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

Keenjhar Lake
Keenjhar Lake View.jpg
LocationThatta District, Sindh, Pakistan
Coordinates24°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
Native nameڪینجھر ڍنڍ
 KEEN is a Plant
and
JHAR means water in sindhi
Basin countriesPakistan
Max. length24 km (15 mi)
Max. width6 km (3.7 mi)
Surface area13,468 ha (33,280 acres)
Water volume0.53×10^6 acre⋅ft (650 hm3)
Surface elevation15 metres (49 ft)
Official nameKinjhar Lake
Designated23 July 1976
Reference no.99[1]

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 a popular tourist resort. Many people from Karachi, Hyderabad and Thatta visit to enjoy picnics, swimming, fishing, and boating.

The Sindhi legend of Noori Jam Tamachi took place around the lake. There is a shrine in the middle of the lake marking Noori's grave, which is visited by devotees.

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  1. ^ "Kinjhar Lake". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Restoring Keenjhar Lake, published in Dawn News, 7 May 2012
  3. ^ Ramsar Sites in Sindh

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