Located at the southern part of India, Wayanad is a hill station of Kerala. The city is an escapade for the tourists during summers. The pleasant atmosphere, sprawling valleys and warm hospitality of the locals makes it a popular tourist destination.
Experience the Natural Bliss
Wayanad is a beautiful city of Kerala state. You can start your sightseeing with a visit to the Chembra Peak. Located at an altitude of 6900 feet, this peak offers panoramic views of Vaithar, Karapuzha and Banasura Sagara Dam. Just at the heart of the peak, there has a heart shaped lake which never dries up. The Pakshipathalam Caves is an attraction for the adventure lovers. Hidden amidst dense forests, this rock caves are shelter to rare species of bats, various kinds of animals and birds. The Edakkal Caves take you back in prehistoric age of mankind. Kurisumala is a popular pilgrimage of the city. Devotees climb the steep slopes of the Mountain of Cross to pay homage to the suffering of Jesus Christ. The Neelimala View Point also offers magical views of the surroundings.
Exhilarate Your Adrenaline with Adventure Sports
Trekking is one of the most sought after adventure sports at Wayanad. Starting from the Banasura hills to the Sahibkkunnu hill top, this trekking trip helps you unravel the mysteries of the greenery of Wayanad. Touch the clouds at the Valley of Clouds, passing through the lush green tea gardens, inhaling the aroma of cardamoms. Witness the famous long blades of grass of Wayanad or wash away your stress with the cool splashes of water of the mountain springs. Enjoy the natural bounties of the hill station hiking through the woods, or cycle through the tea plantations, enjoying the folk songs of the ladies busy in plucking tea leaves.
If you just want to relax, enjoy boating over the crystalline waters of the Banasura Sagar Dam. Paddle through the mirrored waters of the Pookode Lake to watch various species of birds playing and feasting on the fish on the lake. You can also experience sailing on bamboo rafts to the islets of Kuruva Islands. As you pass the villages, you get a glimpse of the traditional lifestyle of Wayanad. Wayanad also offers you a rare living experience over tree houses. The Vythiri Village Resort offers you luxurious tree houses located over 70 feet from the ground. Enjoy mesmerizing sunrise and sunset from the balcony of your tree house with your special ones.
Get Close To the Wildlife of Wayanad
The Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary of Wayanad is a paradise for wildlife lovers in Kerala. Spread over 344 kilometres, this sanctuary is a safe shelter for elephants, spotted deer, bison, Malabar squirrels and leopards. Sometimes ferocious tigers are found relaxing under the shadows of tall oak trees or hiding behind the bamboo bushes. Among the avian species, the white shouldered kingfishers, red and crimson Malabar parakeets, white bellied woodpeckers and serpent eagles fill the air of the forest with joyous tweets.
Feast and Shop Your Heart Out at Wayanad
Malabar Biriyani, Malabar porotta, spicy beef fry, hot Nandan chicken curry, fish curry cooked in clay pots and steaming hot rice served on fresh banana leaves are surely going to satisfy your taste buds at Wayanad. Tourists will love the exotic gold jewellery designs of Wayanad. Bring back a piece of Wayanad with bottles of aromatic spices, pure honey from the forest, Eucalyptus oil, local chocolates, dry fruits, coffee, tea from the local tea plantations and bamboo handicrafts.
Last but not the least; if you want to make your vacation at Wayanad more interesting you may opt for home stays. Chitchat with the locals; relish their local cuisines to feel completely at home at this exquisite hill station.
Ademar Arau, a Mexican guy staying in Gurgaon India from last 3 years, translator by profession. Love to do capture the moments, writing and blogging, currently associated with olaviajes.com as Spanish – English travel blogger.