Pookot Lake is a scenic freshwater lake in the Wayanad district of Kerala, South India. Located 3 kms south of Vythiri town and 13 kms from Kalpetta, it is a must-visit destination on your Kerala tour. Panamaram, the rivulet which ultimately becomes Kabani River, originates from the Pookot Lake. Surrounded by lush greenery all around, this idyllic lake, with its breathtaking scenic beauty and peaceful ambience, mesmerizes every visitor. The lake has abundance of blue lotuses and fresh water fishes. The forests surrounding the lake hold many wild animals, birds and flies. Boating facilities, children's park, handicrafts and spices emporium and fresh water aquarium are among the tourist attractions here.
It is ideal to visit Pookot Lake as you head back to Vythiri from Lakkidi. It is 3 kms from the valley view area and nearly a kilometre from Vythiri. A motor-able road off the main road leads to the entrance of the lake. It is about 2 kms from Vythiri and can be easily reached by a hired car, taxi, bus or auto-rickshaw very easily.
The Pookot Lake in Wayanad is located in a scenic environment. You have plenty of activities near the lake like boating, elephant rides, shopping and fish spa. The Uravu Eco Shop offers some unique souvenirs that you can take home. You must definitely visit this lake if you're going to Wayanad.
Pookode is a natural fresh water lake nestling amidst evergreen forests and mountain slopes at an altitude of 770 meters above sea level. Panamaram, the rivulet which ultimately becomes Kabani River, originates from the Pookode Lake. It is spread across an area of 8.5 hectares and with a maximum depth of 6.5 metres. The lake makes for one unforgettable picnic out in the woods of Wayanad. You could simply sit on the banks of the river and continue being mesmerized or hire a boat and row in the lake through a maze of dazzling blue water lilies.
The lake has the shape of India's map. Pethia pookodensis is a species of cyprinid fish known to exist only in Pookode Lake. The lake has abundance of blue lotuses and fresh water fishes. The forests surrounding the lake hold many wild animals, birds and flies.There are groups of blue water lily flowers scattered here and there in the lake.
Near the lake is a shop run by Uravu selling unique bamboo products like the bamboo rain instrument that makes the sound of rain when tilted to a certain angle. In addition, herbal medicines and spices made by the indigenous tribes of Wayanad are also sold here. Nearby, there is also a Sree Narayana Ashram and a Children's Park where you can sit back and simply breathe in the fresh, breezy air. Adding to the appeal of the lake are the Elephant rides that are conducted out here.
Surrounded by lush greenery all around, this idyllic lake, with its breathtaking scenic beauty and peaceful ambience mesmerizes every. The pathway around the lake is lined by thick bushes and tall trees which add to the overall charm. The recreational facilities at the spot include Boating in the lake, Children's Park, and Handicrafts and Spices Emporium. The pleasant weather, combined with the scenic beauty and hypnotizing charm of the region promises to make your tour to Pookot Lake a thoroughly rejuvenating and memorable experience.
Entry Fee - INR 15 for an adult and INR 10 for children.
Separate charges are to be paid for camera (INR 10) and video camera (INR 100).
Pedal boat costs INR 30 for 2 people, INR 50 for 4 people; Row boat costs INR 50 for 4 people; INR 100 is charged for 30 minutes of Kayaking.