Interesting Places Waynad
Chembra, Kuruva, Thrikkaipetta, Muthanga and Meenmutty! Do these names ring any bells for you? How will they, unless you come to their own motherland - Wayanad - and have experienced the wonders and mysteries of each.
At the junction where the Deccan plateaue merges with the Northern Kerala, lies the wild district of Wayanad. Dividing between themselves the four major Regions of this district - Vythiri, Kalpetta, Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady, can quench your heart's desires - for an insatiable thirst for adventure to an impatient longing for peace, quietness and loneliness.
First impressions are indeed the best impressions. And Lakkidi, the southern gateway to Waynad will definitely set your doubts at rest. One glimpse at the beautiful landscape and you will know why you made the right choice.
Pookode Lake wiki
Set amidst thick mysterious forests, it would be a shame indeed, if you miss this picturesque lake. What's more - with pedal or row boating, a freshwater aquarium, children's park and a handicraft and spices emporium, your day can indeed be a busy one.
Seeking peace and tranquility? Karalad lake with its serne surrounding and exhausting trekking trails is just what you are looking for. Facilities for angling and boating and recreational park simply adds to the fun.
Even though not many people know about these falls, the exciting trek up the rocks to reach the waterfall, makes the Chetalayam falls yet another must see. The fallls however dry up in the summer season and hence it is better to visit her during the rainy season.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is part of the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandhipur sanctuaries of Karnataka and Mudumalai sanctuary of Tamil Nadu. Spread over a vast area, this sanctuary is home to a varied species of wild animals and is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve.
Spread over 950 acres, this island situated besides the Kabani River is the perfect family spot. The vast stretch of land, throuhg mysterious woods is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Established by the Waynad social service, this remote town houses herbal garden, nature care centre, sericulture unit & permaculture centre.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Yet another wildlife sanctuary that contains a wide variety of wildlife. However visitors are restircted to the outer zone.
This 300 year old mosque is a standing proof to the communal harmony that exists in the region. It was build originally by the nair community in the traditional Kerala style.
The popular festival - Uroos Festival draws participants from all communities.
Set amidst numerous misty mountains, this pristine temple portrays classic traditional kerala architecture. The main deity is Lord Vishnu - the God who sustains life. Lord Shiva, the God who destroys life is also workshipped here and devotees flock from all part of the country to perform their ancestral rites.
Home to rare species of birds, animals and plants, accessible only by foot is definitely a must see. Special permission from the Forest Department is required to vist or camp here. Advance planning is recommended.
A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, similar to Tirunelli. Funeral rites remain incomplete unless offerings are made here. Yet another pristine temple.
Memorial of Veera Pazassi Raja - The Lion of Kerala, is situated here. Pazhassi was a brave regional King who organised guerilla warfare against the British East India Company for about a decade.
Chembra - the tallest peak in Waynad, is perfect for trekking. You can experience the most exciting one-day or two-day wildlife treks after obtaining the required permission from the forest department. Group treks or single treks accompanied by proper guides can be arranged.
Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinajarethara
Banasura Sagar Dam is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. This is a mini-hydel project. A vast sanctuary and a beautiful park with flowering trees simply adds to the delight. Boating in the dam and trekking are other tourists attractions here.
Situated at the end of an exhilarating 2km jungle trek, the Meenmutty waterfall is indeed a spectacular sight. The uniqueness of Meenmutty is the hight of waterfall over 1000 ft, creating a triple decker effect.
Sentinel Rock Waterfall/Soochipara Waterfall
A beautiful pool situated at the foot of a strong fall is quite the right place to get a proper dip, isn't it?
An ideal picnic spot beside the scenic beauties of this fall make it quite an interesting tourist spot.
A small village dedicated entirely to bamboo processing, training and design centre called Uravu. A must see place, especially for shopaholics and craft lovers.
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum
It is one of the best heritage museums is Kerala. It contains artifacts of the different native tribes of Kerala.
Bathery Jain Temple
An important 13th century Jain Temple, this one has quite a history behind it. Initially it served as a shrine, then as a commercial centre and finally as an ammunition storage for Tipu Sulthan's army.
Situated at about 1000m above the Ambukutthy Mala, the Edakkal caves is perfect for adventure seekers. The various pictures and writings on the wall hold proof of the prehistoric civilization that flourished in these regions. The cave is accessible only by a kilometer trek and morning hours are the best visiting hours.