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Waynad, one of Kerala's most scenic hill districts with its peculiar and unique geographical position at the Souithern limits of the Deccan Plateau, is showered by mist-clad mountains and sylvan valleys apart from savannah grasslands, riverine rice paddy and tea and coffee plantations.. It is positioned at a height of 700 to 2100 metres above sea level. Bounded on the east by the Niligri in Tamil Nadu and Maysore in Karnataka, north by Coorg district of Karnataka, the south by Malappuram district and west by Kozhikode and Kannur districts. In ancient times, the area was ruled by Rajas of Veda tribe. Wayanad has the highest concentration of tribals including Kurumbas, Adiyas and paniya in Kerala, who have so far managed to preserve their traditional identities despite the gradual intrusion of modernization.

Places To Visit

  1. Kalpetta
  2. Vythiri
  3. Muttanga Wildlife Sanctuary
  4. Suchipara Falls
  5. Kanthanpara Falls
  6. Meenmutty Falls
  7. Pookote Lake
  8. Karalad Lake
  9. Chempara Peak
  10. Lakkidi
  11. Sulthan Bathery
  12. Edakkal Caves
  13. Heritage Museum
  14. Chethalayam Falls
  15. Lower Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
  16. Thirunelly
  17. Thirunelly Temple
  18. Papanashini (sin’s destroyer)
  19. Pakshipathalam (cave of birds)
  20. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
  21. Mananthavadi
  22. Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
  23. Kuravadweep (Kurava isle)
  24. Panamarom
  25. Ambalavayal
 

Kalpetta

Kalpetta town is the headquarters of Wayanad district. The famous Ananthaswami Jain temple is located at Paliyar Mala (hill), 6 km from Kalpetta. The town is centre for hill produces. [Top]

 

Vythiri

62 km from Kozhikode. Similar hills. Similar gorges. Similar ravines. Hill stations and water falls all around the region, a hangout of tourists. The green blanketed misty hills purify the mind, soul and body. Wynad is known for coffee, tea, spices and vanila cultivations. Vythiri is a little town and the catch spots are within 40 km radius. [Top]

 

Muttanga Wildlife Sanctuary

The southern portion of the wayanad reserve, located 40km east of Kalpetta is known as Muthanga wild life sanctuary( 6-10am & 3-5pm). Noted for its dry deciduous forests it is noted for elephants, bear, tigers and deer. Trekking in the sanctaury is allowed only during morning slot and hiring a guide is mandatory for the three hour route. The highway from Kalpetta to Mysore and Bandipur passes through this part of the sanctuary, and if you are lucky, you can see wild elephants crossing the road on ancient migratory trails. [Top]

 

Suchipara Falls

22 km away from Kalpetta. The road leading to the Falls is coiled through tea gardens The motorable road ends before 1.5 km of the Falls, leaving rest for walk. The three-pronged equatorial forest-hidden Falls are breathtaking. [Top]

 

Kanthanpara Falls

From a particular point of Suchipara this beautiful Falls can be watched as white thinner. [Top]

 

Meenmutty Falls

29 km from Kalpetta, off Ooty Road. A 2 km forest trek to the Falls awards jolt and joy. The Falls have a triple-decker effect as it nose-dive from a height of 1000 ft. A thrilling experience to pack home. [Top]

 

Pookote Lake

Just 1 km from Vythiri. A hangout of holiday makers. Pack in the fun of boat cruise and kayaking. Check in to the nearest Uruvu Eco Shop, moor to the bamboo products and be tempted to pocket gift-packs of forest honey, spices and pickles. [Top]

 

Karalad Lake

This Lake is located at Thariode, north of Pookote Lake, 6 km from Vythiri. Though this is a less known Lake, the quietness of the area is rewarding. There is boating facility in the Lake. Trekking along the scenic path is exciting. A seven-acre spread Anchor and enjoy nature’s unlimited contribution. [Top]

 

Chempara Peak

Not far away from Vythiri. The tallest peak in the region. 5 hours’ trek schedule to crown the 6890 ft giant. A mid-trek consolation; washout the exhaustion in a crystal clear lake-water at 4921 ft up enroute. [Top]

 

Lakkidi

Lakkidi is 5-km away from Vythiri and 17-km from Kalpetta and positioned at 2296 ft above sea level. Rightly, it is the gateway of Wayanad. Photo-crazy people consider it a life-time chance to snap different shots. The camera will come out from the hide and focus surely at the serpentine flow of the road shaped out from Thamarassery Ghat. [Top]

 

Sulthan Bathery

A scenic beauty. Sulthan Barthery was once known as Ganapathivattom (circle of Ganapathi. Here the Ganapathi is Lord Ganapathi). Tipu Sultan along with his army marched and stored the arms in a 13th century-old Jain temple here. The name was changed thereafter to Sulthan Bathery. Green trekkable mountains, jungle trails and exhilarating caves of Neolithic Age – all these add glamour to Sulthan Bathery. Located on NH 212, connecting Kozhikode to Mysore. The town is near the borders of Tamilnadu and Karnataka States. [Top]

 

Edakkal Caves

Located on Ambukuthy hill near Ambalavayal. The caves still remain a mystery to the archaeologists. The carvings are of Neolithic Age and Mesolithic Age. The caves were discovered by the then Superintendant of Police of Malabar, Fred Fawcett. During a hunting trip to Ambukuthy mountain range in 1890 he noticed a Neolithic stone axe in a coffee estate. Curiosity led him to a rock-shelter on the 1001 ft high mountain and chanced upon drawings and the cave. The cave is on two levels and the drawings were in the second level. Scores of artists might have put in their ceaseless efforts months or years together to make the carvings realistic. A human figure with headgear, a human figure on wheeled cart and some male and female figures are outstanding among 15 engravings on two walls. Images of a tribal king and queen, a deer and an elephant are also there to greet the visitors. The hilltop spares exciting views. Hillocks and green forests stick to the heart. [Top]

