5 Most Popular Places to Visit in Pondicherry

Pondicherry, also known as Puducherry, is the capital of the Union Territory of Pondicherry and also one of the most popular tourist destinations in South India.  Located along the Coromandel Coast, Pondicherry is a former French colony and has been touted as the French Riviera of the East. Popularly called as Pondi, this pretty little town is known for its astounding beauty, large boulevards, brightly painted houses with high compound walls, colonial buildings, gothic churches, classic heritage monuments, serene beaches and authentic French cuisine. For eager travelers, backpackers and families alike, Pondicherry is the perfect holiday destination to experience the best of French culture and history.There are so many places to visit and experience Pondicherry Tourism. Here is the list of 5 best Places to visit in Pondicherry.

Pondicherry Beach 

Pondicherry Beach or Promenade Beach is one of the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry along the coast of Bay of Bengal. This beach is also known by multiple names like Rock Beach due to rocks along the beach, Gandhi Beach because of statue of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a 1.5 km long stretch of rocky beach with benches and wide pavement for morning and evening walks. This is one of the wonderful locations to observe some of the most amazing sunrises in India. The beach has statues of Jeanne d’Arc Dupleix, Mahatma Gandhi, and War Memorial. There is also a 27 m tall old Lighthouse near this place.

Botanical Garden 

Spread over an area of 22 acres, Botanical Gardens is one of the most visited Pondicherry Tourist Places and is also a famous retreat for locals as well as tourists. The main gate of the garden is reminiscent of French architecture and is in contrast with the Old Tamil Town around. The garden was laid out in 1826 in an ornate French style with pruned trees, beautiful flower beds, gravel lined paths and fountains.

Though the garden was started by the French colonists, Perrottet was instrumental in transforming the place into a botanical garden in 1831. Visitors can see his memorial in the center of Botanical Gardens. The musical fountain show in the evenings of weekends makes Botanical Garden look even more enchanting. It also boasts of a Japanese rock structure and an aquarium.

Paradise Beach 

Paradise Beach is an isolated beach located at Chunnambar near Pondicherry. This is one of the most popular beaches of Pondicherry and also one of the best Pondicherry tourist places. The beach attracts large number of tourists due to its smooth sand and crystal clear waters. Also known as Plage Paradiso, this beach offers spectacular boating facilities in Chunnambar River, with the lush green plantations and backwaters in the backdrop. This beach is famed for its lovely sunbathing options and resting under the cool breeze of palm trees. Beach volleyball, water sports equipment, beach umbrellas, nets and fishing rods are also available at Paradise Beach.

Matrimandir- Auroville 

Auroville is an experimental township and a universal town of humanity, where people can live peacefully, irrespective of nationality, colour, caste and creed. It was founded by Mirra Alfassa in 1968 and was designed by the French architect Roger Anger. The purpose of Auroville was to emphasize human unity and was endorsed by UNESCO and the Government of India. Auroville houses the Matrimandir at the center. It is a 100 foot high spherical structure with the lotus bud shaped foundation. Its outer walls are decorated by gold-encased discs. The structure has an exquisite meditation chamber of white marble floor and walls. It is described as a place of perfect peace immersed in light refracted through a prism inserted in the topmost part of the dome. It has around twelve gardens, lakes and an amphitheater. Paradise beach is must include tourist place in all Pondicherry Tour Packages.

Aurobindo Ashram

Sri Aurobindo Ashram is an ashram and a spiritual center located in Pondicherry. Founded by Sri Aurobindo and Mirra Alfassa, The Mother, in 1926, it is one of the major highlights of Pondicherry and is visited by thousands of people from all over the world. The ashram is also the place of Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. It is one of the most popular places to visit in Pondicherry for those who wish to attain eternal peace and harmony. It comprises several buildings and there are around 1,200 members along with 400 students living in this center. Thousands of tourists, followers and visitors come here during festivals.

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4 Amazing Trekking Trails in Chikmagalur

 

Resting at the foothills of the Mullayanagiri range, Chikmagalur is one of the fabulous hill stations located in Karnataka. Popularly known as ‘The Coffee Land of Karnataka’, Chikmagalur is famous for its serene environment, lush green forests, coffee plantations, glittering lakes and tall mountains. Being a hill station, Chikmagalur has some interesting trekking trails and these are the popular places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Serpentine paths, steep inclines, grassy patches, ridge walks, pleasant weather and mesmerizing views make trekking to these peaks unforgettable. Mullayanagiri Trek, Baba Budangiri Trek, Kudremukh Trek and Kemmangundi Trek are the important trekking places include in all Chikmagalur Tour Packages.

