This sanctuary is located very near to the Karnataka border. Wild forests covering an area of 345 sq.mts. form Muthunga Wildlife Sanctuary, the biggest abode of wild animals in the entire Malabar region, Elephants, Spotted Deers, Bisons, Tigers, Wild Bears… etc. are all sighted here.
This is known as "Thekkan Kasi" or "Dakshin Kasi". It is firmly believed that a dip in the river Papanasini, running crystal clear downhill, washes away one's sins.
995 acres of thick green forest along the banks of the tributaries of east flowing Kabini river forms Kuruwa Dweep or island. This island is totally uninhabited. This isolated area is an ideal picnic spot. Kuruwa dweep is a paradise for exotic birds. Enjoy the sights of different birds and learn about their nesting habits and mating calls.
It is a dwelling that showcases nature’s skill and philosophy on architecture and you have to trek to about 4000 ft up a mountain to reach the place. We are talking about Edakkal Caves, which still remain a wonder and a mystery for archaeologists and historians alike. Edakkal Caves are situated about 16 km from Sulthan Bathery and tourists have to trek up the Ambukuthi Hill to reach the caves.
This is the largest earth dam in India. The topography is such that many islands will be formed in the upstream of the dam when it is full. These islands with the background of Banasura hill provide a hypnotizing sight to tourists. Speed & Pedal boats are available & are major hits with tourists. Speed boat ride, in particular, is an exhilarating experience & not to be missed.
The trek to these waterfalls will take you through the beautiful & bountiful forest of Wayanad. The place to rest those aching bones of yours is at Meenmutty waterfalls - triple-decker waterfalls.
This ancient site was the centre of spice trade. Diamonds & pearls exchanged hands here for cinnamon & clove.
Chembra peak is 2,100 meters above sea level & the tallest point in Wayanad. Scaling this peak & back is an exhilarating 5 - 6 hours trek from the base. At 1,500 meters from the base, there is crystal clear lake hardly touched by human hands. This peak is a trekker's paradise & an ideal site for camping out at night.
It is a natural fresh water lake, surrounded with evergreen rain forest. There is a fresh water aquarium & a green house here. Boating facilities are available here. Pookot Lake is one of the most sought after tourist spots in Wayanad & a big hit with family crowd.
Chain tree in reality is a big banyan tree with lot of chains woven around it. There is a very popular myth for chains being woven around the tree & all locals swear by it. Unravel this myth at Green Gates & you really will be fascinated by it.
Edakkal caves in the Ambukuthy Mountains are not caves in the right sense. It is only a cleft in reality. It is a cleft of about 96ft. long & 22ft. wide in the rock. There are some interesting carvings of pre-historic age. This location is of breathtaking beauty.
Soochipara waterfalls are really treasures of nature. Alight from your drive & take a one km. walk into the dense equatorial forest of Wayanad. You will discover nature at its thundering best. Soochipara is 3 tiered powerful waterfalls. The cliff face here is ideal for rock-climbing, but for true professionals only.
IPazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad. There is a good aquarium here. Coin-operated toys for children and boating facilities for tourists are available here. Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla type warfare against British East India Company, was cremated here in 1805.
Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock Waterfall and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and its surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it is perfect for picnic
The Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, the archaeological museum in Wayanad, has one of Kerala's largest collections of the remnants of an era dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The exhibits here are evidences of an advanced civilisation that existed in the mountains of Wayanad.
As the name suggests, land and water have struck an extraordinary kinship at Thusharagiri (mist capped peaks). The plantation destination that abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spices, is also a trekkers delight.