Quiet green jungles and Plantations, hill peaks, a colorful flora and fauna life, and Charm historic artifacts dating right back to the New Stone Age – Wayanad attractiveness one and all effortlessly Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Falls, Kuruvadweep, and Banasura Hill are some of the best places in Wayanad.
The luxuriant Wayanad patch of the Western Ghats is mainly a realm of hilly rainforests, plantations, (coffee, pepper, cardamom, rubber etc.), indigenous tribes, and wildlife such as the Giant Malabar Squirrel or the endangered Nilgiri Langur. Wayanad is Kerala’s least populous district. This adds to its beauty; you’ll be captivated by the calmness and slow pace of life. The district has three main towns: Kalpetta, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. Kalpetta is the district headquarters and usually, the first stop. Adjoining spots Lakkidi and Vythiri are well known for their forest and plantation resorts. For wildlife, one has to seek out Mananthavady or Sulthan Bathery to access the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. Wayanad destinations offer an experience of wilderness with the convenience of a modern holiday. You can trek Peak, bathe under waterfalls, listen out for wild calls, chat with plantation owners who trade coffee, spices, vanilla, and listen to legends by the campfire.
Muthanga wildlife sanctuary
Muthanga wildlife sanctuary stand by Within the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Acting as a buffer to the Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur Tiger Reserve, especially during the dry spells when a number of wild Elephants camp out here, the sanctuary is appraise as one of the bio-geographically wealthy parts of Southern India. Though only the outer passage of the sanctuary is open to visitors for exploration totaling about 25 kilometers, still the Wayanad Sanctuary is perhaps one of the few places in India where an amazing variety of wild animals and extremely diverse flora can be found. Through thickets of deciduous, semi-deciduous and semi-evergreen trees, past streaming Kakkayam river, lies the Protected Area home to the Tiger, Sloth Bear, Deer and of course, the Wild Elephants and deadly King Cobra. There are a total of 44 different kinds of mammals and over a hundred different types of birds inhabiting the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, to say nothing of the wide variety of reptiles, fishes, amphibians, butterflies and dragonflies that inhabit within the forest. The sanctuary has entirely a chequered history and was home to a number of tribal families before their displacement and consequent rehabilitation within the Sanctuary of some. The rehabilitated families live within the Protected Area. Against the perfect backdrop of hills set aglow by the rising morning sun, find your heart frisk a beat at the distant roar of a tiger and deer bounding.
If art fascinates you, then you shouldn’t miss out on the Eddakal caves in Wayanad. This is a prehistoric caves filled with countless rock wall paintings that continues to attract historians and Archaeologists from all over the world to this place. One can discover at least three sets of petroglyphs. Studies have shown that the etchings are more than 5000 years old and the caves seem to have been inhabited at various stages in history. The caves are formed due to a hole in the rock. Legend says that the cave was formed when an arrow released from the bow of Lord Rama, struck this rock surface, creating the cave.
Determined to Lord Vishnu, the history of the temple dates back to 3000 years. Records and research has shown that Thirunelli Temple was the main spiritual center during the reign of Bhaskara Ravi Varma, a Chola king ( 962–1019 CE). It persists largely inaccessible due to impassable mountains and thick forest cover. Today, the temple is also known as ‘Sahyamala Kshetram’ or ‘Kashi of the South’. The temple has attractive granite columns which add an aesthetic appeal to the whole architecture. A stream runs beside the temple, which provides water for the temple usage. The temple also has a pond, at the center of which is a stone slab with the feeling of Lord Vishnu’s feet.
Lakkidi View Point
Known as the gateway of Wayanad, Lakkidi is located close to Vythiri. One of the greenish and moistened places in India, Lakkidi View Point boasts of beyond compare scenic beauty, high mountain slopes, dense forests and cascading streams. Lakkidi View Point is on completely a high altitude which can be dizzying for some. One can see the hairpin curves on the snake-like roads below. Choose a day to travel up here, as the fog might spoil the view.Tourists come here mainly to enjoy the eye-catching sunrise and sunsets. The drive up to Lakkidi is half the enjoyment!
One of the best waterfalls the whole state of Kerala, the Sentinel rock Soochipara Waterfall is a treat to the eyes. The pool beneath the waterfall has facilities for rafting, bathing and other of tree huts in the area, which provide Stunning views of the western ghats. There are a number of springs and shallow pools of water in the area. The waterfall contains of 3 stretches all of which end up in the Chaliyar river. To reach the falls you will have to go through a very pretty trekking trail that runs through tea gardens, rocky outcrops, and dense forests. There are a number of holiday home-stay facility available here as well.