Lake Tritriva is a is small lake which fills an extinct crater 17 kilometres west of Antsirabe, past Lake Andraikiba. The name originates from the Malagasy words 'tritry', meaning the ridge back of a chameleon, and 'iva' meaning deep. The lake is said to be some 80 metres deep.
The water level drops in the rainy season and rises in the dry season and debris from the lake can found down in the valley below, supporting a theory of underground channels.
According to local folklore, two interwoven trees on a ridde represents a young couple so much in love they drowned themselves in the ice cold lake as they were forbidden to marry by their respective families. If the branches are cut, blod, not sap, will ooze from the stems.
A walk around the lake takes about 45 minutes.