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Wayanad

Wayanad is one of the famous honeymoon spots and hill stations of Kerala. Wayanad is considered as one of the top places in the list of local and global travellers. Because of its divine natural beauty, vast spice plantations, grand green forests and amazing climate, it stands among the ‘Ten Heavens’ on the planet and is the home of many native tribes of this region. It is also famous for its magnificent greenery, charming adventure sports and rich assets. The rich natural life and wonderful scenes make it a delightful visitor spot in Kerala. Wayanad is also the home of the many waterfalls in Kerala.

This exotic place became the 12th District in Kozhikode in 1980. It houses many species of animals, which have been endangered. It is also one of the revenue states of India because of the foreign exchange of cash crops like tea, pepper, cardamom, vanilla and coffee.

Location: It is located in the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau in the Western Ghats.

Climate: In summers, weather is cool and pleasant while in winters, it is pretty cold.

Carry normal cotton clothes for summers and warmer clothes for winters.

Best time to visit: October-May

How to reach:

By Air: Nearest airport is Kozhikode International Airport (95kms)

By Train: Nearest railhead is Kozhikode Railway station

By Road: Private and public transport is easily available

Places of Interest

Chembra Peak

Location: In Southern Wayanad District, 300 kms from Bangalore

Best month to visit: Throughout the year except monsoons, due to heavy rains

Trekking time: 7.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. (After 2.00, you will not be allowed to start trek)
Visiting time: 7.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. (You have to return latest by 5.00 from the peak)

Chembra Peak is Wayanad’s highest peak that stands at an elevation of around 2,100 meters above ocean level. Its height makes it a perfect spot for mountain climbing and trekking. Visitors require prior consent from the forest department in Meppady for trekking. In the trek route, you can see the beautiful lake, which is never dried throughout the year. This pinnacle is a stand-out amongst the most ideal trekking places. From the highest point of the pinnacle, you can see the astonishing views of the surrounding areas. It takes one day to reach the highest point of the hill. If you like camping, then spending one or two days in the camps will be a memorable trip for you.

Edakkal Caves

Location: Wayanad, Nenmeni, about 16 kms from Sulthan Bathery

Timings: Open every day from 10.00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Edakkal Caves are popular for their excellent rock-cut carvings. These carvings portray the figures of signs, symbols, treess, swastik, wheel, animals and humans. These caves were made by a crevice because of its climate variations. You have to climb up to the hill through trekking trails to reach the cave. It is prescribed to visit the place in the morning. These caves tell us about the life of our accentors. It is a good place for the people who have interest in information of earlier human habitation.

Lakkidi

Location: 23 kms West of Palakkad, 58 kms North-East of Kozhikode

Best month to visit: August to March. It is open all days and you can visit there at any time

Lakkidi is the doorway of Wayanad that is located on Thamarassery, at a height of 700 meters above the ocean level. It is one of the most significant and highest areas of Wayanad. It offers a beautiful view of the gurgling river, exclusive mountain hills and lush greenery of the valley. You will definitely enjoy travelling from Adivaram to Lakkidi through Ghat Street, with nine fastener twists in the midst of the dense forest area, which is around 12 kms. Do not forget to wear your trekking shoes while visiting this point.

Soochippara Waterfalls

Location: 22 kms from Kalpetta, around 8 kms from Meppadi

Best month to visit: October to May from 8.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Soochippara Waterfall is a precious wealth of nature that is yet to be found. The waterfall runs at a place, which is around 100 to 300 feet high. The surrounding view of the lush greenery is a treat to the eyes. The water gathers into a pool underneath the falls. Visitors can do some adventurous activities like swimming and rafting in the cool and clear water. There are some tree-top huts at Soochippara, situated inside the thick forests, which offers an amazing view of the valleys of the Western Ghats. Tourists love to spend some quality time at this place while enjoying the wonderful view of the surrounding areas and the waterfalls.

Banasura Dam

Location: 22 kms North-West of Kalpetta in Wayanad

Timings: You can visit the place from Sunrise to Sunset from 10.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Banasura Sagar Dam is the second biggest earth dam in Asia and one of the biggest in India. The dam is bounded the Karamanathodu stream of the Kabini River. There are many beautiful islands around the Dam. In the background of these islands, you can see the exotic view of the Banasura hills. The dam holds huge span of water, limited on one side, as it is encompassed by glorious hills and lush green areas. Banasura Sagar Dam is a perfect place for trekking lovers to climb into the splendid mountain ranges. The crystal clear water and the picturesque scenery of the surrounding areas of the dam make it a prominent tourist spot. 

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