Lake / Backwaters
At a distance of 3 km from Vythiri, and 13 km from Kalpetta, Pookote Lake, also known as Pookode Lake is a natural freshwater lake situated close to the Kalpetta - Kozhikode main road in the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is one of the must-visit Wayanad sightseeing places.
At an altitude of about 2500 feet, this fascinating natural freshwater lake is surrounded by evergreen forests and rolling hills. The lake has the shape of India's map. The lake is spread across an area of 13 acres with a maximum depth of 6.5 m. The Panamaram stream, one of the main tributaries of the Kabani River, originates from Pookote Lake.
The lake has an abundance of blue lotus and freshwater fishes. Pethia pookodensis is a species of cyprinid fish known to occur only in Pookode Lake. The forests surrounding the lake hold many wild animals, birds, and flies. The view of this vast expanse of water in the picturesque backdrop is breathtakingly beautiful that one must experience during Wayanad packages. There is a path built around the lake, perfect for a leisure stroll. The route between Kozhikode highway and Pookote Lake is lined with tall and thick vegetation which offers a beautiful driving experience.
The lake is under the South Wayanad forest division and is run by the District Tourism promotion council. Boating facilities, children's park, handicrafts and spices emporium, and freshwater aquarium are among the tourist attractions here. The lake premises also offer a fish spa which is quite famous here.
The lake offers a boating facility with pedal and rowboats. The pedal boats offer 2-seater and 4-seater boating facility while rowboats are of 7-seater.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 50 for Camera. Boating Charges vary from Rs. 200 to Rs.500