Mesmerising Lakes Around the World

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 of 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Lake Bled in Slovenia

Then we have this striking little lake at a slightly higher altitude, where the whole scene gets a lot greener.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Green Lake in Slovenia

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!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Glacial Lake in Slovenian Alps

Over to Croatia and the Plitvice National Park where things start to get a bit green again.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Plitvice Lake, Croatia

Our last European lake is one I’m sure most people have heard off. 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Loch Ness, Inverness, Scotland

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Paradise Valley, Morocco

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. Monrovia Liberia

Mesmerising Lakes of 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Kings Canyon Lake, Central Australia

Maybe you could do with a relaxing ride in a small boat on this green lake away from the desert in Eastern Australia?
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Lake in New South Wales, 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Green Lake in Birishiri Bangladesh

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Chandratal, Indian Himalayas

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?
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Angel's Tear Lake in Taiwan

In South Korea, they’re not content with just any old boring lake. They like to put pretty temples in the middle of them.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Lake and Temple in Seoul

Mesmerising Lakes of 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. ArtScience Museum Lake Singapore

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Kandagwyi Lake, Bogyoke Park, Yangon Myanmar

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Goa Kristal West Timor Indonesia

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Underground Lake, Rosh Hanikra Israel

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Sea of Gallilee Israel

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Caspian Sea Between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan

Mesmerising Lakes in 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Big Almaty Lake Kazakhstan

Next, 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Issyk-Kul Kyrgyzstan

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Lake Charvak, Khazhikent Uzbekistan

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!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Crater Lake, Darvaza Turkmenistan

Mesmerising Lakes of 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Ecuador Crater Lake

Then on the Northern Peruvian frontier there are a series of protected mangrove lakes with their own crocodile farm.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Tumbes Mangrove Lake, Peru

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Lake Titicaca

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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. 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.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Skerwink Trail, New Foundland Canada

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 Jofree Lakes.
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Jofre Lakes, British Columbia, Canada

See how clear that water is! All three of the Jofree 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!
K in Motion Travel Blog. Mesmerising Lakes Around the World. Jofree Lakes Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

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Where in the world have you seen a mesmerising lake? Would you like to see more posts like this? Let us know in the comments! :o)

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70 Replies to “Mesmerising Lakes Around the World”

  1. I live in Milan and I enjoy a lot of the lakes that surround me: Garda, Lario and Maggiore. And then from last year I go on vacation in Slovenia and I have enjoyed the beauty of Bled and Bohini

    1. A lot of these I found by accident. Like the ones in Kazakhstan, Israel, Slovenia and Liberia. I never would have found them if I wasn’t staying with locals.

  2. I’ve never been to Slovenia but Lake Bled is a destination I’ve always wanted to visit. The lake is absolutely stunning! All of these are stunning destinations and I hope I make it to British Columbia some day soon since it’s not too far off.

  3. Lakes are really beautiful and God’s gift to nature and mankind, I really loves to travel in places where there are lakes and mountains. A good post

    1. I didnt even include the most amazing Central Asian ones! They have so many beautiful lakes in the region!

  4. wow!! those pictures are simply breathtaking!! Love how you put together such a long list of lakes from around the world! Wish one day I would be able to visit some of these beautiful places.

    1. That’s not even half the lakes I’ve seen around the world! There are still quite a few I want to see as well!

  5. We have many lakes in our country, too. But I have not really gotten a close look at any. I wish I could travel more. That lake in Korea with a temple in the middle is amazing.

  6. Gorgeous virtual tour! Must include these stops in my travel plans. Canada is on my list once we can start moving around again. Thank you for the guide.

  7. I love the lakes in Asia. They’re gorgeous. Especially Birishiri. I’ve never seen them in person but it’s something I really want to do in the next few years.

    1. Birishiri was such a lovely surprise. It’s a small town almost in the middle of nowhere and virtually no tourist traffic. I ended up there because I had limited time and apparently transport in Bangladesh takes A LOT longer than you think it would. Haha.

  8. Hi Kez!

    Great post! A lot of times we forget how great visiting a lake can be! thank for bringing it back to focus

  9. Lake Bled is so fantastic, loved seeing this as the first on your list! I grew up on a lake in North America and have a special love for all lakes as a result; this article really spoke to me, so thanks for sharing!

  10. *runs to make list of all the lakes I want to visit* These all looks amazing but the jofree lakes in Canada are just something else! it looks like they really offer it all, beautiful colour, greenery and snowy mountains!

    1. Joffrey Lakes were amazing. We continued on a little bit from the highest lake and hit a snow cap. In the middle of summer. So now there are pictures of me in summer clothing on the snow.

      Canada honestly has some of the best lakes and nature in the world!

    1. That was definitely one of my favourites. Especially because it’s so far away from the nearest town, making it a bit of a hidden gem.

  11. Love this list! I’ve been to the ones in Europe and you are right – they are all beautiful, especially Lake Bled. Adding the lakes from the rest of the places to my list!

  12. So nice to read about some of the most enchanting lakes from around the world. We loved the lakes of Switzerland, but our favourite has to be Pangong Lake in Ladakh, India.

  13. I LOVE hiking up to glacier lakes, so I am glad you included Joffre Lakes. If you come back, there is an amaaaazing lake closer to Vancouver called watersprite lake – I think you would love that one to. The colour is spectacular.

    You must have had fun going through old photos to find all these.

    1. Jofree Lakes were amazing! How could I not include them?! My friend who used to live in Van had been looking for an excuse to do that hike for years and I was only too happy to oblige. We also did the hike with all the tea cups, I can’t remember the name.

      I had actually forgotten about some of these lakes until I was working on this post! I was also a bit disappointed that I seem to have lost all my pictures of the blue lake in Mt Gambier, Australia, which was what actually gave me the idea to do the post. Ugh.

  14. Don’t ask me why but I am passionate about lakes and prefer them over ocean! I would love to visit them all, what an amazing list!

    1. Lake Bled is awesome. It took a long time to choose the picture as I have so many photos from different areas around the lake!

  15. These pictures are awesome, can’t wait to get out travelling again, Slovenia is defo on my list of places to go the lakes look amazing :)
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Slovenia has it all. Beautiful lakes, waterfalls, glacial rivers and lakes, white water rafting and other adventure sports. I almost went skydiving over the Alps there, but the plane broke down before we even started :o(

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