one of the fourteen districts in Kerala and is situated in an elevated
picturesque mountainous plateau in Western Ghats.
is blessed with a unique geographical position, with
undulating mist clad hills and dales. Luxuriant plantations of coffee, tea,
cardamom, pepper and rubber are strewn all over the hills of Wayanad
Situated at a height of 700-2100 m above sea level, it is bound on the east
by the Nilgiris and the Mysore districts of Tamilnadu and Karnataka
The natural scenic beauty of Wayanad
and its rich natural resources
offer several opportunities for adventure tourism.
Located at the northeastern tip of Kerala, Wayanad
was earlier a
part of Kannur district. Panorama, Manathavady and Kabini, the fast flowing
rivers lend a unique beauty to the whole region.
The nearest airport is Kozhikode.
The district is well connected by a railway
Wayanad's Headquarters, Kalpetta is linked by road
to other towns in Kerala and there are frequent buses to Kozhikode.
Places of interest - Wayanad
There are two Edakkal Caves, natural rock cutout formations,
formed by a large split in a huge rock roofed over by other large rocks, all
fixed in position through natural processes. These caves are famous
world-wide for their ancient carvings and pictorial wall inscriptions of
human and animal figures with peculiar head-dresses and swastik forms and
Archaeologists say the place was one of the earliest centres of human
habitation. These caves are seen in the Ambukuthy mountains which is located
in between Sulthan Battery and Ambalavayal. The caves contain several
paintings and pictorial writings of the New Stone Age civilization which
speak volumes of the bygone life and civilization.
This is where the headquarters of the Wayanad
District are located. A stronghold of the Jains in the past, the famous
Ananthanathaswamy Jain Temple is situated at Puliyarmala near Kalpetta
Chethalayam Waterfalls :
Located 12 km. from Sulthan
Bathery on the Pulpalli Main Road, are the breathtakingly beautiful
One can get a glimpse of this lovely waterfall, one has to trek a distance
of around 4 km. from Chethalayam. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is another tourist spot not to be missed. Here
you can see elephants, spotted deer, guar, sambhar and sloth bear.
About 15 km from Sultan's Bathery, the Wildlife Sanctuary covers over 344
sq. km. and forms part of the area of Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu and
Bandipur Sanctuary in Karnataka.
Pookot Lake, a natural fresh water lake surrounded by evergreen
forests and rolling hills is situated 3 km from south of Vythiri town.
Pookot Lake, about 13 km. from Kalpetta, is the most beautiful tourist spot
in the whole of Wayanad. The lake lies in the lap of mountains surrounding
Boating in the Pookot Lake is a unforgettable experience. Tall trees and
dense forests that line along the pathway around the lake provide a visual
treat. A freshwater aquarium with a large variety of fish is an added
Varambetta Mosque :
15 km south east of Kalpetta, this
300-year-old mosque is the oldest in Wayanad.
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum :
12 km south of Sulthan
Bathery, it is one of the best heritage museums in Kerala. The exhibits here
include rare 2nd century artifacts such as clay sculptures, ancient hunting
equipments like bows and arrows, stone weapons and other curios
Banasura Dam :
15 km. north west of Kalpetta, Banasura Dam
is the largest earth dam in India. A vast expanse of crystal clear water
bounded by blue hills on all sides, except one. Its an ideal picnic spot.
Located in the midst of lovely, mist-clad hills with a wildlife sanctuary
and park full of flowering trees, the beauty of this spot is captivating.
Chembra Peak :
Chembra peak, which is highest peak in
Wayanad is located 14 km west of Kalpetta. Located amidst panoramic
surroundings, the peak is at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level. An ideal
spot for trekking, Chembra Peak is a very beautiful spot close to the
Western Ghats. The Chembra Hills and the adjacent Meppadi hills are
accessible from Kalpetta.
The entire region is quite picturesque with tea plantations and a variety
of flora and fauna and some wild life in the jungles.
At the top of the Chembra Peak, there is a lake that has never been dry. It
is a delightful spot for the trekkers as well as for the nature lovers.
Although the trek to the Chembra Peak is a risky mountaineering endeavor.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary :
This is an ideal destination
to watch herds of wild elephants, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is
contiguous with the protected area network of the Nagarhole National Park
and the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the neighboring State of Karnataka and
Mudumalai of Tamilnadu. This sanctuary spread over 345 sq km is rich with
fauna and flora, and comes under Project Elephant.
Elephants roam freely here and tigers are sighted frequently. Various
species of deer, monkeys, birds etc also live here. A drive along the road
to Muthanga and further, offers chances to watch these roaming beasts.
Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest Department. Best time to visit is
from June to October