PLACES TO VISIT
As the name suggests, Sunrise Valley is a great place to watch the rising and setting sun amidst dramatic mountain scenery. The place also offers a panoramic view of the valley beneath with the river Chaliyar meandering gracefully.
Chembra (2100 mts above MSL) is the tallest peak in Wayanad. Since this peak is located in the Meppadi Forest Range, permission from the Forest Office at Meppadi is required prior to trekking up. The normal time required to trek up and down from Chembra peak is around 6 to 8 hours. One ‘trademark’ of the Chembra peak is the small heart-shaped perennial lake you can see on the way to the top.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – Muthanga
Spread over a vast area, Muthanga is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere region. It is a rain forest reserve connected to two major sanctuaries – Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamilnadu. Muthanga has a large population of pachyderms, and has been declared a Project Elephant Site. The reserve is also home to a small population of tigers. In addition there is also a profusion of birds, butterflies and insects.
Meenmutty waterfalls are at a distance of around 30 kms from Kalpetta. It is a three-tiered waterfall, adding up to around 300 mts. This is supposed to be one of the the largest (tallest ?) and most spectacular waterfalls in Kerala. Reaching Meenmutty requires a 2 kms trek though the tea estates and the jungle.
Wayanad Heritage Museum
Located in the town of Ambalavayal, this museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts that shed light on the history, culture and heritage of the Wayanad region. Those include headgear, weapons, pottery, and various objects associated with tribal life. A series of pictorial rock edicts referred to as Hero Stones, speaks of a bygone age of valiant warriors.
An interesting trek up the Ambukuthy hill near Ambalavayal town takes you to the fascinating neolithic cave site of Edakkal. Etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archaeologists and historians worldwide. With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 3000 years (between BC 3000 – BC 5000), it is assumed that the Edakkal caves have been inhabited at various stages in history. An interesting attraction close by is a telescope installed by the DTPC a few feet from the caves that offer a panoramic view of the surrounding country.
Located close to Ambalavayal town, Phantom Rock, named so because of its skull head shape, is locally called Cheengery Mala. The immediate surroundings offer excellent photo opportunities.
Relatively smaller than Sentinel Rock, and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and it’s surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it’s perfect for picnics.
Sentinel Rock Falls
Locally known as Soochipara, this is a very popular leisure destination. While younger visitors love to romp in the pool formed at the foot of the fall, the more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery.
Neelimala Mountains is an excellent venue for trekking with lots of stimulating trails. The summit of this hill affords a great view of cascading Meenmutty falls and the beautiful valley in its foreground.
This large irrigation based dam site set amidst picturesque surroundings is another fine venue for picnics.
It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia and an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains.It is an important tourist attraction.Banasura Sagar Dam is at the foot of the Banasura Hill.
Set in a beautiful valley and surrounded by evergreen forests and wooded hills, Pookote is one of Wayanad’s top crowd puller. This natural lake near Lakkidi is just a short distance off the National Highway 212. It has been developed as a recreational center having boating facilities, children’s park, shop for souveniers and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. Replete with a cafe and restaurant, this is a good spot for day outings with family.
Kuruva Island is a 950-acre protected river delta on the Kabini River. The island surrounded by streams and river can be accessed using rafts or fiber boats. Its unique geographical characteristics make it a place where not only the leaves but also silence is evergreen being away from cities and thus it has become a place of attraction. Kuruva comprises of more than 150 small islands and two fresh water ponds. It is a recommended destination for nature lovers.
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The name Wayanad is derived from Vayal Nadu which means the land of paddy fields. Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level. The climate of Wayanad is uniformly pleasant throughout the year....... ReadMore
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