Places to Visit in Wayanad
Wayanad is a district in the north-east of Kerala, with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta. It is 3.79% urbanised and has recently got a boom in tourism. It is the only district in South that shares its borders with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The edicts, caves of Ambukuthimala, and other shreds of evidence shows that place is as old as the beginning of new age civilisation.
Here are some of the places that depict its culture, history, natural beauty and a variety of population that are must to keep in the checklist of travelling.
At the height of 2100 metres, the towering Chembra Peak is located near Meppadi in the southern part of Wayanad. It is the tallest of peaks in the region providing an exhilarating climbing experience, as each stage in the climb unfolds great expanses of Wayanad and the view gets wider as one goes up to its summit. Going up and coming down the peak would take a full day. Those who would like camp at the top are assured of an unforgettable experience.
Located in the southeastern part of Wayanad, and approachable from Kalpetta as well as Sulthan Bathery, Neelimala is a trekker’s delight, with options for different trekking routes. At the top of Neelimala, the sight is a breathtaking one to (or “intending to”) the Meenmutty falls located nearby and the valley in the foreground.
Another waterfall that attracts visitors to Wayanad is the Chethalayam Falls, located close to Sulthan Bathery in the northern part of Wayanad. This waterfall is smaller in size when compared to Meenmutty. The falls and the adjoining areas are ideal locales for trekking and a haunt for bird watchers.
Located deep within the forest in the Brahmagiri hills at an altitude of more than 1700 metres. The region predominantly comprises large boulders, some of them really massive. The dark caves found here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and unique species of plants. Pakshipathalam is located near Mananthavady, and a visit to the region would require a 7 km trek through the forest, starting from Thirunelli. Visitors to Pakshipathalam are to seek permission from the DFO- North Wayanad.
The most popular tourist location of Wayanad district is the Kuruva Island. People from all over the country are attracted to the dense forest surrounding the island situated amidst the tributaries of River Kabani. Rare birds, flora and herbs that are a sight to sore eyes only occupy Kuruva Island. This quaint retreat from the busy city life is a place of profound peacefulness and tranquillity. It is found 40kms west of Sulthan Bathery.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the east of Sulthan Bathery, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is extremely close to the border of Karnataka. Wild forests house the most popular species of animals like the spotted deer, elephant, bison, wild bear, cheetah, tiger and the likes. The Forest Department provides elephant rides to the tourists.
Pazhassi Raja Tomb
This popular tourist picnic spot of north Wayanad is the home of an attractive aquarium amidst a lush surrounding. Boating facilities are available at the resort, and the tall, brooding trees and shrubs are one of the most alluring features of this region. Pazhassi is the cremation point of Pazhassi Raja, who was known as the Lion of Kerala since he was the one who initiated the guerrilla warfare against the East India Company. He was cremated in 1805 at this spot.
Located close to Neelimala the spectacular Meenmutty falls can be reached through a 2 km trekking route from the main road connecting Ooty and Wayanad. It is the largest of waterfalls in the district of Wayanad, and adds to one’s curiosity with its three stage falls dropping from about 300 metres.
These gushing waterfalls run down from a height of 100 to 300 meters, dropping into the pool, which is widely used for rafting, swimming and even lounging in the water at times. There are tree top huts around the region, and they prove to be a delight to the eyes. The view of the deep valleys of the Western Ghats, when combined with the Soochippara Waterfalls, is of much peace to the soul. Tourists love to take a sleepy retreat in this area and enjoy the fantastic view and surrounding of the waterfalls.
Perched upon Thamarassery, one of the highest hills of Wayanad, Lakkidi is a favourite of tourists. With the notice of the entirety of Wayanad, Lakkidi also provides scenic beauty like never before. Streams, vegetation, the view of rich mountains and dense valleys of this peak are amidst a blanket of forests that keep it a warm and quaint location for a retreat.