Kerala is a state in southern India that attracts thousands of tourists each year, both domestic and international. Also called “The God’s Own Country”, Kerala has beautiful beaches, peaceful backwaters, exotic wildlife, enchanting hill stations and much more to offer.
This article highlights the key places one could visit while in Wayanad, a district located in the serene Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While all of Kerala is beautiful, Wayanad is especially so. For instance, Wayanad is home to diverse types of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
How to reach it?
As they say, you can’t get there from here. To get to Wayanad, you need to go to Kozhikode, which has the nearest airport and railway station and it is only about 100 kilometers from Wayanad city. Therefore, the journey from Kozhikode to Wayanad has to be by road. It is generally agreed that the best time to visit is between October and March.
What to see?
Pointing to existence of a prehistoric civilization in this region, the wall drawings in the Edakkal caves are believed to be more than 8000 years old.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:
Spread over an area of 350 square kilometers, this sanctuary is home to Asiatic tigers, elephants, Indian Bison, several types of deer and a large variety of birds.
Soochipara and Meenmutty Falls:
Wayanad has a number of glorious and breathtaking waterfalls out of which Soochipara and Meenmutty are definitely worth seeing. The small treks to both falls are thrilling and fascinating experiences in themselves. At Meenmutty, ones with an adventurous streak can also indulge in rope climbing to the top of the fall.
With its summit at 2100 meters above sea level, the Chembra Peak offers a great hike from the town of Meppadi amidst stunning views all along the trek. The hike to the top and back can be completed in a single day.
Banasura Sagar Dam:
This vast waterbody, one of India’s largest earth dams, comprises of several small islets and is surrounded by beautiful nature. One can partake in a number of adventure activities here.
Spread over close to 4 square kilometers, Kuruva Island is a heaven for nature lovers. Just the amount of different natural colors around you is a sight to behold.
Tea Estates and Tea Tasting Experience:
Wayanad has acres and acres of tea and coffee plantations. Many tea estates include tea tasting as part of their guided tours, which could be a unique and memorable experience.
Uravu, the Bamboo Village:
Wayanad is famous for its art and craft made using bamboo. One can have a first-hand experience of seeing the craft making process in one of the bamboo factories in village of Uravu.
Pakshipathalam Bid Sanctuary:
Ornithologists and people who love bird watching must visit this bird sanctuary, which is home to several rare bird species.
The places above are just a few of several attractions Wayanad has to offer. Combine the beautiful nature with heartwarming hospitality of the locals, and Wayanad becomes an unforgettable travel experience.