Pookode Lake Wayanad
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Pookode Lake wayanad is a scenic freshwater lake in the Wayanad district in Kerala, South India. Pookode lake wayanad is also a natural fresh water lake nestling amid evergreen forests and mountain slopes at an altitude of 770 meters above sea level. It is 15 km away from Kalpetta.
Panamaram, the rivulet which ultimately becomes Kabani River, originates from the Pookode lake wayanad. It seems like that the lake is spread across an area of 8.5 hectares and with a maximum depth of 6.5 metres. Lying 3 km south of Vythiri town and the pookode lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Wayanad.
The lake has the shape of India’s map. This perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills, is only one of its kinds in Kerala. Pethia pookodensis, is a species of cyprinid fish known to occur only in Pookode Lake wayanad. The lake has abundance of blue lotus 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.
The pookode lake wayanad is under the South Wayanad forest division and run by District Tourism promotion council. Boating facilities, children’s park, handicrafts and spices emporium and fresh water aquarium are among the tourist attractions here.
While reaching at this gorgeous pookode lake wayanad, you will be experiencing a calm and peaceful environment around. The lake is surrounded by forest and you will see green and green all around, making this place an ideal location for photographers and nature lovers. One of the main tributary of Kabini River, the Panamaram rivulet originates from here.
There are boating facilities for the tourist in the Pookode Lake wayanad. Pedal boats are available. Boating in the pookode lake wayanad, viewing the stunning beauty of the lake is a unique experience. You can also make a visit to the nearby freshwater aquarium, children’s park and finally shopping centre exclusively for handwork and spices. It seems like the shopping centres are owned by District Tourism Promotion Council. You can get plenty of things made up of bamboo and coconut husk at this shopping centre.
A visit to pookode lake wayanad at the time of dawn or dusk is always recommended. The pookode lake wayanad is maintained by the South Wayanad forest division. There are frequent bus services to this place. The timing is from 9 am to 5 pm.
Best time to visit : August to May.
Rs 10 for adults and Rs 5 for children
For Boat pedaling – Rs 30 for two persons and Rs 50 for 5 persons.
By road: From Kozhikode 60 km, along NH 212.
Nearest bus stop: Thalippuzha.
Nearest Railway Station: Kozhikode (60 km)
Nearest Airport: Calicut International Airport