Maharloo Lake

Kiana Fazilat January 11, 2021
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When it comes to lakes, we all think of clear, undulating azure. Blue and sometimes bluish green are the only colors that come to mind when imagining a lake. However, there is a beautiful lake in Fars province, that is pink. Yes, pink! And this beautiful color has made Maharloo lake one of the most popular tourist attractions of Shiraz.

Although Shiraz city is ripe with glorious ancient sites, its natural attractions are just as engaging as historical ones. One of these natural attractions is the stunning pink lak, 57 kilometers southeast of Shiraz, on the road to Fasa. It is now next to a lovely village under the same name (Maharloo), which dates back to Safavid era.

Maharloo Lake used to be much wider, but now its scope has diminished. Its water is salty, and the salt of the lake's dried parts is edible. The depth of Maharloo Lake is 1.5 to 3 meters. The water of this lake is supplied from Hamzeh, Khoshk, and Sarvestan rivers. In addition to the rivers, seasonal rains and a spring located north of Maharloo provide part of the lake's water.

The reason for the red color of Maharloo Lake:

The lake's red water is due to the growth of algae called "red tide" in this place. The red tide's excessive growth has left no living thing other than an aquatic creature called an Artemia. However, some reptiles such as turtles, lizards, and snakes live around the lake. Herons, storks, pelicans, flamingos, and ducks are some of the birds found around the lake. Maharloo almost dries up in summer. For this reason, this season is not a good time to visit it. It rains again in autumn and winter and beauty and glory return to this lake. If you plan to travel to Maharloo, do this in the fall.

In a Nutshell

There is a unique lake in Fars province, colored pink. This beautiful color has made Maharloo lake one of the famous tourist attractions of Shiraz. The lake's red water is due to the growth of algae called "red tide" in this place.Maharloo almost dries up during the summer. If you plan on taking a trip to Maharloo, fall is the best season.

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