Lakkidi View Point
Lakkidi is the gateway of Wayanad district of Kerala state, south India. It gets the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above mean sea level, atop Thamarassery ghat pass, and offers breath taking view of Wayanad Ghat.
This Chain tree is located near Vythiri and is 15 kms from Kalpetta. This is a large Ficus tree bounded by a long chain. There is an interesting story behind this Chain tree. It is said that one adivasi youth named Karinthandan helped or guided one British engineer to find the difficult path through the dense forest to Wayanad. But the crooked engineer who wanted to take the full credit of this discovery killed Karinthandan. The angry soul of this adivasi started troubling travelers who used to visit Wayanad. It is said that one priest chained this angry spirit to this tree.
Pookode Lake is a scenic freshwater lake in the Wayanad district in Kerala. Pookode is a natural fresh water lake nestling amid evergreen forests and mountain slopes at an altitude of 2100 meters above sea level. It is 15 km away from Kalpetta.
Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,100 metres above sea level. Chembra is located near the town of Meppady and is 8 km south of Kalpetta. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. Chembra Peak is accessible by foot from Meppady. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipment on hire charges to tourists.
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India’s Western Ghats. They lie 1,200 metres above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, beside an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BC from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from south India.
Soochipara Falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, surrounded by Deciduous, Evergreen and Montane forests. Locally referred to as Soochipara. Sentinel Rock Waterfalls offers scenic views of some of the best tea estates in Wayanad.
Kuruvadweep is a 950-acre (3.8 km2) protected river delta on the Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India.This of dense and evergreen forest is uninhabited and hence a home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: uncommon species of birds, orchids and herbs namely. Its unique geographical characteristics make it a place where not only the leaves but also silence is evergreen being away from cities and thus it has become a place of attraction.
Thirunelli Temple (also Tirunelli) is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala. The temple is at an altitude of about 900m in north Wayanad in a valley surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. It is 32 km away from Manathavady.
Meenmutty Falls is located 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District in the state of Kerala, India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 metres. The Meenmutty word says it is where fish gets blocked. Meenmutty is a combination of malayalam words Meen (fish) and Mutty (blocked). Meenmutty Falls, the largest and most spectacular waterfall in the Wayanad District, is a 2 km hike though the jungle from the main Ooty Road. It is Kerala’s second largest waterfall and the one most unspoiled in its natural setting.
Located deep within the forests of the Bhramagiri hills at an altitude of more than 1700 meters,Pakshipathalam is a formation of large boulders, some as tall as two storey buildings. The deep caves foun here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and distinctive species of plants. The journey involves an arduous 7km trek through thick forest commencing at Thirunelly.
Banasura sagar Dam
The Banasura Sagar Dam is located 21 km from Kalpetta, in Wayanad District of Kerala in the Western Ghats. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia and an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains It is an important tourist attraction.Banasura Sagar Dam is at the foot of the Banasura Hill.
Muthnaga and Tholpetty wild life sanctuary’s
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, south India. It is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Battery. A variety of large wild animals such as Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, Peafowl tend to be very common in the area. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. Also known as the ‘Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary’, this wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna.
Situated along northern ridge of Wayanad(bordering coorg district of Karnataka) Tholpetty is much similar to Muthanga in terms of flora and fauna. The best season to visit both sanctuaries is between Nov and May
The tourists can also try river trails through the Kabani River and can explore the islands scattered over the water. You can enjoy the beauty of nature hitherto untouched by civilisation, as you raft along the river. While going through the river, especially near river ferries, you can also see and enjoy the village life and can also talk to people.
There are various trekking routes and the major one among them is Meenmutty to Nilambur. It is a day long trek to Nilambur forest range and it can be completed only by an experienced trekker. For the novices and first time trekkers, the trail leading to Chembra Peak will be ideal. This trail is steep and arduous and offers enchanting views of nature. For those who love to find a river’s course, trekking trail through Palolipuzha will be ideal.
If you are going through Muthanga or Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, you can spot various wild animals, birds or rare varieties of flora. Herds of elephants, spotted deer, bison, Malabar squirrels and leopards are commonly seen in the sanctuary. There are giant watering holes, which quench the thirst of wild animals and you can see them coming in herds to the watering holes.
Wayanad is known for its spice plantations and you can observe stretches of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, ginger and vanilla plantations in the district. If you enrol in any of the spice plantation tours, you can enjoy walking through the hillocks covered with greenery of the plantations and you can also observe the process involved in collecting the produce from the plantations.
Heritage and Legend Trails
Wayanad is home to many legends and folklores and you can go to Thirunelli, if you want to enjoy the life and geography at a place connected with many legends. If you are heading towards Edakkal, you are sure to be enlightened with the historical and archaeological details of the place. Such a trip will also satiate the history-geek in you.
Some tourist packages include camping in dense forests with the aid of trained wildlife volunteers and local guides. It will be a rare experience to enjoy the darkness around while listening to the sounds from the wild at night.
Trekking at Thusharagiri
Thusharagiri, located in Kozhikode district, offers a fine trekking trail to Wayanad which is rich with breathtaking views of picturesque waterfalls, various shades of greenery, streams bursting forth from ravines, and rustic log bridges.There is a peak called Mele Thenpara (which means Upper Honey Rock) and by the time you reach there you will watch and relish the beauty of nature which is enriched with no less than four waterfalls. The falls include Erattumukku, the first one, which is about 100 m above the base. Water falls on the boulders and natural pools have been created below. The trekkers walk across the narrow bridges over the waters.
By road, Wayanad is accessible from Calicut, Kannur, Mysore, Bangalore and Ooty. Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has bus services from Trivandrum, Eranakulam (Kochi), Calicut (Kozhikkode), Mysore and Bangalore through Wayanad. Karnataka Road Transport Corporation also has bus services from Bangalore/Mysore to Calicut/Eranakulam following the route Mysore – Gundlupet – Sulthan Bathery(Wayanad) – Kalpetta(Wayanad). You can alight at Sulthan Bathery , Kalpetta or Vythiry depending upon the place of your accommodation.
Nearest airports : Kozhikode(75 km) , Mysore(140km)
Nearest Railheads: Kozhikode(75 km) , Mysore(140km)
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