 

Here is the list of top four trekking spots in Chikmagalur.

 

Mullayanagiri Trek

 

Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka, is located in the Chandra Dhrona Hill Ranges of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur district. Situated at an altitude of 1950 m, it is regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris. The trekking trails on the Mullayangiri Hills will take you through some of the most rustic and lovely pathways.Named after Mullappa Swami Temple at the summit, Mullayanagiri is regarded as one of the best trekking spots in Karnataka and among the top tourist places in Chikmagalur.

 

Being the highest peak in Karnataka, Mullayanagiri offers some very interesting trails. The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is well connected by road with Chikmagalur. This is a 3 km long trek which is moderate and takes about 1.5 hours to reach the peak. The peak is adorned with verdant grassland, rugged rocks, and a good trek path. The views from the top of Mullayanagiri are breathtaking. It is the must include trek in all Chikmagalur Packages.

 

Bababudangiri Trek

 

Baba Budangiri, also known as Dattagiri & Chandra Drona Parvatha, is a mountain peak in the Baba Budan range of Chikmagalur district. Situated at an altitude of 1895 m, this is one of the highest mountain peaks in Karnataka and among the places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Named after the Muslim saint Baba Budan Ji, Baba Budangiri is famous for its distinct forest range and trekking.

 

Mullayanagiri – Baba Budangiri trek is one of the best trekking trails in Chikmagalur.  The Mullayanagiri – Baba Budangiri trail starts just behind the Shiva temple. The total trek distance from Mullayanagiri peak to the Baba Budangiri is around 9 km and it takes around 5 hours. After 3 km from the Mullayanagiri, one should cross the Attigundi road at the forest department office. After crossing the forest department office, the Mullayanagiri trek is mostly along the ridge. Adventure seekers can also hike through the forest to visit the historic shrine of Deviramma Betta.

 

Kudremukh Trek

 

Kudremukh is a mountain peak lies in the Kudremukh National Park. Located at an altitude of 1,894 m, Kudremukh is the 3rd highest peak of Western Ghats after Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. The rolling hills, natural grasslands and Shola woodland make this is one of the beautiful trekking places in Karnataka and among the top places to visit in Chikmagalur.

 

Permission from the forest department at Kudremukh town is necessary to do this trek. Camping is not allowed in the national park so that the trek should be finished in a single day. There are several routes to trek Kudremukh peak but the Samse – Mullodi route is quite famous. The peak is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Mullodi village. It is moderate trek and it takes about 5 hours to trek one way.Besides fascinating terrains and trails, the peak also offers panoramic views of coffee plantations, scenic landscapes, picturesque meadows and much more.

 

Kemmangundi Trek

 

Kemmanagundi is a beautiful and picturesque hill station in Chikmagalur district. Situated at an altitude of 1434 m, it is known for its pleasant climate, lush vegetation, green valleys, and coffee estates and amazing sunset views. Popularly known as KR Hills, Kemmanagundi is a part of Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. It has several trekking options that include Hebbe Falls, Shanti Falls and Z-Point.

 

Located 8 km from Kemmangundi, Hebbe Falls is one of the famous waterfalls in Chikmagalur and also one of the top trekking trails in Chikmagalur.  It is surrounded by astonishing greenery, dense forests, rich flora and fauna.The trekking trail is a jeep track that is muddy and strewn with fallen leaves. The initial stretch of the 4 km trail is slippery, especially in the monsoon and the last 2 km trail is little steep. It is a full day trekking trail.

 

Another popular trekking trail in Kemmangundi is the Z Point. Z Point is a beautiful spot with deep valleys all around and offers breathtaking vistas of the Western Ghats. This is a wonderful trekking spot and also one of the best places to visit in Kemmanagundi. The 3 km trekking trail to Z Point starts from Kemmanagundi Raj Bhavan which lasts for about an hour and is one of the best short treks in Karnataka. Shanti Waterfalls is situated enroute to the Z Point. It is relatively easy till Shanti Hills and gets little tough afterwards. The later part of the trek runs through narrow path with deep gorges and steep hills. Z point is also the starting point of Kemmangundi – Baba Budangiri trekking trail.

