mountains you can see in the background. That’s why their colours are so vibrant. They seem to get more vibrant as the elevation increases!
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