There are several tourist places in Wayanad which are ideal for a sightseeing. One day is not enough to complete the sightseeing in Wayanad. Most of the places in Wayanad are important in the tourism map. Apart from the scenic beauty in Wayanad, the ancient ruins, mysterious caves, forest trails, and the tribal people make the land distinct from other tourist destinations in Kerala. Kalpathi is the district capital of Wayanad, and Vythiri, Meppadi, Mananthavady are also important places in Wayanad. There are easy transportation facilities by road connecting all these places.
Tourist Attractions in Wayanad
Wayanad is nature's gift to Kerala. The alluring beauty of the nature always attracted the nature lovers to Wayanad. Wayanad has several tourist attractions. Some of the important tourist attractions in Wayanad are Wayanad Wildlife Santuary, Chethalayam Waterfall, Sri Mahaganapathy Temple, Pazhassi Raja Museum, Edakkal Caves and Pookote Lake etc. Tourism in Wayanad has been developed for the last several years and now ther are every facilities for a tourist who visits Wayanad.
The forest around the Wayanad with its rich flora and fauna is fascinating. The paddy fields and the plantations have an alluring effect on the tourists. There are several places in Wayanad for a visitor. The important tourist places in Wayanad are Edakkal Caves, Thirunelli Temple, Banasura Sagar Dam, Chembra Prak, Meenmutti Waterfalls etc. Places in Wayanad to visit include Vythiri and Muthanga which are wildlife sanctuaries.
Edakkal Cave is not a cave in the real sense. It is a fissure from the corner of a rock. The rock walls have several ancient carvings of humans and symbols which belong to the prehistoric period. Edakkal Cave is a most important place to see in Wayanad.
Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple in Wayanad. The temple is situated about 30 Kms away from Mananthavady. The journey to the temple is through the forests which is a fascinating one. The temple is otherwise called 'thekkan kasi' which reveals the importance of the temple. It is believed that a dip in the holy water of the temple will wipe out all the sins.
The Banasura Sagar Dam is in the river Kabani which is the largest earth dam in India. The dam with its reservoir and the islands around it is a spectacular view.
Chembra Peak is the highest peak located near Meppadi in Wayanad. As an important tourist spot in Wayanad, many people visits the area almost all the time. Trekking to the peak can be done only with the permission from the forest authorities.
Nearly 30 Kms from Kalpetta, Meenmutty Waterfalls is an important tourist spot in Wayanad. It is one of the tallest waterfalls in Wayanad. The moist atmosphere of the waterfalls and the forest around it is a spectacular view.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is an equally important sanctuary as the Thekkady and Munnar. This is a unique wild life sanctuary in Wayanad. Several wild animals such as elephant, bison, deer and several species of birds are living in harmony here. There are several tropical plants in this area. Endangered species also can be seen here. The sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Wildlife sanctuary.