From plateaus to hills, falls to rivers, forests to historical museums, Wayanad district of Kerala is a treat for both travelers and tourists. Whatever it is the traveler is seeking, adventure or an escape plan, a trip with your buddies or a romantic getaway, Wayanad district situated on the tip of the Deccan Plateau is the answer.
The indigenous culture of this place is the reason for its enchanting beauty. Located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Wayanad is among the most magical lands of the southern India. The list of things to do in Wayanad is both exciting and soothing, admiring the greenery, greeting the high waterfalls, trekking to the ancient caves and spending a day into the wild. Here is the list of places to visit when in Wayanad:
1. Chembra Peak – On top of the World:
Wayanad’s tourist places are many, and Chembra Peak is among the first in to-do list of the backpackers. The highest point of this district, Chembra is an ideal trekking destination. The highest peak of Wayanad situated at the height of 2050m above the sea level is a perfect getaway for the admirers of nature. Surrounded by lush green plantations, it is a view worth looking at.
2. Edakkal caves – Let the adventure begin:
Wayanad is known for its primitive features and Edakkal caves are the most prized showpiece of this feature. A rather steep trek on a rocky mountain is an impeccable challenge for the adventure seekers at 1,200 m above the sea level.
Along with being one of Wayanad’s tourist places, caves have grabbed eyes of the archaeologists and historians over the years from around the globe for the prehistoric engravings on its walls. The cave has many pictorial carvings that are said to be 8000 years old.
3. Neelimala View Point – The Perfect View:
Neelimala view point is one place where all the magic happens at once. A breath-taking sight of Meenmutty waterfall is surrounded by the greenery of Wayanad. Coffee aroma in the air, coming from the coffee plantations on either side of the trail, butterflies, the greenery and the mighty fall gushing down, a view you will remember for the rest of your lifetime.
4. Meenmutty Waterfalls – Cascading waterfall:
A must on your Wayanad’s to do list is Meenmutty waterfalls, which is the largest of the falls in Wayanad and second largest in Kerala, which will make the most beautiful dreams turn to reality. A tourist place that still remains untouched and rare; the cascading Meenmutty is a three-tiered waterfall with the height of 300 m.
5. Bansara Sagar Dam, Kalpetta
Bansara Sagar Dam constructed at Bansara Lake is one of the largest dams in India and second largest in Asia, making it the most significant tourist attraction in Wayanad.
6. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – Into the wilds:
World Heritage site with rich biodiversity Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is nested on the way from Mysore to Sulthan Bathery. This sanctuary is one of the main place to visit in Wayanad. Home for a variety of birds, peafowls being the most common among them the sanctuary hosts animals like the Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tigers. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an essential part of the Nilgiri Hills.
7. Bamboo Forest, Muthanga – Nature at its best:
The Niligiri Biosphere Region further extends to a large stretch of teak forests, bamboo trenches and swamps. An ideal safari region, deer, bison, cheetah and wild bears are among the spotted animals here. The Bamboo forest is an easy access to the other places in Wayanad such as, Begur, Bandipur, Madumalai and Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuaries.
8. Jain Temple, Sulthan Bathery – Divine Peace:
Built in the 13th century, the Jain Temple is now in ruins. Telling the tale of the glorious past of its history, the temple is counted amongst one of the significant sights in the list of Wayanad’s tourist places.
A craving of Mahavir Jain in the inner chamber gives an exquisite example of Jain architecture.
9. The Bamboo Factory Uravu:
Uravu means ‘the bamboo village’; one of the most charming tourist place and a must on Wayanad’s to do list. The bamboo factory is an initiative to save the art of bamboo crafts. One can spend an entire day with the locals and learn to make bamboo crafts and buy souvenirs to keep the memories fresh.
10. Pookode Lake, Kalpetta – Serenity:
Sightseeing at Wayanad is a complete delight, Pookode is a fresh water lake surrounded by the perennial forests of Wayanad. Blue lotus and fresh water fishes are found in abundance. Boating facilities give a beautiful view of the place.
Other facilities like children’s park, aquarium and emporium house is available. The lake’s shape is same as India’s map.
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