1 - Chembra Peak
Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad hills and one of the beautiful destinations for trekkers and hikers. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. It is the highest and the largest peak in Western Ghats of India in between Nilgiris and Himalayas exceeding 2,000m. Visits to this peak organized by 'the Chempra Peak VSS under the control of South Wayanad Forest Development Agency, guides are provided for trekking. Chembra Peak ticket counter is accessible by jeep from Meppady town and by foot from ticket counter. District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) provides guides and trekking equipment on hire charges to tourists.
There is a heart shaped lake while in transit to the highest point of the pinnacle, which is accepted to have never become scarce, is a noteworthy vacation spot here. With authorization from the Forest Department, one-day treks and two-day natural life treks are conceivable.
Visitors have to reach there early morning to get entry tickets and in weekends Chembra may experiences huge number of visitors. Visitors are limited to 200 person per day.
Chembra Peak may close for visitors during summer season because of the chances for forest fire is high in the region. So confirm Chembra is open for public before you travel.
Nearest Town: Kalpetta.
Activities available: Trekking, Zipline, Jeep Safari etc.
Distance from Bangalore: Chembra Peak is located at a distance of 306.5 km.
2 - Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island
Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island is a 950-acre (3.8 km2) protected river delta. It comprises three densely wooded uninhabited islands and a few submergible satellite islands, which lies on the banks of the tributaries of Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India. It is uninhabited island, which is home to rare species of birds, orchids, herbal plants etc.
These islands consist of dense and evergreen forest that is uninhabited and hence home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: endemic species of birds, orchids and herbs namely. Its unique geographical characteristics make it a place where not only the leaves but also silence is evergreen. Recently, it has been named as the most visited place in the district by tourists from all over the globe.
The island surrounded by streams and river is accessible by rafts or fiber boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by the Forest Department of Kerala, initiative to protect forest. Due the sheer number of elephants and other animals in the island, a pass has to be obtained prior to the visit, from Dept of Forest is mandatory. The best time to visit Kuruvadeep is from mid December to late April. Kuruvadweep is usually closed to the public from May last to early December, due to the monsoons. The torrential rainfall floods the streams and the water level rises dangerously high. Kuruva Islands is 17 km east of Mananthavady and 10 km north west of Pulpally, nearby towns in Wayanad District. The island is located very close to the state border of Karnataka.
3 - Edakkal Caves
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. They lie 1,200 m (3,900 ft) above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, near an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. It will take around 45 minutes to climb the hill and you will never get baffled in your outing to these historical caves. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BCE, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from South India.
These are not technically caves, but rather a cleft, rift or rock shelter approximately 96 ft (29 m) by 22 ft (6.7 m), a 30-foot-deep (9.1 m) fissure caused by a piece of rock splitting away from the main body. On one side of the cleft is a rock weighing several tons that covers the cleft to form the 'roof' of the cave. The carvings are of human and animal figures, tools used by humans and of symbols yet to be deciphered, suggesting the presence of a prehistoric settlement.
The petroglyphs inside the cave are of at least three types. The oldest may date back to over 8,000 years. Evidences suggest that the Edakkal caves were inhabited several times at different points in history.
Timings: Opens from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
4 - Soochipara Waterfalls
Soochipara Falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, India. It is surrounded by deciduous, evergreen and montane forests. Locally referred to as Soochipara ("Soochi" meaning "Needle" and "Para" meaning "Rock"), the 15-20 minute drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls has views of a number of Wayanad's tea estates. The Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is 200 metres (656 feet) and offers a cliff face that is used for rock climbing. The water from Soochipara Falls later joins Chulika River or popularly known as Chaliyar River after Velarimala Hills near Cherambadi (Tamil Nadu) in Kerala.
Once people reach the parking area, they have to pass through a security check at the entrance where they make sure you don't carry any plastic. It takes 10-15 minutes’ walk to the waterfalls and water flow is less during summer, which makes it easy to reach the rocks where water falls. Visitors are not permitted in Soochipara waterfall during heavy rains.
Timings: Opens from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
5 - Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
A variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there. There are also quite a few unusual birds in the sanctuary. In particular, peafowl tend to be very common in the area. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala. It is bestowed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. This wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of both flora and fauna.
The south Wayanad division is located 16 km east of Sulthan Bathery and north wayanad division 20 km from Mananthavady in the state of Kerala. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1973 and was brought under the Project Elephant in 1991–92. This sanctuary occupies an area of 345 km2. It is the second largest one in the state of Kerala. The sanctuary is separated into two disconnected parts known as the North Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and South Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The area in between the two parts was originally a forest region, though it is now occupied majorly by plantations.
Activities: jungle safari, nature walk, sightseeing, wildlife safari.
Location: Bathery, Puthupally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592
Distance from Bangalore: 275.4 kilometers.