Nestled among the green mesmerizing mountains, Wayanad sits all cool, green and inviting. Wayanad falls under the Western Ghats in Kerala and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. And rightly do. Rows of tea gardens give refreshing view with a hint of nostalgia. If you ask us why pick Wayanad, we’ll say why not! The hill station has some of the best waterfalls, dams, lush forests, trekking destinations and many more. Here are five reasons why you need to explore Wayanad this sweltering summer.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Located 21km from Kalpetta in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar Dam is not only the largest earthen dam in India but also the second largest of its kind In Asia. The dam is located on the foot of the Banasura Hill which also attracts those who like to go for a little trekking in the hills. It’s fun exploring the islands around the dam.
Wayanad Wild Life sanctuary
Wayanad WLS, rich in biodiversity, is also a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reverve. Some time in the park will bring you closer to a diverse flora and fauna. Animals like the elephant, gaur, tiger, panther, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sloth bear, Nilgiri langur, bonnet macaque, are some of the important wildlife present in the park. Wildlife enthusiasts, this is the place for you.
Ever read Phantom comics as a child? If yes, this rock that resembles the skull of a human will remind you of the legendary Phantom comics. The rock is located 2600 feet above sea level, on the way to Ambalavaya from Wayanad. This is popular among hikers because of some beautiful trails and views enroute.
Wayanad is also great for cycling, camping, bamboo rafting, among other adventure activities. Pozhuthana is one such place one must explore for the aforementioned activities and Chembra, the highest peak in Wayanad Hill Range, is great for trekking. Located snug in the Western Ghats, Chembra is most favoure for its stunning views.
Edakkal caves are located around 16km from Sulthan Bathery. These pre-historic caves are the only known place in India with Stone Age carvings. Some of the pictorial paintings on the cave walls date back to 6000BC.