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Pookode Lake - 13 Things to Know Before Visiting

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About Pookode Lake

Pookot Lake (also Pookode Lake) is a freshwater lake. It is the most frequented and crowded tourist spot in the entire Wayanad District of Kerala State in Southern India. Located 13 km from the district capital Kalpetta, the lake situates amidst evergreen forests and wooden slopes.

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Things to Do at Pookode Lake


Surrounded by scenic beauty and peaceful ambience, Pookot Lake 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 tributaries 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 sea level. It is one of the smallest, but highest freshwater lakes of Kerala State. The lake is spread over 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 freshwater fishes. The freshwater aquarium containing all the fishes in the lake and a Mahseer Fish hatchery is a major attractions 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 is 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, a Children's Park, a freshwater 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 is also available.

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Best Time to Visit Pookode Lake


The best time to visit Pookot Lake is from October to January. Right after the monsoon season that ends in September, the lake will be filled with water and surrounded by lush greenery.

Tips for Visiting Pookode Lake

  1. Do not pick the lilies out of the water.
  2. Visitors dispose of a lot of waste on the lake premises, please dispose them only in the bins provided.
  3. Weekends and school vacation season are the busiest times at the lake. There will be a lot of school excursion groups visiting the lake as it is one of the easier and more accessible places to explore in Wayanad.
  4. Parking is slightly further away from the lake, you will have to walk for about five minutes from the parking area to reach the lake.

Interesting Facts and Trivias About Pookode Lake

  1. One of the tributaries of the Kabini River originates from Pookot Lake and tumbled down to the valley below.
  2. The lake is shaped like the map of India.
  3. The temple is believed to be the guardian of the nearby Mananthavady town.
  4. The lake is home to the fish species Pethia Pookodensis which is found only in Pookot Lake.

How Much Time Did Visitors Spend at Pookode Lake

1 to 2 hours is plenty of time to explore Pookot Lake and the activities it offers.

How to Reach Pookode 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.

Entrance Fee of Pookode Lake

There is a small entrance fee to enter the lake premises. All fees:

  • 40 INR per person for Adults
  • 10 INR per person for Children (5-12 yrs)
  •  20 INR for Still Camera
  •  150 INR for Video Camera
  •  100 INR for 2 seat Pedal Boat
  •  200 INR for 4 seat Pedal Boat
  •  350 INR for Row Boat

Opening Hours of Pookode Lake

Pookot Lake is open from 9 AM to 6 PM daily.

Attractions Near Pookode Lake

Wayanad Churam

Wayanad Churam

4.36km from Pookode Lake

Wayanad Churam (Wayanad Ghat Pass), popularly known as Thamarassery Churam connects Kozhikode and Wayanad districts of Kerala State in Southern India through national highway 212. The pass begins from Adivaram at the bottom of Kozhikode District and ends at Lakkidi at the top of Wayanad District. Wayanad Churam is located 800 meters above sea level and has a length of 18 kilometres.

Chembra Peak

Chembra Peak

7.52km from Pookode Lake

Chembra Peak is the highest peak in the Wayanad district of Kerala State in Southern India. Situated at 2,100 meters above sea level, the peak is a part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats and it adjoins Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala Hills in Kozhikode district.

Thusharagiri Waterfall

Thusharagiri Waterfall

8.28km from Pookode Lake

Thusharagiri Waterfalls, located 50 km from Kozhikode City of Kerala State in Southern India is a set of five waterfalls cascading down from the mountains of the Western Ghats. The falls are located on the river Chalipuzha and they together are called Thusharagiri Waterfalls.



10.38km from Pookode Lake

900 Kandi means 900 acres. The main attraction here is the glass bridge that potrudes out of the mountain offering breathtaking views of Western Ghat mountains. The place is well suited for hikes and off road driving.

Arippara Water Falls

Arippara Water Falls

11.8km from Pookode Lake

Crevice filled, rocky floored waterfall where you can sit and shower underneath.

Karlad Lake

Karlad Lake

13.02km from Pookode Lake

A scenic lake in Wayanad with options of adventure activities.

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What Visitors Say About Pookode Lake


2 Reviews

Ashwin Ram

Ashwin Ram

A small fresh water lake in the forest area of wayanad.Its a nice place to enjoy vacation with family.......😊
Arun Wilson

Arun Wilson



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