Travel Diaries: Kerala / Wayanad / Pookote Lake

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Pookote / pookode Lake is a charming jewel in Wayanad’s crown. 15 Kms from Kalpetta, this serene freshwater body lies surrounded by thick-set rainforest on all sides. The state tourism department has developed a children’s park, boating facility, fresh water aquarium, handicrafts & spices emporium and a walking path all around the perimeter of the lake for an enjoyable picnic like environs.

This lake has the unique distinction of being shaped like India’s map. It’s a perennial freshwater lake and one of its kind in Kerala.

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I opted for a row-boat ride for half an hour for 250/- which sounded good to me. There was also the option of taking pedal boats but the hot sun made me re-think such a strenuous activity. The best part about the lake was the sight of fields of blue lotus and blue water-lily – these were blooming in abundance in secluded areas of the lake which were bounded by ropes to keep the boats from damaging the plants.

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Scores of blue heads were raised joyously to the sun while the water shimmered with blue reflections in every direction that you could see – this sight was worth a million zillion trillion dollars!! I couldn’t stop clicking them and spent as much time as I could taking in the ethereal sight. I even took a walk on the pathway around the lake’s perimeter to drink in the tranquility of this eternally peaceful and mesmerizing place.

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I have to say this is one of the most scenic sights in Kerala for me and I would recommend not skipping this spot from your itinerary. I admit there is not much to do here but the sight of the blue lotus on the water is simply refreshing and one that I wont be forgetting in a hurry.

Some Facts:

Its 3 Kms by road from Vythiri town

Rail & Air connectivity is from Khozikhode which is about 60 kms away


Posting my day 18 post for #Dailychatter Here as I take my blog to the next level with #Blogchatter and  #UBC – the ultimate blog challenge in October 2016

 

11 thoughts on “Travel Diaries: Kerala / Wayanad / Pookote Lake

    1. Blue Lotuses werent not so many in bloom at that time but the lilies were just gorgeous – I couldnt get my fill of this place and wished I could stay here forever.

    1. I envvvvvvy you- its a gorgeous state with an amazing sense of cleanliness; I had loved the neatness and organised ways of the markets I saw all over in Wayanad.I hope you get to visit soon.

    1. Thanks Lata- I dont think its all year around – I had visited in April when the monsoons are just about to hit the state.

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