Wayanad district stands on the southern tip of the Deccan plateau and its chief glory is the majestic rugged terrain of the Western Ghats, with lofty ridges interspersed with dense forest, tangled jungles and deep valleys. Chembra Peak (2,100 metres (6,890 ft)), Banasura Peak (2,073 metres (6,801 ft)), Brahmagiri (1,608 metres (5,276 ft)) are some of the important mountains in the district. The Kabini River, one of the three east flowing rivers of Kerala, is an important tributary of the Kaveri River. Almost the entire Wayanad district is drained by Kabini and its three tributaries, the Panamaram, Mananthavady, and Kalindy rivers. The Banasura Sagar Dam is built on one of the tributaries of the Kabini River. The distance from the mean sea level and the amount of forest cover creates a pleasant climate in the region. It has a cool winter and a moderately warm summer. The district enjoys a subtropical highland climate according to the Koppen climate classification.
Edakkal cave is 25 km from Kalpetta and just 3 km from Ambalavayal. This is a crevice for about 96 ft in length and 22 ft width. A fissure was created due to a rock splitting due to natural weathering.The depth of the crevice and the fissure is nearly 30 ft. which gives an appearance of a cave to any observer.There are human and animal figures carvings on the rock walls depicting pre-historic period and civilized people. The caves can be approached by 1km trekking trail starting from Edakkal. The best visiting hours are morning and it is open till 5 pm. Tourists need to indulge in a one and half hour long trek to reach the entrance of the caves. The roads are in good condition. In order to reach the actual cave, tourists will have to trek uphill for another 45 minutes.
Banasura Sagar Dam is approximately 21 km towards the north west of Kalpetta. It is considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The dam extends to a wide area with crystal clear waters. Undisturbed and engulfed amidst the hills, Bansura Sagar Dam is an absolute beauty.It is an ideal place for picnic as it is surrounded by the bounty of nature and the low sound of the clear water gives a feeling of freshness. In fact, when the dam is full, the landscape portrays a picture of upstream formation of the dam and is a mesmerizing sight to visitors. Boating and other water recreational activities are available at the dam.
Kuruva Island is situated on the tributaries of the river Kabani and is a fabulous picnic spot. Its serene silence and wide expanse of the evergreen forest leaves you astonishing. This island is isolated but an array of uncommon species of birds, herbs and orchids are the monarchs of Kuruva Island. Just 17 km to the east of Mananthavady, Kuruva Island is a vast island of 950 acres abundantly rich with green forest. It is very far from the turbulence of city life making it an exotic place for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature. It is closed during monsoon (June to September).
The most impressive water fall that can be found in the Wayanad district is Meenmutty Falls. Gurgling down from a height of 300 meters, it falls in 3 separate tiers. Reaching the falls involves a 2 km trek, but the view of the falls, makes it worth the effort. During the monsoons, this waterfall can be enjoyed only from a distance, due to the voluminous level of water. Trekking is a good option to explore its surroundings, but considering the rugged and undulated terrains, taking a guide along is advisable.
At a distance of 27 km from Kalpetta and 12 km from Sultha Battery, Neelimala View Point is a scenic spot that offers bird's eye view of the Meenmutty falls and the valleys surrounding it. The route to the point is a good trekking route too.
The Pookot Lake is a breathtaking location. The water is clear and the foliage that surrounds it is a beautiful forest. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride against a serene backdrop. An ideal picnic spot, this beautiful lake is the perfect spot to admire mother nature.The area surrounding the lake has an aquarium, children's park and a small emporium selling handicrafts and spices.
The Soochippara Waterfalls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls are situated near Meppadi is natures treasured gift. The waterfall cascading from a height of 100 to 300 feet is a treat to the eyes. The pool sited below the falls offers great opportunities for swimming, bathing, water rafting, etc.another attraction is the tree top huts presenting a distinct views of the Western Ghats and of the shining shallow waters of the spring.
The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, also referred to as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, is located on 345 square kilometers of densely forested land. This sanctuary is popular with birdwatchers. Such birds as peacocks, babblers, egrets, snipes, bulbuls, peafowl, and cormorants can be seen here.A wide variety of exotic animals call this sanctuary home as well. Asian elephants, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears, and sambars all reside here. You can arrange for an elephant ride into the dense forest to explore the sanctuary by contacting the Forest Department. Access to the area without an elephant is limited because of how dense the forest is there.
Pakshipathalam is 7 km towards the north-east of Thirunelli Temple, in the Wayanad district in Kerala. Pakshipathalam is perched nearly 1740m above the sea level and a heaven for passionate bird lovers. With moist deciduous forests traveling to Pakshipathalam is a venture. Steep hills, streamlets and trekking make this place an ideal picnic spot.Trekking is the only way to reach Pakshipathalam. Rare species of birds are found in abundance. Similarly, exceptional species of fauna can be spotted from the watchtower of the sanctuary. Tourists are given permission to travel to Pakshipathalam by the forest department.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad. One of the memorable experiences will be night camping. The watch tower of this sanctuary is situated above the lake and is the main water source to animals. This gives a thrilling experience, as at night animals come to drink water. Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary is abundant with flora and fauna. Animals like Bison, Jungle Cats and Elephants can be spotted here
Kerala is one of the beautiful places in India. Owing to its scenic beauty, the state has been crowned as the God's Own Country. It is blessed with so many great places to visit that are worth admiring. Lakkidi is one of those places that act as a gateway of the Wayanad district of Indian state of Kerala in South India. Lakkidi view point receives second highest degree of rainfall in the world and is considered to one of the highest located in the Wayanad district. Residing 700 m above from mean sea level atop Thamarassery ghat paas, Lakkidi offers panaromic views to the visitors.