Wayanad is a District of north east Kerala. Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic rugged terrain of the Western Ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. Quite a large area of the district is covered by forest. The pleasant climate along with presence of high class resorts, hotels,and home-stays together makes Wayanad a perfect place for holiday seekers.
Wayanad is home to three wildlife sanctuaries which are listed as UNESCO world heritage. Wayanad is famous for its wide variety of plants and animals. while Tholpetty is home to the most rare and exquisite flora and fauna. Pakshipathallam is the most unique bird sanctuary in the area. Muthanga is another important wildlife sanctuary offers 14 KM wildlife safari.
Wayanad receives a comparatively high rainfall of 2322 m.m. Lakkidi, Vythiri and Meppadi are the high rainfall areas in Wayanad. Vythiri also is a picture perfect area rich with hillocks and waterfalls. Wayanad tourism promotion council celebrates monsoon tourism festival – ‘Splash’, a fun filled yearly celebration which offers adventure tourism, cultural events and other activities.
Wayanad Tourist Attractions
Pookot Lake, Vythiri
An ideal picnic spot, this beautiful lake is located near to Vythiri. A walk through the walkway surrounding the lake is perfect to admire mother nature. The area surrounding the lake has an aquarium, children’s park and a small emporium selling handicrafts and spices.
Soochipara Falls, Kalpetta
Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls are situated near Meppadi. The fall is cascading from a height of 100 to 300 feet. The pool below the falls offers great opportunities for swimming, bathing even water rafting if you are adventurous.
17 km to the east of Mananthavady, Kuruva Island is a vast island of 950 acres abundantly rich with green forest. It is very far from the turbulence of city making it a noise free and perfect place for relaxing by touching the pureness of nature.
The caves can be approached by one and half hour trekking starting from Edakkal. The cave is famous for the neolithic stone carvings inside it.
Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in all of Wayanad district. It is at a staggering height of 2100 meters above sea level. Chembra is famous among trekkers and mountain climbers in southern India. Hridayasarass the beautiful mountain lake at the top is impressive as well. All the trekking gear can is provided by DTPC.
Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
Pakshipathalam is 7 km towards the north-east of Thirunelli Temple, in the Wayanad district in Kerala. Pakshipathalam is perched nearly 1740m above the sea level and a heaven for passionate bird lovers. Rare species of birds are spotted in Pakshipathalam. Similarly, exceptional species of fauna can be spotted here. Permission to travel to Pakshipathalam is issued by the forest department.
Meenmutty falls in Wayanad is the second most beautiful waterfalls in Kerala. It falls in 3 separate tiers. Reaching the falls involves a 2 km trek, but the view of the falls, makes it worth the effort of reaching there.
Karapuzha earth Dam
Karappuzha dam is one of the biggest Earth Dams in the country, the reservoir with partially submerged hills & lush green islands is an ideal breeding ground for aquatic birds. Karappuzha is a silent alternative of Banasura Sagar earth Dam.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad. Animals like Bison, Wild Cats and Elephants can be spotted here. An overnight camping will make most memorable experience in your life.
Neelimala View Point
At a distance of 27 km from Kalpetta and 12 km from Sultha Battery, Neelimala View Point is a scenic spot that offers bird’s eye view of the Meenmutty falls and the valleys surrounding it. A must see place in Wayanad.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also referred to as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, is located on 345 square kilometers of dense forest. The safari offered by forest department is famous. Many wild animals can be spotted throughout the safari. Muthanga is located at 14 KM’s away from Sulthan Bathery.
Phantom Rock is a unique skull shaped rock located at Cheengeri Mala near to Ambalavayal town. The rock lies in a scenic place and is easily accessible