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Best Places to Visit in Kerala in 2018

  • Kerala is a coastal state located in the south of India and stretches to a length of nearly 580 km, offering some excellent beaches and hilly mountains perfect for tourists wanting to have a laidback holiday. The tropical weather of this state acts as a big booster for greater footfall of tourists visiting this place. Due to the picturesque landscape and soothing environment, the state is also tagged as ‘God’s own country’ and is among the most highly visited tourist regions in this part of the world. The state is squeezed in between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea.

    Kerala has a diverse landscape to its credit, which ranges from coconut wrapped beaches, stunning mountain ranges, wildlife reserves, spice plantations and the peaceful backwaters. Towards the southern part of the state are situated the Kovalam beaches, which are one of the best beaches preferred by tourists in Kerala. The mountain ranges of the Western Ghats which are located in this region are often converted into the tea and spice plantations, and offer another visual marvel to the onlookers. The places such as Alleppey, Varkala, Munnar and Kochi are some of the hot towns of the state, which offers the tourists more than just a holiday.

    The state also harbours an exclusive wildlife sanctuary named the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, which is a lush green medley of the spice plantations as well as the paddy fields. This wildlife sanctuary is the abode of the different species of elephants. When one pays a visit here, one can find the herds of elephants roaming here and there in their own rhythm. The jeep safaris are also conducted to make the tourists aware with the natural habitat of the wildlife. Having won several awards across the globe for its ecotourism initiatives, the state of Kerala is truly a “gods own country”.

     

  • 01 Chembra Peak

    Chembra Peak
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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.



  • 02 Banasura Sagar Dam

    Banasura Sagar Dam
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    One of the most spellbinding places to visit in Wayanad, Banasura Sagar Dam is a picturesque tourist hotspot. Known for being India’s largest earthen dam, it boasts of extensive natural beauty with beautiful flora and fauna, majestic hills and mesmerising waterfalls. The Banasura Sagar is a photographer’s delight and offers the most beautiful views from the top of the hill.

    It is also famous among adventure enthusiasts who look forward to thrilling activities like boating, trekking, horse racing and camel rides. For the avid trekkers, Banasura hill peak is hailed as one of the most challenging treks. Along with that Banasura Hill Resort adds to the charm of this place that is known as the only ‘earthen’ resort in the country.

    Location: Banasura Sagar Dam, Padinjarathara, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: November to May offers the most ideal time to visit Banasura Sagar Dam

    Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

    Timings: The opening timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is just 2.3 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 03 Kuruva Island

    Kuruva Island
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    Located in the middle of Kabini river, Kuruva Island is a natural paradise that is replete with diverse flora and fauna in the most beautiful surroundings. It is blessed with evergreen forests all around that makes it a mesmerising picnic spot away from all pollution and noise of the city.

    One of the most exciting things about Kuruva Island for tourists is their famous boat rides on bamboo rafts. Trekkers also visit Kuruva Island to explore the pristine environment and witness the most exotic species of plants, animals and birds here.  

    The enthralling beauty of this island attracts many people who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of their lives and surround themselves in the serenity of nature.

    Location: Kuruvadweep, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: Kuruva Island could be visited from October to May

    Entry fee: INR 80/ USD 1.23 for Indians and INR 150/USD 2.3 for foreigners

    Timings: The visiting hours are from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Mondays are holiday

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located 36 kilometres away



  • 04 The Bamboo Factory

    The Bamboo Factory
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    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.



  • 05 Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery

    Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery
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    One of the most beautiful heritage sightseeing places in Wayanad, Jain Temple is known for its interesting history. It was built in 13th century A.D. and largely came to prominence when this ancient temple was used by Tipu Sultan to store ammunition. 

    The ruins of Jain Temple in Sulthan Battery resonate the vital presence and influence of Jain community in the state of Kerala.

    Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, the Jain Temple boasts of Vijayanagara style of architecture and has preserved beautiful and intricate carvings on its granite pillars. It is revered as one of the holiest places for the Jains and a festival is celebrated during Mahavir Jayanthi. 

    This historically important temple in Kerala is a great visit to appreciate the art and culture of this place.

    Location: Jain Temple Rd, Sultan Bathery, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: September to March is the best time to visit the temple.

    Entry fee: None

    Timings: The temple is open for visitors during the day.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is around 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 06 Pookode Lake

    Pookode Lake
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    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



  • 07 Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

    Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Offering an unforgettable experience for wildlife lovers, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the must-visit places to visit in Wayanad. 

    It is famous for harbouring a diverse number of flora and fauna. Taking a wildlife safari is the most thrilling activity that one should undertake at Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary to make their Wayanad vacation memorable.

    This natural habitat is a great sightseeing place to spot elephant herds, deer, langurs, panthers, tigers, Indian bison and the rare Slender Loris. Moreover, this wildlife sanctuary offers a wonderful experience for tourists with their tree huts which are open for stay. 

    This beautiful attraction allows the tourists to seek some natural solace and take delight in the company of the wonderful wildlife roaming freely in their natural surroundings.

    Location: It is located 20 km east of Mananthavady on the Kodagu Road.

    Best Time to visit: Winters are the best time to visit Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

    Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 115/ USD 1.77 for Indians. For foreigners, the entry fees is INR 300/ USD 4.62

    Timings: The timings are 7:00 am to 10:00 am in the mornings. For the evenings, the timings are from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.



  • 08 Edakkal Caves

    Edakkal Caves
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    Travel back in time to the Stone Age with a visit to Edakkal Caves that are located on the Ambukuthi Hills. Edakkal literally translates to ‘a stone in between’ and this cave and showcases a natural masterpiece. 

    It is associated with many myths and considered as one of the most sacred places to visit in Wayanad. Edakkal caves are not actually considered to be caves in a scientific sense yet remain a great piece of archaeological curiosity for tourists. 

    These caves are identified as a Neolithic settlement and present the evidence of a pre-historic society of highly civilised people. These caves draw in a number of history buffs and students of archaeology who wish to explore these mysterious caves.

    Height: It is located at a height of 1200 metres above sea level on the Ambukuthi Hills.

    Location: Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala

    Entry Fee: INR 15/USD 0.23 per person

    Best Time to visit: The most preferred time to visit Edakkal Caves is during the months of December to May.

    Timings: The visiting time to Edakkal caves is from morning 9:30 to evening 4:30.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located 48 kilometres from here.



  • 09 Lakkidi View Point

    Lakkidi View Point
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    Famous for its mesmerising scenery, Lakkidi View Point is known for its nine hairpin caves and offers a resplendent view of the mountains in Wayanad. The whole trip of Lakkidi View Point promises an unforgettable charm of natural beauty that should add to their bucket list of attractions in Wayanad. 

