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A trekking paradise, Chembra is the highest peak in the Wayanad Hill Range that will take your breath away. Encompassed by verdant greenery of the Western Ghats, Chembra Peak is one of those attractions in Wayanad that one just cannot ignore for its mesmerising views.
It is where the clouds brush your cheeks and your eyes are greeted with solace of calm and quietness in the midst of nature.
It is known for offering an enchanting vista of the heart-shaped lake also known as the Cupid Lake. It also offers an unparalleled view of Banasura Sagar Dam surrounded by the majestic tea plantations located along the foothills of Chembra Peak.
Height: It is 2,100 metres (6,890 ft) above sea level
Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit is between the months of September and March.
Entry fee: The entry charge for the peak is INR 50/USD 0.77
Timings: Chembra Peak is open to tourists during the day time.
Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.
If you wish to know how bamboo constitutes an important factor in both the lifestyle and livelihood for the people in Wayanad, then a visit to The Bamboo Factory comes highly recommended.
This educating and inspiring experience gives a sneak peek into the lives of the locals in Uravu. This place is a great stop to witness the wonder of sustainable tourism and explore the ancient traditions that are still preserved in Wayanad.
The Bamboo Factory stands for uplifting the lives of many rural craftsmen along with offering tourists a unique experience by getting to know how bamboo is converted into your favourite items. Tourists at Bamboo Factory also get a chance to talk to these talented craftsmen and know more from their experiences.
Location: 100 Acres Road Thrikkaipatta, Kerala
Best Time to visit: October to February is the best time to visit here.
Entry fee: The cost to visit here is approximately INR 500/ USD 7.7 per person
Timings: One can visit here between 10 am and 4 pm.
Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.
If you’re browsing for the most serene Wayanad tourist places, Pookode Lake should incite your curiosity. Surrounded by the evergreen beauty of Western Ghats and verdant forests, Pookode Lake is a gorgeous freshwater lake.
One of the most interesting features of this lake is that it virtually appears to be in the shape of India’s physical map. Boasting of picturesque excellence and a mesmerising ambience, this freshwater lake is the initiating point of Panamaram stream in Kerala.
Pookode Lake offers many activities like boating and boasts of a freshwater aquarium, a children’s park and a shopping centre where tourists can empty their pockets on excellent spices and handicrafts.
Another big attraction of Pookode Lake is the widespread presence of wild animals and birds who can be spotted around the lake.
Location: Pookode Lake, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala
Best Time to visit: August to May are the best months to visit here
Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for one person
Timings: The opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers.
It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.
Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight.
Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.
Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala
Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.
Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreigners
Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.
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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Wayanad
The star attraction of Kerala, Wayanad attracts all kinds of tourists, round the year. However, the most popular months are between October and May. This is the time of the year when there is no rain and the temperature is also very comfortable.
October to May is also the best time of the year for sightseeing, wildlife tours, treks and other kinds of outdoor activities. During the rainy season, between June and September, Wayanad is a different kind of high. This is the time when Wayanad is completely green and will be a paradise for nature lovers and photographers.
The distance between Bangalore and Wayanad is about 300 kilometers and driving your own vehicle would take between 6 and 7 hours to complete the journey. The road condition is fairly good and you will love the scenic route.
A road trip from Bangalore is also the best way to reach Wayanad. While you have the flexibility to make stops, having your own vehicle also comes to be a cheaper and more importantly, a much more comfortable trip.
Wayanad is full of adventure activities that attract most of its tourists. Here are some of them.
There are so many tourist attractions in Wayanad which includes the following:
There are some exciting and thrilling treks in Wayanad for all the adventure junkies out there. Get ready for an amazing adventure:
Several other small treks start at Banasura Sagar Dam.
If you are accompanied by kids to Wayanad, do check out:
Camping in Wayanad is an amazing experience. Whether you are setting up an overnight camp under the stars or a makeshift camp during your treks, it amounts to an exciting feeling.
Sitting in your small shelter under the clouds with the mountains all around is something that you remember for a lifetime. The best camping opportunities in Wayanad are offered in:
Some resorts also offer night camping with bonfire. You will not have to carry your own tent. However, it is better to reserve your tent beforehand if you are traveling during the tourist season.
Some of the best budget and affordable resorts in Wayanad are:
Homestays in Wayanad won't let you feel that you are not your place. They will give you the homely
Top waterfalls in Wayanad include:
Wayanad is situated in the middle of the Western Ghats rainforests. It forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and consequently is a great opportunity for wildlife sighting.
Several endemic and rare animals, birds and plants inhabit the jungles of Wayanad. A wildlife safari is a must for any outdoor / wildlife / nature lover. Photographers flock to Wayanad is search for rare fauna all round the year. The top places to go for a wildlife safari include:
Located in the Mepaddy District of Wayanad, the Chembra Peak is the highest point in Wayanad and will take about 14 kilometers of journey (round trip). This trek in Wayanad is of average difficulty and if rated from a scale of 1 to 10, it would be a trek of grade 5.
At 6,900 feet above sea level, it is a trek of considerable credits. If you are trekking in the monsoons, however, the trek gets riskier as there is greater chance of slipping off.
