Ghodaghodi Tal

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Ghodaghodi Tal
Ghodaghodi Lake1.JPG
Location Kailali, Nepal
Coordinates 28°41′00″N 80°56′45″E / 28.68333°N 80.94583°E / 28.68333; 80.94583Coordinates: 28°41′00″N 80°56′45″E / 28.68333°N 80.94583°E / 28.68333; 80.94583
Type fresh water lake
Basin countries Nepal
Max. length 1.83 km (1.14 mi)
Surface area 2,563 ha (6,330 acres)
Average depth 4 m (13 ft)
Surface elevation 205 m (673 ft)
Official name Ghodaghodi Lake Area
Designated 13 August 2003
Reference no. 1314[1]

Ghodaghodi Tal is a Ramsar site in western Nepal. Established in August 2003 it covers an area of 2,563 ha (6,330 acres) in Kailali District at an altitude of 205 m (673 ft) on the lower slopes of the Siwalik Hills. This Ramsar site consists of a system of around 13 large and shallow oxbow lakes and ponds with associated marshes and meadows. It is surrounded by tropical deciduous forest and some streams along the periphery, which are separated by hillocks.[2]


The lake has record of 388 vascular plants: five ptredophytes, 253 dicots, and 130 monocots.[3]


The forest and wetlands serve as a wildlife corridor between the Terai lowland and the Siwalik Hills. They support critically endangered and vulnerable species including Bengal tiger, smooth-coated otter, Eurasian otter, swamp deer, lesser adjutant stork, marsh crocodile, red-crowned roofed turtle and three-striped roofed turtle.[2]



  1. ^ "Ghodaghodi Lake Area". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Bhuju, U. R., Shakya, P. R., Basnet, T. B., Shrestha, S. (2007). Nepal Biodiversity Resource Book. Protected Areas, Ramsar Sites, and World Heritage Sites. Archived July 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Kathmandu, ISBN 978-92-9115-033-5
  3. ^ SUFFREC, 2013. The Initiation, Student Forum for Forestry and Environment Conservation, Kathmandu Forestry College, Kathmandu, Nepal ISSN 2091-0088

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