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  • There are many wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala flocked with exotic birds, and reeked with aged moss-laden trees and deep-rooted mangroves. Some of the famous wildlife sanctuaries are Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Periyar wildlife sanctuary), Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary, and Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary.

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    It becomes quite difficult to put all the sanctuaries in one list since every sanctuary has something unique to offer. What you will find common in every sanctuary in Kerala is the rich flora and fauna, cruising backwaters, rivulets and swamps, river branches fringed with thickets of mangroves and greenery all around. Common prevailing animals found in Kerala are elephants, sloth bear, leopards, lion-tailed macaques, Malabar giant squirrel, sambhars, wild cats etc.

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    Some of these sanctuaries come under UNESCO worlds heritage sites such as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Safari rides are highly recommended when visiting any of the sanctuaries in Kerala, take ample time to enjoy the jungles to the core.

    Check out the list of best wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala:

  • 01Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
    Nestled in the hills of the Western Ghats, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or the Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist hot spots in Kerala. Spread over an area of 675 sq km, this wildlife sanctuary is a reservoir of several endemic, rare and endangered species of animals.

    Named after the Periyar Lake, which is located within the sanctuary, this wildlife reservoir is home to 1800 flowering plants, 171 grass species, 143 species of orchids, 35 species of mammals and 265 species of birds. 

    Teeming with animals such as elephants, sambar, langurs, stork etc, the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is an excellent place to spot some really interesting wildlife such as the Malabar Giant Squirrel, flying squirrel etc, lion-tailed Macaques etc. 
    You can indulge in trekking and boating at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary or take an elephant ride into the jungle.

    Best time to visit -
     November to April.

    Nearest railhead
     - Kottayam

    Nearest airport 
    - Madurai

    Nearest town
     - Kumily

    Location: Kumily, Thekkady.
  • 02Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

    Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary is situated in the Palakkad district of Kerala. Blessed with rich flora and fauna, the sanctuary offers excellent opportunities to experience Kerala wildlife in their natural habitat. Situated adjacent to the Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is now under consideration of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to be declared as a World Heritage Site. 

    Apart from 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 268 varieties of birds, 61 species of reptiles and 124 types of butterflies, the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to four indigenous tribes that have made their colonies in the sanctuary.

    If you are a wildlife enthusiast, the Parambikulam Sanctuary is the best place to sight animals such as Lion Tailed Macaques, King Cobras, storks, rollers etc. 
    Trekking is allowed within the forest but you will need prior permissions. There are watchtowers constructed within the sanctuary to help visitors in sighting wildlife.

    Best time to visit
     - November to April.

    Nearest railhead
     - Palakkad

    Nearest airport
     - Coimbatore

    Nearest town
     - Palakkad

    Location: Parambikulam Road, Anappady, Thunakadavu, Palakkad 678661

  • 03Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

    Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary is situated between two rivers Cheruthoni and Periyar. This is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and is situated at a distance of 40 km from Thodupuzha and spread over 77 sq kilometres. Covered in a dense canopy of evergreen forests, the sanctuary is home to a wide range of wildlife.

    The wildlife of Idukki includes animals such as Sambhars, Wild Dogs, Jungle Cats, Tigers etc. Trekking is possible within the forest with prior permission from the forest department. You can also enjoy boat rides in the rivers which provide a panoramic view of the surroundings. 

    Best time to visit
     - December to April.

    Nearest railhead
     - Kottayam

    Nearest airport -
     Madurai Airport

    Nearest town
     - Thodupuzha

    Location: Vellappara, Painavu, Idukki, Kerala 685603

  • 04Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads over 90 sq km in the Idukki district and is distinct from other sanctuaries due to its thorny scrub forest. This sanctuary receives rain for only 48 days in the year and hence this peculiar vegetation. The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on either side of the Marayoor-Udumalpet Road and is famous for sandalwood forests and waterfalls.

    The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is under consideration for being declared as a World Heritage Site. There are watch towers inside the sanctuary from where you can observe animals. You can also enjoy nature walks, trekking or camping inside the sanctuary.

    Best time to visit
     - December to April.