 

 

 

4 Amazing Trekking Trails in Wayanad

Do you want to experience the awesomeness of hilly region? Come to Wayanad, the Green Paradise’ of Kerala, where you can get an amazing feel of a hilly region that is different from the regular charm of hill stations. Located in the lap of Western Ghats, Wayanad is adorned with several small mountains and thriving green hills in and around it. Wayanad has a lot of trekking trails and are the top places to experience Wayanad Tourism. Chembra Peak, Pakshipathalam, Banasura Hills and Thusharagiri are main trekking places to visit in Wayanad. There are also some trails across like Soochipara Waterfalls and Edakkal Caves where you will go for short treks which will take hardly half a day. Of these, waterfalls and trekking places are the must include in all Wayanad tour packages.

 

Trawell.in presents 4 most popular trekking places in Wayanad here.

 

Chembra Peak

 

Located at an altitude of 2100 m in Western Ghats, the spectacular Chembra Peak is a mountain peak situated near Meppadi in Wayanad district of Kerala. Being as the tallest peak in Wayanad & the 3rd highest in South India, the Chembra Peak is an ideal place for trekking in Wayanad and also one of the top Wayanad Tourist Places. With a heart shaped lake en route, Chembra Peak trek is a challenging task and suitable for experienced trekkers. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exciting.

 

The trek starts from the watchtower at the foot of Chembra Peak which is about 7 km from Meppadi town and the peak is about 4 km one way and takes about 2 hours to trek. The trek entry point can be reached by jeeps from Meppadi town and visitors can get the permission from the entry gate itself.  Camping is not allowed on Chembra Peak. The best time to trek the Chembra Peak is from November to February. This trek makes it most memorable Wayanad trip.

 

Pakshipathalam

 

Situated at an altitude of 1740 m, Pakshipathalam is an eco-tourist spot in the Brahmagiri hills of Wayanad. It is an abode of large population of several species of birds and also one of the best places for trekking in Wayanad. Pakshipathalam is one among the challenging trekking spots for adventurous tourists. It can be accessed only by 8 km trekking (one way), which starts from Thirunelly Temple and it take 4 hours.

 

Trekking to this avian haunt takes one through the scenic Brahmagiri Hills, moist deciduous forests, deep caves, slippery trails, and narrow rocky caves. With stunningly beautiful surroundings, the Pakshipathalam trek offers some of the most spectacular views. One can also explore some caves during Pakshipathalam trek.  Night camping is not allowed on the peak, so visitors need to come back before sunset. The best time to visit Pakshipathalam is from November to April.

 

Thusharagiri Waterfalls

 

Thusharagiri Falls is a breathtaking waterfall located in Kerala and among the well-known Wayanad tourist places, especially visited in monsoon. There are around 3 waterfalls in Thusharagiri. Dropping from a height of 75 m, Thenpara Fall is the highest of the three waterfalls. Popularly known as the ‘trekker’s paradise’, Thusharagiri offers challenging trekking and is one of most popular trekking places in Wayanad.

 

Especially known for its exciting 8 km trek, it is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The 2- 3 hours trek through the rubber, areca nut and spice plantations is exhilarating one. The first waterfall can be reached easily while the remaining two falls can be reached from the first one by trekking through thick forest. The best time to trek this place is from September to February.

 

Banasura Hills

 

Banasura Hill is another popular trekking place in Wayanad. Situated at an elevation of 6,801 feet above sea level, Banasura Hill is the second highest mountain in Wayanad and also one of the top tourist places in Wayanad. With steep slopes, knee high weeds and rocks blocking the path, Banasura hill trek is quite mystic and a bit difficult trek of about 12 km. From the top, one can get an amazing sight of the Banasura Sagar Dam and the misty peaks of the surrounding hills. It can be combined with a visit to Banasura Sagar Dam which offers scenic beauty with enthralling speed boating facility. The best season for Banasura hill trek is from October to May.

 

 

 

 

All you need to Know about Hogenakkal Waterfalls

Hogenakkal

About the Falls

Hogenakkal Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the Kaveri River placed in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. Often known as the ‘Niagara Falls of India’, Hogenakkal Waterfalls is one of the breathtaking waterfalls in Tamil Nadu and also one of the high-quality waterfalls in India.