    Offering a bird’s eye view of the magnificent surroundings, this place leaves you in search of words to describe the panoramic vista that your eyes behold. It is also a famous picnic spot and often known as the ‘Gateway of Wayanad’. 

    Lakkidi is also known for receiving the second highest rainfall in the world and its misty environment makes it an unforgettable tourist place in Wayanad.

    Height: It is located at an elevation of 700 metres above sea level.

    Location:  Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, Lakkidi, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: One should visit Lakkidi View Point at the time of early morning or early evening to get the best views.

    Timings: The visiting hours are from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance to reach here is approximately 32 kilometres.



  • 10 Meenmutty Waterfalls

    Meenmutty Waterfalls
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    One of the delightful of Wayanad tourist places, Meenmutty Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall that will take your breath away. A scenic trek through the lush green forest from the Wayanad-Ooty Road leads up to this picturesque natural wonder. 

    There are separate decks which can be accessed in different ways to view the different tiers of this spectacular waterfall. The roaring waters of Meenmutty Falls are situated in the lush forests that makes it a delight for photographers. 

    Tourists can exalt in a magnificent view of Banasura Sagar Dam from the peak of the third tier of this waterfall. With thundering visuals of the scenery, Meenmutty Waterfalls is hailed as one of the most thrilling places for adventure lovers in Wayanad.

    Location: Kallar Meenmutty Falls Road, Kallar, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit here is from October to May.

    Entry fee: The entry fees is INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

    Timings: It is open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The waterfall is located just 2 kilometres from the bus station.



  • 11 Neelimala View Point

    Neelimala View Point
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    Promising one of the most enthralling trekking experiences in Wayanad tourist places, Neelimala View Point is a must visit for adventure aficionados. 

    It presents some amazing trails that cross the most picturesque landscape of Western Ghats. Tourists are in for a charming surprise as Neelimala View Point offers gushing streams and verdant valleys on the way up to the hill.

    This place is a splendid tourist spot where you can appreciate the company of nature with the misty clouds and its pristine ambience. 

    This beauty of this popular trekking and camping site is accentuated by the Meenmutti waterfall that brings out the most wonderful view of the place.

    Location: Neelimala Viewpoint, Vaduvanchal, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: January to May and September to December is the most preferred time to visit here.

    Entry fee: The entry fees here is INR 500/ USD 7.7 for a jeep that could carry 6-7 people

    Timings: Tourists could visit Neelimala Viewpoint any time between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 12 Mudumalai National Park

    Mudumalai National Park
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    Gear up to be captivated by the charm of the wild at Mudumalai National Park on your vacation in Wayanad. Located on the beautiful Nilgiri mountain ranges, Mudumalai National Park is known for its natural beauty. 

    It is a declared tiger reserve and houses some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the country. The major attractions at Mudumalai National Park are Moyar River, Kallatty Falls, Pykara Lake etc.

    For those who seek thrilling experiences in Wayanad, Mudumalai National Park offers memorable wildlife safari through jeep and open van. 

    Tourists can also indulge in other activities here like camping, bird watching, village tours or enjoy a unique stay at a tree house in Mudumalai National Park.

    Location: NH 67, Gudalur NH 67, Gudalur, Devarshola, Tamil Nadu

    Best Time to visit: The most ideal time to visit this park is from February to June.

    Entry fee: INR 15/ USD 0.23 per person

    Timings: The opening hours for visitors is from 7:00 am to 9:00 am in the morning and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the evenings.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.



  • 13 Irupu Falls

    Irupu Falls
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    Escape into the allure of nature and its magnificence with a visit to Irupu Falls. One of the most enchanting places to visit in Wayanad, Irupu Falls is one of the most legendary sightseeing places in Wayanad. 

    This spectacular waterfall derives its roots from the legends of Ramayana and also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. This place is known for its serene ambience that showcases the captivating beauty of this glorious cascade from a height of 60 feet. 

    Irupu Falls draws in a number of devotees who believe that a dip in its waters cleanses one’s sins and pay respect to the Shiva temple located along the banks of the river.

    Location: Irupu Falls, Irupu Falls Rd, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: The months of monsoons are the best time to witness the Irupu Falls at its maximum beauty.

    Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

    Timings: The timings at Irupu Falls is from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 56 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 14 Thirunelli Temple

    Thirunelli Temple
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    One of the most religious places to visit in Wayanad, Thirunelli Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Known as the Kashi of the South, Thirunelli Temple has an interesting legend associated which says that Lord Brahma himself installed the idol of Lord Vishnu here and made this temple. 

    Encompassed by the breathtaking beauty of Brahmagiri Hills, this temple is known for its tranquil ambience. Devotees at Thirunelli Temple pay their respects at the holy mountain stream known as Papanasini believed to have medicinal powers where rituals are performed and the sacred rock Pinnappara. 

    It is also a popular belief that rituals performed for the dead at this temple attains eternal peace and salvation for the deceased souls.

    Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: One should visit Thirunelli Temple from the month of September to March.

    Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 15 Soochipara Waterfalls

    Soochipara Waterfalls
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    Deriving its name from the needle-shaped rock that is placed here, Soochipara Waterfalls is one of the most photogenic spots for tourists in Wayanad. 

    This beautiful waterfall is also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls and surrounded by lush greenery that is just a treat for the eyes. 

    The waterfalls can be reached after a thrilling downwards trek or enjoy the spectacular views from the tree-top hut. Soochipara Waterfalls is a refreshing retreat to indulge in activities like swimming, water rafting and rock climbing for adventure enthusiasts in Wayanad. 

    This three-tiered waterfall is one of the most exciting places to visit in Wayanad.

    Height: Soochipara Waterfalls are at a height of 200 metres.

    Location: Soochipara Waterfalls, Wayanad, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: Best time to visit Soochipara waterfall is during monsoon season as you can see the waterfall at its fullest.

    Entry fee: The entrance fee is INR 50/ USD 0.77

    Timings: The timings are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is a distance of about 45 kilometres between the two places by road.




  • 16 Phantom Rock

    Phantom Rock
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    One of the most interesting sightseeing places in Wayanad, Phantom Rock is an archaeological structure that you should not miss out on your vacation. 

    It is famous for the rock that is shaped in the form of a phantom skull and thus derives the name of this tourist attraction. This place is an exciting spot for trekkers and hikers offering some amazing opportunities for photography.

    Locally known as Cheengeri Mala, this place offers a surreal respite from the crowds and noise. The landscape here is picturesque and surrounded by beautiful greenery that accentuates the brilliance of this archaeological wonder. 

    For the lovers of history, Phantom Rock is a wonderful getaway in Wayanad and attracts many tourists who are looking for offbeat things to do in Wayanad.

    Height: This rock is at height of 2600 feet above sea level.

