Keenjhar Lake

Keenjhar Lake is also called Kalri Lake. It is located in Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan. It is situated about 122 kilometres from Karachi. The lake is about 24 kilometers long and 6 kilometers wide. Its maximum depth is 26 feet. The Indus River flows parallel to the lake. Kalri Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes of Pakistan.

Basically, Kalri Lake is formed by the union of two lakes named Sonehri and Keenjhar. The purpose behind this formation is to supply fresh water to the people of Karachi and Thatta District. It is considered an extremely important place for wildlife. It is a favourable place for habitat of winter birds like duck, geese, flamingos, cormorants, herons, coots, and gulls.

Kalri Lake is a beautiful tourist resort. A large number of people daily visit there from Karachi, Hyderabad and Thatta. The folk poets find Keenjhar Lake as a great source of inspiration. Shah Abdul Latif Bhatai praised this place in his poetry.

The famous folklore of Sindh, Noori Jam Tamachi is associated with this place. Jam Tamachi, the ruler of Sindh married the beautiful fisher girl Noori. In the middle of the lake there is a tomb which is known as Noori’s tomb. It is a famous spot and can be seen from the shore. Hundreds of people visit this shrine every day. Another folklore of Jhum Pir and Sonehri, the prince and the fairy, is also related to this place.

Kalri Lake is a very nice place to be visited with family and friends. There is a small restaurant for tourists named Noori Restaurant near the shore of lake. People from all over the Pakistan visit this lake.


Map of Keenjhar Lake

Map of Keenjhar Lake – click on map image to see detailed map

Photos Credit:

Many thanks to Qaseem Ahmad for making these photos available under Creative Common license.