A ride to remember: Pykara lake, Ooty Photo essay
Hello friends!!! I t has been so soooo exhaustively long, i never expected this would make a month long ‘off blog’ time. Initially it was my hosting company issues later academic pressure followed by ill health terminated in to severe, oppressive laziness. I almost choked to death by that laziness.
If you have read few of my old posts, you have an idea that I like to go on bike rides and explore the surrounding places everywhere I go. I found this particular place called “Pykara lake” near Ooty and I had to see it.
Like most of the hill stations, to Ooty, you go to enjoy the weather rather than to see any particular tourist spot. Throughout our stay, Ooty experienced rains. It was more of a soft drizzle, the kind of rain that makes wish to stay outdoors to enjoy it. It was softer even for a drizzle, it was as if God is spraying water on Earth with a huge sprayer. That temperature and weather made sure that I never become tired, no matter how much we roamed, hopped and drove.
So a bike journey appeared to be a perfect way to enjoy Ooty. I was not sure whether we would be able to get a bike for rent. So we asked our hotel people and they arranged for not only a bike but also an extra helmet for me.
We started early after breakfast to The Pykara lake and falls which was located at around 20km from Ooty on Ooty – Mysore road. There are some other places to visit en route which I will mention in other post.
As we drove lazily and halted at few places, it took us more than two hours to reach this place. Pykara lake and falls are located at two different locations. Pykara lake was in some dense forest. The location was soooo peaceful. The entrance for Pykara lake is 5rs. There is boating option available but we did not go as we thought it was too costly. We drank some fresh carrot juice which was surprisingly tasty. After spending 2 hrs there, we started back. We wanted to come back early as it would dark early there.
We went to Pykara falls on our way back, but were disappointed find there was no falls, only a very small canal kind of thing.
Some points to remember if you are planning to visit Pykara lake….
- There are no proper instructions or sign boards to guide you.
- As it was a forest area it is difficult to get signal, do not much rely on Google maps.
- There are no proper restaurants in the vicinity, The near by village has small hotels.
- Toilets are at the lake only, it is next to impossible to find them anywhere else.
- Ooty can experience rain at any time, it is good if you are prepared.
Hope you enjoyed the post, now I promise to be regular.