Pykara is a village and river is located around 21 km from Ooty. Pykara River rises at Mukurthi peak, flows through Pykara and Glenmorgan dams, and forms part of an important hydro-electric power project.
The river flows over a series of waterfalls, the last two of 55 metres (180 ft) and 61 metres (200 ft) being known as Pykara Falls. The falls are approximately 6 kms from the bridge on the main road. Pykara boasts of a well-protected, fenced sholas, large grassy meadows and a good wildlife habitat.
The dam is near the main Ooty-Gudalur Road and includes a power station.
A boat house on the Pykara Reservoir is an added attraction for tourists. The boat house with restaurant is maintained by Tamil Nadu Tourism and Development Corporation. It consists of several boats and has motor boats which are allowed for 20 minutes and speed boats which are allowed for 10 minutes.
There are buses and taxis available from Ooty to Pykara. Tourists can also stay at the Forest Department Guest House.
Reaching there: Pykara is 134.3 kilometres from Mysuru and it is around 3 hour-30 minute drive.
Other tourists attractions near Pykara: Shooting Point, Nilgiri Mountain Railway, Botanical Gardens,Avalanche Lake, Rose Garden, Ooty Lake, St. Stephen’s Church, Thunder World, Emerald Lake, Needle Rock View Point, Glenmorgan, Dodabetta Tea Museum and Factory, Mudumalai National Park, Mukurti Peak, Murugan Temple, Wax World Museum, Chocolate Museum, Maravakandy Dam, Lady Canning’s Seat and more. – VNS