Karlad Lake, Wayanad: Don't Miss Out
Karlad Lake is a place that has yet to catch up its popularity. It is still a place that many of the tourists are most likely to miss out. As it was a chance meet for us, so it is for many. But once people reach there, the lake grabs our mind with its natural calm and quiet serenity. But today the situation is, despite its vastness, beauty, serenity and natural surrounding, the spot is not that well maintained and well nurtured by the Tourism Department. It feels that the lake is neglected of its honor that it deserves. A regular care of the lake can add a feather to the Wayanad Tourism and make a strong statement in the minds of the tourists.
The lake is spread over more than 7 acres of area, in a place named Tariod, which is 16 km from Kalpetta. It is a place which is ideal for peace lovers, and especially for those who wanted to take a breath of relief from the din and bustle of the city or even from a busy tourist spot. This is said to be the second largest freshwater lake in Kerala and also a well-known picnic spot with boating facility. Surrounded by a thick stretch of bamboo groves, it makes a perfect route for trekkers. There is also a walking trail that reaches the nearest Pallikkunnu Church. The famous Banasura Sagar Dam is just a 3 km away from this Karlad Lake. The Karlad Tourism Centre is equipped with a facilitation centre, a couple of dormitories, maintaining a heritage village and also a humble restaurant.
Travel TipsIt is better to take provisions for the day, say food, water, mosquito repellent, something to spread and sit, some old newspapers and toys for children, if you are planning to spend the daytime there.
Be cautious about the water body, keep an eye on the children so that they don't slip down in the water.
An extra set of clothes for all is always advisable, whenever you are near any water body.