    Location: Phantom Rock Path, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: It can be visited throughout the year.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the bus station and Phantom Rock is approximately 40 kilometres.



  • 17 Bamboo Forest

    Bamboo Forest
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    If you wish to give a boost to your Wayanad vacation with a bit of eco tourism, then Bamboo Forest is one of the most surreal places that you should not miss out upon. 

    These unique forests are known for preserving the most endangered flora and fauna and also constitute an integral part in the daily life of tribals who depend on the forests.

    These forests extend up to the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and a natural habitat for many animals like bison, cheetah, wild bears etc. 

    Bamboo Forest in Wayanad are protected by government authorities and known for collecting a grain called ‘bamboo rice’ that is used in many traditional food recipes in Wayanad.

    Location: Muthanga, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Best Time to visit: The months from October to February are considered to be the best time to visit here.

    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.



  • 18 Chain Tree

    Chain Tree
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    Known amongst the most exciting Wayanad tourist places, Chain Tree is famous for its many myths and legends. One of the legend states that the road leading up here was built by a foreign engineer on the route given by a tribal youth who was shot dead by the engineer and his ghost is stuck there. 

    Another legend goes by that the British killed the Mahout as they didn’t want the route to be discovered by the Portuguese. After that it was believed that a priest chained the spirit to this ficus tree and thus giving its name. 

    It is reported that the chain is growing along with the tree through the years. With such an intriguing history, Chain Tree surely deserves your touristy curiosity the next time you visit Wayanad.

    Location: National Highway 766, Lakkidi, Kunnathidavaka, Kerala 

    Best Time to visit: One can visit here any time throughout the year.

    Entry fee: Free

    Timings: It is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 on all the days of the week.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located at a distance of 30 kilometres from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 19 Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
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    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.



  • 20 Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

    Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
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    Get your binoculars ready for an enterprising day at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary. Surrounded by thick evergreen forest, this place is a haven for avian species where people can spend all day spotting these beautiful birds. 

    There is a popular legend that says Garuda, ‘the king of birds’ looks after his subjects here and the place is famously known for the 'Edible Nest Swiftlet.' To make the most of the experience, tourists can undertake an exciting trek through the sanctuary and witness the flight of exotic birds. 

    It is one of the most wonderful attractions in Wayanad for ornithologists and nature lovers who wish to escape the clamour of city life with a refreshing vacation.

    Height: It is at an altitude of 1740m above the sea level.

    Location: Thirunelli Pakshipathalam Trek, Pothumoola, Panavally, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to January is the most preferred time to visit here.

    Entry fee: INR 50/ USD 0.77 per person

    Timings: The opening hours are from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 21 Thusharagiri Waterfalls

    Thusharagiri Waterfalls
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    Take a dip in the cool waters of Thusharagiri Waterfalls for a wonderful retreat to rejuvenate your mind and body. Literally meaning ‘snowcapped mountains’, Thusharagiri Waterfalls is one of the most majestic cascades of Western Ghats. 

    It is comprised of Erattumukku, MazhavilChattom, and Thumbithullum Para and certainly a scenic wonder for all the adventure enthusiasts. The picturesque backdrop of the misty mountains and verdant plantations makes it an unforgettable sight.

    It is largely known for offering an exciting trek from Thusharagiri to Vythiri and rock climbing opportunities for those who seek an adrenaline rush. It is also known as one of the most romantic places in Wayanad along with being a famous picnic spot for tourists.

    Height: It is at a height of 75 metres.

    Location: Thusharagiri Waterfalls, Thusaragiri, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Thusharagiri waterfall is from September to December

    Entry fee: INR 30/ USD 0.46 per person

    Timings: It is open for visitors from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 52 kilometres.



  • 22 Seetha Lava Kusha Temple

    Seetha Lava Kusha Temple
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    Dedicated to Goddess Sita and his sons, this temple is one of the most spiritual places to visit in Wayanad. It is believed that Sita stayed here during her exile and her sons Lava and Kusha grew up here. 

    This temple is revered by devotees as one of the most important locations in the Hindu epic Ramayana. Seetha Lava Kusha Temple has the largest pond in all the temples of Kerala and famous for the temple festival that is celebrated annually in the month of January. 

    The famous temple was built by Shri Pazhassiraja who also managed the temple. Another outstanding feature of this temple is the presence of a large number of termite mounds that are present here as it is believed that Goddess Sita cursed the leeches that bit Lava and Kusha.

    Location: Pulpally, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to March is the best time to visit Seetha Lava Kusha Temple.

    Entry fee: Entrance is free

    Timings:  The temple is open from 6:00 AM to 11:30 am and from 4:30 PM to 8:30 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 40 kilometres.



  • 23 Attukal Waterfalls

    Attukal Waterfalls
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    It is one of the four main waterfalls of Munnar and is very popular among adventure seekers, as the dirt mountain path through the forest gives chills on every step towards Attukal Waterfalls.  Take your swimwear as the pool at the bottom of the fall has enough water to dip and bath.

    It is highly recommended that you visit Munnar during Monsoon season if waterfalls top the list of ‘places to visit in Munnar.’ Attukal waterfall is located between Munnar and Pallivasal and can be reached by crossing a wooden bridge.

    The waterfalls in Munnar witness hordes of tourist every year and Attukal is one of those famous waterfalls which is mystically beautiful.

    Location: 2nd Floor, Mermaid Complex, Nadaiyar road, Munnar 685612, India

    Best Time to Visit: During monsoon season.

    Price: One can pay INR 100 per person to a guide who can lead the trek through the narrow mountain path.

    Timings: 9 AM to 7:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Activities: Swimming in the pool, trekking, dirt biking, photography etc.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 KM.

  • 24 Arippara Waterfalls

    Arippara Waterfalls
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    If you are looking for the best picnic spots in Kerala, then Arippara Waterfalls is a great destination to visit on your Wayanad vacation. This place boasts of exceptional natural beauty where you can see the water flowing in the midst of thick green forests. 

    A great place to enjoy a cool plunge in the swimming pool that forms below the waterfalls, Arippara Waterfalls is a great retreat to spend some time with your loved ones. 

    Offering a fun and frolic getaway with the added charm of breathtaking scenery, Arippara Waterfalls is a wonderful place that you must add to your itinerary the next time you’re vacationing in Wayanad.

    Location: Arippara Water Falls, Anakkampoyil Rd, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: November to May is the best time to visit Arippara Water Falls

    Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 per person

    Timings: Visitors can come at Arippara Waterfalls from 9 am to 5 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 57 kilometres.



  • 25 Pothamedu View Point

    Pothamedu View Point
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     Drenched in the mist and greenery, Pothamedu viewpoint is a spot worth trekking to. This viewpoint enables a panoramic vista of the valley and if the day is clear, you can also see Muthirapuzha River and Idukki Arch Dam from quite a height. The view is made of series of emerald hill slopes where tea, coffee, cardamom, and pepper make a blanket of green all over the hills.

