The splendid scenic spectacle, with mist clad hills appearing deep blue in bright sunlight, juxtaposes with the green of the paddy fields is truly mesmerising.The East flowing rivers of Wayanad are in striking contrast to the various rivers of the State. The Kabbani river of Wayanad is a perennial source of water to the Kaveri River. The characteristic feature of the district is the presence of large number of tribals or Adivasis.The district also has a small Jain community consisting of Gounders who came from Karnataka.The Jains have built beautiful temples in the district. Banasura Sagar Dam It is the largest earth dam in India and is located 21km from Kalpetta.Due to the undulating topography of the region; islands are formed in the upstream of the dam when the dam is full. The islands in the backdrop of Banasura hills provide a spectacular scenic view. Chembra Peak It is the highest peak in the District and is located near Meppady town, 15km from Kalpetta.The hill is a “trekker’s paradise”. The District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking to the Chembra Peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour.The breathtaking scenic beauty of Wayanad can be enjoyed from here. Edakkal Cave, Ambalavayal The magnificent caves are 3kms from Ambalavayal, which is 25km. from Kalpetta.The rock cave in the Ambukuthy Mountain, is actually a cleft about 96feet long and 22feet wide. The interesting pre-historic carvings on the rock wall are archaeologists and historians delight.
Kalpetta It is the headquarters of Wayanad district. The Jain temple dedicated to Vardhamana Mahaveera is one of the few Jain Shrines in Kerala.There is also a cave near the temple. The town also has the famous Maidani Mosque. There are many important Jain temples around the town which are – Ananthanatha Swami Temple It is located at Puliyarmala.The beautiful Jain temple is located six kilometer from Kalpetta.It is dedicated to Ananthanatha Swami, one of the Jain Sage. The Glass Temple of Koottamunda – The magnificent temple is located 20km from Kalpetta on the slopes of Vellarimala.The beautiful temple is dedicated to Parswanaatha Swami, the third Tirthankara of the Jain faith. The icons of Parswanatha Swami and Padmavathi Devi, set in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple have thousand reflections in beautiful patterns on the mirrors placed on the inner side of the temple walls. Santhiantha Temple at Venniyod The temple is dedicated to the Jain Saint Santhinatha Swami. It is 20km.from Kalpetta. Kuruvadweep About 17km East of Mananthavady and 45km Northwest of Sultan Bathery is this 950acre of gracious islands uninhabited and hence untarnished in its natural richness complimented by the serene river “Kabani”. It is no wonder that the picnic makers are overwhelmed by the pleasant experience. This sylvan stretch is marked by orchids, herbs and birds. It is also known as Kurava Islands.
Pazhassi Tomb 32km north east of Kalpetta, this tomb stands majestically as the memorial of “Veera Pazhassi Raja” who is rightly remembered as “The Lion of Kerala” who was instrumental in the famous “Guerilla” warfare against the East India Company. The Pullapally cave gains historic importance since it was here the British captured “Pazhassi Raja” at last. Pakshipathalam About 10km from Thirunelly, this is, as the name suggests, a centre for bird watching. The Watch tower offers a better view of some rare species. Reaching the place on foot is the only means to get there. Boys Town This beautiful town is the outcome of the conscientious efforts of the Wayanad Social Service Society. It is 15km north of Mananthavady.Nature Care Centre, Herbal Garden, Sericulture Unit, Perma culture Centres etc. are the treasures of the town along with Jean Park, the Indo-Danish project for promoting herbal garden.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary Abundant in flora and fauna the sanctuary with a variety of wildlife forms and integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and in making inroads in the conservation of the regional biological heritage, the purpose it is intended for. It is adjacent to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur on the northeast and the Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southwest. The life style of the tribals and others of the region has appropriately been taken into account by the management. Nagarhole Wildlife Sanctuary It is 40km from Mananthavady.There are no bus services to Nagarhole from Mananthavady; only jeeps and trucks are available. Brahmagiri A trekker’s paradise is a vast area of scenic wildland forming part of the Western Ghats.It is 11km trek from Tirunelli.Brahmagiri lies 1600m above sea level.Pakshipathalam and Munimala are other attractions. The Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple, popularly called ‘Thenkasi’ or “Dakshin Gaya” nestles in the lap of Brahmagiri. Lakkidi About 5km South of Vythiri, this calm and cool hill station, the gateway to Wayanad, at an altitude of about 700m forming a border to the Thamarasseri Ghat Pass is an enchanting place with looming peaks, splashing streams and thick forests. Pooket Lake This fresh water lake with natural intrinsic springs which never let it turn dry, in the backdrop of the sumptuous sylvan hills stands apart with boating facilities which offer thrill, a children’s park where the little ones can be seen wallowing in their whims and a fresh water aquariums where the submarine creatures welcome the tourists. Sulthan Bathery The hill station and historical centre is noted for a fort built by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. The famous Panamarram fort here played an important role during the Pazhassi Rebellion. Chethalayam Waterfall The beautiful falls amidst scenic surroundings are just 12kms from Sulthan Bathery.