Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Pykara - Reservoir & Waterfall

Pykara is a picturesque picnic spot 20 km away from Ooty on the road to Mysore. There are two things one could do here rather simply sightseeing, taking a boat ride around the thick sholas on the Pykara reservoir or walk down to waterfalls on the opposite side of dam on Ooty-Mysore main road. I have visited the Pykara reservoir once while past the village couple of time, the water level of the lake was at bottom when I was there on a midsummer day or monsoon that suppose to begin.
Pykara Lake

I couldn't take a boat ride on the reservoir and well you no need a reason why, as u could see in the picture above I took from the road, the water and boat jetty were at lowest ever seem.  The stairs leading down to boat jetty were stared at developing a terror which really needs courage for a normal being to climb up/down.  But the sight of the deep reservoir and fenced sholas beheld into mine and being summer holidays there were number of tourist thronged the place drove through a brief forest woods.

The boat house runs by the TTDC (Tamil Nadu Tourism & Development Corporation) is a secondary yet fabulous option to who like boating in Ooty, other than the one mainstream rower into the town. There’s also a restaurant attached to the boat house and the reservoir’s maximum level were seem to measure through conceal of the soil bank. But I just wonder will the reservoir behold its spellbound reveled through its dept rather watched or riding boat at its FRL (full reservoir level).

The Pykara reservoir is also a river, which is considered very scared by Todas – the tribal of Nilgiri (Blue Mountains). The river rises at Mukurthi peak, flows through Pykara and Glen Morgan dams forms an inherent part of the Pykara hydro-electric power plant – one of the oldest in the country. Mukuthi is the second largest peak among the Nilgiri and one of my dream was touching its foothill.  

On the picture above u could see a herd of buffaloes grazing on the other side of the reservoir. Buffalos are the main livelihood of Todas, who also does crop business these days, breeding of buffaloes and milking and making butter were their source then. The buffaloes named after the Toda’s were a unique breed and genetically isolated population among the Indian breeds of buffaloes  confined to the Nilgiris. Apart Todas, other communities such as Badagas and Kotas also maintain buffaloes in small numbers.

The Pykara waterfall is another wonderful place to visit, where many Indian films shot their duets and action here. But the path to the waterfall doesn’t seem disabled friendly so I could make a visit to its roar, unlike my parents and cousins who enjoyed the scenic location. The photo beneath was captured by them. 

15 comments:

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

Pykara falls & reservoir is a magnificent and scenic place.Boating here is very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing these images.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a wonderful place to have a picnic!! That waterfall is beautiful.

ladyfi said...

What wonderful shots. Looks like a very nice place.

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Jeevan, You know us... We love waterfalls. That is a neat one--with the water going in several different directions...Sorry you couldn't get there.. They need to work on their path --so that handicapped people can get there.

Have a great day.
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

i'm sorry the water was too low. it is pretty, though.

Krishna said...

pykara is beautiful picnic spot... i liked your first photo... a well described about place

thanks

eden said...

Such a beautiful place to visit. I love the waterfall. I can hear the rushing of the water..hehehe. Beautiful photos.

Destination Infinity said...

I didn't know about this place when I was staying in CBE. Otherwise, I would have visited it. Looks very beautiful :)

Destination Infinity

Arti said...

Informative post on a place that looks quite scenic. The Pykara waterfall splash is spectacular! I wish they build on their routes such that everyone is able to reach the place without any inconviniences.

Elsie Amata said...

The waterfall is beautiful! That would be my choice and I think I would skip the boat ride myself. Thank you for sharing this with us!

Pattu Raj said...

A beautiful place nestling in the hills. Lovely photgraphs too.

Most of the tourist/shopping places in our country are sadly not for the people who cannot walk, climb up or down. Sad state of affairs.
I feel so tired and exhausted when I have to climb so many stair into railway stations., even. Any number of complaints have not been useful.

George said...

The water level in the lake is certainly very low. I hope the monsoons brought some relief and raised the water level. It's a shame you were unable to visit the pretty waterfall with the rest of your family.

Ramakant Pradhan said...

Love the view in the first picture. Really a picturesque place.

Rahul Bhatia said...

Am yet to see this fascinating place!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place. This sure I will visit once.