The permission for the Chembra Trek needs to be taken from the forest office. The cost of entry is about INR 500 for a 10 member team. If you are carrying cameras, the cost is INR 25 for each camera.
Cycling is an amazing way to explore the ghats and tea estates of Wayanad. It is recommended that you hire a cycle to check out the rural beauty of the place.
If you have been planning for a laid back experience, cycling can be the perfect advice in Wayanad. The best places for cycling in Wayanad include:
A plantation visit is highly recommended, whether you are traveling with your partner or with a group of friends. The plantation tours last for about 3 hours in which you go around the vast acres of terraced greenery and come close to how the estates function.
You can try your hand at plucking leaves and also check out the processing units. The Spice Trail of Wayanad is also a good fun if you are traveling with kids.
The Edakkal Caves is a must visit for its paintings and inscriptions that date back to the Stone Age. You will however need to be careful while exploring the caves as it can get excitingly risky.
The Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, also a part of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a heaven for all wildlife and nature lovers. It is frequented throughout the year by photographers and nature lovers. Located just about 16 kilometers from Sulthan Battery, it’s a rainforest that connects the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks.
The sanctuary is itself spread across 400 sq km and hosts a lot of endemic flora and fauna. The most talked about flora include maruti, rosewood, kari maruti, vengal and venteak. Top wildlife include the tiger, elephant, jungle cats, leopards, civet cats, wild dogs (dhole), monkeys and more.
You will also be able to spot several bird species, including babblers, peacocks, woodpeckers, jungle fowls, owls and more. The entry fee to the sanctuary is INR 10.00 for Indians and INR 100.00 for foreigners. For kids below 12 years of age, the entry fee is INR 5.00.
You will also have to pay a guide fee of INR 100.00. Camera charges are INR 25.00 for normal still camera. If you are carrying a professional video camera, the charges would be INR 150.00 per camera.
If you are traveling with your partner, the places in Wayanad that you can’t miss include:
Bamboo Rafting is at the Kuruvu Island and it is a one of a kind of experience. You will be wading across the Kabini River along the lush rainforests. The raft takes you across several rivers and streams.
Bamboo Rafting in the Kuruvu Island is offered for about 2 hours and is conducted by the boating association. You will be given safety jackets for the tour.
The Banasura Sagar dam is about 27 kilometers from Wayanad and can be easily reached via the Kambalakkad – Padinjarethara Road. The journey takes about an hour.
At the Banasura Sagar Dam, you can go for Bamboo Rafting Speed boating or just checking out the natural scenery that makes the only earthen dam of India. it’s a perfect place for photography.
Wayanad can be a great experience if you are planning a vacation with your family. There something that every member of the family would feel good about. Not too far from Bangalore, it is easy to reach.
The hills are well connected by good roads and this also ensures that even elderly members of the family won’t have a problem. If you are in Wayanad with your family, do experience:
Wayanad in the monsoons is a different kind of experience altogether with the rains come the greenery. The forests around look their best and the waterfalls are in the full volumes. Monsoons are when Wayanad is in its full form.
While the rains could be a problem, it is completely safe to visit Wayanad. In fact, monsoons are also the favorite time for photographers, trekkers and all kind of outdoor lovers.
Several resorts offer a tree house experience in Wayanad. The post popular is however the Vaithiri Village Resort Treehouse.
The prices for a night at the completely equipped Treehouse range between INR 7000 and INR 20,000. The prices come down during the off season.
Traveller Tales From Wayanad
15 September 2015
After a long year this is what you can expect from your holiday. It turned out outstanding. The caves, trekking and the bon fire with the residents in the hotel cannot be forgotten easily. Hoping to go
06 December 2015
It was a trip planned by my college friends and it turned out to be really amazing,spent a grt time trekking and exploring the ancient caves,everything was well planned and very well organized .Had a g...
07 June 2015
Wow! Such a divine experience! This is one of the temples where we had a divine and beautiful experience. I totally loved the temple, the locality, and what not. To be honest, this was the temple that ...
18 September 2017
"Loved the experience! The accommodation is clean and comfortable. The plantation is serene and cycling in those ridges was very satisfying. The organisers are very cordial and friendly and the food i...
11 October 2015
Chembra Peak is amazingly beautiful. The lake, the peaks and the entire trail is a fun journey and a perfect place if you are looking for a trip with friends, Had a great experience, the views are simp...
05 February 2016
Enjoyed our stay here at the Bamboo house and spent quite the relaxing holiday with our loved ones, making our summer vacation perfect. We got to explore the magical Edakkal caves and believe me, these...
03 April 2016
Wayanad – Wow! I never knew a place can be this beautiful. Since we are not very familiar with South India or the languages spoken there, we took this package. We were in for a big surprise. The hospit...
06 March 2015
Thusharagiri Waterfall needs no description- it reminds you of all the Bollywood romantic songs as the location is just too perfect for a movie shooting. The entire experience was a refreshing trip and...
13 November 2014
I was not convinced to go there in the beginning but my kids took me there, and after coming there and spending some quality time with them I really enjoyed being with my family in such an awesome plac...
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