In order to know about Wayanad, you can just ask a native Keralan to tell you the most beautiful part of their state. The answer will invariably be the home of the emerald woods, Wayanad. A part of an incredible wooded landscape that trails into the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, Wayanad offers an epic scene to feast your eyes on. While you immerse yourself in the incredible sight of the mountains drenched in clouds, you should not forget the call of the thick woods and massive agricultural estates to explore them. The rich fauna of the region populates the beautiful forests. Nestled within the mountains of the Western Ghats, the Wayanad region exudes a majestic aura peculiar to the area. Plantations of spices dot the entire landscape. Travelling through the region will give you a heady entranced feeling as the combined scents of vanilla, coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and various other spices overwhelm you. Even your eyes are not safe as they will show the gorgeous waterfalls, pristine lakes, stunning peaks, verdant forests, rich historical monuments, holy pilgrimage spots and the marvelous wildlife. In short, you should be prepared to lose control of your senses and get entranced while in Wayanad.
How to Get There
By Air :
The nearest Airport to Wayanad is Kozhikode (Calicut) international airport at a distance of about 100 km from wayanad.
By Rail :
The nearest railway station from Wayanad is Kozhikode (Calicut) which is 75 km away from Kalpetta (Wayanad dist HQ). Mysore railway station is at a distance 140 Km from Kalpetta.
By Road :
Wayanad is well-connected to other cities of Kerala, TamilNadu and Karnataka. Distance from other places; Thiruvananthapuram: 462 km, Alleppey: 315 km, Kochi: 268 km, Munnar: 358 km, Thekkady: 395 km
The majestic Chembra Peak silently screams at you to take a trek on its trails and you should take up the offer. At the very top, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding areas as the Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in Wayanad. An adorably glorious heat shaped lake is located at the peak as well. The myriad shades of green that surround the peak can imbibe you with a divine bliss.
A trek through a stretch of thick woods is by no means a daunting task. In fact, the trek will rather short when you are busy enjoying the varied flora and fauna of the region. The trek will end at Meenmutty Falls. If you have already been amazed by the beauty of the region while trekking, prepare to be amazed again at the sight of the glorious falls. The gushing waters fall from a height of 1000ft. however, it breaks on three separate levels making the sight a wonder to behold. The effect of the breaks creates a rather unique sight and looks stunning when contrasted with the tranquil forested landscape beside the falls.
Do not be fooled by the scenic facade of the Edakkal Cave. It may look picturesque but it is a treasured history book. It is often said that the journey to illumination is as fascinating as the answers it provides. With the Edakkal cave, this saying is personalized. The cave is the site of one of the oldest habitations in the region. The walls of the cave are covered in fascinating stone scripts and inscriptions. Various pictorial inscriptions provide an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of the ancient people that made their homes here. You can enjoy the pictures of humans, animals and various other symbols including what seems like the swastika.
The story of how this town got its names is just as interesting as the town itself. The landscape of Sultan Bathery is dotted with some amazing and picturesque sights. Ancient caves pop up like magic when least expected while fantastic jungle trails ensnare you with their wild charm. Glittering streams highlight the verdant emerald shades of the surrounding hills. Visit the nearby agricultural research center to become enamored with the beautiful roses and flowering plants that grow in the nursery.