Wayanad: Explore God’s own country
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The god’s own country and Green Paradise of the south, Wayanad which is nestled among the mountains of Western Ghats. Wayanad is a popular hill station in Kerala state of south India known for its spice plantations, forests, and wildlife. It is also known as Nature’s Abode as its forest reserves have an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. Wayanad’s environment is pleasing, calm and stunning. Wayanad has a huge landmass or forest reserve for wildlife to live in. It is an important part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve.
Top places to visit in Wayanad are:
Banasura Dam: The Banasura Dam is the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in Asia. An earthen dam is one which is created by mounds of clay, sand, rock or soil. The picturesque view of the dam leaves a traveler awe-struck. Banasura dam has adventures like speedboating, trekking and camping too.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary is a house of many endangered species of flora and fauna. It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Established in 1973, the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu. Teak, Bamboo, rosewood, eucalyptus includes the major part of the flora and infauna crocodiles, termite hill gecko, flying lizard, Langurs, chameleon, and many more.
Edakkal Caves: These famous pre-historic caves are known for the exquisite rock and wall carvings. Edakkal caves are located on Ambukutty Mala 25 km from Kalpetta, the caves impart hypnotizing beauty to its viewers, impound historic significance in favor of ancient civilization.
Chembra Peak: The highest peak of Wayanad hills is located just 8km south of Kalpetta offers a panoramic view. It is a must to explore the place for travelers as it surrounds lush greenery and the famed heart-shaped lake makes it a paradise for travelers The peak is famous among trekkers for trekking also.
Soochipara Falls: Also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is the best tourist place for the travelers. They falls from a height of 200meters high. The major attraction of the place lies in the treetop which gives an enthralling view of the entire Western Ghat valleys. Soochipara falls are famous among trekkers and rock climbers.
The other major tourist attractions that are worth watching in Wayanad are Kuruva Island, Pookot Lake, and many more.
The best time to visit Wayanad – the god’s own country is to travel from October to April. As in this season, there is very little rainfall and is considered as the tourism season.
How to reach Wayanad
Wayanad is very well connected from all other cities of South India by roadways and railways. Kozhikode is the nearest railway station.
Maybe what the visitor finds most endearing about this quaint little hill station is its large tribal population of about fifty-strong tribes and its fascinating lifestyle. Travelers can stay and enjoy the thrills of life at the treetop houses and mud huts.