Hogenakkal is likewise one of the high-quality locations to visit near Bangalore & Chennai as a part of 1 day trip. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its manner thru Karnataka state, it descends down the lofty landscape forming the Hogenakkal falls. The call Hogenakkal is derived from Kannada phrases ‘hoge’ manner smoke and ‘kal’ manner rock, because the mist created with the aid of water hitting the rocks creates a sense of smoke emanating from the rocks. The Carbonatite rocks observed close to the waterfall are taken into consideration to be the oldest of its type in South Asia. It is also one of the top tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu tourism.

At Hogenakkal, the Kaveri River drops and creates numerous waterfalls because the water cuts thru the rocky terrain. Popularly called as Marikottayam by means of the locals, the falls has about 14 channels with drops varying among 15 & sixty five feet. After this factor the river spreads out over a extensive region of sandy seashores. The water from the fall flows closer to the Mettur Dam which is also known as the Stanley Reservoir. To attain the environment of waterfalls one desires to take a ship-experience as there may be no land get right of entry to.

Attractions

Coracle using is one of the important attractions here that’s allowed for the duration of the monsoon and wintry weather season. Coracles, domestically called Parisal, are spherical boats made of bamboo with the bottoms included by way of plastic, with a unmarried paddle. Boating is usually stopped in height monsoons. The river water is taken into consideration medicinal and as a result many vacationers choose to take a bath submit a rejuvenating oil massage. Special bathing enclosures have been created for protection while bathing within the waterfall. Alternately, one may even head out to the sandy seashores for some a laugh in the slight currents. The water is pretty difficult. Tourists also can pass for trekking at the nearby surrounding hills.

Food & Accommodation

There are no proper meals factors near the falls, except easy snacks, cool beverages & fish fry. If possible, attempt to percent your meals near Hogenakkal Bus Station or Dharmapuri. There are many lodges and mid-variety options of accommodation in Dharmapuri.

Best Time to Visit:

The first-rate time to go to Hogenakkal Falls is from July to October at the same time as the peak season is from August to October. Usually it takes sooner or later to visit Hogenakkal Falls and it is a popular someday trip from Bangalore all through monsoons.

How to Reach:

Bangalore International Airport is the nearest airport which is set 216 km from Hogenakal Falls. Dharmapuri Railway station is the nearest rail head, which is set 47 km from Hogenakkal. It is nicely connected through educate with Bangalore, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Tuticorin, Coimbatore, Salem, Nagarcoil, Mysore, Pondicherry, Tirunelveli and Ernakulum. Dharmapuri is the nearest major Bus station to Hogenakkal. It has buses from Bangalore, Mysore, Salem, Coimbatore, Chennai, Trivandrum, Kochi, Ooty, Madurai and Hyderabad.

Why Wayanad is the Best Place to Visit?

 Wayanad is the home land of exotic legends, ancient caves, mesmerizing waterfalls, enchanting viewpoints, placid lakes, extensive wildlife, lush green Tea and coffee plantations etc. Located on the magnificent Deccan Plateau, Wayanad is one of the top destinations in Kerala and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.

Well-known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad 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. Kuruva Island, Banasura Sagar Dam, Karapuzha Dam, Pookot Lake, Karalad Lake, Neelimala View Point, Meenmutty Waterfalls etc. are some of the major and famous places to visit in Wayanad to explore Wayanad Tourism.

Do you want to know why Wayanad is the best place to visit, here are the top reasons.

Explore Edakkal Caves

 

Renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edakkal, located on top of Ambukutty Mala, is famous for its two natural caves. Situated an altitude of 4000 feet, Edakkal Caves are one of the prime Wayanad tourist places and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism. These caves are famous for its pictorial paintings that draw the attention of archaeologists and historians worldwide.

These caves are natural rock formations which were formed by a large split in a huge rock. Edakkal is the only known place in India with Stone Age carvings. These carving on the walls of these natural caves are the evidence of the civilizations that existed in the regions in the pre-historic times.  The rock surface is full of linear motifs and one can see weird shaped figures, crosses, triangles, tridents, squares, stars, wheels, spirals, plant motifs, pot shaped items, various animals and human figures.

Do Trekking to Chembra Peak

Located at an altitude of 2100 m, Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad & third highest peak in South India. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats and is an ideal place for trekking in Wayanad district. 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 suitable for experienced trekkers. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilarating.

Adventure Activities at Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam is an earthen dam built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River, in Wayanad. This is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Built in 1979, the main purpose of the dam is to support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric Power Project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water of the region.

There is a set of islands in the dam’s reservoir that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the visitors. The Speed boat ride between the tiny islands is one of the favourite activities at the dam.

