Wayanad is one of the best tourist destinations in Kerala and is often visited by tourists all over India and the world alike. If you take the list of best places to visit in Kerala, Wayand is definitely in the list after Munnar and Alleppey. Here's something you can try over a weekend to explore the best of Wayanad!
Wayanad is located in Kerala between two districts Kannur and Kozhikode. Though it is in Kerala, Wayanad is easily accessible from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It is around 265km from Bangalore, 122km from Mysore, 113km from Ooty (which is a popular destination in Tamil Nadu), 90km from Kozhikode (in Kerala) and 113km from Kannur (in Kerala).
Being easily accessible from most of the cities in South India is an advantage that drives in tourists from various parts of India. Wayanad also has some of the best natural wonders in Kerala that you shouldn't miss during a trip to Kerala.
Here are some of the best attractions you can explore in Wayanad that could be helpful for you on your next trip.
Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad district. To explore Wayanad, trek to the top which is around 2100 metres above sea level. There is a heart-shaped lake atop the peak which is a delightful sight. It is around 25km from Kalpetta, a town in Wayanad.
Meenmutty Falls is one of the best tourist attractions in Wayanad. Meenmutty is translated as 'where fish are blocked'. The waterfalls got his name as the fish are not able to swim from a certain point of thefalls due to some natural reason.
Pookot Lake is a beautiful attraction of Wayanad that can be explored. Located around 8km from Kalpetta, the lake is a place where one can enjoy breathtaking views of nature and take a boat ride too. Pedalling boats and speedboats are available here for the tourists.
The gushing Soochipara Waterfalls is another major attraction of Wayanad. It is also called the Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and is located around 22km from Kalpetta.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the tourist places in Wayanad that you souldn't miss on your trip. The dam gives stunning views of nature and the park near the dam is a great place to relax with your loved ones.
Karapuzha Dam is the biggest earth dam in India, adding to the growing segment of Wayanad tourism. This beautoful attraction is located around 16km from Kalpetta. The views of lakes, hills, and the sights of birds make the place a must-visit.
Located around 12km away from Kalpetta in Wayanad, Kanthapara Waterfalls is located amidst lush tea gardens on both sides, making it a treat to the eyes and a sight worth exploring. This is also an ideal spot for camping and trekking.
The Edakkal Caves is one of the best tourist attactions of Wayanad. Here is a complete guide to the caves.