    Nearest railhead -
     Aluva

    Nearest airport
     - Nedumbassery

    Nearest town
     - Ernakulam

    Location: Munnar - Udumalpet Road, Munnar, Kerala 685612

  • 05Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an extension of the Bandipur National Park and is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere. Comprising of thick deciduous forests, the sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals including tigers, leopards, elephants, wild dogs, civets, bears etc. You can enjoy elephant rides within the forest. Spread over 344 sq km, this sanctuary is part of the Wayanad Plateau. 

    The area experiences a salubrious climate. There is a beautiful valley called Lakkidi situated within the sanctuary and experiences the highest average rainfall in Kerala. The sanctuary is also home to tribal groups consisting of the Paniyas, the Kurumas, the Adiyars, Kurichyas, Ooralis and Kattunaikkans.

    Best time to visit
     - June to October.

    Nearest railhead
     - Kozhikode

    Near airport
     - Kozhikode

    Nearest town
     - Sulthan Bathery

    Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 673592

  • 06Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary

    Much smaller in comparison to other Wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary spreads across 9.06 sq km. It is situated near the Agasthyakoodam hill which gets its name from the Sage Agastya. Home to a large variety of wild animals including tigers, leopards, sloth bears, elephants, sambhars etc, and the sanctuary offers opportunities for lion and tiger safaris. 

    The sanctuary also has an Elephant Rehabilitation Centre and a Deer Rehabilitation Centre. There is a crocodile farm within the sanctuary, which was established in 1977. This farm is home to about 20 mugger crocodiles.

    Best time to visit
     - October to March.

    Nearest railhead
     - Neyyattinkara

    Nearest airport
     - Thiruvananthapuram

    Nearest town -
     Neyyattinkara

    Location: Kallikkad, Kerala 695572

  • 07Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

    Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over an area of 53 sq km and is located at about 50 km from the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. The forests of the sanctuary occur in the catchment area of the Peppara dam which stands across the Karamana River, is something to see in the wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.

    The sanctuary is known for its thick forests, eucalyptus plantations, crystal clear streams and rugged terrain. It is home to a wide variety of species such as tigers, panthers, wild dogs, mouse deer etc and to about 13 native tribal groups that are still untouched by civilisation.

    Best time to visit
     - October to March.

    Nearest railhead -
     Thiruvananthapuram

    Nearest airport -
     Thiruvananthapuram

    Nearest town -
     Thiruvananthapuram

    Location: Thiruvananthapuram-Ponmudi Road, Thiruvananthapuram.

  • 08Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

    Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary

    The Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the northernmost part of Kerala.  In comparison to other wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala, this sanctuary has a number of hill ranges that have an elevation between 50 m to 1145 m. The highest peak is of Katti Betta and its slopes are covered in lush semi-evergreen forests. 

    Being a part of the Western Ghats, the 
    Aralam Wildlife sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna and has a huge variety of plants and animals. You can spot leopards, jungle cats and different kinds of squirrels in these wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala.

    Best time to visit -
     June to October.

    Nearest railhead - 
    Thalassery

    Nearest airport -
     Karipur

    Nearest town
     - Kannur

    Location:
     
    Kannur, Kerala 670674

  • 09Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

    Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary

    Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is one of the eco-sensitive wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala. Almost 18 acres its land is embedded with thick mangroves which are also the roosting sites of migratory as well as home birds.  The sanctuary is christened as ‘the green lung of Kochi’ due to its central location.

    Sprawls right behind the Kerala High Court building in Kochi, Mangalavanam Bird Sanctuary is also blessed with scenic backwaters landscapes. A survey study conducted in 2006 reported the presence of 194 birds of 32 varied species.

    Best time to visit:
    Winter season, especially the month of January, February and March witness the arrival of migratory and exotic birds.

    Nearest railhead:
    Ernakulam South Railway Station.

    Nearest airport:
    Nedumbassery International Airport, Kochi.

    Nearest town:
    Ernakulam

    Location:
    High Ct Rd, Ayyappankavu, Kochi, Kerala 682031

  • 10Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary

    Caressed by the branches of Periyar river which is Kerala’s longest river stream, Thattekad Wildlife Sanctuary is a low-land forest which is flocked by more than 500 bird species.

