Derived from the term ‘Wayanadu’ which means land paddy fields, Wayanad is nothing less than a visual treat. The scenic beauty of this place along with its rich chest of natural resources makes this little hill station every traveller’s favourite destination. The lush green valleys and hills cater to the increasing demand for Wayanad tour packages
At an altitude of around 700-2100 m above the sea level, Wayanad rests in the heart of Western Ghats. Pristine fragrant winds blow especially in these mist capped hills of Wayanad round the year which makes you time at Wayanad really worth it. Additionally, the velvety lawns of spice and tea plantation can be your perfect spot to relax and calm yourself before another round of hard work.
Wayanad offers a myriad of places for its visitors to explore and these include spots like the Chembra peak and Pakshipathalam. Trekking to Chembra Lake is often considered dangerous. So, all the travellers get to unravel their adventurous souls when in Wayanad. Whereas to reach Pakshipathalam, travellers will have to cover 17 kilometres of dense forest. Again, Wayanad is full to the brim with waterfalls, ancient caves, and a variety of wildlife sanctuaries for the travellers to enjoy.
The main tourist attractions in the place include Edakkal caves, Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, Mananthavady Kuruvadweep, and Thirunelly Temple. Edakkal caves let you enjoy the historical importance of this place. The caves formed by the strange inclination of three rocks feature new Stone Age pictorial writings on the walls that are evidence of civilisation from the prehistoric time. ‘Edakkal’ means a stone in between and the place was identified accidentally by F. Fawcett.
While the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is all about enjoying the wildlife. The place is rich in biodiversity and is an integral part of Nilgiri biosphere too. Kuruvadweep is literally an island situated at the eastern corner of Wayanad. The place offers a different experience with the crickets chirping and the birds whistling all around. However, the entry is restricted to 200 people at a time to let everyone enjoy nature and not to let the place get too crowded. There are a lot of fun activities to do at Kuruvadweep as one could experience how it is to cross a river in a bamboo boat and take a walk deep into nature.
Lastly, the Thirunelly temple is a must visit the place as it invokes the inner devotion in each one of the travellers. The temple is an epitome of brilliant architecture. With thirty granite columns shielding the temple, this oldest yet famous temple offers a quiet and peaceful environment. If you are a foodie who loves to taste something new, you could buy a cup of hot and tasty bamboo payasam from the temple for just 10 Rupees. Similarly, the Glass Temple of Kottamunda located on the slope of Vellarimala is truly magnificent. The interior of the temple is lined with mirrors that reflect the images of idols placed in the temple’s sanctum. The temple is built in dedication to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jain faith.