Wayanad is a virgin terrain marked by extensive stretches of sub- tropical savannahs, picturesque hill stations and sprawling spice plantations, Wayanad captures all that is wild and wonderful. While Vythri can be best experienced by staying in tree houses, one can see the very first prehistoric engravings in Kerala at the Edakkal caves.Wayanad is one of the beautiful Hill station of Kerala State of India. Wayanad is a great adventure tourist place offering outback trails, trekking routes and opportunities for other adventure sports. Wayanad comprises of majestic rugged terrain of the Western Ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys.
List of Famous Places to Visit in Wayanad
- Thirunelli Temple – It is a very old temple on the foothills of Brahmagiri. This temple is dedicated by Brahma to Vishnu in the form of Chatturbhuja. The Thirunelly Temple embodies classical, traditional Kerala architecture. This temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.It is believed that a ritual dip in the stream Papanasini, running crystal clear downhill, wash one away of all worldly sins. This temple is often referred to as the Kasi of the south.
Lakes and Waterfalls
- Pookode lake-It is another spot to chill out in Wayanad. You may visit the fresh water aquarium or the children’s park, enjoying boating or even shop for handicraft items and spices at the fresh water Pookat Lake that is wrapped in high hills and gorgeous greens.
- Chethalyam Falls– A lovely place to visit, trekking enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the climb up the rocks to the waterfalls.
Wildlife in Wayanad
- Kuruwadeep– Located about 15 km east of Mananthavady is a 950 acre uninhabited island on the Kabani river. it is an ideal picnic spot . The wooded stretch of land is home to some rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
- Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary– Established in 1973 , the sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of nagerhole and Bandipur Sanctuaries of Karnataka on the northern most and Madumalai Sanctuary of Tamil Naidu in South East.
Historical Places in Wayanad
- Pazhassi Tomb– This is the memorial of the Veer Pazhassi Raja "The Lion of Kerala" who organized guerrilla warfare against the British East India Company . The pulpally cave is where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British.
- Edakkal Caves-Located about 1000 meters on Ambukuthy Mala near Ambalavayal are the Edakkal Caves. The New Stone Age pictorial writing on the walls are relics of the prehistoric civilization that existed in these regions. Accessible only by a kilometers trek from Edakkal, you will also come across the only cave restaurant here. Morning hours are the best time to visit the caves. Entry is permitted till 1700 hrs only.