Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : Adults: INR 10,
Kids: INR 5,
Boating: INR 100 for 2 people for 20 minutes,
Fish spa: INR 50 for 10 minutes
Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Snuggled in the evergreen forests and wooded slopes, Pookode Lake is a natural freshwater lake located around 2 km away from Vythiri. One of the most pretty lakes in the Wayanad, Pookode Lake is also known as Pookot Lake. The lake, accessible via motorable road is an excellent place for an outing, especially with family and loved ones. Apart from the natural view, people enjoy boating, seeing the freshwater aquarium, shopping for handicrafts and just walking around.
Pookode Lake has an exquisite beauty and remains surrounded by lush greenery all around thereby captivating the visitors. This freshwater lake situated amongst the wooded hills in the shape of India's map and is one of its kind in Kerala. Panamaram river, which is one of the main branches of the Kabini River originates. from the Pookot Lake and then joins the Panamaram valley.
The Pookode Lake falls on the way back from Lakkidi towards Vythiri. It is situated at a distance of 3 km from the valley view area and 2 km away from Vythiri. The lake can be reached easily by hiring a car, bus, auto-rickshaw or taxi.
A species of cyprinid fish known as Pethia pookodensis is known to be found only in the Pookode Lake. The lake also has a variety of blue lotus and other freshwater fishes present in large numbers. There are many wild animals, birds, and flies present in the forests surrounding the lake making it rich in fauna. The presence of scattered blue water lilies in the lake make it appear surreal. The pathway leading up to the Pookode lake is covered with thick bushes and tall trees adding even more charm to the place. The South Wayanad Forest Division is in-charge of the lake, and it is run by the District Tourism promotion council.
One of the most preferred tourist destinations in Wayanad, Pookode Lake is going to give you a sense of calm and peaceful environment around. The greenery around makes it an ideal location for the nature lovers as well as the photographers. It is a must-visit place for all the nature lovers out there who would want to spend some time away from the fast-moving life of the city. The pleasant weather of the place along with its exquisite beauty and captivating charm is going to make your tour genuinely revitalising and memorable.