We all are familiar with many popular destinations in Kerala, be it the Mighty Munnar hills, the serene backwaters of Alleppey or pristine beaches of Kovalam, Kerala never fails to impress us with its natural scenic beauty.
However, in recent years Wayanad has gradually grabbed the attention and is perhaps the best-kept secret of Kerala.
Situated in the western ghats at 2100 meters above sea level, Wayanad is nestled amongst the picturesque landscape with lush green mountains boasting of throbbing wildlife. Cochin International Airport, located 245.7 km away serves as the major International Airport to Wayanad.
If you wish to feel the freedom of traveling at your ease you can rent self-drive cars in Kochi on arrival at the airport. Otherwise, public transport and local taxis will be available to travel till Wayanad. Whether you are a trekking enthusiast or just wish to find peace after your hectic schedule, Wayanad is the perfect place waiting for you to embrace it.
Know about Wayanad before your Trip
Wayanad is a captivating place, not just interesting for nature lovers and adventure junkies, but also for history buffs. You can find a lot of Wayanad travel guides and itineraries overflow the internet. But before you plan your visit to Wayanad, you must know certain important things.
Know that Wayanad is not just a small hill station that tourists come and go; it’s, of course, a mid-size district in Kerala. So, while planning your Wayanad trip, remember that it is impossible to trip the whole Wayanad in 2-3 days. All the top destinations you might find listed in the travel guides will be far apart from each other.
Choose the resort and stay
There is no doubt that Wayanad is an epitome of mesmerizing beauty but it is equally imperative to choose the right place for a comfortable stay. There are many nature resorts in Wayanad that you can opt for. Abad Brookside is one such resort in Lakkidi, Wayanad that will play a perfect host for you.
It’s a rain themed resort which offers 18 garden facing cottages and 12 Brookside cottages giving you a glimpse of the adjoining forest and an infinity pool, Ayurveda spa, and multi-cuisine restaurant. A brook running through the edge of the resort, tall tree towers, and soothing greenery sets the ideal ambiance for ideal Kerala vacation.
Top Destinations in Wayanad
Wayanad is a tiny paradise on earth, with hills around it, green vegetation, misty mountains, plantations, and cool, fresh air that promises to infuse new life into you. Here are the top destinations in Wayanad that you may find exciting for your next trip.
Located atop the Thamarassery Ghat pass, Lakkidi is a hill destination overlooking with a height of 700 meters above the sea level on the gateway of Wayanad. There are nine breathtaking curves from Adivaram through steep mountains. The journey through the enthralling ghat pass is definitely an experience worth your time.
It is about 2296 feet (700 meters) above sea level. Fasten your seat belts and take a trip through the majestic ghats of Wayanad to witness nature at its very best.
Situated at 6,900 ft, Chembra Peak is very popular amongst tourists, adventure enthusiast trekkers, and nature lovers. One can seek permission passes for trekking from the Forest Department. He/she is issued considering the safety of trekkers and the preservation of rich wildlife.
It is can be quite an adventurous climb. One can ascend the top of the peak within two hours of trekking through the dense forests and grasslands.
Generally, it is expected to commence around mid-morning. You will get to climb the rugged terrains to reach the lake by late morning. The trail is pretty steep which may send a chill down to your spine. But it will turn out to be an exhilarating experience with panoramic views of the beautiful hills that enrich the lush green landscape of Wayanad.
Located around 25 kilometers from Kalpetta, the Edakkal Caves lie on the remote island of Edakkal. The caves are among the prominent tourist hotspots in South India. It is renowned for its paintings of humans, animals, symbols, and letters. These paintings are believed to date back to 6000 BC.
The engravings and prehistoric carvings seen in the caves testify the lives and culture of those who lived in the caves years ago. If you are the one having a penchant for ancient stories, then this is the right place to explore.
Tucked between the evergreen forests and wooded slopes, Pookode Lake is a natural freshwater lake located around 2 km away from Vythiri. Known as one of the prettiest lakes in the Wayanad, Pookode Lake is also known as Pookot Lake. It can be accessed through roadways and is an excellent place for an outing with your family and loved ones.
Apart from the natural view, one can enjoy boating, seeing the freshwater aquarium, shopping for handicrafts or just strolling around it.
Falling from a whopping height of 984 feet, Meenmutty Waterfalls is the second highest waterfall in Kerala. Beautifully nestled amidst the dense green area of Mepadi forest range, under the South Wayanad forest division, at Chitragiri on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. The waterfall is divided into three tiers, each measuring a length of 300 feet.
Streams of the water gain its fierce strength during the monsoon. Alike other waterfalls of Wayanad, Meenmutty waterfalls also offer a scintillating experience for visitors.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Yet another jaw-dropping destination in this region, Banasura Sagar Dam is a widely popular tourist spot in Wayanad. It is often the starting point for trekking to the scenic mountain range, Banasura hills.
Here, the view is at its best during the monsoon season. One can witness small islands in the dam reservoir during monsoon with the green mountain range in the backdrop will leave you awestruck.
It doesn’t end here, you can also pay a visit to a Nature Park with lots of traditional tree swings which will elicit the kid in you.
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