A walk through the fascinating sights of Wayanad


If you are planning to take a break from your busy work schedule and comfort yourself in the hills for a day or two, then Wayanad is the best destination. Wayanad, which is located between 2,300 and 6,800 feet above sea level, has a pleasant and cool climate compared to the sweltering plains of Kerala. Moreover, the natural beauty of this mountainous region is breathtaking.

There are many scenic spots in Wayanad that could be visited on a day trip. The 14 km journey from the valley to the Lakkidi viewpoint is dotted with nine hairpin bends.

Wayanad charm beckons

After entering the Wayanad gateway, you will reach the ‘changala’ (chain) tree tower. The British took the spices, which were to be shipped from the port of Beypore, through the Kuttiyadi ghat route, and later the Thamarassery ghat route, which was shorter, was presented to the English by Karinthandan, the chief of the Paniya tribe. in the years 1700-1750. The story goes that Karinthandan was later shot down by the British themselves.

Wayanad. Photo: Shutterstock/Veerababu


It is said that the spirit of Karinthandan used to trouble travelers and the spirit was then tied to a tree using a chain. Some believe that the chain also grew with the growing tree. The enchanting Pookode Lake is just 4 km from the ‘changala’ tree, where reality and myth are intertwined.

Pookode Lake

This natural freshwater lake sits nearly 2,526 feet above sea level. The lake, which stretches over 13 acres, is an ideal place for boating. You can also walk along the footbridge that wraps around the lake and savor the beauty of the natural scenery. As the lake is on the edge of the forest, the monkeys roam around at will and prevent them from snatching food from you. Pedal boat rides, fish of all colors in the aquarium and the fish spa will offer visitors a unique experience. Kids can have a gala time at the park and adults can take a horseback or bike ride around the serene lake. Pookode also boasts of a craft store filled with Wayanadan artifacts. Entry to the store is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Boating in Pookode Lake. Photo: Shutterstock/VijayV88


Kuruva Island

This picturesque island is 40 km from Kalpetta, the administrative headquarters of Wayanad. The group of islands, known as Kuruva Island, in the middle of the Kabini River, is an attraction for travelers. It is a group of almost 150 islands spread over 950 acres and has a rich repository of unique flora and fauna. The main attractions here are a long walk through tranquil greenery and boating on bamboo rafts. As the island would be off-limits to tourists during the rainy season, it is best to find out early before making travel plans to Kuruva Island. The required details could be obtained from the South Wayanad Divisional Forestry Office by calling 0493-6203428. Travelers can visit the island from 9am.

Kuruva Island. Photo: Shutterstock/shut Pics


muthanga

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the popular tourist destinations in Wayanad, is on the Sultan Battery-Mysuru road. Many wild animals such as elephants, deer, bison and tigers could be spotted in the sought after wildlife sanctuary. Nagarahole National Park, which spans Wayanad in Kerala, Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Bandipur in Karnataka, covers an area of ​​2,500 km2.

Many wild animals could be spotted on the road to Mysuru and one could also enjoy the pulse of the wild nature by traveling in a special state forest department jeep. Tourists can stay in resorts or treehouses in Muthanga. For more details, contact the Muthanga Wildlife Warden on 0493-6271010.

Muthanga. Photo: Shutterstock/Sids


Banasura

If you can travel almost 20 km from Kalpetta, you can reach the Banasura Sagar dam. The distance between Banasura Dam and Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is almost 80 km. And this is the reason why one must have a fair idea of ​​Wayanad’s topography if you don’t want to miss out on the alluring destinations of this mountainous region.

Banasura Hill is the second highest hill in Wayanad at 6,732 feet. The main hills in the region are Kattu Hill, Banasura Hill and Sayippu Hill. Trekking through these hills is one of the activities sought after by people visiting Banasura.

It should be noted that Banasura Dam is the largest earth dam in India. People visiting Banasura Dam won’t feel like leaving as they would greatly enjoy the long walk and horseback ride, and they could also spend some quality time at the park.

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Undoubtedly, Chembra is the highest hill in Wayanad district and if you are a trekking fanatic, a visit to this exciting place will blow your mind. Vast tea plantations, steep, energy-guzzling climbs, fascinating meadows, rolling hills and Lake Love at the top make Chembra special. If you want to have the best trekking experience, you have to spend a day in Chembra. The best time to visit Chembra is from August to May, when there is no rain, and only those who arrive before 2 p.m. could do the trekking, which would start from 7 a.m. For more details, contact: South Wayanad DFO at +914936-203428, 282001.

Edakkal Caves

If you want to take a peek into the Neolithic age, enter the age-old Edakkal Caves in Wayanad. Experts have found many stone carvings and inscriptions which supposedly belong to the Neolithic age, and the inscriptions are the oldest that have been discovered in Kerala. The cave was formed after a huge boulder fell into a 98ft long and 22ft wide crevice in the hill of Ambukuthi. The cave is located at the top of Ambukuthi hill, 3,900 feet above sea level. The stone inscriptions are believed to date back to 4000 BC. It is also believed that people were staying in the cave at different times in history. It should be noted that this region had a trade corridor that connected Mysore to the Malabar coast. Edakkal Caves are 10 km from Sultan Battery and 25 km from Kalpetta.

Edakkal Caves. Photo: Shutterstock/Reality Images


Wayanad is full of many must-see destinations for tourists. If you are planning a two or three day trip, you will only be able to visit a third of the beautiful places in Wayanad. So, make your Wayanad travel plan accordingly and make sure to visit all the spellbinding spots in this mountainous paradise.

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