Wayanad is a fascinating destination of Kerala where tourists come to enjoy nature at its best. Blessed with salubrious climate, enchanting wildlife, rolling hills, beautiful rivers and lovely valleys, this place is located in the north-eastern part of Kerala over the Western Ghats. For adventure freaks, the destination offers exciting trekking opportunities. Stroll through its tea, coffee and spice gardens and get refreshed to the hilt. This region is also known for its tribal communities.
1. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
It is an enchanting wildlife destination which was established in 1973. Blessed with rich biodiversity, it is a home to animals like tiger, deer, elephant, bison, spotted deer, cheetah, wild bear etc. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.
2. Edakkal Caves
Located on the Ambukuthi hills in Wayanad, these caves are known for their ancient carvings and pictorial writings. Reflecting ancient human habitation, the caves attract many tourists.
Sprawling over an area of 950 acres of evergreen forest, Kuruva Island is a famous picnic spot. There are rare species of birds, herbs and orchids on this island.
Located at a high altitude in Wayanad, Lakkidi offers picturesque views of the surroundings. It boasts of mountains, streams, gorgeous green vegetation and winding roads. Its natural beauty will surely leave you spellbound.
5. Thirunelli Temple
Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, this temple is around 3000 years old. It is located on Brahma Giri Hills near the Papanashini River. The main shrine is surrounded by granite columns. The temple complex also houses a pond called Pancha Theertha.
It is a beautiful lake hemmed in by majestic mountains and evergreen forests. It is a natural freshwater lake offering exciting boating facility.
While in Wayanad you can also explore its bazaars where you will find a variety of handicrafts, embroidered mats, tea, coffee and spices.
7. Chembra park
Located near the town of Meppadi, Chembra peak is a beautiful location that allures many trekkers all around the year. Starting early on a preset monsoon morning allows people to experience a misty environment, where the sun starts showing up slowly.
As people start their trek, they begin through the tea plantations for a few kilometres and stop at forest office for acquiring permission and pass for further trekking. Forest office checks for plastic material and course pass for a camera.
Trekking without a guide is not allowed in this location and if people wish to carry out a trek, they should come between 7:00 am in the morning to 2:00 pm in the afternoon. The trek starts after 2 kilometres of a stretch, where a van from the office drops the trekkers.
After a few kilometres, people reach a watchtower from where the entire Wayanad is visible. Then people need to cross a wooden gate that leads to a narrow pathway, which is quite steep. For seeing the heart-shaped lake, people need to climb up Chembra hill, which is a delight to watch.
This is the highest peak in Wayanad, which is around 2000 meters and offers amazing views of the valley. While planning this trek, people should make sure that they pack food and carry water bottles with them.