This small yet popular town of Wayanad in Kerala is complete with historical and ancient caves, beautiful serene waterfalls, wildlife and spice plantations is a famous
tourist destination in Kerala which has comfortable homestay options and beautifully landscaped resorts. It is considered to be the prettiest of all the hill station
in Kerala and attracts many tourists on Wayanad tour packages all through the year. The highlight of this town is that a part of it is situated on the border of Kerala
and Tamil Nadu. To enjoy this town to its fullest you can take a stroll through the extensive spice plantations, go on a hike to the pre-historic caves on the
mountains and experience a beautiful and quiet holiday with family in one of the many beautiful mountain resorts in the region. Here you can even spot a lot of wild
elephants and enjoy the cool breeze atop the mountain while sipping on a hot cup of Chai and admiring the beautiful landscape which will give a 360 degrees’ experience
to all your senses. Road, rail or air are the best means of How to reach Wayanad
which is accessible through all the South Indian cities easily.
The entire town is filled with green slopes and forest regions and faunas. To the east of the town is the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot gigantic Asian elephants, panthers, tigers and other animals, to the south are the Ambukuthi mountains where you can visit the Edakkal Caves which will take you back in time to the Neolithic ages.
Here is a list of best places to visit in Wayanad
and are also featured on most of the popular Wayanad tour packages
Places of interest in Wayanad
● Chembra Peak
The Chembra peak in Wayanad is quite famous in the region and very popular amongst tourists. It is the highest elevated surface in Wayanad which is located 8
kilometres from Kalpetta. This peak shares its borders with the Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Calicut. This peak can be visible from any part of
Wayanad but if you are up for some action, then do go on a trek to the top of the peak. The trek consists of rough terrains and the altitude is approximately 2,100
metres above sea level. Because it is the tallest peak in the region, it is also a perfect place for trekking and hiking. Along the way you can even find a lake which
is said to have water throughout the year. You can choose from a 1 day trek or a 2-day trek that is allowed after obtaining permission from the forest
● Banasura Sagar Dam
Another famous tourist spot in Wayanad is the Banasura Sagar Dam that holds back water from the renowned Karamanathodu tributary formed from the Kabini river which
flows in the eastern direction in the state. Around the dam you can find many activities that you can undertake such as trekking, biking and similar activities. many
tourists visit this dam to admire its beauty and photograph it. This dam is also a part of the Indian Banasurasagar project commenced in the year 1979 which involves
dams and canals around the country. the prime purpose of the project is to conserve water for irrigation and drinking water purposes during water scarcity. This dam is
situated in Vythiri in Wayanad district and some activities you can do here are boating, trekking and sight-seeing.
● Kuruva Island
The Kuruva island so colourful in terms of nature which makes it a popular tourist spot on Wayanad tourism. the island is a secured river delta with many other islands
surrounding it in the middle of the river Kabini. Sprawling over an area of about 950 acres, Kuruva island has a dense population and a rich fauna and flora with some
rare species that you cannot find anywhere else. In the island, there are bridges which are made of bamboo trees and many other plants which are unique to this region
and cannot be seen elsewhere. Tourists who love nature and want to spend some quality time with themselves or with their loved ones will really enjoy this island and
that is why this island is quite famous on all Wayanad honeymoon packages
. The Kerala tourism department also has made it all the more exciting for tourists to
visit this island by developing lots of adventurous activities such as boating, nature walks and rafting in and around the island.
● The Bamboo Factory
The bamboo factory located in Uravuis is a very noble initiative to bring back to life the dying art of making crafts with bamboos. Uravu literally means ‘the bamboo
village’ which is why the people living in this region make ends meet with their sound knowledge and skills of bamboo craftsmanship. It is quite surprising to see that
bamboo is not only used to make souvenirs and other such items but some houses are also made out of bamboo in this region. Therefore, visiting this spot serves a dual
purpose – source of livelihood for the locals and responsible and sustainable tourism for the tourists.
● Pookode Lake
Visiting the Pookode lake in Wayanad is a must when travelling on Wayanad tour packages as it is considered one of the best places to see in the region. It is
considered to be the most beautiful fresh water lake in the whole of South India and located amidst huge lush green forests and mountains at an altitude of 770 metres
and above sea level. Spread across an area of 8.5 hectares and 6.5 metres deep, this lake is situated close to Kalpetta and is known to be the smallest as well as the
highest fresh water lake in the whole of Kerala. A fascinating information about this lake is that when seen from aerial viewpoint the shape of the lake resembles that
of India on a map. The fresh water in the lake is perennial in nature and protected by the surrounding hills and hence this lake is a sanctuary of fresh water fishes
and blue lotuses making the lake all the more beautiful. Some Wayanad holiday packages
includes a visit to this is lake but in some you have will have to go on your
● Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is a must visit place on all best tour packages for Wayanad
. Situated in the western Ghats in Wayanad you can witness some of the exotic wildlife here in their natural habitat itself such as bears, monkeys, elephants, leopards, tigers, reptiles, fishes and many species of birds.
● Edakkal Caves
Edakkal Caves are frequently visited by all tourists visiting Wayanad and the climb up the mountains to the caves takes around 45 minutes on the Ambukuthi Mala. These
caves are famous for the pictorial cave arts which dates back to 6000 BC. There are two chambers inside the cave – the lower and the upper. In the walls of these
chambers you find art relating to animal figures and various objects which were used by humans. These carvings and art is proof enough that humans who lived in the
pre-historic age were very knowledgeable. These caves have attracted a lot of history students and archaeologists from around the world to visit.
Wayanad as a tourism destination is one of the best in God’s own country and is rich in history with a wealthy folklore, beautiful mountains and pristine waterfalls
making it a perfect destination to visit in south India tour packages
. Many families, friends and corporates also choose this place because of the various best tour packages for Wayanad available. It is also a famous spot for couples and honeymooners. Whether you are looking for an adventurous trip or a romantic getaway or simply wish to delve in the realms nature and history, then Wayanad will give you all of that!