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Pykara Lake, Ooty


Pykara Lake is a sterling example of nature’s exquisiteness and lies around 30 km from the Mudumalai National Park. The lake has a wonderful panoramic view and pristine green water. The largest lake in the Nilgiris district, it is considered very sacred by the Todas.

Wenlock Downs, a vast, undisturbed lush meadow is a favourite picnic spot of dwellers and tourists, and this is located very close to the Pykara Lake.

The Tamil Nadu Tourism and Development Corporation maintains a boathouse on the lake. Fitted with a restaurant, the boathouse offers visitors a chance to take a trip along the beautiful water body. A bridge on the main road presents the ideal vantage point for one to take photos, and the view from here is exhilarating. The Pykara river has a dam and power plant as well.

Timings: 8.30 AM–5.00 PM

Entry Fee: Nil (Lake), Rs. 550 for a boat ride.