Wayanad translates to the land of paddy fields in Malayalam. And it’s not just paddy fields here. The region is rich in both nature and culture. You will find many waterfalls that line the city haphazardly and add a charm to this green hill station.
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Here are some of the places you should visit in Wayanad:
Located in Wayanad district, a 20 minute drive from Meppadi is the beautiful Soochipara waterfall. The drive takes you through coffee and spice plantations, the journey preparing you for a beautiful destination. One needs to trek for about 2 km downhill from the parking lot to reach the falls. The roaring sound of the water reaches you before you set your eyes on it. The natural pool at the base entices the visitors to take a dip in it. There are also a number of tree huts in the area from where you can get amazing views of the Western Ghats.
Soochipara waterfall is a three-layered waterfall at Vellarimala in Wayanad. This waterfall, encompassed by thick green woodland, is otherwise called Sentinel Rock Waterfall. A 20 minute drive from Meppadi in Wayanad will take you to this awe inspiring waterfall & it is one of the best Wayanad places to see.
Try to go early in the morning as the place gets crowded later.
Visit the prehistoric era in a trip to Edakkal Caves. The caves are famous for its pictorial paintings (cave art), which are considered to be of 6000 B C. These carvings give incredible confirmation for a very enlightened society who lived in the pre-noteworthy age.
Edikkal literally means ‘a stone in between’ and aptly describes its formation. A smaller rock has wedged in between 2 bigger ones to form a natural cave. To reach the caves, one has to trek through the Ambukutty Mala. It will take around 45 minutes to climb the hill. The caves attract history buffs and archaeologists from around the world. It’s okay if you don’t fall in either category. You can still appreciate the art and imagine how the people from that era must have looked and spoke.
Kuruva Island comprises three scenic islands in the middle of Kabini River. It is a paradise with lush green forests and calm waters. The best thing to do is go for long walks where you will spot rare species of birds and trees. Dwelling deep into the island, you will come across the pretty bamboo bridges. The island is also famous for a ride on the bamboo rafts.
Kuruva Island is opened during the months from October to May and there is a nominal entry fee to the island. The time schedule is from morning 9 to evening 5. Entry to this island is restricted during rainy seasons (from June to September).
Are you someone who loves to run, climb, even fall (Bas rukna nahi chahta?) Time to stretch your legs because we are going to trek. Located at 6,900 ft, the Chembra Peak is one of the most sought after trekking destinations in Wayanad. The peak adjoins Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode. The trek starts from the town of Meppady. It will take around three hours to reach the top point of Chembra peak.
From the top, you get a panoramic view of not only entire Wayanad but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Niligiri districts. The lush greenery around is a sight for sore eyes. You will also see a heart shaped lake which is the highlight of this trek. This lake is known as ‘hridhayathadakam’. The lake will definitely make your heart flutter.
You can spend an entire day of thrilling activities in Karlad Lake. For all the adventure junkies out there, this is your spot. Activities like Zorbing, Archery, Zip Lining, Kayaking, Rock climbing, Rowboat, Paintball, and Pedal Boating are offered. The beautiful setting of the lake in the middle of nature attracts a lot of people.
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