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Wayanad Sightseeing

Attraction Area/Distance
Kuruvadweep Located at a distance of only 17 km to the east of Mananthavady
Soochipara FallsLocated near Mappadi
Banasura DamLocated about 25 kms North east from
Meenmutty FallsLocated almost 29 km away from Kalpetta
Chembra PeakLocated at a distance of about 14 km from Kalpetta
Kanthnapara Falls Located about 22 km south-east from Kalpetta
Pookot LakeEastern edge of Shahjahanabadlocated 15 km away from Kalpetta
Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary Located about 8 km towards the Noth–east of Thirunelli temple in the Wayanad district
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary Located in Mananthavady, a place, just 20 km from Wayanad
Muthanga/ Wayanad Wildlife SanctuaryLocated about 16 km east of Sultan Battery
Thirunelly TempleLocated about 29 km northeast of Ananthavady
Ananthanatha Swami TempleLocated 6 km away from Kalpetta
Edakkal CavesLocated about 25 km from Kalpetta and 3 km from Ambalavayal.



Location: A distance of only 17 km to the east of Mananthavady
A vast island of almost 950 acres, the Kurava Dweep is a paradise for the aficionados of natural beauty. Located at a distance of only 17 km to the east of Mananthavady, the island of Kuruva is spread over the banks of the tributary of the river Kabani. An otherwise isolated island, Kuruva is the kingdom of exotic birds, rare herbs and wonder orchids. An overwhelming silence envelopes this treasure house of pristine beauty and verdant luster.

Soochipara Falls

Location: Near Mappadi.
Located near Mappadi, the Soochipara Falls forms the crux of beauty of Wayanad. With the water falling from a height of about 100 ft to 300 ft, amidst an array of greenery, the whole place seems to be celebrating the beauty of nature in unison. The pool below the falls is also the perfect place for bathing, water rafting and swimming. Another highlight of this place is the tree top huts within the dense forest.

Banasura Dam

Location: About 25 kms North east from Kalpetta
Located about 25 kms North east from Kalpetta, this is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest dam in Asia. Embellished with a sanctuary, and a beautiful garden with exotic flowers and a pristine hinterland, the Banasura Dam is a gem in the casket of Wayanad. Boating facilities in the dam and trekking facilities also draw the adventure enthusiasts.

Meenmutty Falls

Location: Almost 29 km away from Kalpetta
Located almost 29 km away from Kalpetta, this largest and the most magnificent waterfall in Kerela is accessible only after a trek of 2 km through the dense jungle from the Ooty Road. The waterfall is of a staggering height of 1000ft where water falls over three stages giving almost a triple-decker effect. Each of these two tiers requires a separate hike through a dense and deciduous forest. Though the path is dangerous and tiresome, the beautiful waterfall makes every bit of the toil worthwhile.

Chembra Peak

Location: Adjacent to the Delhi zoo, next to the Pragati Maidan.
Located at a distance of about 14 km from Kalpetta, the chembra peak proudly flaunts a height of about 2100 metersabove sea level, thus becoming the highest peak in Wayanad, adjoining the Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerela.
The altitude makes this place perfect for trekking and mountain climbing. Guides and trekking instruments can be hired from the District Tourism Promotion Council. A heart shaped lake en route to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. It is believed that the lake has never dried up, even during the hottest of summers.
The Chembra peak undisputedly is a favorite trekking destination among the adventure enthusiasts. The pristine lake at the hill top easily can make one forget all the hardships involved in reaching the top. Sice it takes almost a day to make it to the top of the hill, the tourist are often advised to spend the night in the temporary camps that can be set up at the peak. A session of trekking and camping at the charming Chembra Lake is sur to relieve a stressful mind of all the tensions of city life.

Kanthanpara Falls

Location: About 22 km south-east from Kalpetta
The famous Kanthapara Falls is located about 22 km south-east from Kalpetta. With water falling from a height of about 30 meters, this is another spectacular water fall. An unexplored territory of nature, silence engulfs the kanthapara Falls, giving a feeling of being in the midst of nature’s haven. It accounts for a comfortable hike from the main road. Kanthapara falls is also an apt place for picnics amidst the luring beauty of the nature.

Pookot Lake

Location: Eastern edge of Shahjahanabad.
If you think you have already seen the most serene lake of your lifetime, think again. For the Pookot Lake, located 15 km away from Kalpetta, the very terms of beauty and charm are too little to describe. Guarding crystal clear water is thick foliage of dense deciduous forests. The pristine water body is a perfect place for Kayaking, Pedal and row boating. A children’s park and a fresh water aquarium are some of the other attractions here.


Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

Location: About 8 km towards the Noth–east of Thirunelli temple in the Wayanad district
Located about 8 km towards the Noth–east of Thirunelli temple in the Wayanad district, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is an Orinthologist’s paradise. Trekking in the midst of steep hills, gurgling streamlets, and lush green deciduous forests, trekking to this place can become one of the most memorable experiences in one’s lifetime. Rich in rare and endangered species of flora and fauna, visiting this bird sanctuary is a ‘must-do’ for all the travelers.

Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: In Mananthavady, a place, just 20 km from Wayanad
Mananthavady, a place, just 20 km from Wayanad is the location of the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary. A neighbor to the Western Ghats, the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is perhaps the most greenest patch of Wayanad. The Wildlife Sanctuary has animals such as deer, tigers, elephants, leopards, boars, etc. Varieties of birds are also of great attraction to the visitors. Even most of the existing trees have medicinal properties. The best season to visit this Wildlife Sanctuary is from December to May.

Muthanga/ Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: About 16 km east of Sultan Battery
The Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, is spread over an expansive setting of 344 square kilometers. The Wildlife Sanctuary is a rich piece of Wildlife heritage of the country. It is home to some of the most exotic breeds of animals and birds like sloth bears, sambhar, elephants, monkeys, tigers, reptiles, deer, and panthers. However, the claim to fame for this piece of nature hub is its project of Elephant site, because of which flocks of elephants can be spotted scattered along the forest sauntering, feeding on the bamboo plants and frolicking in the mud. Various species of deer, monkeys, birds etc also inhabit this space. The trees of this area are mostly of the decicuous variety, something typical of all the forests of South India. The best months to visit the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary are the months of June to October.

Religious Places in Wayanad

Thirunelly Temple

Location: About 29 km northeast of Ananthavady
Devoted to Lord Vishnu, this temple is considered to be about 3000 years old and is placed beside the Papanashini River. Located about 29 km northeast of Ananthavady, this temple is fitted with as many as 30 granites columns for support. The outer walls of this temple excels in traditional Kerela architecture.

Ananthanatha Swami Temple

Location: 6 km away from Kalpetta..
The famous Ananthanatha Temple is located 6 km away from Kalpetta. It has several other names like the Jain temple, Tipu’s Fort and the Sultan’s Battery. The latter two owe their origin to the 13th century usage of the temple as a major center of commercial activities

Historical places in Wayanad

Edakkal Caves

Location: About 25 km from Kalpetta and 3 km from Ambalavayal.
Have the works of art always been your calling? Then you are heading for the perfect place in India. Located about 25 km from Kalpetta and 3 km from Ambalavayal. Edakkal cave was created by a fissure due to changing climatic conditions and the split in the rock is about 22 ft. in width and 90 ft. in length. The abyss and gap in the rocks extends to over 30 ft appearing as cave to the observer. The caves can be reached through trekking trails within the forested area starting at Edakkal and the best time to visit the caves is during morning hours. 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.