    While you are enjoying the mesmerizing view of the valley, take a sip of ginger tea from the only tea shop nearby and you would love spending your evening at Pothamedu.  Watching the sun slide down the horizon in the vast expanse of the Sahyadri ranges is one perfect way of spending your vacation in this quaint town.

    Pothamedu is one of the many places to visit in Munnar which have a refreshing environ.

    Location: Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Early in the morning or evening.

    Price: No entry charge.

    Timings: opens 24 Hours.

    Activities: Hiking, trekking, and long mountain nature walk.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 3 KM

  • 26 Wayanad Heritage Museum

    Wayanad Heritage Museum
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    Gear up to be astonished by history and ancient relics when you pay a visit to Wayanad Heritage Museum. It is known to be one of the most eminent museums in Kerala and is a storehouse of fascinating artefacts that go back as long as second century A.D. 

    Some of the famous items which you can spot here are ancient terra cottas, tribal artefacts, 14-16th-century sculptures etc. 

    There are also many relics that were unearthed from the neighbouring places and have great archaeological importance. Wayanad Heritage Museum is a great place to know more about Wayanad’s Adivasi population and explore the historical items that narrate their own stories. 

    This museum is a great tourist attraction for those who are looking for an educational and recreational experience in Wayanad.

    Location: Heritage Museum, Government Hospital Road, Ambalavayal, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: September to March is the best to visit Wayanad Heritage Museum.

    Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.31 per person

    Timings: It opens from 9 am to 5:30 pm every day

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 42 kilometres.



  • 27 TATA Tea Museum

    TATA Tea Museum
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    If you are lucky enough to make it during the show timings, you will learn a lot that day. From the early history of Tea Plantation to how British brought Tea culture and cultivation in the region, the toil and hard work of the people who endured during those days, the machineries and tools, the entire process of cultivating, plucking, drying and final packaging of Tea; almost everything you learn in just a half an hour documentary that is played here.

    You will also get to see the typewriters, magneto phone, the hand tea roller and manual calculators and iron oven which have been very useful tools during the earlier days.

    Location: Nullatanni, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Average time required for visiting: Around 1.5 to 2 hours.

    Price: The entry fee for adults is INR 75 per head and for children of a particular age group is INR 35.

    Timings: It remains closed on Monday and opens from 9 AM till 5 PM on all the remaining days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of 4 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 28 Papanasini

    Beginning in the Brahmagiri Hills, Papanisini river is one of the most important pilgrim tourist places in Wayanad. Literally, it translates to ‘washes away all sins’ and the river is considered to have divine powers. 

    Tourists flock here during Amavasya to take a dip in its waters and offer their prayers. The enchanting setting of the lush green hills and the gushing waters of the stream makes this river an idyllic spot.

    This holy mountain stream also has a sacred rock Pinnappara where the last rites of the dead are performed. 

    It is a popular belief that Lord Rama and Lakshmana performed the ‘pithrukarma’ of their father King Dasaratha, standing on this rock. Surrounded by such majestic surroundings and having attached so many popular legends, this place is one of the most interesting Wayanad tourist places.

    Location: Thirunelly Temple post, Mananthavady, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: One should visit here from the month of September to March.

    Timings: The temple remains open from 5:30 am to 12 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 29 Chethalayam Waterfalls

    Chethalayam Waterfalls
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    This beautiful waterfall in Wayanad is all you need to escape the worries of life and dive into the scenic beauty of nature. It is a seasonal waterfall and located close to the famous Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. 

    It is an ideal trekking retreat with some panoramic spots that will take your breath away. With some exotic flora encompassing the trail of this waterfall, it is considered to be one of the most serene Wayanad tourist places. 

    Along with admiring the breathtaking beauty of nature, Chethalayam Waterfalls is popular for being a favourite picnic spot for the tourists in Wayanad. For the thrill seekers, a trekking experience at Chethalayam Waterfalls promises an enterprising opportunity.

    Location: Chethalayam Waterfalls, Chethalayam, Kidanganad, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The post monsoon season is the best time to visit Chethalayam Waterfalls.

    Timings: It is open from 6 am to 5 pm

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 45 kilometres from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 30 Chokramudi Peak

    Chokramudi Peak
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    This isolated elevated piece of a hill is a site that hooks you for hours. Chokramudi is situated at 7,200 ft above sea level in the Eravikulam National Park. It is short and easy trek which can be done in a day and since it comes under the national forest it is masked by lush green Shola forest.

    Pthamedu is the trek base which is situated an hour drive from Munnar and the trek can be of 4 to 5 hours covering a distance of 10 KM upwards. Soak in the fresh air when you reach the top of the peak, if you do an early morning trek, you can also witness the fiery sunrise and herds of Nilgiri Tahr departing for livestock.

    Chokramudi is indeed a great experience and one of the incredible places to visit in Munnar.

    Location: Idukki, Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (December to February)

    Price: Prices may vary depending on the trek group you chose.

    Average time required to visit the place: If you are planning to trek Chokramudi Peak then the sport will take the entire day.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately;y 16 KM towards Madurai SH gap road.

  • 31 Eravikulam National Park

    Eravikulam National Park
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    This national park is home to the endangered Nilgiris Tahr, which is located in Devikulam Taluk of Idukki district and covers a total area of 97 square kilometres. After the Nilgiri Tahr, Neelakurinji flowers are the second major attraction of this park as because this flower blooms once after every 12 years. Anamudi (2695 m), the highest peak of south India also takes abode in Eravikulam National Park.

    It is under the care of the Kerala Department of Forest and Wildlife, Munnar and is situated along the crest of Western Ghats. The subtropical moist broadleaf forest and evergreen tropical forest are commonly known as “Shoals” in the region which is layered on the high hill slopes. The tributaries of Periyar and Chalakudy rivers chisel down these slopes in the form of small rivulets and you can also see Lakhom waterfall within the Park.

    Location: The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this National Park.

    Price: An entry fee of INR 65 for Indian citizens and 245 for foreign nationals.

    Timings: 7:30 AM to 4 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Take down the Munnar - Udumalpet Rd for around 12 to 13 KM and you will find your destination.

  • 32 Karappuzha Dam

    Karappuzha Dam
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    One of the biggest earth dams in India, Karappuzha Dam is known for its panoramic landscape. It offers a picturesque vista of the Karappuzha river and a man-made wonder with beautiful surroundings. 

    Some of the popular activities for tourists here are boating and nature walks. This perfect picnic spot for tourists allows one to behold beautiful aquatic birds and relax in the most refreshing ambiance. 

