Wayanad is a beautiful hill station situated in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Also known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad is one of the best hill stations in Kerala and also a wonderful summer getaway from Bangalore, & Mysore. Wayanad is known for its rich tribal heritage, lush green forests, lakes and hill ranges. The district is one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State, with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, tea, spices and other condiments.
Wayanad has pleasant weather throughout the year and is one of the popular destinations of Kerala Tourism. Wayanad Tourism is a mix of scenic beauty, Wildlife, adventures and waterfalls. Meenmutty Falls, Soochipara Falls, Pookote Lake, Banasura Sagar dam, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Chembra Peak and Lakkidi are the top places to visit in Wayanad. Best time to visit Wayanad is from September to May while the peak season is from October to March.
Top Wayanad Tourist Places:
Pookote Lake or Pookode Lake is a natural fresh water lake situated close to the Kalpetta – Kozhikode main road in Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of about 2500 feet, this fascinating natural fresh water lake is surrounded with evergreen forests and rolling hills. It is one of the must visit places to visit in Wayanad and among top places to visit in Kalpetta. The Panamaram stream, one of the main tributaries of the Kabani River, originates from the Pookote Lake. The lake offers boating facility with pedal and row boats.
Lakkidi, often called as the gateway of Wayanad, is situated at an altitude of about 700 m at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass. It is one of the places with highest rainfall in India and is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the Western Ghats. Lakkidi View Point offers beautiful views of the cliffs and valleys surrounding the region.
Situated at an altitude of 2100 m, Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad & third highest peak in South India. Chembra Peak is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats and is one of the popular trekking spot in the Wayanad. There is a heart shaped lake on the way to the top of Chembra Peak is the major attraction here. Chembra Peak trek is a challenging task and recommended for experienced trekkers. Prior permission is required from the Forest Range Office at Meppadi for trekking at Chembra Peak.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar Dam is an earthen dam built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River, in Wayanad district of Kerala. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest dam of its kind in Asia. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the most popular tourist places in Wayanad and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism. The reservoir is dotted with a cluster of small size islands. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the visitors. Speed boating is the favourite activity for visitors here.
Soochipara Waterfalls/ Sentinel Rock Waterfall
Soochipara Waterfalls, also called as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, is a beautiful waterfall amidst the thick forest of Wayanad near Meppadi town. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and also among the most popular Wayanad tourist places. Soochipara is a 3 tiered waterfall, dropping from a height of about 200 m. The waterfall cascades down into a large pool and is a good place for swimming. The Sentinel Rock, a huge rock of about 200 m height, is an ideal place for rock climbing.
Meenmutty Waterfalls is magnificent waterfalls located near Banasura Sagar Dam in Wayanad. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and among the best places to visit in Wayanad.It is a three tiered waterfall falling from a height of over 800 feet. It is a spectacular waterfall situated inside thick forest of Wayanad and it offers wonderful experience to the visitors. The falls is located on the Wayanad – Ooty road and can be reached by a 2 km hike from the road.
Kuruva Island, also known as Kuruva Dweep, is a 950 acre protected river delta system on the Kabini River. This is one of the popular tourist places in Wayanad. The island is uninhabited and is home to some rare species of birds, orchids and One can also see several migratory birds are also seen on the island. The main island contains two small fresh water lakes and is being developed as eco-tourism project.
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves located on top of Ambukutty Mala in Wayanad. Lies at an altitude of over 4000 feet, Edakkal Caves are one of the popular places to visit in Wayanad. These caves are natural rock formations which were formed by a large split in a huge rock and are famous for its pictorial paintings belonged to the Neolithic Age dating back to 6000 BC.The caves are accessible though narrow iron steps. The views of Wayanad hills and surrounding peaks from the entrance of main cave are breathtaking.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary- Muthanga
Established in 1973, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1973. The sanctuary is bordered with Nagarhole & Bandipur in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamilnadu. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest sanctuary in Kerala and is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Wayanad Sanctuary is divided into two parts, known as Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad. The Reserve is home to a small population of tigers, Elephants, Jungle Cats, Panthers, Monkeys, Wild dogs, Deers, Spotted Bears, Bisons, Gaurs, Cheetah, Wild Bears, Peacock, Owls, Jungle fowls, Woodpeckers, Babblers, Cuckoos. Entry to the Wayanad Sanctuary is only permitted as part of a jeep safari.