Pykara is a small village in the Niligiris that gets its name from the Pykara River that flows through it. If you loved boating at the Ooty Lake, then you can come here for more such fun. The lake is set in a serene environment and is surrounded by lush meadows.


Pykara is situated about 19 kilometers from Ooty on the Ooty Gudalur route. Pykara dam and reservoir is maintained by the Tourism Department of Tamilnadu. They have organized boat rides. Here, you only get motor boats and speed boats. You and your partner can enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake and from the lake to the Pykara falls. It is not a typical falls where you see a torrent of water gushing down from a height. The Pykara falls is a series of waterfalls with the last one falling from a height of 180 feet. For safety, you may not be able to get close to the flowing river. However, there will be some safe points where you can enjoy the water and take plenty of photographs.  


  • What are the timings in the Pykara Boathouse?

The Boat House opens at 8.30 am and closes by 5.30 pm.


  • What is the cost of the entry ticket?

The entry ticket costs INR 5.


  • What are the boat charges?

INR 750 for 8-seater motorboat, INR 870 for 10-seater motorboat, INR 1210 for 15-seater motorboat, INR 785 for 2-seater speedboat


  • How long is the wait time to hire a boat?

The wait time depends on the crowd in the boat house. On average, you may need to wait for around 20 to 30 minutes to rent a boat.


  • When is the best time to visit the Pykara Lake and Waterfalls?

The best time to visit this pace is between August and January.

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