Wayanad , Kerala


 Wayanad  is a district  in the north-east of Kerala state, India  with headquarters at the town of Kalpetta.Wayanad is the only district in Kerala that shares border with both the neighboring statesKarnataka and Tamil Nadu. 

 Wayanad district stands in the southern tip of theDeccan Plateau  and its chief glory is the majestic Western Ghats with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys.

In the centre of the district hills are lower in height while the northern area has high hills and they give a wild and mountainous appearance. The eastern area is flat and open. 


Places to visit

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Banasura Sagar Dam

This is the largest earth dam in India. The topography here is such that many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill will provide a hypnotizing sight to tourists.

Chembra Lake

The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour.  Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chembra, is very exhilarating.

Edakkal Cave

 This location of breath taking beauty is three kilometers from Ambalavayal which is 25kms from Kalpetta.

Kuruva Island

 The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom. It is 17kilometers east of Mananathavady and 40kms north west of Sulthan Bathery. 



One of the highest locations in Wayanad, Lakkidi also commands a picturesque scenery. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling stream, luxuriant vegetation and the birds eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breath taking. 

Muthamga Wild Life Sanctuary

It is a wild forest covering an area of 345sq. kms form the Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary and it is the biggest aboad of wild animals in Malabar. 

Chembra Peak

18 Km West of Kalpetta.Hike up the rugged terrains of Chembra Peak, located 2,100 metres above sea level on the southern part of Wayanad. Chembra is tallest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking. With permission from the Forest Deparment, one-day treks and two-day wildlifw treks are possible.

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

25 km east of Mananthavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the kodagu road. Open 0700-0900hrs, 1500-1700hrs. This Sanctuary has a wide variety of animals, but visitors are restricted to outer tourist zone.

Pookot Lake

15 km from Kalpetta, This perennial freshwater lake near Lakkidi is surrounded by lush evergreen forest. Kayaking,pedal and row boating, a freshwater aquarium, childrens park, a handicrafts and spices emporium are amoung the tourist facilities available here.

Sentinel Rock Waterfall

23 km from Kalpetta , Locally known as Soochipara (needle rock), the pool at th foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip. The more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery. One of the most attractive falls in the district, the water hits the sharp spikes of granite at the base and hence the name.

Meenmutty Waterfall

29 km from Kalpetta, on the Ooty main road, An interesting 2 km jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature of Meenmutty is that the water drops from nearly 1,000 fr over three stages, presenting a triple-decker effect.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum

10 km from sulthan Bathery, One of the best heritage museum in Kerala, its houes artefacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land.

Chain Tree

15 km from Kalpetta, This large Ficus tree, located near Lakkidi, towards the end of the Ghar road, is bound by a heavy iron chai. It is said that a British engineer, with the aid of a tribal guide named Karinthandan, found the difficult mountain route into Wayanad. Eager to take credit for the discovery, the engineer killed the guide, whose soul, according to the legend, constantly haunted subsequent travelsrs. It is believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree.

Chethalayam Falls

12 km east of Sulthan Bathery, This is one of Wayanads lesser known falls. Though it tends to dry up during summer, it is a lovely place to visit and trekking enthusiasts will have an enjoyable time climbing up the rocks to the waterfall. 

Kanthanpara Waterfall

22 km away from Kalpetta, Smaller than the sentinel Rock Waterfalls, the nearby Kanthanpara Falls and its surroundings make for an ideal picnic spot.

Karalad Lake

8 km from Vythiri, An unusually quiet retreat, facilities for angling and boating as well as arecreational park are available here. The trek to this lake is also quite exciting.

Karapuzha Dam

13 km northeast of Kalpetta, Located near Kakkavayal town, this picturesque reservoir contains many small islands scattered around the vast area it occupies.


55 km east of kozhikode, 5 km south of Vythiri, The Gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated 700m above mean sea leavel, at the crest of the Thamarassery Ghat Pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.

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