    A dam is also a wonderful place for the shutterbugs who want to unwind with their cameras and click some unforgettable pictures. Definitely worth a visit among sightseeing places in Wayanad, you must take out some time in your itinerary to appreciate this amazing place.

    Location: Karapuzha Dam, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: The monsoons are the best time to visit Karappuzha Dam when the water reaches up to the brim.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: The timings are from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The entry closes at 4:30 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It takes a distance of 38 kilometres by road to reach here from the bus station.



  • 33 Pazhassi Tomb

    Pazhassi Tomb
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    Paying tribute to one of Kerala’s great king Pazhassi Raja, this tomb is one of the must-visits for history buffs among places to visit in Wayanad. Known as the ‘Lion of Kerala’, Pazhassi Raja was known for his bravery and guerrilla warfare against the British. 

    This tomb is built over the land where he was cremated after the British shot him. One of the main attractions of this place is the museum and the sword of Pazhassi Raja that is kept here. 

    It is maintained by the Kerala State Archaeology Department and has on showcase many mural paintings, antique coins and other historical artefacts. Pazhazzi Tomb is also a great place to appreciate the beautiful landscape of Wayanad with an interesting trip.

    Location: Pazhassi Raja Museum, Mananthavady, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: Pazhassi Tomb can be visited throughout the year.

    Entry fee: INR 20/ USD 0.31

    Timings: The timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Monday.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 20 kilometres.



  • 34 Kundala Lake

    Kundala Lake
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    Embark on a journey to Top Station and find this beautiful mirror-like lake after around 20 KM of a drive. The breath-taking backdrops of green hill slopes, the majestic sunrises, the unparalleled beauty of cherry blossoms and a blue blanket of the famous Neela Kurunji flowers which bloom only once every twelve year makes this place a dreamy location and is one of the main attractions in Munnar. 

    This artificial lake has Asia’s first Arch dam and the water engages the tourists in different kinds of boating experience such as rowboats, Kashmiri shikara boats, and pedal boats. A vast golf course that belongs to Tata Tea Ltd and a nearby waterfall known as Aruvikkad Waterfall is also situated in proximity to the lake which can be visited in a single trip.

    Location: Kundale Lake, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685615

    Best Time to Visit: Morning is the best time to visit this place to witness the cotton balls of clouds bid goodbye to the lake in slow motion.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Average time required for visiting: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of around 26 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 35 Top Station

    Top Station
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    The Top station is situated 32 KM off Munnar and it is the topmost point of Munnar. It is suggested that you hire a cab and take this journey through the forest to reach the highest point in Munnar. Top station (1700m) falls on the Munnar-Kodaikanal road and is the highest point in Munnar.

    As it is located on the Kerala-Tamilnadu border, you get to witness the majestic vistas of the valley of Theni district of Tamil Nadu. It was coined as “Top Station” after the highest railway station located in Kundala Valley.

    2018 marks another flowering season of Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once in twelve years and it drowns the valley in a beautiful shade of light blue colour. Kurinjimala sanctuary is very near to Top station and is best visited from April to May.

    Location: Munnar-Kodaikkanal Road, Theni District, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Morning or evening.

    Price: No entry fee required.

    Average time required for visiting: 1 to 2 hours as per your desire.

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is at a distance of 32 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 36 Kanthanpara Waterfalls

    Kanthanpara Waterfalls
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    One of the most picturesque waterfalls of Western Ghats, Kanthanpara waterfalls is one of the most idyllic places. With its soothing ambience and the glistening waters, tourists can find the purest form of nature’s therapy with a visit to Kanthanpara waterfalls. 

    Kanthanpara waterfalls is easily accessible for tourists and one of the most refreshing places to visit in Wayanad. It is encompassed by the brilliant greenery and makes it a compelling case for all the tourists to enjoy some time in the realm of nature. 

    Although its one of the underrated tourist destinations in Kerala, Kanthanpara waterfalls is a postcard-perfect landscape that offers a serene place for camping activities.

    Height: It is at an altitude of 30 metres

    Location: Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Meppadi, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: October to May is the best time to visit Kanthanpara waterfalls

    Timings: It is open from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.



  • 37 Photo Point

    Photo Point
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    This is a picturesque curve on the Nilgiri slopes which is located at a distance of around 3 KM from Munnar on the way to Top station and Mattupetti. Photo point truly justifies its name and if you do not think the location has nothing as such to offer while driving through the undulating plains, take a pause, come out of your car and get clicked here, you would notice how photogenic the place is.

    The flickering leaves of the tea garden and the twittering brooks, the scenic hills and the floating clouds; everything in one picture, it is really an amazing location to take out your camera.

    Location: SH18, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon and winter season.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    Average time to visit the place: As long as you want to click and to be clicked. Good for a quick halt.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately around 3 to 4 KM.



  • 38 Mattupetty Dam

    Mattupetty Dam
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    Almost 13 KM off the Munnar town, Mattupetty Dam is a famous holiday spot for tourists. This beautiful hill station is hemmed in by Anamudi Peak covered with undulating slopes of tea gardens with an emerald lake in the middle of the place where people often indulge in speed boating.

    Carefully watch the stillness in water; you would notice the rippling reflection of the lush tea gardens on the sides. The height at which Mattupetty is located is around 1,700 m which makes the Dam to be one of the highest Dams in Munnar.

    This is one of the attractions in Munnar that goes on everyone’s to-do list because Mattupetty is dream destination Munnar and the Dam falls en route.  Just a few kilometres away from the Dam lies the lake which is settled amid the tea gardens and Shola forest; one of the places to visit in Munnar that goes without saying.

    Location: Mattupetty, Munnar, Kerala 685616.

    Best Time to Visit: August to May

    Attractions: Mattupetty Dam and Mattupetty lake.

    Things to Do: Speed launch, pedal boat, row boat, motorboats, slow speedboat, and horse riding.

    Average time required for visiting: It is an ideal one-day destination.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is around 12 to 13 Km from KSRTC depot.



  • 39 Meesapulimala

    Meesapulimala
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    Around 15 KM from Munnar lies Rhodovalley which is famous for the blooming Rhodendron trees and there sits the peak of Meesapulimala at an elevation of 8000 ft above sea level. This is the first highest peak in the Munnar region that can be trekked as Anamudi has restrictions.

    The peak shares the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu and is a moderate trek of one day that goes through passing eight hills to reach the top. The place is idyllic and is enough to attain peace.

    Location: Meesapulimalai, Idukki, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season (November to February)

    Timings: 24 Hours

    Average time required to visit the place: If you plan to trek, this is a day-long trek.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 15 KM.

