Pakistan, home to some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, has only recently started receiving the attention it deserves, with regards to tourism. Conde Nast Traveler, a US-based magazine, declared Pakistan as the top tourist spot for 2020 in December; later, in January, another international publication Forbes listed it as one of the world’s best under-the-radar destinations. The South Asian country encompasses some of the most beautiful hill stations, deserts, mountain peaks, and lakes. Speaking of lakes, have you visited Keenjhar Lake, locally known as Keenjhar Jheel? It is one of the most famous weekend getaways near Karachi. So, if you are in Sindh and planning a picnic anytime soon, then make sure to visit this wildly underrated tourist spot. Our comprehensive travel guide to Keenjhar Lake will help you navigate the place.
Breakdown of Travel Guide to Keenjhar Lake
More About Keenjhar Lake
Keenjhar Lake, also known as Kalri Lake, is a wonderful man-made water reservoir found in the heart of Thatta District of Sindh. It’s location conveniently puts it just 36 kilometres away from the very famous historical city of Thatta. The fact that it is the second-largest freshwater lake in Pakistan is one of the biggest reasons behind its widespread popularity. The lake holds immense importance since it is one of the main sources of potable water for the two major cities in Sindh, Thatta, and Karachi. The water body of Kalri Lake is believed to be formed by the union of two lakes: Sonehri and Keenjhar. Providing a safe habitat to winter migratory as well as regional bird species including ducks, herons, egrets, ibises, terns, coots, geese, flamingos, cormorants, waders, and gulls, the lake has been declared as a wildlife sanctuary.
How to Get to Keenjhar Lake
If you are wondering how to get to Keenjhar Lake from Karachi, then the best route you can take is of National Highway 5. The total distance from Karachi to Keenjhar Lake is over 100 kilometres and it will take you around two hours to reach your destination if you are traveling at a speed of 80-90 kilometres per hour.
Places to Stay Near Keenjhar Lake
Looking for places to stay near Keenjhar Lake, you’ll come across the name of Keenjhar Lake Resort. It is one of the recent projects in Sindh by the provincial government, which has helped convert Keenjhar Lake into a full-fledged tourist destination. Looked after by the Sindh Tourism Development Corporation (STDC), Keenjhar Lake Resort can be booked for a day for around PKR 8k-10k. If you are planning a trip to Keenjhar lake, you can also get the resort booked online. One thing to bear in mind on your trip to Keenjhar Lake resort is that the check-in time and check-out time is 4:00 PM and 3:00 PM, respectively.
Note: Reservations for Keenjhar Lake Resort can be made by calling at 021 99206371
Things to Do Near Keenjhar Lake
In the list of things to do near Keenjhar Lake, you have plenty of choices. It is considered as one of the best fishing spots near Karachi, and for good reason. In fact, Abdul Bari Pitafi, Sindh livestock and fisheries minister, headed a project last year for the revival of fishing in Keenjhar. Around 600,000 seeds of fish were released in the lake in several phases in the first six months of 2019. Other than fishing you can indulge in boating, jet-skiing, swimming, and bird-watching.
Tourist Attractions Near Keenjhar Lake
Since Keenjhar Jheel is situated near the historic city of Thatta, it is surrounded by many worth-seeing ancient landmarks. So, in order to make your trip even more interesting and memorable, you can also check out one of the historical places nearby. Here’s a list of some of the most popular tourist attractions near Keenjhar Lake:
- Old Jamia Masjid Thatta
- Soonda Graveyard
- Maqam Qadam Shah Graveyard
- Tomb of Sultan Ibrahim
- Nawab Ameer Khani Mosque
- Shahjahan Mosque
- Dabgir Mosque
- Kalan Kot Fort
To get to know about these historical attractions in detail, you can read our travel guide to some of the most famous tourist destinations in Thatta, Sindh.
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On a side note, you might also want to take a look at our travel guides to some of the most famous picnic spots in Balochistan and Sindh, including Gadani, Kund Malir, Kirthar and Hingol National Parks.
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