Soaking in Wildlife

 

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and covers an area of 344 Sq. km comprising the Tholpetty and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuaries. The Sanctuaries are rich in biodiversity and form the natural habitat of a wide variety of flora and fauna. One can sight the wild animals like elephant, tiger, panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild dogs etc. The sanctuary is also blessed with its endless population of birds like peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls etc.

Boating in the Placid Lakes

Wayanad is blessed with a number of beautiful lakes which are encircled by dense green forests. The banks of these fresh water sources are unique sightseeing locations and have been attracting a number of tourists.Since these lakes are in the midst of dense forests, boat journeys through the waters will be a memorable experience. The important lakes in wayanad are Pookode Lake, Karalad Lake, etc.

Observe nature’s best at Waterfalls

Waterfalls in Wayanad add an extra appeal to the stunning beauty of this destination.The waterfalls in wayanad with different terrain gives the mesmerizing views and attracts large number of tourists.Meenmutty Waterfalls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Chetalayam Waterfalls etc. are some of the major waterfalls to visit in Wayanad.

Get panoramic views from Lakkidi Viewpoint

Often called as the gateway of Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated at an altitude of about 700 m at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass. Lakkidi Viewpoint is one of the highest locations in Wayanad and also one of the must visit tourist places in Wayanad. It is one of the places with highest rainfall in India and is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the Western Ghats. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking.

5 Best Reasons to Visit Chikmagalur

 

 

Chikkamagaluru, also known as Chikmagalur, is situated at an altitude of 3,400 feet at the foothills of Mullayangiri range in Karnataka. The Western Ghats start from this area and also the Yagachi River is originated from the surrounding hills. Chikmagalur is famous for its tranquil environment, lush green forests and tall mountains. Popularly called as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is one of the popular summer destinations in Karnataka and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.

 

From the misty mornings and the downpour during monsoons to the tourist attractions in the place, there are several reasons to visit Chikmagalur.Hirekolale Lake, Baba Budangiri, Mullayangiri, Ayyanakere Lake, Belavadi, Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary, Kemmangundi and Manikyadhara Falls are the important places to visit in Chikmagalur.

 

Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Chikmagalur.

 

  1. ExtensiveCoffee Plantations

Renowned as the Coffee Land of Karnataka, Chikmagalur is well known for its extensive coffee and tea plantations. Coffee Plantations are one of the top Chikmagalur Tourist Places and the plantation walks are considered to be one of the most popular things to do in Chikmagalur. There are so many private coffee estates that allow visitors to take guided tours through the plantations and you can witness the many stages of the production of coffee. There are various home-stays available within the coffee estates, where guests can stay and breathe coffee.

 

  1. Popular Trekking Points

 

Chikmagalur has established itself as a trekker’s paradise and has many popular trekking trails which include Kemmanagundi, Mullayanagiri and Baba Budangiri. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka and also one of the best places to experience Chikmagalur Tourism. Situated at an altitude of 1950 m, Mullayanagiri is regarded as the highest peak between Himalayas and Nilgiris and among top sites for trekking places to visit in Chikmagalur. Being the highest peak in Karnataka, it offers some very interesting trails. The trek route to the peak begins from Sarpadaari, which is connected with Chikmagalur by road. Other trekking trails from Mullayangiri are Baba Budangiri, Manikyadhara Falls and Deviramma Temple.

 

  1. Placid Lakes

 

Chikmagalur is famous for its serene lakes amidst the misty hills. Hirekolale Lake and Ayyanakere Lake are the two popular manmade lakes in Chikmagalur. Ayyanakere Lake is an ancient lake situated at the eastern base of Baba Budan hills. This is the biggest lake in the Chikmagalur district and the second largest lake in Karnataka. Also called as Dodda Magoda Kere,it is one of the prime places to visit in Chikmagalur. The sprawling lake was built to supply water for was agriculture. It supplies water for irrigating 21,560 hectares of land in the region.

 

  1. Enchanting Waterfalls

 

Nestled in the Baba Budan hills, Chikmagalur is a calm, serene town full of scenic surprises like misty hills, valleys, streams and snow-white coffee blossoms. Besides these, Chikmagalur is also popular for its breathtaking waterfalls. Manikyadhara Falls, Hebbe Falls, Jhari Falls and Honnamana Falls are some well-known waterfalls in Chikmagalur. Manikyadhara Falls is situated in the dense forest of Baba Budangiri hills in Western Ghats of India. With a height of about 30 feet, the waterfall is one of the top Chikmagalur Tourist Places. Hebbe Falls is a wonderful waterfall situated inside Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the best places to visit in Chikmagalur.

