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Pykara Lake, Ooty Overview

Pykara Lake is a popular getaway that is at a distance of about 20 kilometres from Ooty, in the Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Pykara village, along with a beautiful river by the same name, also houses a dam and a power plant. Because of the construction of the dam, the backwaters have formed an enormous lake, which is now known as the Pykara Lake and has become a significant tourist attraction that is visited by large numbers of people all year round. It has everything that a person on vacation can ask for, right from ambience and comfort to scenic beauty. Nature lovers, photographers and adventure seekers should definitely not miss out on this unique and fun-filled place.  The best time to visit the lake is of course during the monsoons, in the months of July and August.

The Pykara is the largest river in the district and is revered by the Todas, an Adivasi community, who consider it to be sacred. The river originates from the Mukurthi peak and then navigates through the hilly terrain to reach the edge of the plateau, where it falls delightfully in a succession of breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls. The last two waterfalls are known as the Pyakara Falls and fall from the heights of 55 metres and 61 metres. The marvellous lake is just 2 kilometres away from these waterfalls.  

The area in the vicinity of the Pykara Lake is surrounded by the shola forests, which is the local name for the forests here. Numerous Kollywood or Tamil Cinema filmmakers have shot movie scenes and songs here, around this picturesque lake. The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) also runs a boathouse, rest house and a restaurant in this area. Speedboats and motorboats can be hired to enjoy exciting rides in the lake. The boathouse is a fantastic place to sit back, relax and gorge on some delicious food.

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Pykara Lake Boating and Boat House

A major attraction for the tourists at the Pykara Lake is the boathouse. The boathouse, along with its restaurant, is maintained by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation. It comprises of several boats which can be rented by the tourists according to their needs.
The new car boat can accommodate up to 10 people, so do take a boat into the shimmering waters if you are travelling in a group. Motor boats are available for rent for 20 minutes, while speedboats are rented out for 10 minutes.
The scenic views from the centre of the lake will literally leave you spellbound and asking for more. You can click pictures and shoot videos from the bridge that is located here. The restaurant in the boathouse is also famous for the delicious food that it serves.

Things To Do at Pykara Lake

The best way to spend your day at the Pykara Lake is to sit back and admire the beauty of the area. The clean and pristine waters of the lake along with the dense forests in the background make for a magical setting. The sound of the water falling, interspersed with the chirping of the birds, relaxes the human mind and soul.
It is a good idea to go up the steps to have a look at the waterfalls. However, this may be tiring for old people, even though young people enjoy it. There is also a battery car facility that takes travellers to the spot from the road. The Wenlock Downs, which is also located close by, is a calm and quiet spot. With its vast open spaces and well-maintained meadows, it is the ideal spot to enjoy a picnic.

Pykara Lake Timings and Entry Fees

The Pykara Lake is open on all days from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
People usually spend about two hours here.

The entry fees for Pykara Lake is as follows:
  • Van Tour: INR 150
  • Students (on permission): INR 75,
  • Jeep Tour: INR 1200
  • Still Camera: INR 20
  • Video Camera: INR 50

How To Reach Pykara Lake

The Pykara Lake is located about 21 kilometres away from Ooty on the Ooty-Mysore Road and can be reached easily by all means of transport such as cars, buses and taxis.

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