Weather :

Timings : Sunrise to Sunset

Time Required : Less than 1 hour

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Tips :

  • Since the lake serves as a source of drinking water for Matheran, don't try to take a bath or wash anything in the lake. It is forbidden.
  • There are a lot of monkeys at this point. Beware of them. Don't eat anything in front of them (they tend to snatch the food) and don't disturb or mock them.

Charlotte lake, Matheran Overview

Also known as the Sharlott lake, Charlotte Lake is one of the most spectacular attractions of Matheran. It is an ideal quick retreat for those who seek silence in the lap of nature and a perfect spot for the campers and picnickers. Set amidst a densely populated forest, birdwatching is a popular activity here. Visit Charlotte Lake during sunrise and sunset to catch scenic view of Echo Point and Louisa Point.

On one side of the lake is an archaic temple of Lord Shiva - Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir. A unique aspect of the temple is its Shiva Linga, which unlike the usual black ones, is smeared with vermillion here and is tilted to one side. Located only a walking distance away from the main market area, this lake is the primary source of fresh drinking water for the population of Matheran. The origin of Charlotte lake is a dam, which overflows when it rains and forms a pristine little waterfall to form the shimmering lake in monsoon. 

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How To Reach Charlotte lake

Any sort of motor-driven vehicle is not allowed in Matheran. You can take a bus or private car up to Dasturi car point from where you will need a horseback ride or a man-pulled rickshaw to ferry you to your hotel in Matheran or directly to the lake if you want. Within Matheran, horses, cycle rickshaws and your own two feet are the only means of transport for you.

Best Time to Visit Charlotte lake

Lake Charlotte is in its full majestic form during the monsoon, when like all other South Indian rain-fed water bodies, the showers fill the lake up to the brim. However, monsoon can spoil bird watching or outdoor camping sessions as well. So, the ideal time is just immediately after the monsoon, during October-November.

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