  • 40 Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
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    Skirted by Eravikulam National Park in the south and by the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary in the north, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary is home to the famous endangered India grizzled giant squirrel, and also a soothing habitat for Elephants, Hanuman Monkeys, tufted grey langur, Gaur, Spotted Deer, Crocodile, Tiger, slender Loris, Leopard along with a plethora of plant and bird species. The Forest Department and the Eco-development Committees of the local tribal communities encourage eco-tourism in the sanctuary enabling a wild encounter in a friendlier manner.

    Location: Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit the sanctuary.

    Price: INR 10 for Indian adults, INR 5 for children and INR 100 for foreign nationals.

    Activities: Treehouse stay, river trek, jungle trek, camping and hiking to the cultural site and the watchtower

    Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: A minimum of 5 to 6 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is a 50 KM drive away from KSRTC depot in Munnar.

  • 41 Lockhart Gap

    Lockhart Gap
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    Refreshing, picturesque and serene; Lock hart Gap is the landscape where floating mist is found on the blue layers of hills which can be seen from this spot in Munnar. Lockhart Gap is located at around 12 to 13 KM from Munnar on the way to Mattupetti.

    The expansive panorama of green tea slopes, the streaks of white cotton mist and the ultra blue skyline made of mist-clad hills and the sharp winding mountain roads; the place is remarkably special if you want to spend an hour of solitude in this cave quiet valley.

    The name is referred to a gap between two mountains which looks like the shape of a heart which can be witnessed from this vantage point. Breathe the fresh tea scent and watch the clouds settling on the hilltop while the Sun is ready to leave, you will realize that you are at one of the best tourist places in Munnar.

    Location: Munnar-Madurai National highway, Mattupetti, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Early morning or evening.

    Activities: Trekking and Nature walks.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 13 KM

  • 42 Lakkom Water Falls

    Lakkom Water Falls
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    This waterfall is part of the Eravikulam National Park and falls on the route to Udumalaipettai from Munnar. It originates from the Eravikulam stream at around 30 KM off Munnar. Travel through the thick tea plantation on a narrow winding trail and witness this silky white magic of nature. In the clear water of the pool below, you can even see your toe twiddling on the rocks.

    The water takes a plunge out of a thick green forest from afar and the sight of this small yet charming waterfall is spellbinding. There is a small shop situated a little away from the fall that serves mouth-watering Kerala food, like fish, rice, sambhar etc. It is one of the sightseeing places in Munnar which commands your attention.

    Location: Munnar - Udumalpet Rd, Marayur, India

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon.

    Price:  INR 20 per person (adult)

    Timings:  from morning until 5 PM on all the days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of approximately 30 KM from Munnar.

  • 43 Rose Garden

    Rose Garden
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    The aromatic floating fumes of a plethora of plant species, fruits, flowers and crops in a 2acre stretch, brimming with varied colours on a 360-degree pan is a place that only lies in Munnar. One of the perfect sightseeing places in Munnar which you just cannot afford to miss while you are in Munnar.

    This is actually a maze of a number of pretty flowers like Dahlias, Rose, Chrysanthemums, and plants like pepper, cardamom, vanilla etc at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level. The name sounds a little misleading in that way because there are a variety of flowers which are following the contours and slopes and beautifying the place and not just Roses.

    However, this is one of the attractions in Munnar that leaves a mark on the visitors. The spices and other fruits which are planted in this garden along with other flowers release unique fragrances in the air which makes you feel very refreshing while you are enjoying the sheer bliss of watching the beauty around.

    Location: Karadippara, Kerala 685561
    Best Time to Visit: The winter season
    Price: INR 20 per person
    Camera charges INR 30.
    Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week.
    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 KM.
    Average time required for visiting: 1-2 hours.

  • 44 Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park

    Wonder Valley Adventure and Amusement Park
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    This amusement park in Munnar is one of the few places to visit in Munnar to enjoy myriads of fun activities such as Dashing Cars, 12D Rider, Zip Line, Charlie Chaplin Walk, and Natural Waterfall under one roof. This one and only amusement park is situated at Anachal in Munnar.

    From rain dancing to Lazy river and Wave pool; the water activities are as thrilling as the adventure activities like rock climbing, rainforest trek trails. From Bungee Jump to Play port to nature walks and Treehouses; this place is painstakingly made for the sheer pleasure of enjoying the adventures.

    This is one of the tourist places in Munnar that is packed with oodles of fun and joy and has something for everyone.

    Location: No. 89, Chithirapuram P.O, Anachal, Idukki District, Munnar, Kerala 685565

    Best Time to Visit: Avoid going during Monsoon season.

    Price: INR 800 per person

    Average time to visit the place: One and half hours.

    Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of 13 Km from Munnar.

  • 45 Carmelagiri Elephant Park

    Carmelagiri Elephant Park
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    As the name suggests, at Carmelagiri Elephant Park, one gets to indulge in some exhilarating excursions which take around the park while you settle atop the back of an Elephant. Take a half- day or an hour-long tour of the rolling verdant slopes, sprawling tea plantation, and a vibrant park full of sky touching trees, you would love the wilderness of the place.

    Keep your camera ready as you traverse around this scenic destination to click or to get yourself clicked. Hitching on the back of a Huge Elephant and traversing the park is a fun activity and can only be enjoyed at Camelahiri Elephant Park in Munnar.

    Location:  Mattuppetty Road, Munnar, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Any time of the day.

    Price: INR 400 per head for a 15-minute ride.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 7 KM

  • 46 Kolagappara

    If you wish to experience some solitary happiness in the most beautiful surroundings, Kolagappara is a wonderful retreat for you. This remote village in Wayanad is the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the crowds. 

    One of the most eminent attractions of this place is the elephant shaped rock that stands out in the whole landscape. This rock makes it a climb worthwhile for those interested in rock climbing and other adventure activities.  

    Offering a mesmerising view of the hill and the river, this place is often known to attract the most enthusiastic trekkers to savour an adrenaline rush. With a pleasant climate and widespread greenery, it is not easy to ignore the breath-taking beauty of this place in Wayanad.

    Height: It is at an altitude of 3000 feet above the sea.

    Location: Kolagappara, Kolagapaara, Kerala

    Best Time to visit:October to February is the most preferred time to visit here.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around 40 kilometres.



  • 47 Banasura Hills

    Banasura Hills
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    Offering some visual treat to the eyes, Banasura Hills is a serene getaway and one of the tallest mountains of the Western Ghats. 

    With rolling green meadows, thundering Meenmutty Waterfalls and the panoramic view of Banasura Sagar Dam, this place is a rejuvenating retreat to behold one of the most unforgettable vistas of your life.

    Banasura Hills is one of the most famous places to visit in Wayanad among avid trekkers who want to challenge themselves with an ideal winter trek. 

    The trek passes through the scenic valleys and makes the adventure worthwhile. Boating is another activity that tourists can look forward to indulge in at Banasura Hills for a mesmerising trip in Wayanad.

