A group of pristine mountain lakes nestled within a dense oak forest, Sattal is one of the most stunning of nature's gems in Uttarakhand. Lying on the outskirts of Nainital, it makes for a great tourist destination. There are many unexplored spots and trails that can be explored through delightful nature walks. Birders can have a great time here as there are a number of finches here; the air echoing with their calls all day long. As your approach Sattal, the first lake is the Nal Damyanti Lake. Ahead comes the Panna or Garude lake. A little ahead is a cluster of three lakes – Ram, Laxman and Sita lakes. The other two lakes are Purna Tal and Sukh Tal. Sattal is a perfect vacation option for those who are looking for solitude
Best Time to Visit
October to June is the best time to visit Sattal
What To Do
Sattal is home to hundreds of local and migratory birds. You can hire local guides to spot some of them and photograph the winged beauties. Enjoy their beauty as you walk around the lakes.
Visit to Butterfly Museum
The exotic Butterfly Museum lies in the Jones Estate, a little uphill from the lake. It is the major tourist attraction of Sattal. The museum houses around 2,500 species of butterflies and around 1,100 types of insects. The museum was set up by Federic Smetacek, who was called the butterfly man.
Boating & kayaking
Enjoy the beauty of the lake as you kayak or boat in its blue-green waters. There are a number of adventure clubs here that offer boats and kayaks for hire.
Sattal is naturally endowed with a rocky terrain which makes it one of the best destinations for mountain biking. Adventure seekers visit Sattal to experience the adrenaline rush. Sattal also forms a part of the popular mountain biking route covering Nainital – Bhawali – Sattal – Bhimtal – Naukuchiyatal.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Pantnagar Airport, about 60 km away.