Nestled in the evergreen forests and wooded slopes, Pookot is a natural freshwater lake located around 2 km away from Vythiri. One of the prettiest lakes in the Wayanad, Pookot Lake is also known as Pookode Lake. The lake, accessible via the motorable road is an exceptional place for a day trip, especially with family and your loved ones. Besides the natural view, people enjoy boating, and the freshwater aquarium, shop for handicrafts and just stroll around.
Pookot Lake has an admirable beauty and remains bounded by lush greenery all around, thereby appealing to the visitors. This freshwater lake located among the lush green hills in the shape of India's map and is one of its kind in Kerala. Panamaram River, which is one of the main branches of the Kabini River makes its way from the Pookot Lake and then flows into the Panamaram valley.
The Pookode Lake lies on the way back from Lakkidi towards Vythiri. It is located at a distance of 3 km from the valley view area and 2 km away from Vythiri. The lake can be reached by car, bus, auto-rickshaw or taxi.
A species of cyprinid fish known as Pethia Pookodensis is said to be found only in the Pookode Lake. The lake also consists of a variety of blue lotus and other freshwater fishes which can be found here in a huge number. This place is home to several wild animals, birds, and flies which are existing in the forests that surrounds the lake making it rich in fauna. The presence of blue water lilies that are scattered in the lake gives it a surreal appearance. The pathway that leads up to the Pookot Lake is covered with tall trees and thick bushes enhancing the charm to the place. The South Wayanad Forest Division is in-charge of the lake, and it is maintained by the District Tourism promotion council.
One of the most favored tourist destinations in Wayanad, Pookot Lake gives you a sense of tranquility and peaceful environment around. The greenery around the Pookot Lake makes it an ideal location for nature lovers as well as for wildlife photographers. It is a must-visit place for people who would want to spend some time away from the fast-paced city life. It is a perfect getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city. The pleasing weather of the Pookot Lake along with its superb beauty and enchanting charm is going to make your tour genuinely revitalizing and unforgettable.
Boating services such as the Pedal boats are available for the tourists in the Pookot Lake. Boating in the lake amid its natural beauty gives a unique experience. One can also visit the freshwater aquarium situated nearby, the children's park where kids can have all the fun and one can go shopping here where handicrafts and spices can be found in a large amount and in different variety. The District Tourism Promotion Council owns the shopping centers where you can buy a wide range of things made up of bamboo and coconut husk. It is suggested to visit the lake during dawn or dusk. The freshwater aquarium consists of an excellent array of fishes, which is one of the major attractions for the tourists on their way to Pookot Lake.