Wayanad is a confluence of history and culture, picturesque hills stations and spice plantations extending its arms across the length and breadth of the district.
Wayanad is testimony to a prehistoric culture even dting back to the Mesolithic age. Located on the southern tip of the Western ghats this district is famous for its pristine nature wildlife, forests, waterfalls and Dams
Islands in the district offer you around 1000 acres of evergreen forest ,rare vegetation in the form of orchids and other wild flowers. The whole of Kuruvadweep has a unique eco-system worth exploring for nature lovers. The Kuruvadweep is located on one of tributaries of the River Kabani which flows from the neighbouring state of Karnataka .
Choose from the silence of of the area and relax under the shade of the tall trees or if you the adventurous kinds head for a trek for some amazing breathtaking views.
Wild life sanctuaries
Muthanga and Tholpetty are the two centres of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
A must for Wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers where you can frequently sight elephants,deers,tigers,leoperds and many species of birds. These wildlife sanctuaries create a deep sense of conservation awareness amongst its visitors and so a trip really is both recreational as well as educational too. Some other attractions of the centre are garden both medicinal and zodiac plants, an Elephant camp and the local tribal folklore.
Known as the Gaya of the South , this age-old Vishnu temple (Thirunelli temple) temple is at the base of the Brahmagiri Hills, which is part of Sahyadri Ranges. An added attraction to the visitors is the nearby stream Papanashini, a mountain stream emanating from the Brahmagiri hills. The proximity to the dense forests makes the place more endearing to the visitors and offer spectacular sunrise views
Edakkal caves is believed to be one of the earliest known centre of human habitation. If you are a history student or even just curious to know about yourself this place is a must visit. These caves offer cave drawings on the walls which include wheels,bows animal and human figures, scripts etched on their walls which indicate the presence of pre historic settlements.
Similar cave drawings, considered to be 7000 years old, are found only in Stiriya in the European Alps and a few rocky places in Africa
The dam built on the Karapuzha river a tributary of Kabini river is one of the largest earth dams of India.The main purpose of the construction of this dam was of irrigation in the region.
Chembra Peak is a trekkers paradise and the natural beauty of the place is rejuvenating. The access to the trekking spot is amidst lush tea estates and one feels the cool breeze heading towards the foothills giving you all the energy before starting the trek. Visit a lake on the way to the top of the peak which is shaped in the form of a heart. The lake is midway on your journey to the peak, the dense trees provide the much needed shade to the trekker’s relief.
You can see a three-storied forest watch tower on the foothill of the peak and a three kilometer trek from the foothill is at the same time tiring and exciting. With the varying shades of the virgin shola forests on both sides, you may feel a heavenly bliss that only the pristine nature can bestow upon human beings.
The trek requires prior permission from the forest department and they provide guides and trekking equipment at a cost to the visitors.
Trekkers added attraction in the Wayanad region is a series of waterfalls cascading from 100 FT to 300ft heights.
To reach the Soojipara waterfall, one has to trek down 2 km approximately over steep rocks. The tree top huts around the waterfall is an added attraction giving the visitor a fabulous view of the valley of the western ghats.
Meenmutty Falls or Banasura waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall , the largest and most spectacular waterfall in the region,
A trek of 2 km though the jungle in an unspoiled natural setting leads you to the falls. Each of its three tiers requires a separate hike through a moist, deciduous forest and is a thrill to the adventurous visitor. Though the trek is tiresome and the views that the visitor gets after the trek is worth the trek.
Another ideal picnic spot famous for its waterfall is the KanthanPara waterfall.
One of the must see place while passing through Wayanad for its striking viewpoints is the Sunrise valley.
Sunrise Valley also provides some excellent trekking opportunities . Sunrise Point which overlooks the valley is a ideal location to get some breathtaking views/photographs at sunrise amidst the hills of Wayanad.
The valley is an attraction which can be visited through the day for its views even if one misses the sunrise.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura sagar dam built on the Bansura lake overlooking the Banasura hills is largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia.
The Banasura lake a large expanse of water overlooking a chain of mountains as its backdrop is a photographers delight to play with.
The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders. During monsoons, the visitors may also be get to see small islands in the dam’s reservoir formed while the flooded reservoir submerges the surrounding areas. The vast expanse of the crystal clear water of the dam dotted with small islands is a treat to the visitors eye.
With its own dream-like serenity, this natural fresh water lake surrounded by meadows and trees on all sides is a haven for peace-loving travellers. The lake nestles in the lap of mountains surrounding it. Trees and dense forests that line along the pathway around the lake provide a visual treat. Children have fun in the area at the children’s park , boating on the lake ,visiting a freshwater aquarium with a large variety of fish. This is a beautiful natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen forest and wooded hills. Visit to the shopping centre for handicrafts and spices is a must for every visitor.