About Wayanad

Replete with enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, this popular town is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife.Among the prettiest areas of Kerala, Wayanad has a multitude of options for its visitors. Part of a forest reserve, Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The entire region is completely green with hilly ranges and wildlife including Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east. Walking through the sprawling spice plantations, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and experiencing a resort holiday are one of the many thing you can do to get a taste of Wayanad. A great place to spot wild elephants, cool breeze, beautiful scenery, Wayanad is guaranteed to please your travel senses. Overall, a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India.

Place to must visit in Wayanad


Places to Visit in Wayanad

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Experience Time: 2-3 days

Distance: 16 kms

Banasura Dam

Lying in the lap of the Banasura hills in the Wayanad district is the picturesque Banasura Sagar dam. Banasura Dam is the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in Asia. The view of the sprawling reservoir from the top of the dam is breathtaking. Adventures like speed boating are readily available, and a trek up to the Banasura Peak is filled with streams, diverse flora, fauna, lush tropical green and majestic waterfalls. An earthen dam, also known as an embankment dam is created by placing mounds of clay, sand, rock or soil. The view of Banasura Lake from the top of the hill is mesmerising. Built along the river of Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini river, this tourist hotspot is well maintained as a part of the Indian Banasura Sagar Project. It provides irrigation, drinking water and electricity to surrounding places. The sprawling area of clear water is a photographer's dream, dotted with tiny islands and the view is incredible during monsoons. The hills are named after 'Banasura', son of the famous ruler, King Mahabali. An ideal picnic spot, Banasura Dam is one the most beautiful places not just in Kerela, but the entire country.

Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 17 kms

Chembra Peak

Located close to the bumbling town of Meppady and just 8 km south of the beautiful town, Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range- the Chembra Peak at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. The Chembra peak offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for travellers to explore. The Western Ghats of Kerala are famed for their heavenly beauty, their peace & calm and there natural wealth. An abode by the clouds, the Ghats are known to have many famous peaks in its collection but none more than Chembra Peak in the Wayanad Hills at Mepaddy. The peak is famous among trekkers for providing an awesome one-day trekking experience with relatively low cost on energy and pocket. On one's way to the peak, they are confronted with another gift of nature in the form of a heart-shaped Lake which is believed to have never dried up and is a major tourist attraction here. The view of the Banasura Sagar Dam is also mesmerizing. The vast dam stands out in the green blanket and appears to be a shiny silver metal disk sitting between the trees. Since Chembra Peak is a part of the Wayanad Hill Range, it is surrounded by numerous other peaks from the range too. The beauty of these peaks is multiplied when you look at them from the Chembra peak because that is the highest point in the range- so you would be looking down at other majestic and unquestionably high mountain peaks!

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 20 kms

Pookot Lake

Snuggled in the evergreen forests and wooded slopes, Pookot Lake is a natural freshwater lake and a famous tourist attraction situated in Wayanad. This peaceful lake has an exquisite beauty and remains surrounded by lush greenery all around thereby captivating the visitors. The pathway leading up to the lake is covered with thick bushes and tall trees adding even more charm to the place. The Panamaram which is one of the main branches of the Kabani River originates from the Pookot Lake and then joins the Panamaram valley. The pleasant weather of the place along with its exquisite beauty and captivating charm is going to make your tour genuinely revitalising and memorable. This freshwater lake situated amongst the wooded hills in the shape of India's map is one of its kinds in Kerala. A species of cyprinid fish known as Pethia pookodensis is known to be found only in the Pookot Lake. The lake also has a variety of blue lotus and other freshwater fishes present in large numbers. There are many wild animals, birds, and flies present in the forests surrounding the lake making it rich in fauna. The presence of scattered blue water lilies in the lake make it appear surreal. The South Wayanad Forest Division is in-charge of the lake, and it is run by the District Tourism promotion council. One of the most preferred tourist destinations in Wayanad, the Pookot Lake is going to give you a sense of calm and peaceful environment around. The greenery around makes it an ideal location for the nature lovers as well as the photographers. It is a must-visit place for all the nature lovers out there who would want to spend some time away from the fast-moving life of the city.

Experience Time: 2-3 Hrs

Distance: 21 kms

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and comprises of rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. It is surrounded by the protected areas of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu as well as Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka. Founded in the year 1973, the wildlife sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which was the first biosphere out of the 14 present in India. The sanctuary is spread over an area of 345 square km and comprises of two parts namely Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad. Eucalyptus, as well as bamboo trees, are grown in the region. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary comprises of two major sections namely Muthanga and Tholpetty. Muthanga lies to the southern side of Wayanad at a distance of 18 km from Sulthan Bathery. On the other hand, Tholpetty lies to the north of Thirunelli. Muthanga is situated next to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary also borders the ranges namely Sulthan Bathery and Kurichiat located in Kerala and is famous for its very rich biodiversity. Tholpetty adjoins Nagarhole Range present in Karnataka. Wayanad with an area of 2126 sq km has a beautiful history.

