If Kerala is God's Own Country, then Wayanad is certainly a slice of heaven. It is one of the few places in India which boast of their richly diverse environment. After all, it flourishes in the luxuriant expanse of the Western Ghats. Therefore, Wayanad is one of the most visited tourist spots in Kerala today and, undoubtedly, it is frequented by travellers from all over the country. However, there are still several places in Wayanad which are unknown to many travellers. On account of their prolific vegetation, thriving greenery and an uncrowded atmosphere, these places make for an idyllic vacation amidst the green corridors of nature.
Wouldn't you love to explore such unknown places which actually paint the soothing image of Kerala? Following is the list which includes all the must-visit hamlets in Wayanad which can provide you with everlasting experiences. Read on to know more about them and their respective distances from the centre of Kalpetta, the headquarters of Wayanad district.
If you are looking forward to avoiding mainstream tourist spots in Kerala but still desire to contemplate the beauty of tea gardens, then Meppadi is one destination you must visit. It is a small village in the Wayanad district and is a perfect alternative to tea gardens in Munnar.
With a pleasurable climate and panoramic beauty, this tiny hamlet is all set to make your weekends memorable. You can also visit its other vegetable farms and experience the beauty of a countryside life. Meppadi is located at a distance of about 40 km from the centre of Wayanad and 23 km from Kalpetta city. Wouldn't you love to get yourself to this wonderful village which has a lot on offer to savour?
Another hamlet prospering in the arms of the Western Ghats, Vaduvanchal is characterised by deep valleys, rich forests, coffee plantations and rubber estates. However, the region in and around Vaduvanchal is also home to beautiful streams and waterfalls.
The most prominent amongst these tourist spots here include Meenmutty Falls, which falls from a height of about 1000 feet and is one the largest waterfalls in the region, and Sunrise Valley. It is located at a distance of about 24 km from Kalpetta and is easily accessible by road. The region in and around this beautiful village also houses several homestays and resorts.
Famous for horticulture activities, the scenic village of Ambalavayal boasts of a gorgeous climate and tranquil surroundings, which in turn, compel tourists to visit again and again. If you are looking for a stainless unpolluted place in Kerala where you can just chill and relax in the midst of lush greenery, then Ambalavayal is the place you should add to your bucket list.
You can also visit Wayanad Heritage Museum, which houses a large collection of ancient relics from the 2nd century, and loiter around the beautiful Karapuzha Dam. It is located at a distance of about 21 km from Kalpetta.
Tropical Gene Garden which has a museum of butterflies, accommodation facilities and trekking trails is another place around Ambalavayal which will certainly interest you.
Even though Thirunelly is quite famous amongst locals for Thirunelli Temple, one of the oldest temples in the region dedicated to Lord Vishnu, its natural expanse remains unexplored throughout the year. Surrounded by marvellous green hills, the beautiful village of Thirunelly has a lot to offer its tourists.
From trekking sites to camping spots and photography destinations to other historical places, it houses numerous tourist centres and is a perfect amalgamation of divinity, spirituality and serenity. It is located at a distance of about 52 km from Kalpetta. The region is also rich in diverse flora and fauna and hence, you can spot several rare species of plants and animals here.
Chundale is an unknown village in the Vythiri area of Wayanad at a distance of about 7 km from Kalpetta and is known for its green grasslands, towering hills, echoing valleys and rich vegetation. The village is also home to religious sites and historical places.
Apart from savouring its natural beauty, you can also mingle with the locals and learn about the raw culture and traditions of Kerala. Hence, it is a perfect place for a day outing. So, what do you think of a trip to this wonderful village and taking home some unforgettable memories?