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DESTINATIONS » SOUTH » KERALA » WAYANAD
 
 
 
The name Wayanad derived from ‘Wayalnadu’ means land of paddy fields .Wayanad, the green heaven is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, charming and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. This verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests and wildlife. Wayanad hills are adjoining to Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Bandhipur in Karnataka, thus forming a vast land mass for the wild life to move about in their most natural abode.

Regarding geographical location, Wayanad district stands on the southern top of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic Western Ghats with arrogant ridges and rocky land interspersed with dense forest, twisted jungles and deep valleys. The place also enjoys a deliberate location as the leading tourist centres of South India like Ooty, Mysore, Bangalore, Coorg and Kannur are situated around this region.

Wayanad enjoys a salubrious climate throughout the year. The mean average rain fall in this district is 2322 m.m. Lakkidi, Vythiri and Meppadi are the high rainfall areas in Wayanad. Annual rain fall in these high rain fall areas ranges from 3,000 to 4,000m.m. High velocity winds are common during the south west monsoon and dry winds blow in March-April. High altitude regions experience severe cold. At Ambalavayal in Wayanad, the mean maximum and minimum temperature for the last five years were 29oC and 18oC respectively. This place experiences a high relative humidity which goes even up to 95 percent during the south west monsoon period. Generally, the year is classifed into four seasons, namely, cold weather (December-February), hot weather (March-May), south west monsoon (June-September) and north east monsoon (October-November). The dale Lakkidi, nestled among the hills of Vythiri taluk, has the highest average rainfall in Kerala.The misty environs of Wayanad offer a wide range of trekking opportunities, plantation visits and wildlife tours.

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the sheltered area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the north-east and Mudimalai of Tamil Nadu on the south-east. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Which has been established with the specific objective of conservating the biological heritage of the region. Consisting entirely of notified reserve, the sanctuary is very rich in fauna and flora. The management of the sanctuary lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration to the general lifestyle of the tribals and others who live on the fringes of the forest.
 
     
     
 
DESTINATIONS
 
     
 
  Chembra Peak   Edakkal Cave   Kuruva Island  
             
  Lakkidi   Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary   Chethalayam waterfalls  
             
  Pakshipathalam   Kalpetta   Pazhassi Raja Tomb  
             
  Pookot Lake   Sentinel Rock Waterfalls   Kanthanpara Waterfalls  
             
  Soochippara Waterfalls   Banasura sagar Dam   Thirunelli temple  
             
  Papanasini   Varambetta mosque   Ambalavayal heritage museum  
             
     
     
 
Chembra Peak
 
 
Destination Chembra Peak
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Chembra Peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town located 14 km west of Kalpetta. The hills, rocks and valleys which donate to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavor. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The picturesque beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very thrilling.
 
 
 
     
 
Edakkal Cave
 
 
Destination Edakkal Cave
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
It is located 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. These caves are seen in the Ambukuthy Mountains which is located in between Sulthan Battery and Ambalavayal. The caves contain several paintings and pictorial writings of the New Stone Age civilization which speak volumes of the bygone life and civilization.There are two Edakkal Caves, natural rock cutout formations, formed by a large split in a huge rock roofed over by other large rocks, all fixed in position through natural processes. These caves are famous world-wide for their ancient carvings and pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar head-dresses and swastik forms and symbols. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspires the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole.
 
 
 
     
 
Kuruva Island
 
 
Destination Kuruva Island
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Islands
Activities  
It is situated 17 Kms. east of Mananthavady and 40 kms North West of Sulthan Bathery. This is a 950 acres of ever green forest on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Lakkidi
 
 
Destination Lakkidi
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
It is situated 700 mts above the mean sea level, at the crust of Thamarassery Ghat pas which is the gateway of Wayanad. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxurious forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station. It is a perfect place where you can capture the beauty of Kerala in your camera. The towering mountain peaks, the rushing stream, verdant vegetation and a deep valley all await to welcome you. Lakkidi is just 5 Km from Vythiri.
One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands picturesque scenery. It is about 58 Km north east of Kozhikode and five Km. south of Vythiri. Lakkidi, the gate way of Wayanad, lies atop Thamarassery, a Ghat pass at an elevation of 700 m. above mean sea level.The lofty mountain peaks, the gurging stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking. The 12 Km long journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through Ghat road with nine hairpin bends amidst thick forests, is a fascinating experience.
 
 
 
     
 
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
 
 
Destination Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Wildlife
Activities Wildlife Safari/Bird Watching
Established in 1973, the Wayanad wild life sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the north-east and Mudumalai of TamilNadu on south-east. Muthanga is on the way from Mysore to Sultan Bathery. It is spread over 344 square kms. and is about 16 km east of Sultan Bathery, the nearest large town. The sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Wild animals such as Elephant, tiger, panther, jungle cat, civet cat, monkeys, wild dog, bison, deer, bear, etc. inhabit the sanctuary. Reptiles like monitor lizard and a variety of snakes are seen. Peacock, babblers, cuckoos, owl, woodpecker and jungle fowl are only a few among the different types of birds seen in the area.
 
 
 
     
 
Chethalayam Waterfalls
 
 
Destination Chethalayam Waterfalls
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Waterfalls
Activities  
Chethalayam is Located 12 km from Sulthan Bathery on the Pulpalli Main Road, are the breathtakingly beautiful Chethalayam Waterfalls. One can get a glimpse of this lovely waterfall, one has to trek a distance of around 4 km. from Chethalayam. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is another tourist spot not to be missed. Here you can see elephants, spotted deer, guar, sambhar and sloth bear. About 15 km from Sultan’s Bathery, the Wildlife Sanctuary covers over 344 sq. km. and forms part of the area of Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and Bandipur Sanctuary in Karnataka.
 
