The summers can be well enjoyed here from March to June. The winter temperatures drop to 0 degrees but to enjoy the chill September to December are also the best to visit the place.
What to see
A group of 7 lakes mysteriously join to form the place Sattal, they are Panna Tal, Nal-Damyanti Tal, Purna Tal, Sita Tal, Ram Tal, Laxman Tal and Sukha Tal. The Oak and Pine trees and the distant horizon of the Himalayas makes this place quiet adventurous. Trekking, tents, picnics, mountain climbing, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and many more activities can be done here. Take a boat ride in the pristine lake. Subhash Dhara is a another natural spring of fresh water here. Sattal is one of the few unpolluted freshwater lake in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds. It is home to a few camps being operated mostly by local people catering to tourists looking for outdoor vacations.
The unique biodiversity of the place attracts nature tourists interested in bird watching, butterflies and the local produce fish. There is a butterfly museum where many kinds of varieties of insects are seen. Sattal Mission Estate and Methodist Ashram set up by Thomas Oldham and Richard Vicar Boyle in 1867. It was a suitable place then for the produce of Hyson grade tea. Later in 1930 Brother Stanley Jones took over the ashram and set up a ashram and a mission estate as it is so called today. He was a good friend of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Fishing permits have to be taken. The lakes have mahseer, rohu and far carp. For adventure enthusiasts climb to suicide rock and rappel down, burma bridges could be exiciting, the tarzan swing can take your breadth away. Or just enjoy a swim and go kayaking.
Where to Stay
There are mainly camps where you can stay here.
KMVN has its Tourist Rest House in Sattal which faces the lakes.
There are many stalls and eating outlets here which serve food. Nothing special worth mentioning about. Bhimtal is nearby if you wish to step out of Sattal, its is another fresh water lake which is linked to Bheem of Mahabaratha. The Kumaon Umang Mahila Samiti has a shop in Ranibagh road whcih sells woolens and pickles. Its worth trying them.