    Height: Banasura Hills are at an elevation of 2073 metres above sea level.

    Location: Banasura Hill, Wayanad, Kerala

    Best Time to visit: September to January is the best time to visit Banasura Hills for activities like trekking.

    Timings: It is open 24 hours.

    Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is located 4 kilometres away from the bus station.



  • 48 Nyayamakad Waterfal

    Nyayamakad Waterfal
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    Nestled amid Munnar and Rajamala, this is one spectacular waterfall in the valley which is loved and adored by the tourists.  Embark on a journey to the largest waterfall in Munnar and witness the rustic local lifestyle of women picking tea leaves in the long stretches of the estates, the 10 KM long winding route from Munnar and small rivulets chiselling down the green hilly slopes; Nature has its own way of giving brief ecstatic moments.

    You may also come across tea pickers and encounter Nilgiri Tahr from a distance. The place is masked under mist as the water falls from a great and it proves as a paradise to every visitor who hails here seeking adventure or peace.

    Location: Near Rajmalai, Idukki district, Kerala.

    Best Time to Visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this waterfall as in Monsoon, heavy rainfall can cause problems.

    Price: The transportation charges are the only money you pay to witness this cascading beauty.

    Timings: It is always recommended to visit during the daylight.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar:  Approximately 10 KM.

  • 49 C.S.I Christ Church

    C.S.I Christ Church
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    This clean, well maintained and highly quiet British era church utters history in every brick of its wall. This old church is loved by the visitors for the tranquillity which they find while visiting C.S.I Christ church on a small hillock in Munnar. The stained glass windows, the gothic style architecture, the granite floors and the brass plaques; all of these make the church look like a link that connects the past to the present.

    It was built in the year 1910 by British missionaries and since then it is worship house for the believers. This is one of the tourist places in Munnar that is well maintained, clean and very charming.

    Location:  Kochi - Dhanushkodi Road, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Any time of the day.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at about a Kilometer away from the KSRTC depot in Munnar.

  • 50 Chinnakanal Waterfalls

    Chinnakanal Waterfalls
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    Drive 20 KM on the NH leading to Thekkady and you will spot this tempting waterfall right on the side of the road. The source being River Devikulam and the waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery. One can take snaps, bath, enjoy the fall and sit there for hours; you just can laze around the fall as much as you want.

    During the monsoon season, it appears like gallons of milk are being thrown from a height and it becomes a little tricky to bath under it, however, it still can be done. Chinnakanal is one of the impeccable places to visit in Munnar for a memorable experience.

    Location: Main Road | Opposite Chinnakkanal Health Hospital, Chinnakanal 685618, India

    Best Time to Visit: It is mostly dry from March until May, so Monsoon or winter season is the best time to witness this waterfall.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Timings: From 6 AM onwards.

    Average time required to visit the place: Less than an hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated at a distance of approximately 21 KM from KSRTC Depot Munnar.



  • 51 Thirumeni Cultural Centre

    Thirumeni Cultural Centre
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    Thirumeni Cultural Centre bestows you the chance of spending an evening in the beautiful set up of green hills, aromatic tea plains, misty skyline accompanied with goose bumping performances of Kalarippayattu and Kathakali, the two very famous and respected art forms of Kerala.

    You can also head to the make-up room to see the artists getting ready and ask questions if you have any of the Kathakali artists. In the one hour duration, the performance gives an overview of Kathakali art form. Enjoy the spellbound performance of Kathakali art piece which tells stories in a form of dancing movements, gestures, and expressions.

    Kalarippayattu at the same time is a form of Martial art and includes agile gymnastic movements, the hard work, practice, and training is highly visible in this one-hour performance of Kalarippayattu. You would not stop clapping once the artists duel with knives, swords, and spears and somersault flawlessly.

    Location: Silent Valley, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Best Time to Visit: Evening

    Price: INR 300 per person

    Timings: 5-6pm and 7-8pm (Kathakali shows), 6-7pm & 8-9pm (Kalarippayat) on all seven days of the week.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated 2 KM from the KSRTC Depot.



  • 52 Blossom Park

    Blossom Park
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    From several swings to a small canal, from a maze of colorful flower on the banks to the soft grasses; The Park is an ideal location to unwind and relax in Munnar. Embrace the lush green vegetation around and relax listening to the chirps of migratory water birds.

    This refreshing piece of land is surrounded by hill slopes and is a place where serenity has its own voice.

    Location: Aluva - Munnar Highway, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Activities: Boating, Trekking, Nature walk, Bird watching, and Photography.

    Best time to visit the place: Morning, Afternoon, Evening.

    Price: The entry fee for children is INR 2 and for adults, it is INR 10 per head.

    Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Around 2 to 3 Kilometer from KSRTC depot

  • 53 Anamudi

    Anamudi
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    The most sought-after destination in Munnar is Anamudi peak (8842 ft), the highest peak of South India. Trekking in Munnar on the misty path Rajamalai (Eravikulam) National Park and then following a view of what we know as “the Himalayas of South India” can leave you in a state of ecstasy. The place is a delight for nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, mountaineers, trekkers, and photographers.

    The hill is covered by variety of floras such as trees of sp.Bamboos, black wood, and teak trees and the famous Neelakurinji flowers which bloom once every 12 years, the wet grass on the slopes of the hill make trekking a difficult sport and that is you need to take special permission from Eravikulam National Park authorities to trek to the peak top.

    Location: Idukki District, Munnar 685602, India

    Best Time to Visit: Winter or summers (November to May) is the best time to visit Anamudi.

    Activities: trekking, camping, mountain biking etc.

    Timings:  Any time of the day, the ideal time is morning and evening.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Take down the Munnar - Udumalpet road for around 13 KM and you will find your destination.

  • 54 Echo Point

    Echo Point
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    Trek, walk, stroll or indulge in boating because Echo point in Munnar is a place where you see the creamy clouds floating and rolling down the hilltops, the lush vegetation creates a sight which is often captured in cameras to boost the beauty of Munnar.  At 600 ft. above the sea level, people scream with utter enthusiasm to hear it resound and then laugh out of pure amazement.

    Listening to your voice reverberate in the valley is thrilling which makes it one of the best places to visit in Munnar. The Echo point mostly displays the confluence of three mountains - Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni, and Kundala and a picturesque lake which makes the view highly captivating.

    Location: Munnar, Top Station Highway, Idukki District, Kannan Devan Hills, Kerala 685616

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Munnar is summers when the temperature ranges between 15 to 25 degree Celsius and during winters when it ranges from 5 to 15 degree Celsius.

    Timings: 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM

    Activities: Trek, nature walks, photography etc.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC depot Munnar: Approximately 15 KM.



