Pykara Lake - Tamilnadu

Pykara Lake is a popular tourist destination in the Nilgiris district. It is a picturesque lake set in lush greenery and surrounded by mountains, making it a peaceful and serene place for visitors. Pykara Lake is about 20 km from Ooty town (also known as Udhagamandalam) and is a part of the Pykara River. Pykara Waterfalls is also a must visit place for nature lovers which is set in a different location that is 2-3 km away from the lake which can be reached by a short trek. This is a series of waterfalls flowing down the mountain, creating a breathtaking view. Apart from natural beauty, Pykara Lake also has religious significance. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Rama near the lake which attracts devotees every year. This Lake and its surroundings offer many opportunities for those who love adventure and adventure. Home to many bird species, the region is a paradise for bird watchers. Guests who want to explore the nearby hills and forests can use the hiking trails.

History of Pykara Lake

Sir C.P. Ramaswamy Aiyar, Diwan of Travancore, worked with the British regime in 1920s and 1930s in the setting up of the Pykara project. Initially the dam Pykara constructed for irrigation and energy production. Through the Dam the Pykara Lake provides water various neighbouring places.

Nearby sightseeing places

Government Botanical Garden, Wenlock downs 9th Mile shooting spot, Sholur view point, and Pine forest.


Boating, Fishing, Trekking, Picnicking.

Visiting time

8.30 AM – 5.30 PM

Entry fee

Rs. 10 per person

Boating charges

Rs. 700 – 1000 (Depending on the number of seater)

How to reach Pykara Lake?

By air- Coimbatore airport is the nearest to reach Pykara lake that covers about 110 km.
By train - Mettupalayam railway station is the nearest junction to reach Pykara Lake.
By road - Driving from Coimbatore is the easiest way to reach Pykara Lake covering 107 km. National Highways - NH – 67, NH -212