Perched at an altitude of 2100 meters above the sea level, Wayanad is a beautiful hill station in Kerala, a piece of heaven that Kerala truly is. With picturesque lush greenery of the Western Ghats mixed with spectacular waterfalls and misty roads, Wayanad is becoming a very popular tourist attracting hub of Kerala. To be in touch with nature but also familiarise the deep history that Wayanad has, here are a few things to do and places to see when you visit Wayanad.
1) Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Spanning over an area of 344 sq km, the vegetation consists of moist deciduous teak forests of South India as well as semi-evergreen tree pastures of the West Coast. It is a safe haven for various bird and animal species.
2) Trek to the Chembra peak
At an altitude of 6,900 ft, Chembra Peak is the ideal place for trekkers and nature enthusiasts. For the safety of trekkers as well as the preservation of wildlife, permission passes are required for trekking from the Forest Department. On the route to the peak, you will encounter a pretty heart-shaped lake that never dries. The local name of the lake is Hridaya Saras and 2 lm from there is the peak which shows the beauty of Kerala as you look forward.
3) Edakkal Caves
If you want a journey into the prehistoric past, then you must visit the Edakkal Caves in Wayanad. It is believed to be at least 8000 years old which indicates that there were prehistoric settlements there. Edakkal is not really a cave but a massive boulder which is wedged between two other stones. The surface is full of carvings of human-shaped symbols, animals and ancient inscriptions.
4) Vythiri Village Resort
Holiday Makers will encourage you to spend a day at this luxury spa encased in a stunning lush green surrounding. It is a 5-star resort with 200 rooms and can make your holiday even more blissful.
5) Kuruva Islands
These islands are three scenic islands with a river delta in the middle which is the tributary in Kabini River. These islands are home to several species of flora and fauna and are spread over 950 acres of land. You can see rare species of trees and bamboo bridges in these islands which offers you to explore the charm of Kerala and the unspoiled paradise.
6) Thirunelli Temple
If you long for a spiritual awakening, visit the Thirunelli Temple which is located in a small village called Thirunelli at the base of Brahmagiri Hills. The temple is more than 3000 years old and is dedicated it to Lord Vishnu, Hanuman, Nagam and Ganeshji. The view inside as well as outside from the temple is mesmerizing.
These are the places that we as your Holiday Makers definitely recommend if you want to enjoy the full adventure of Wayanad of its pristine natural beauty that is so enchanting leaving you in awe.