Mind-Blowing Activities to Do When You Are in Wayanad

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.

Thank you very much for a great walk and sharing all your knowledge. We felt that the trip was in a good tempo and we enjoyed the places you showed us. It is cool that you know so much about the plants, farming, and the birds around here and you’re good at explaining it in English… The food was amazing – we loved it – and it was great to get explanations about it too… all in all – great experience, we promise to recomment to other travellers we meet on the way. Nanna Frank, Denmark & Johan Rutherhagen, sweden

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Bird Watching through Village and Evergreen Forest

Bamboo village in Wayanad has become one of the important destinations for bird watching. Rich biodiversity of this place provides home for more than 144 species of resident and 42 species of migrant birds, in that many of them are endemic and endangered. And we found around 18 species of raptors in our village. This program is offered in two different routes between 06:30 am to 10:30 am and 03:30 PM to 06:00 PM.

Evergreen bird programming takes place at Meppady. And we have found around 72 species of birds in a single day birding program. And 13 of them are endemic birds of Western Ghats!

Thanks for this opportunity to try “day with a farmer” it was full of exhausting information for us and it was beautiful! We enjoyed all day, mostly the walking in forest. The food was delicious, the coffee etc. Once again NANNY to all of you – especially to Raju, because he is the BEST :)! and “auhtic” for lovely care and meals. See you again in the rainy season hopefully, the CZECH girls Sarka, Martina and Gatsriel

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A walk to remember

South wayanad is thick evergreen forest.  The spices and tea plantations span over acres that add charm to the area.  A walk initiated here through deep evergreen forest may bring close encounters with endangered birds; of course can be a heaven for bird watchers.  The long stroll through grasslands will culminate at a stream where rocks lay untamed. The next phase is hiking the rocks. When the forest is frequented by wild elephants sometimes, the stream attracts otters and other wild creatures.

Thanks for this opportunity to try “day with a farmer” it was full of exhausting information for us and it was beautiful! We enjoyed all day, mostly the walking in forest. The food was delicious, the coffee etc. Once again NANNY to all of you – especially to Raju, because he is the BEST :)! and “auhtic” for lovely care and meals. See you again in the rainy season hopefully, the CZECH girls Sarka, Martina and Gatsriel

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Walk with Naturalist

A different nature trail guided by qualified naturalist, traversing diverse plantations and terrains. An interpretive program offering excellent opportunity to experience coffee, cardamom, pepper, paddies, bamboo, latex, medicinal plants, wild flowers etc. Unique chance to capture life of birds, butterflies, insects and other creatures. The route explore culture and tradition of village people. Program offered in two different schedules and lasts for 3 hours.

Thank you very much for a great walk and sharing all your knowledge. We felt that the trip was in a good tempo and we enjoyed the places you showed us. It is cool that you know so much about the plants, farming, and the birds around here and you’re good at explaining it in English… The food was amazing – we loved it – and it was great to get explanations about it too… all in all – great experience, we promise to recomment to other travellers we meet on the way.

Nanna Frank, Denmark & Johan Rutherhagen, sweden

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A Day with a Farmer

Experiencing the simple life of a small heritage village situated on the Lap of Western Ghats. The village is famous for bamboo, spices, paddies, mountains and forest. We are trying to experiencing a day lived out by a farmer, and visit their farms and we will introduce the crops and also show you some of the interesting medicinal plants… And visit the bamboo nursery and “uravu bamboo village”, famous for indigenous technology bamboo handicraft products, house hold unit. From the morning breakfast to evening snacks we will serve you the traditional Kerala foods. Accompanying you on your journey will be a trained naturalist; he will familiarize you to the picturesque landscape and the lush green surroundings.
Thanks for this opportunity to try “day with a farmer” it was full of exhausting information for us and it was beautiful! We enjoyed all day, mostly the walking in forest. The food was delicious, the coffee etc. Once again NANNY to all of you – especially to Raju, because he is the BEST :)! and “auhtic” for lovely care and meals. See you again in the rainy season hopefully, the CZECH girls Sarka, Martina and Gatsriel

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Sahya Sawari

A short journey fathoming the heart beats of Western Ghats to learn more about its way of life and culture.

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