 
 
     
 
Pakshipathalam
 
 
Destination Pakshipathalam
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Pakshipathalam located at about 1740 m above sea level, is at the northern end of Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. To reach Pakshipathalam 17 km have to be covered through wild forest. The deep rock caves, formed among the thick blocks of rocks at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri, are the abode of various birds and wild beasts. Special permission has to be obtained from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam. District Tourism Promotion Council arranges vehicle, guides, camping equipments, etc. to the tourists, on hire. The Thirunelly hills and Kuruvadweep, an uninhabited island spread over 950 acres in the Kabani river are nearby attractions.
 
 
 
     
 
Kalpetta
 
 
Destination Kalpetta
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
This is where the headquarters of the Wayanad District are located. A stronghold of the Jains in the past, the famous Ananthanathaswamy Jain Temple is situated at Puliyarmala near Kalpetta.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Pazhassi Raja Tomb
 
 
Destination Pazhassi Raja Tomb
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities  
Pazhassi Raja tomb is a monumental tomb with great historical place. The Pazhassi Raja was considered as the ‘Lion of Kerala’ was the first to ignite guerilla warfare techniques against the British. It was in memory of this valiant ruler, who died in 1805 that the magnificent tomb was constructed. Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad. There is a good aquarium here. Coin-operated toys for children and boating facilities for tourists are available here.
 
 
 
     
 
Pookot Lake
 
 
Destination Pookot Lake
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type  
Activities Boating/Canoeing
Pookot Lake, an earthy fresh water lake enclosed by evergreen forests and rolling hills is situated 3 km from south of Vythiri town. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotising and the nature, unspoiled. Pookot Lake, about 13 km from Kalpetta, is the most beautiful tourist spot in the whole of Wayanad. The lake lies in the lap of mountains surrounding it. Boating in the Pookot Lake is an unforgettable experience. Tall trees and dense forests that line along the pathway around the lake provide a visual treat. A freshwater aquarium with a large variety of fish and a green house is an added attraction. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookot. The lake has an area of 8.5ha.and the maximum water depth is 6.5mtrs.
 
 
 
     
 
Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
 
 
Destination Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Waterfalls
Activities  
This waterfall is at Vellarimala village near Chooralmala in Meppadi panchayat. It is a picnic spot as well as a trekking centre. The sentinel rock, a rock of more than 200 m.in height, is ideal for rock climbing.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Kanthanpara Waterfalls
 
 
Destination Kanthanpara Waterfalls
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Waterfalls
Activities  
Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock Waterfall and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and its surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it is perfect for picnic.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Soochipara Waterfalls
 
 
Destination Soochipara Waterfalls
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Waterfalls
Activities  
The waterfalls at Soochippara near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature, yet to be discovered. The stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height is a treat to the eyes. The pool below, provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing,etc. The tree top huts at Soochippara give an unique view of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Banasura Sagar Dam
 
 
Destination Banasura Sagar Dam
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Boating/Canoeing
Banasura Dam is 15 km North West of Kalpetta, Banasura Dam is the largest earth dam in India. A vast expanse of crystal clear water bounded by blue hills on all sides, except one. Its an ideal picnic spot. Located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary and park full of flowering trees, the beauty of this spot is captivating. The topography here is such that many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill will provide a hypnotising sight to tourists.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Thirunelli Temple
 
 
Destination Thirunelli Temple
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
The temple is also known as the Sahyamala Kshetram. It is believed to be more than 3000 years old. Legend has it that this temple dedicated to lord Vishnu was built by lord Brahma (The Creator) himself - an architectural marvel with 30 granite pieces supporting the shrine and the floor paved with huge square granite blocks.The Thirunelli Temple is set on the deep green Brahmagiri valley close to the Papanasini mountain spring that is believed to have curative effects on the human system. The Thirunelli Temple springs to life during temple festivals such as Chuttuvilakku, Puthari, Sivarthri, Sreekrishnajayanti and Navarathri.
 
 
 
     
 
Papanasini
 
 
Destination Papanasini
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
Papanasini, the holy mountain spring believed to have divine cleansing powers to absolve the soul of all its sins, flows nearby. Also in the vicinity is a sacred rock where ritual offerings (known as bali) are made for the ancestors on the New Moon days of the Malayalam months Karkkidakom, Thulam and Kumbham. Besides the rituals during the two-day festival, art forms like Kathakali and Ottanthullal are performed.According to popular legend, the Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad, Kerala, South India was constructed by the creator, Lord Brahma himself and dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu. Referred to as Thekkan Kasi, the Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad, Kerala, South India is a very popular South India pilgrimage center.
 
 
 
     
 
Varambetta Mosque
 
 
Destination Varambetta Mosque
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing
15 km south east of Kalpetta, this 300-year-old mosque is the oldest in Wayanad.
 
 
 
 
     
 
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
 
 
Destination Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
Location Wayanad
State Kerala
Destination type Heritage Site
Activities Heritage Sight Seeing/Visit Museums and Libraries
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is 12 km south of Sulthan Bathery, it is one of the best heritage museums in Kerala. The exhibits here include rare 2nd century artifacts such as clay sculptures, ancient hunting equipments like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios.