Pookode Lake, Pookode, Kerala 673576
The fresh water lake in Wayanad, shaped like the map of India.
Location of Pookode Lake
More about Pookode Lake
The Pookot Lake (also Pookode Lake), a fresh water lake is the most frequented and crowded tourist spot in the entire Wayanad District of Kerala State in Southern India. Located 13 km from district capital Kalpetta, the lake situates amidst evergreen forests and wooden slopes. Surrounded by scenic beauty and peaceful ambience, it mesmerises every visitor. The lake is one of the ideal places for children's activities as well.
Panamaram- the rivulet that originates from Pookot Lake
The Panamaram Rivulet, one of the tributary of the large Kabini river originates from Pookot Lake and tumbles down to the Panamaram Valley below. The lake is at an altitude of 770 meters above the sea level. It is one of the smallest, but highest freshwater lakes of Kerala State. The lake is spread in an area of 21 acres and has a maximum depth of 6.5 meters.
Inside the lake premises
One fun fact about the lake is its shape. It is shaped like the map of India. Another uniqueness of the lake is that a species of cyprinid fish known as Pethia Pookodensis is found only in the fresh waters of this lake.
The lake has an abundance of blue lotus and fresh water fishes. The fresh water aquarium containing all the fishes in the lake and a Mahseer Fish hatchery is a major attraction here. There are groups of blue water lily flowers scattered in various parts of the lake. Visitors are not allowed to pluck the flowers out of the water.
The forests surrounding the lakes are home to many wild animals, birds and insects. Even the pathway around the lake is filled with bushes and tall trees. The lake comes under the South Wayanad Forest Division and operated by the District Tourism Promotion council.
Activities at Pookot Lake
In addition to the scenic beauty the lake offers, you can find many recreational facilities. There are options for boating, and a Children's Park, a fresh water aquarium, and a handicrafts and spices Emporium runs here. Another entertaining adventure is a horse ride along the shores of the lake.
Outside the lake premises, street vendors sell toys, wooden and bamboo handicrafts and local delicacies like Amla fruits in saline and sugar syrup. Natural honey collected by the tribal people in the area are also available.
Extra charges are applicable for the boating facilities. For pedal boats, ?30 is charged for 2 people, ?50 for 4 people. For rowing boat, ?50 for 4 people. Additionally, there are kayaking facilities provided that come at a cost of ?100 for 30 minutes.
How to reach Pookot Lake?
Pookot lake is located by the side of National Highway 212 which connects Wayanad to Kozhikode. The district capital Kalpetta is 13 km away and the nearest town Lakkidi is only 3 km away. The nearest railway station is in Kozhikode, at a distance of 60 km from where one can get straight buses to Lakkidi.