Wayanad

Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and is part of a forest reserve.

Updated: October 24, 2018

Wayanad is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and is part of a forest reserve. With completely greenery, hilly ranges and wildlife, it has Tholpetty in the North, Muthanga in the east bordering with Tamil Nadu, Kalpetta in the south, Mananthvadi in the north-west and Sultan Bathery (Sultan Battery) in the east.
The place is famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. The enchanting waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and home stays, has made this place a popular tourist destination. Walking through the spice plantations that is spread over acres, taking that trek into the pre-historic caves and staying in a resort holiday are life time experience that anyone must have while in Wayand. This is a perfect weekend idea from cities of South India to spent time in cool breeze, beautiful scenery and wildlife especially elephants.
The major attractions of Wayanad are Banasura Dam, Chembara peak, Pookode lake, Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Soochipara Falls, Kanthanpara Waterfall, Banasura Hill, Sulthan Bathery and many more.
The picturesque Banasura Sagar dam is the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in Asia which is lying in the lap of the Banasura hills in Wayanad. The view of the sprawling reservoir from the top of the dam is breathtaking.
A trek up to the Banasura Peak is filled with streams, diverse flora, fauna, lush tropical green and majestic waterfalls. Adventures like speed boating are readily available here. An earthen dam, also known as an embankment dam is created by placing mounds of clay, sand, rock or soil. The view of Banasura Lake from the top of the hill is really mesmerising.     
The Chembara peak is an attractive destination for Campers and Mountaineers which has a height of 2100 m. Many guided expeditions are conducted to the tallest summit of Wayanad.
Pookode lake is just lying 3 km south of Vythiri. This is a natural fresh water lake unspoiled by human habitation and activities. The Pookode lake tourist resort is famous for its aquarium and green house. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride in its calm waters. Kayaking in the lake is another sought after activity.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala and comprises of rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. It is surrounded by the protected areas of Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu as well as Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka.
The historic Edakkal Caves measures 96 ft long and 22 ft wide which is famous for its exquisite rock and wall carvings. It takes one and half hour of trekking to hit the cave entrance, and another 45 minutes to reach the mouth of the cave.
Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered waterfall, which is a popular picnic spot with rock climbers. The waterfall cascades at its best between the months of June and January.
Kanthanpara Waterfall is a mesmerizing attraction point that is located in between two lush green tea estates. The walking trails leading up to the waterfall are perfect for nature lover and the picturesque location makes it ideal for camping.
Banasura Hill is a part of the Western Ghats of India. Having an altitude of over 2000 metres, it is one of the tallest mountains in the region. The hill has a wide variety of flora and fauna and offers a beautiful atmosphere for nature lover and trekking.
Sulthan Bathery is the largest town in Wayanad district which is known for its tourism and commercial activities. The main attractions for the tourists are the pre-historic caves, jungle trails, sparkling streams and rivers.

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