    Some of the highly populated birds in this region are Hawk Eagle, Orange-headed Thrush, Blue Kingfisher, Jerdon's Nightjar, Indian cuckoo, Oriental Darter, Created Woodpecker, Whiskered Terns, Black Headed Oriole, Bronzed Drongo, Grey-fronted green pigeon, Yellow-browed bulbuls etc. Mammals such as Leopard, Sloth Bear, Elephants, and Jungle cats dwell in this small strip of forest which sprawls on the Northern bank of Periyar river.

    On the emphatical recommendation by Dr Slaim (a famous ornithologist), Kerala Government established this sanctuary in the year 1983.

    Best time to visit
    : Throughout the year. It is always advisable to avoid monsoon season since it pours heavily in Kerala.

    Nearest railhead:
    Aluva 

    Nearest airport: 
    Cochin 

    Nearest town: 
    Kochi/Cochin

    Location:
    Kothamangalam-Pooyamkutty Road, Nyayapally PO, Thattekad, Kerala 686681

  • 11Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary

    Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
    For animal lovers, there is yet another place which you should definitely visit once in your lifetime. Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Western Ghat is one of the hot spots among the people in Kerala. This wildlife sanctuary covers an area of around 85.067 sq km inclusive of the Chimmeney Lake. The sanctuary is an abode to elephants, sambars, gaurs, Malabar squirrels, sloth bears etc.

    Get astonished as you witness the flora and fauna of this sanctuary which is also blessed with scenic beauty. Soak in the serenity as you visit this sanctuary and click some of the best pictures of wildlife. There are around 39 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 25 species of reptiles, 14 species of amphibians, and 31 species of fishes. 

    Best time to visit: November to April.

    Nearest railhead: 
    Thrissur

    Nearest airport: 
    Cochin International Airport.

    Nearest town: Thrissur

    Location: 
    Chimmini Dam Road, Dist. Thrissur, Pariyaram, Kerala 680304
  • 12Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

    Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
    Mauthanga Wildlife Sanctuary which is also known as the Waynard Sanctuary is a rainforest which is most visited by the people. This sanctuary was established as a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1973. It is one of the second largest sanctuaries in Kerela.

    The deciduous forest is blessed with a wide variety of flora and fauna. You will find wild animals like tigers, panthers, civet cats, jungle cat, wild dogs, elephants etc. You can also find peacock, babbler, cuckoos, owls, woodpeckers, jungle fowls etc. Don’t miss a chance to visit this amazing wildlife sanctuary on your next visit to Kerala.

    Best time to visit: June to October.

    Nearest railhead: Wayanad

    Nearest airport: Calicut

    Nearest town: Sultan Bathery

    Location: Sultan Bathery 673592
  • 13Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary

    If you are a bird enthusiast then you should definitely visit this bird sanctuary in Kumarakom. This bird sanctuary is best known for the migratory birds. The sanctuary spreads over an area of 14 acres. It is maintained by the Kerala Tourism Development Corporation. 

    You will get to see a variety of local birds like waterfowl, cuckoo, owl, egret, heron, cormorant, moorhen, darter, and brahminy kite. As it is known for the migratory birds, you will find migratory birds like Siberian crane, parrot, teal, lark, and flycatcher.

  • 14Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

    Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary, located in the northern side of Wayanad, beckons you to explore its vast dense regions and engage in wildlife. You can find a wide variety of flora and fauna. Thopetty Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1973. This wildlife sanctuary is bestowed upon with rich wildlife and green vegetation.

    One can find a variety of rare birds and endangered species in this sanctuary. The wildlife sanctuary comes under Protect Elephant. The interesting thing about the sanctuary is that you can clearly hear a herd of elephants crossing the road as you stroll through the forest.

    Best time to visit: November to May.

    Nearest railhead: 
    Calicut

    Nearest airport: 
    Karipur International Airport at Calicut.

    Nearest town: 
    Sulthan Bathery 

    Location: 
    Tholpetty, Kerala 670646
  • 15Eravikulam National Park

    Eravikulam National Park
    Spread across the area of 97 sq. km amidst the picturesque Devan Hills, Eravikulam National Park is an amazing place to witness the biodiversity of the shola-grassland ecosystem. While visiting the Eravikulam National Park, you can have the sight of endangered South Indian goat, the Nilgiri Tahr. Apart from this, the other fauna includes Nilgiri langur, tiger, Indian bison, leopard, and many more.