 

Heritage Museum

Located at Ambalavayal. A tribal-life oriented museum. The collections mainly are from Wayanad district. Potteries of Megalithic Age, musical instruments, bangles, ear ornaments and hunting traps are the major items on display. [Top]

 

Chethalayam Falls

Situated 12-km away from Sulthan Bathery. In summer the Falls disappear as the waterholes shrink. The visit in summer however is rewarding for it is a much loved place for trekking. [Top]

 

Lower Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Located 17-km away from town in rain forest Muthanga. Muthanga is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in Karnataka State. Due to the shrinkage of wasterholes in summer wild animals like leopards, sambhar, cheetal etc are rarely noticed. Elephants and deers are nevertheless are on easy. [Top]

 

Thirunelly

Located in north Wayanad, 34-km away from Mananthavady. Thirunelly is known as Hindu faithfuls’ ardent champion and more as a heal station. Narinirangimala (tiger stretching mountain) lies in the south and Karimala (black mountain) in the west. God-blessed setting all around. Its enthralling and scenic beauty once imbibed can never be erased from the mind. [Top]

 

Thirunelly Temple

Brahmagiri hill can rightly be called the patron of Thirunelly temple. The deity here is Vishnu. The Papanashini stream flows close-by where devotees’ sins wash away. Thirunelly known as Thenkashi (Kashi of the South) is like Gaya in Bihar where the rites conducted for the emancipation of the departed is considered as ultimate and complete. The temple is also famous for Puthrakameshti (praying for sons) and marriage-fullfilment rites. The 3000-year old shrine is shielded by 30 unpolished granite columns. There is an aqueduct in the side to tap the Papanashini stream. [Top]

 

Papanashini (sin’s destroyer)

There is an interesting tale behind the stream attaining the power to ward off sins. When Garuda (eagle) was flying with Amritakumba (pot of nectar), Brahma was in the process of consecrating Vishnu’s idol at Thirunelly. Garuda noticed it and circled over the ceremony and dropped few drops of Amrita to the stream. Thereby the stream attained purifying power. [Top]

 

Pakshipathalam (cave of birds)

After dropping Amrita in the stream the Garuda, tired of long flight, perched on the Karimala. There is a small eagle shaped projection where the Garuda perched. This rock is now known as Garudapara (rock of Garuda). The Garuda is considered as the king and guardian of the birds. Pakshipathalam is a rock cave at the north end of Brahmagiri hill where various species of birds camp. The trek from Thirunelly through dense forests consumes 3 hours for 7-km coverage. The bird lovers intending stay should take camping equipment and a forest guide along. 4-km deep into the trek there is a watchtower offering vast bird-watching opportunity. Permission from DFO at Mananthavady is necessary to visit Pakshipathalam. During monsoon Pakshipathalam cannot be accessed as the trail is slippery. [Top]

 

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

13-km away from Thirunelly, on the road to Kodagu in Karnataka. Tholpetty Sanctuary is at one end of Muthunga. The Lower Sanctuary of Muthunga and Tholpetty Sanctuary constitute Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary has elephant population of over 900. Plus other wildlifes including spotted deer, bison, boar, and langurs among others. A guide is available at entrance. The forest department has arranged two hour jeep safaris into the park ( daily 7am-9am & 3-5pm). A guide is mandatory. Guided treks are also available( daily 8am -1pm) [Top]

 

Mananthavadi

Mananthavadi is located north east of Wayanad at a height of about 500 metres above sea level. The verdant forests deliver scenic beauties. Mananthavadi has a historic back- ground of being the last resting place of Pazhassi Raja. [Top]

 

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

This Sanctuary with variety of animals is located 20 km east of Manathavadi. [Top]

 

Kuravadweep (Kurava isle)

An amazingly stream-water trekking paradise uncovers in 950-acre dweep (island). Barring Katunayika tribe, no trace of any other inhabitants. Modernity is fenced out and civilisation is like a prohibited stuff here. Once in, the visitors may feel they are denizens of the jungle. Shallow streams, marshy patches, dead woods – all these are to be trekked. Yet all these are fun, coming across rarely in the life. Running streams are impatient to bath the mired guests, while the lovely mild sun is ready to warm up. The rustles of dead leaves, melody of the streams and mellow calls of the birds will ring in the ears even days and days after the visit. [Top]

 

Panamarom

Panamaram is situated 29 km away from Sulthan Bathery. Panamaram is where the Pazhassi Raja had his fort. At present only its remnants are there. [Top]

 

Ambalavayal

Ambalavayal is near Ambukuthi hill region. A Heritage Museum in Ambalavayal is associated with tribal life in Wayanad. Terracotta figurines collected from different parts of Wayanad, pottery of Megalithic Age, hunting traps, bangles, ear ornaments and the musical instruments used by the Wayanad tribes are neatly showcased. This is considered as one of the best Heritage Museums in Kerala[Top]
Wayanad | 03Nights/04Days | Wildlife Package | Honeymoon Packages | Family Packages | Created: Thu, 16.06.2016 - 12:04 PM

Wayanad is one of the districts in Kerala that have been able to retain its unspoiled nature. Wayanad offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, an insight into tribal culture evocative ...

Package Code KWT_WYND 112
Duration 4 day(s) and 3 night(s).
Travellers 2 Adult(s) and 1 Child(ren) (below 12 Years).
Route Wayanad