  • 55 Hydel Park

    Hydel Park
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    Sprawled across a land of 16 acres in Parkland, this park lets you enjoy every moment of your vacation in a free and full of life aura. The park can be utilized by indulging in a number of activities like boating, walking, cycling the path and roller skating. Bird watching and photography is also appreciated in the vicinity of the Park.

    Hydel Park is famous for giving a fun time to its visitors with facilities like Music and campfires etc. The fresh aromatic mountain air and the wild gushing of Muthirappuzha River is a unique experience in Hydel Park. Visiting this park is one of the best things to do in Munnar.

    Location: Aluva - Munnar Highway, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612

    Activities: Boating, Trekking, Nature walk, Bird watching, and Photography.

    Best time to visit the place: Morning, Afternoon, Evening ( December to February)

    Price: The entry fee for children is INR 2 and for adults, it is INR 10 per head.

    Timings: 9 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Around 2 to 3 Kilometer from KSRTC depot

  • 56 Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

    Kolukkumalai Tea Estate
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    The emerald tea garden and the bright blue sky make the best backdrops for postcard-perfect pictures. Hidden in a mist of clouds are these emerald tea grounds, the rippling sound of serenity in the wind and a vast land of greenery; Munnar is definitely more than just a tourist spot, it is more like an abode of Gods.

    It would be unfair if you visit Munnar and do not travel a little further to see Kolukkumalai, a lesser known tea estate which is close to the border of Tamilnadu and claims to be the highest tea plantation in Munnar at a height of 8,100ft above sea level.

    Location:  No.12, East Veli Street, Bodinayakannur., Theni District, Kottagudi, Tamil Nadu 625513

    Best Time to Visit: During sunset (Evening)

    Price: INR 75 per adult

    Timings: 07:00 am – 06:00 pm

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is located approximately at a distance of 15 to 16 KM from KSRTC Depot.

  • 57 Marayoor Dolmens

    Marayoor Dolmens
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    This interesting place has 15 different types of Dolmens belonging to Neolithic age and some of which belongs to the Iron age. These prehistoric dolmens are situated around 55 KM from Munnar and are worth taking a long trip to reach and witness the remnants of Dolmenoid cists which date back to the Megalithic age.

    One has to trek through Muniyara to see these magnificent burial chamber designed with four stones placed by the edges together and then covered by granite slabs which belong to different ages. Muniyara is also famous for prehistoric paintings, thick sandalwood forest, and these prehistoric structures. Marayoor Dolmens is a peek into our past heritage. This archaeological site is blessed with nature and rich history.

    Location: Near old Siva Temple | Kovilkadavu, Marayur, India

    Best Time to Visit: During the day.

    Price: No entry charge

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 55 KM.

  • 58 Rock Cave (Malayil Kallan Guha)

    Rock Cave (Malayil Kallan Guha)
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    On the way to Thekaddy, after around 13 to 14 KM from Munnar you will spot a Board opposite to a cave entrance right on the NH and the board reads a very interesting story about the Rock cave, also known as Malayil Kallan Guha where Malayil is said to the one who leaves on the mountain or rock, Kallan is a thief  and Guha  means a cave in Malayalam; which together tells the story of the thief who lived in the cave and robbed people taking a journey on this road, in earlier days.

    It is just opposite to the Lockhart Gap which provides some breathtaking vistas of the entire town, soaked in fumes of clouds and mist.  This is one of the tourist places in Munnar which is a good spot to stop your car and take a short break.

    Location: Munnar: Madurai National Highway, Mattupatty, Munnar 685613, India

    Best Time to Visit: Daytime

    Price: Entry is free.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: It is situated around 14 KM from the KSRTC Depot

  • 59 Indo Swiss Dairy Farm

    Indo Swiss Dairy Farm
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    In this farm, the cattle are closed in about a total of 11 enclosures or cattle sheds and the 500 acres campus is indigenously green. Indo Swiss Dairy Farm was established in the year 1963 where Tamil migrants reared the cattle. The sprawling campus is visited maximum by four people at once and nowadays you may also require special permission to visit.

    You will witness the daily tasks of this project which includes collecting semen from high bred bulls, pruning, planting, cutting, cleaning, feeding etc. On the way to Mattupetti dam, this diary falls in the route is a very interesting tourist place to visit.

    This is a livestock project initiated by Kerala Livestock Development Board (KLDB) Ltd which includes hundreds of high yielding cattle, given a land of 191 hectares. It is situated in Anayirankal, a village which is 22KM off Munnar.

    Location: Idukki hills, Munnar, India

    Best Time to Visit: Morning, September to March.

    Timings: After 8 AM onwards.

    Price: The entry fee is INR 5 per head.

    Average time to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 22 to 23 KM.

  • 60 Cheeyappara Waterfalls

    Cheeyappara Waterfalls
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    The cascading beauty pounding the rocks in seven tiers and the surrounding flowers and greenery are nodding in tune with it is how the Cheeyappara waterfalls charm the visitors.  The water cascades from height and flows on to the abruptly formed seven steps of rock which make up for the beauty of this waterfall. 

    Around 45 Km before Munnar, while going from Cochin, Cheeyappara waterfalls mark a spectacular landmark which will give you an idea that you are near Munnar. It is always a good idea to travel the Western Ghats during monsoons as it helps in boosting the volume of the waterfalls and rivers.

    Tourists stop their vehicle and click pictures against the waterfall as it is located close to the road and there is a big signboard that reads its name.

    Location: Idukki district, Kerala, India

    Best Time to Visit: Monsoon is a little tricky for trekking, however, the water tumbling from the mountains swells in volume.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Activities: Trekking, forest hikes etc.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: The driving distance is around 45 KM approximately.

  • 61 Valara Falls

    Valara Falls
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    Wedged between Neriamangalam and Adimali, Valara falls is one of the gorgeous waterfalls in Munnar which is located at a distance of around 12 KM from the city centre on the Kochi-Munnar highway. For a wild encounter in the jungle trek to this stunning waterfall and get clicked against this cascading background.

    Deviyar River is the source of many waterfalls in the region some of which is Valara falls and Cheeyapara falls. However, you cannot access the waterfall; one has to view it from the roadside as it is even visible from the NH.

    The thick forest cover and the slanting rocky slopes of the hills create a canvas of beauty together and are one of the few places to visit in Munnar which can add some awe-striking pictures to your Munnar diary. It is suggested that you take a tour of this waterfall on your return trip from Munnar as it will fall on the same side of the road.

    Location: NH 49, Chillithodu, Kerala 685561

    Best Time to Visit: Evening.

    Price: No entry fee.

    Average time to visit the place: half an hour or one hour.

    Distance from KSRTC Depot Munnar: Approximately 10 to 12 KM on the Kochi-Munnar highway.