Explore Nature’s Beauty at Karlad Lake in Wayanad



Explore Nature’s Beauty at Karlad Lake in Wayanad

By Woods team

Everybody needs a complete stress reliever to get through daily life. Nothing compares to spending a vacation at a hill station that offers it all: calm hills, lush mountains, luscious vegetation, captivating waterfalls, and a welcoming atmosphere. How about taking an amazing vacation to Wayanad?

Being one of Kerala's most popular tourist destinations, Wayanad assures all of its visitors that there are countless things to see and do, so there is unlikely to be even the slightest amount of boredom. Even the experience of cold, foggy weather can be enjoyable. Wayanad is endowed with numerous stunning lakes encircled by lush woods. The banks of these freshwater lakes are popular tourist destinations, drawing thousands of visitors annually. Karlad Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes, surrounded by a green landscape, and offers numerous opportunities for adventure lovers.

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A Tranquil Escape

Karlad Lake, situated in Wayanad district, is the third largest freshwater lake in Kerala and the second largest lake in Wayanad after Pookode Lake, and it is surrounded by a broad, verdant environment. This is the one location you absolutely must not miss if you're travelling with your family and kids. Karlad Lake, Wayanad's adventure hub, is one place that guarantees an exciting, thrilling day full of adventure activities that will captivate all ages. Bamboo groves with heavy growth encircle this lake. The surroundings are clean and tranquil. At one point, there were no tourist activities at Karlad Lake. Following the creation of a master plan in 1998, the site now houses a variety of adventure sports and has basic facilities and gardens. In comparison to Pookode Lake, its larger neighbouring lake nearby, the location is quite modest and is a relatively recent destination in Wayanad.

Ideal Location for Adventure Lovers

Aside from Wayanad's typical natural beauty and charm surrounding the lake, there are additional exciting adventure activities to look forward to. For those looking to experience the best of Wayanad, this place is a must-visit. The activities include kayaking, ziplining, rock climbing, boating, nature walks, and bamboo rafting. Kayaking and the zipline are highly recommended since this is one of the few places in Kerala where you can do both.


Karlad Lake is a well-known zipline destination in Wayanad. The zipline delivers an exciting experience, bringing you from one side of the lake to the other. At a 50-metre drop, the line's total length is 250 metres. In seven to ten seconds, the entire 250-metre stretch will be covered, leaving you wanting more. This zipline's purpose is to offer an aerial perspective of Karlad Lake and its verdant surroundings. You may glimpse the pristine rivers and lush woodlands as you soar through the skies. Ziplining at Karlad Lake is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that may even allow you to see wildlife and unique birds as you descend.

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Trekking options are also available around the lake; the Pallikkunnu Church is a popular destination for hikers from this area. Karlad Lake is located 3 km away from Banasura Sagar Dam, the largest earthen dam in India.


One of the most popular activities at Karlad Lake is boating. You can rent row boats or paddle boats and take your time exploring the lake's tranquil waters. It's a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of nature and the peace of the surroundings. 


Kayaking allows you to explore the lake at your own pace on inflated rafts. You can attempt a 30-metre wall climb at the rock climbing facility while hanging from ropes and harnesses.

Birdwatching and Photography

Numerous bird species can be seen at Karlad Lake. The local birdlife can be an amazing experience for birdwatchers. Photographic opportunities abound at Karlad Lake, owing to its lovely scenery. You can enjoy taking pictures of the rich vegetation, the reflections in the crystal-clear lakes, and the exquisite interaction of light and shadow.

Read more: Wayanad: A Great Place For Bird Watching

Entry Fee and Timings

Visiting Karlad Lake requires a nominal entry fee of INR 20 per person. If you're planning to indulge in boating, the charge is INR 100 per couple. For those interested in kayaking and ziplining adventures, the fees stand at INR 250 and INR 290 per couple, respectively.

Regarding its operational hours, Karlad Lake welcomes visitors throughout the day. However, it's recommended to plan your visit between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day. The optimal exploration time typically ranges between 1 to 2 hours.

The Best Time to Visit 

The winter months, spanning from October to February, mark the peak season for exploring Karlad Lake in Wayanad. During this period, the weather is pleasantly cool, ranging from 10°C to 25°C, creating an ideal atmosphere for outdoor activities. Clear skies and sunny days characterise this time, enhancing the allure of boating and other outdoor adventures. 

Learn more: Thrilling Adventure Sports to Experience in Wayanad


Karlad Lake is more than just a scenic spot. It's a place to unwind, reconnect with nature, and experience the authentic charm of Wayanad. With its serene waters, lush surroundings, and an array of recreational activities, Karlad Lake offers a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you seek adventure or tranquillity, Karlad Lake promises an unforgettable experience amidst the bounties of nature.

Selecting the ideal nature resort is crucial when making travel plans to Wayanad.

The Woods Resorts is a serene resort nestled amidst Wayanad's lush surroundings. We offer a variety of stylish and tranquil cottages within the resort. With all the upscale amenities available, The Woods Resorts is the perfect place to explore the natural beauty and untamed wilderness of the jungle throughout your intriguing visit. 

Excited to visit some of the popular tourist destinations in Wayanad on your upcoming getaway? So, why do you hesitate? Plan your trip as soon as possible.