 

  1. Pleasant Weather

 

Situated at an altitude of 1,090 m, Chikmagalur is situated in the Malnad region of Karnataka in the foothills of the Western Ghats. Being a hill station, Chikmagalur has pleasant climate throughout the year but the best time to visit the place is from the months of September till March. The summer season in Chikmagalur begins in the month of March and lasts till May. Though, during summers the town temperature goes up but still the maximum temperature remains under 35°C. Monsoon brings heavy rainfall at Chikmagalur which lasts from June to September. Heavy rains in monsoon makes this hill station more inviting with lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. Winter, spans from December to February, is suitable time for tourists with peasant climate.

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Why Wayanad is the Best Place to Visit?

Wayanad is the home land of exotic legends, ancient caves, mesmerizing waterfalls, enchanting viewpoints, placid lakes, extensive wildlife, lush green Tea and coffee plantations etc. Located on the magnificent Deccan Plateau, Wayanad is one of the top destinations in Kerala and also one of the best places to visit near Bangalore.

 

Well-known as the ‘Green Paradise’ of Kerala, Wayanad 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. Kuruva Island, Banasura Sagar Dam, Karapuzha Dam, Pookot Lake, Karalad Lake, Neelimala View Point, Meenmutty Waterfalls etc. are some of the major and famous Wayanad tourist places to explore Wayanad Tourism.

 

Do you want to know why Wayanad is the best place to visit, here are the top reasons.

 

Explore Edakkal Caves

 

Renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, Edakkal, located on top of Ambukutty Mala, is famous for its two natural caves. Situated an altitude of 4000 feet, Edakkal Caves are one of the prime places to visit in Wayanad and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism. These caves are famous for its pictorial paintings that draw the attention of archaeologists and historians worldwide.

 

These caves are natural rock formations which were formed by a large split in a huge rock. Edakkal is the only known place in India with Stone Age carvings. These carving on the walls of these natural caves are the evidence of the civilizations that existed in the regions in the pre-historic times.  The rock surface is full of linear motifs and one can see weird shaped figures, crosses, triangles, tridents, squares, stars, wheels, spirals, plant motifs, pot shaped items, various animals and human figures.

 

Do Trekking to Chembra Peak

 

Located at an altitude of 2100 m, Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad & third highest peak in South India. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats and is an ideal place for trekking in Wayanad district. 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 suitable for experienced trekkers. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilarating.

 

Adventure Activities at Banasura Sagar Dam

 

Banasura Sagar Dam is an earthen dam built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River, in Wayanad. This is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Built in 1979, the main purpose of the dam is to support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric Power Project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water of the region.

 

There is a set of islands in the dam’s reservoir that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the visitors. The Speed boat ride between the tiny islands is one of the favourite activities at the dam.

 

Soaking in Wildlife

 

Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and covers an area of 344 Sq. km comprising the Tholpetty and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuaries. The Sanctuaries are rich in biodiversity and form the natural habitat of a wide variety of flora and fauna. One can sight the wild animals like elephant, tiger, panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild dogs etc. The sanctuary is also blessed with its endless population of birds like peacocks, babblers, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls etc.

 

Boating in the Placid Lakes

 

Wayanad is blessed with a number of beautiful lakes which are encircled by dense green forests. The banks of these fresh water sources are unique sightseeing locations and have been attracting a number of tourists.Since these lakes are in the midst of dense forests, boat journeys through the waters will be a memorable experience. The important lakes in wayanad are Pookode Lake, Karalad Lake, etc.

 

Observe nature’s best at Waterfalls

 

Waterfalls in Wayanad add an extra appeal to the stunning beauty of this destination.The waterfalls in wayanad with different terrain gives the mesmerizing views and attracts large number of tourists.Meenmutty Waterfalls, Soochipara Waterfalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Chetalayam Waterfalls etc. are some of the major waterfalls to visit in Wayanad.

 

Get panoramic views from Lakkidi Viewpoint

 

Often called as the gateway of Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated at an altitude of about 700 m at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass. Lakkidi Viewpoint is one of the highest locations in Wayanad and also one of the must visit tourist places in Wayanad. It is one of the places with highest rainfall in India and is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the Western Ghats. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking.

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