Wayanad, a green paradise is huddled in between the mountains of the Western Ghats is permeated with plantations, forests and wildlife. Wayanad district stands on the Southern top of the Deccan Plateau and offers enthralling scenic beauty to nature lovers and adrenaline rush to adventurous daredevils. The noted tourist destinations in includes Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Peak, Kuruba Island, Pookode Lake, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Thirunelli Temple, Lakkidi Viewpoint and Soochipara Falls.
Banasura Sagar Dam is said to be the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia. Banasura hill is the third largest peak in the Western Ghats and the dam is ideally placed in the foothills of Banasura hills. A captivating sight here is the set of islands in the dam’s reservoir. Chembra Peak is notable for it’s soothing scenic beauty. The highest peak in Wayanad, it adjoins Niligiri hills in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode. A heart shaped lake on the way to this peak is said to have never dried, is a topmost attraction of this region and is known as “hridayathadakam”. Kuruva Island or Kuruva Dweep comprising a cluster of islands in the middle of Kabini river is an ideal spot for boat riding and rafting. Pokode Lake is a beautiful fresh water lake cuddled between evergreen forest and Western Ghats. Blue lotus and numerous fresh water fishes are found here along with a few scattered water lilies. A species of cyprind fish, Pethia Pookodensis, is said to be found only here. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is considered to be the largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.
The only known place in India with Stone Age carvings are the Edakkal Cabes. Located in Ambukutty Mala, this place holds high archeological and historical significance. These caves are popular for it’s pictorial paintings believed to be of 6000 B.C. Thirunelli Temple also known as Kashi of South or Sahyamala Kshetram, dedicated time Lord Maha Vishnu is a place that oozes peace and tranquility. Papanashini stream, on the banks of which the rituals of the temple are performed, originated from Brahmagiri hills and are said to have medicinal powers. Lakkidi View Point often referred to as the Gateway to Wayanad and Soochippara Falls popular among rock climbers and picnickers are also notable tourist spots of Wayanad. Other focal tourist places in Wayanad are Vythiri, Meenmutty Falls, Kanthapara Waterfall, Neelimala Viewpoint, Wayanad Heritage Musuem, Koottamundu Glass Temple, Varambetta Mosque, Thrissilery Shiva Temple and Pallikunnu Church.
Resorts and homestays in Wayanad offer high class facilities and luxury options in affordable rate. Staying in a treehouse is another audacious option to consider. Resorts and homestays in Wayanad also provide opportunity to take part in activities like rock climbing, rappelling, boating, rafting, trekking, camping and wildlife tours. Plantation visits, nature walks, photography and bird watching are the other possible activities in Wayanad. This place is perfect getaway paradise for couples and families while also suitable in providing adventurous episodes to daredevils.