Tourist Attractions in Wayanad
Wayanad with its headquarters at Kalpetta town is the only district sharing its border with the nearby states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. It is situated in the north-eastern part of Kerala. The glorious Wayanad is ornamented with the majestic Western Ghats and deep valleys along with high hills, twisted and dense forest scattered all over the district. This attractive tourist destination is recommended to have an ideal trip as it is enriched with mountain ranges and wildlife reserves along with numerous water bodies.
Below mentioned are the major tourist attractions of Wayanad :
1. Chembra Peak
Chembra Peak is located near Meppadi in the southern region of Wayanad. It is considered as the tallest peak with a height of 2100 meters. It gives wide and beautiful view of Wayanad as one climbs the top of the peak. The process of climbing up and getting down the peak takes whole day.
Being located in the southeastern part of Wayanad, Neelimala offers trekking opportunities and is approachable from Kalpetta as well as Sulthan Bathery. Atop Neelimala, one can have the majestic view of Meenmutty falls and the valley in the foreground.
3. Meenmutty Waterfalls
Close to Neelimala is located the impressive Meenmutty falls. It has three stage falls and drops from about 300 meters. A trekking route of about 2 km from the main road leads to Meenmutty waterfalls connecting Ootty and Wayanad. It is the largest waterfalls of Wayanad.
Chethalayam falls is located in the northern part of Wayanad close to Sulthan Bathery. It is not as big as Meenmutty. The falls and its surroundings make it an ideal spot for trekking and a treat for bird watchers.
Within the forest of Brahmagiri hills, Pakshipathalam is located. The region largely comprises of huge boulders. The deep caves shelter a wide variety of birds, animals and unique species of plants. It is located near Mananthavady. A 7 km trek from Thirunelli through the forest leads to Pakshipathalam. Visitors need permission from the DFO- North Wayanad.
6. Banasura Sagar Dam
The largest earth dam of India, the Banasura Sagar is located in the southwestern part of Wayanad district. It is close to the Karalad Lake. It has the starting point for treks to the Banasura Peak. A set of islands can be seen there formed due to the flooded reservoir and the surrounding areas.