Experience Time: 2-3 hours

Distance: 18 kms

Edakkal Caves

Famous for its exquisite rock and wall carvings, the pre-historic Edakkal Caves are naturally occurring alcoves located in the Wayanad district of Kerala. The caves measure at a massive length and width of 96 and 22 feet respectively and lie 1200 metres above the sea level. Owing to its precarious location, one needs to trek for one and half hour to hit the cave entrance, and another 45 minutes to reach the mouth of the cave.The Edakkal caves are of historical and archaeological significance as it has carvings that date back to the Neolithic era, the late Stone Age. The stone work in the interior of the cave is estimated to be as old as 5000 BC to 1000 BC. Edakkal Caves were discovered by a Fred Fawcett in 1890. He was on a hunting trip when he came across a stone axe in a coffee estate that was used by a Neolithic Celt. Fred had a deep rooted interest in pre-History and wanted to explore more. He crossed the thick forests of Ambukuthy Mala to discover what later proved to be a dwelling dating back to the New Stone Age which was inhabited several times in the course of human history. The rock carvings here are of at least three distinct types, with the oldest one dating back to a period as long as 8,000 years ago.

Experience Time: 1-2 hrs

Distance: 23 kms

Soochipara Falls

Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered waterfall situated in Vellarimala, Wayanad. Surrounded by deciduous, evergreen and montane forests, this waterfall is regarded as one of the best waterfalls. The drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls provides visitors with scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad. This enchanting waterfall is 200 meters high that also offer a cliff face, ideal for rock climbing. Also, since the water falling from the waterfall forms a large pool, one can enjoy swimming and bathing in it. The water falling from Soochipara later joins Chulika River aka Chaliyar River after hills from Kerela and Tamil Nadu. Filled with varied flora and fauna, tourists are likely to have a lot of fun exploring and enjoying the natural beauty that the waterfall offers. The drive itself up till the place is enjoyable and exciting. The forest department provides a few tree-top accommodations to its visitors. The tree-tops are located in such strategic locations that one gets an enthralling view of the entire Western Ghat valleys from there. The serene ambience of the waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the city is a treat to the eyes and a perfect getaway for relaxed minds.

Experience Time: 3-4 hrs

Distance: 13 kms

Kuruva Dweep

Kuruvadweep is a beautiful little island in River Kabini in the district of Wayanad in Kerala. It is the only island in India that is surrounded by fresh water. The location and the geographical characteristics of the site make Kuruvadweep a sought-after attraction. The mesmerising beauty of the location draws tourists from all over the world, and its landscape makes it a hotspot for nature walks. One can visit the island to explore the picturesque scenery and experience being close to nature. It is hence frequented by locals. The serenity of the island is sure to put you at ease, an experience everyone wants to have in the fast-paced and chaotic world of today. Kuruvadweep is about 950 acre in area and is surrounded by River Kabini and several other streams. Since it lies in the delta region, Kuruvadweep is actually a group of islands that can be accessed by boats or rafts. These boats and rafts are run by the Kerala Tourism Department in collaboration with Kerala Forest Department. The island has dense forests that are home to a variety of flora and fauna and hence is visited quite often by researchers and nature lovers. Certain areas can be explored by foot while others need to be explored in a boat or a raft. The Forest Department officials are very particular about keeping the islands unpolluted and unharmed. Thus, this is the place for travellers seeking uncontaminated natural surroundings.

Experience Time: 1 day

Distance: 18 kms

Sulthan Bathery

Formerly known as Ganapativatom; Sulthan Bathery, located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, is a quaint and peaceful town. The place came to be known by its new name after the great ruler, Tipu Sultan of Mysore, invaded the region and used the Jain Temple located here as a battery. The pleasant weather in this beautiful town, coupled with excellent opportunities for shopping and spectacular historical sites makes the town of Sulthan Bathery a popular tourist destination that is visited by tourists all year round. Located at an altitude of 1000 meters above the sea level, the town of Sulthan Bathery boasts of a fantastic topography: majestic hills interspersed with valleys, cliffs and plains. Not only is Sulthan Bathery now the largest town in the entire Wayanad district, but the place is also reputed for its tourism and commercial activities. The main attractions for the tourists are the pre-historic caves, jungle trails, sparkling streams and rivers and lush greenery of the undulating hills, along with many options to explore the city and its surroundings. Stopovers such as the Edakkal Caves, Chethalayam Falls, the Jain Temple, Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary, Ambalavayal Heritage Museum and St. Mary's and Yakoob Church make this town a suitable choice for every kind of traveller, having something for everyone to see.

Experience Time: Around 2 to 3 hours

Distance: 23 kms

Chain Tree

Chain Tree is a popular Ficus, which has many myths associated with it. According to one of the legends, the road up was built by a foreign engineer but the route was given to him by a local tribal youth who was shot to death by the engineer. His spirit is said to have stuck to the tree causing many accidents on the hair pin curve. Another story says that when the British first came to Wayanad, the Adivasi Mahouts took them to the top the mountains. As the Portuguese were close behind them, they did not want the Mahouts to go back and get the Portuguese. Hence they killed the Mahout whose spirit lived in the area causing accidents. A local priest later chained the spirit to the tree with a chain over it.

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Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is an ancient temple which was once an important pilgrimage located in the valley. The name is derived from Amla tree and is associated with a legend that states Lord Brahma had identified the idol of Lord Vishnu under an Amla tree when he was passing by. An architectural marvel, the temple has been mentioned in several Hindu Scripture.

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Lakkidi Viewpoint

Lakkidi Viewpoint is a high altitude point to get a breathtaking view of the city. The region mostly stays misty and offers a beautiful view of the hairpin turns down the hill. The thrill of driving up to the point is an experience in itself.

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