Covering an area of 30 hectares, Palak Lake is situated in Chhimtuipui District
in southern Mizoram
, 130 km southwest of Saiha
, the district headquarters and 5 km from Pahu village. An earthquake or flood is believed to have created the lake and the local villagers hold that a village which was submerged then, still remains intact deep under the water. This 200m long, 150 m wide, oval shaped lake is the biggest in the state.
The lake is surrounded by tropical evergreen and moist deciduous forests. There are fish and crab in the lake. Bear, tiger, deer, wild pig, and variety of avifauna are found in the surrounding forests. In Mizoram, the lake has a sinister reputation of being the haunt of ghosts and evil spirits. This is the only abode of aquatic birds, with wild duck of different species.