Translating to ‘State Lake’, Bandaara Kilhi is one of two fresh water lakes in Fuvahmulah Island. With an average depth of 12 feet and an area of around 0.5 square kilometres, the lake is actually one of the largest in the Maldives. Not only are the waters here crystal clear, but the bottom of the lake is formed by decayed corals that are enticing to see. Completing the perfect scenery are beautiful vegetation like banana trees, coconut palms, mango trees, and fern surrounding the lake.
Due to the muddy shores and depth of the water, Bandaara Kilhi Lake is not ideal for swimming, but the recently-built jetty and observation deck make it accessible for sightseeing. It’s also a popular spot amongst bird-watchers for unique, indigenous species like the Maldivian white-breasted waterhen and the common moorhen. There’s also a lakeside restaurant where you can grab a bite and enjoy the day. There is no entry fee to visit Bandaara Kilhi Lake and it is open all hours of the day, but it’s best to visit during sunset for an amazing view.
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