If Kerala is God’s own country, then Wayanad is its garden. Part of isolated forest reserve in Kerala and nesting among Western Ghats, this beautiful place is famed among Indians for its splendor and cleanliness. This district spills over into two national parks in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and has magnificent history and culture too, which makes it even more difficult not to get impressed by it. In addition to beautiful landscapes, untouched forests and lush green rice paddy fields, it is home to some of the best spice plantations in India.
1. If you are going on your first visit to this place, keep your first outing reserved to meet the local tribes. Paniyas, Adiyas, Kattunayakan and Uraali Kurumas are some of the most versatile and colorful tribal segments in Kerala, and meeting them in the deep forests of Western Ghats is an experience in itself.
2. For those interested in exploring Wayanad from adventurous point of view, Chembra peak offers some very thrilling views of the district and nearby areas. It takes almost a day’s trek to reach on top and if you are interested in staying for a day or two, accommodation is available at the Wayanad resorts at a very nominal rate.
3. Afterwards, you can also visit Pakshipathalam and Meenmutty Water Fall, the other two exciting places in the vicinity.
4. If you are visiting Wayanad to relax and catch up on lost time, booking your stay at the Pookot Lake Wayanad Resort is another good option. From here, you can take a day’s trip each to Sentinal Rock Water Fall, Kanthan Para Water Fall, Kuruva Dweep, Kabani, Mananthavady, Banasura Dam and Lakkidi Ghat Pass.
5. To explore the architectural history of the place, you can visit Edakkal Caves, which are a pre-historic rock shelter formed naturally and an amazing site to see. The cave was discovered accidently by F. Fawcett in 1894 and has attracted many historians from around the globe so far.
6. From there you can move to Pazhassi Memorial, built in the memory of Veera Pazhassi, the Lion of Kerala who died fighting against British East Indian Company.
7. Kalpetta, Jain Temples at Panamaram and Tipu Sultan’s fort at Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple are some other sites to see on the way.
8. Wayanad is a good time be at during the festivals of Shivratri (February – March), Karthigai (February), Thirunelli (April), Papanasini (July – August), Kumbham (February – March), Asthami Rohini (August – September) and Christmas (December).
So whatever is your reason to visit Wayanad – weekend break, long vacations or memorable honeymoon experience, be assured that it is one unique place which will never disappoint you!