Saturday, 24 December 2011

Places to visit in Wayanad

                    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 but the continued and indiscriminate exploitation of the natural resources point towards an imminent crisis.

Places to visit in Wayanad

Chembra Peak

               It is the highest hill in Wayanad located near Meppady town. It is popular for trekking.

Kuruva Island

       Kuruva Islands is 17 km east of Mananthavady and 40 km north west of Sulthan Bathery, nearby towns in Wayanad District. More details can be sought in district office of Department of Tourism, Wayanad in Kalpetta.

                         The island surrounded by streams and river can be accessed using rafts or fiber boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by Vana Samrakshana Samiti, a Dept of Forest of Kerala initiative to protect forest, and at times of heavy rain and frequency of elephants and other animals to the island a pass obtained prior to the visit of spot from Dept of Forest is mandatory.

Edakkal Cave

                                        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 be dating to at least 5000 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

Banasura Sagar Dam

                  This is a great place for a long nature photo ops session. The reservoir, the flowing hills of the Western Ghats in the background and the many islands on this dam account for a very serene and picturesque view.Situated about 20 kms from Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad in KeralaBanasura Sagar Damis the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. 

Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary

        It is on the way from Mysore to Sulthan Bathery. Wild animals such as bisonelephantdeer, and tiger has been spotted. There are also quite a few wild birds in the sanctuary.

                           Muthanga declared as a Project Elephant site due to presence of large elephant population. Rich in an exotic variety of flora and fauna, the sanctuary is a photographer’s paradise. Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.


                           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 passVythiri is the nearest town, just 5 km from Lakkidi. Chain treePookot Lake, Sight seeing point on ghat road and number of tourist resorts are within 5 km from Lakkidi. It is about 58 km north east of Kozhikode district.


 Pakshipathalam in the Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli, is a challenging tourist spot for any adventure seeking tourist. To reach Pakshipathalam seventeen kilometres 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.

Pazhassi Tourist Resort

                  It is a nice picnic spot located in Mananthavady with many facilities like boating on offer. The local king Pazhassi Raja was buried here.


                         You can check various waterfalls like Soochipara, Kanthapara, and Meenmutty waterfalls in the Meppadi-Ambalavayal region. Also, Sentinel rock waterfalls is located in Vellarimala village near Chooralmala under Meppadi panchayat.

Pookot Lake

                Pookode Lake is a scenic freshwater lake in Wayanad district, KeralaSouth India. The lake is surrounded by forests, and boating is allowed. Recent commercial modernisations have removed some of its wilderness charms. Panamaram, the rivulet which ultimately becomes 
Kabani River, originates from the Pookode lake.


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Tourist Destinations is what we should seek in order for us to have a great vacation. A place that tourist loves is the place that we should visit. We have to ensure that our travel is worth while.

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