Pookot Lake Boating in Pookode Lake, Wayanad Lake

Pookode Lake

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Timings : The Lake can be visited between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Boating is available till 5:00 PM in the evening and no tickets are available for the same after 4:30 PM.

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

Pookot Lake, Wayanad Overview

Pookode Lake is a natural freshwater lake located around 2 km away from Vythiri, snuggled in the evergreen forests and wooded slopes. 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.

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.

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Biodiversity in Pookode Lake

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. 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.

Things To Do at Pookode Lake

Boating facilities are available for the tourists of in the Pookot Lake. Pedal boats too are available. Boating in the lake amongst its natural beauty offers a unique experience. One can also visit the freshwater aquarium situated nearby, the children's park where kids can have all the fun they want and go shopping for handiwork and spices. The District Tourism Promotion Council owns the shopping centers and you can get a variety of things here made up of bamboo and coconut husk. It is recommended to visit the lake during dawn or dusk. The freshwater aquarium comprises an excellent array of fishes which is one of the most major attractions for the tourists on their way to the Pookot Lake.

The lake is also surrounded by a circular track where the tourists can walk or spend time in the natural surroundings by sitting on the benches situated nearby. The place definitely has a sense of serenity and remains unspoiled and very attractive. Herbal, as well as tribal medicines too, are available in the market and it is a must-visit place for all the craft lovers out there. Tribal people collect honey which is present at these shops. People who would like to get a spiritual experience can visit the Sree Narayana Ashram which is surrounded by greenery and tranquility. The lake also offers water cycling apart from the breath-taking views. One can also go for a horse ride in the shores or cycle around the lake.

Best Time To Visit Pookode Lake

The ideal time to pay a visit to the Pookode Lake is between the months of December and May since the weather is quite pleasant during this time and the lake becomes much more enjoyable during this time of the year.

Tips For Visiting Pookot Lake

Wear a life jacket while boating and carry some packaged food along.

How To Reach Pookode Lake

The Pookot 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 entrance of the lake can be reached via a motorable road. The lake can be reached easily by hiring a car, bus, auto-rickshaw or taxi.

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