Wayanad is a district located in the north-east region of the Indian state of Kerala, at the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau. It is known for its cool highland climate, misty peaks and its virgin forests which are well known for their evergreen looks. It is often called the spice garden of the south. The major tourist attractions at Wayanad consist of:
Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,100 m above sea level. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. To facilitate adventurous dreams of tourists, District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipment for hire to tourists. A heart shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. The lake is believed to have never dried up and it can be seen halfway to the peak.
These caves, once used as for dwelling/hiding/absconding showcase nature’s skill and philosophy on architecture and you have to trek to about 4000 ft up a mountain to reach the place. By their sheer nature and design and the miraculous placing of huge rocks as roofs, Edakkal Caves remain a wonder and a mystery for archaeologists and historians alike. The name of Edakkal Caves literally means `a stone in between’. As the name indicates, it seems that one boulder miraculously wedged in between two bigger ones to create a cave. The scenic view and vast expanse of frolicsome greenery around, along with the gently caressing breeze more than seem to offer ample recompense for the physical strains taken to climb up the mountain, though it takes almost 45 minutes to reach the caves.
It is a group of islets forming 950 acres of evergreen forest. These islets are located in one of the tributaries of the River Kabani, which is close to the border with the State of Karnataka. There are three prominent islets among the group, where one would come across a variety of vegetation, some rare orchids and wild flowers. One of these main islands contains two small fresh water lakes. These islets are also heaven for migratory birds, whose often break the otherwise silent environs of these beautiful islets. The avian life here includes hornbills, parrots and a host of butterfly species.
This waterfall is a three tiered waterfall at Vellarimala in Wayanad. Surrounded by dense green forest, it is also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfall. A 20 minute drive from Meppadi in Wayanad will take you to this splendid waterfall. The name Soochipara is derived from the words ‘soochi’ and ‘para’ means ‘rock’ and ‘needle’. The name given is apt as you can see needle shaped rocks here.From the entrance you need to descend down to reach the falls. The water here cascades down from a height of 100 to 200 ft and this waterfall is an ideal place for trekking and rock climbing. There is a pool beneath this falls in which tourist go swimming and bathing to their hearts’ content.
Marked for their spectacular glamour and bewitching spray, Chethalayam waterfalls give unforgettable moments to the visitors. You will get an extraordinary experience here at this falls which seems to be an abode of nature’s magic. A 4 km trek through the woodlands will take you to the falls. Chethalayam waterfall will be an ideal place for you to plan a trekking. You can have an adventurous walk through the scenic beauty, sloppy mountains and fabulous surroundings. Best time to visit this waterfall is just after the monsoon season.
Nestled between evergreen forest and Western Ghats, the Pookode Lake is spread over 13 acre and is 40 m deep. This is one of the never-miss tourist destinations in Wayanad. The pure and pristine nature around the lake not only sparks infinite feelings of peace and calmness within you but triggers a holistic sense of a close communion with the rush greenery around. The lake is surrounded by a forest which never lose its green gown though season and weather take different turns and twists. The perennial freshwater lake has close resemblance to the shape of an Indian map. You can sight blue lotus and numerous fresh water fishes. The sight of wild animals and birds in the surrounding forest of the lake is another attraction of this destination. There are boating facilities for the tourist in the Pookode Lake. Pedal boats are available. Sluggishly peddling though the half drowsy lake and getting lost in the viewing the stunning beauty of the lake is a unique experience.
Banasura Sagar Dam
It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders. It holds a large expanse of water and its picturesque beauty is enhanced by the chain of mountains seen in the backdrop. It is constructed in the Banasura Lake and the nearby mountains are known as Banasura Hills. Legends say that the Asura king of Banasura, (the son of King Mahabali, who is believed to visit Kerala during every Onam festival) undertook a severe penance on the top of these hills and thus it was named after him. The scenic mountains beckon adventure tourists and the dam site is an ideal starting point for trekking.