Keenjhar Lake

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Keenjhar Lake
Keenjhar Lake Thatta.jpg
ڪينجهر ڍنڍ
Location Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan
Coordinates 24°57′N 68°03′E / 24.950°N 68.050°E / 24.950; 68.050Coordinates: 24°57′N 68°03′E / 24.950°N 68.050°E / 24.950; 68.050
Basin countries Pakistan
Max. length 24 km
Max. width 6 km
Surface area 13,468 ha
Water volume 0.53 million acre feet
Surface elevation 15 metres (49 ft)
Designated: July 23, 1976 [1]

Keenjhar Lake (Urdu: ڪينجهر جھیلSindhi: ڪينجهر ڍنڍ) commonly called Kalri Lake (Urdu: کلری جھیل ‎,Sindhi: ڪلڙي ڍنڍ ) is situated in Thatta District, Sindh, Pakistan. It is 122 km away from Karachi and 18 km away from the town of Thatta. It is the second largest fresh water lake in Pakistan. It is an important source that provides drinking water to Thatta District and Karachi city.[2]

Keenjhar Lake has been declared a ramsar site and a wildlife sanctuary. It provides a favorable habitat of winter migratory birds like Ducks, Geese, Flamingos, Cormorants, Waders, Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Terns, Coots and Gulls. It has been observed as a breeding area of the Black-crowned Night Heron, the Cotton Pygmy Goose, Purple Swamphen, and Pheasant-tailed Jacana.[3]

Keenjhar Lake is also a popular tourist resort. A large number of people visit it daily from Karachi, Hyderabad and Thatta to enjoy picnic, swimming, fishing, and boating.

The Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the lake, and to this day there is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori's grave. Everyday hundreds of devotees visit the shrine.

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