    Although the national park is divided into three areas, viz. the core area, the buffer area and tourism area, visitors are only allowed in the tourism area, known as Rajamalai.

    Best time to visit: 
    September to November and from April to June.

    Nearest railhead: 
    Aluva

    Nearest airport: 
    Madurai, Tamil Nadu.

    Nearest town: 
    Aluva

    Location: 
    The Wildlife Warden Munnar PO, Idukki, Kerala, 685612
  • 16Begur Wildlife Sanctuary

    Begur Wildlife Sanctuary
    Situated amidst the mesmerizing mountainous plateaus of Western Ghats, the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is just 20 km from Manathavady in Wayanad. The Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is home to myriads of exotic birds and animals species and highlights rich Kerala wildlife. Some of the major animal species that you find here include tigers, spotted deer, bear, elephants, bison, jungle cat, bison, civet cat, monkeys, wild boar, panther, wild dog, and many more.

    Apart from the animal species, there are many birds species too in the Begur Wildlife Sanctuary, some of which include kingfisher, black bulbul, laughing thrush, jungle fowl, peafowl, woodpecker, myna and many more.

    Best time to visit: December to May.

    Nearest railhead: Thalassery

    Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport.

    Nearest town: Kalpetta

    Location: Mananthavady, Kalpetta
  • 17Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary

    Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary
    Spread over an array of islands amidst the mesmerizing hillocks, where the holy Kadalundi River meets the Arabian sea, the Kadalundi Bird Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and is locally known as Kadalundi Nagaram.

    It is the abode to more than 100 species of native birds and approximately 60 migratory bird species. Some of the most famous bird species that you can sight here include terns, seagulls, sandpipers, turnstones and many more.

    Best time to visit: November to April.

    Nearest railhead: Kadalundi

    Nearest airport: Calicut International Airport.

    Nearest town: Kadalundi 

    Location: Near Kadalundi Railway Station, Kadalundi, Kerala 673302
  • 18Silent Valley National Park

    Silent Valley National Park
    With an area of 237.52 sq km, the Silent Valley National Park is situated at the Northeastern corner of Palakkad district. The Silent Valley National Park is the core of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is the home to more than 1000 species of flowering plants, 34 species of mammals, 128 species of beetles, 200 species of butterflies, 400 species of moths and many more.

    Students from the life sciences filed biologists and professional scientists can do their research in the Silent Valley National Park due to its rich variety of flora and fauna.

    Best time to visit: December to April.

    Nearest railhead: Palakkad

    Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport.

    Nearest town: Palakkad

    Location: Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley Division, Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Kerala 678582
  • 19Anamudi Shola National Park

    Anamudi Shola National Park
    The Anamudi Shola National Park is an elegant national park, situated amidst the lush green forest of Western Ghats in the Idukki district of Kerala and highlights rich Kerala wildlife. Declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, the Anamudi Shola National Park is spread across the area of 7.5 sq km.

    The national park has three shola reserve forests, viz. Mannavan Shola Reserve, Idivara Shola Reserve and Pullardi Shola Reserve. Some of the major wildlife species that you can have the sight of here include langur, flying squirrels, leopards, civet cats, giant grizzled squirrel, tiger, elephant and many more.

    Best time to visit: October and March.

    Nearest railhead: Pollachi Railway Station

    Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport.

    Nearest town: Idukki

    Location: Kanthalloor-Perumala Road, Kannan Devan Hills, Kanthalloor, Idukki.
  • 20Mathikettan Shola National Park

    Mathikettan Shola National Park
    The Mathikettan Shola National Park is spread across the area of 12.82 sq km and is located at a distance of approximately 130 km from Madurai in the Idukki district of Kerala. Know as the heaven for wildlife photographers, the Mathikettan Shola National Park is home to myriads of wildlife species some of which include wild elephants, tigers, panthers, giant grizzled squirrel, spotted deer, Nilgiri tahrs, flying squirrels and many more.

    During your visit, you can also have the chance to sight various species of snake-like vipers, rat snakes, cobras, pythons, etc. It is advisable that you wear proper clothing and footwear to protect yourself.

    Best time to visit: November and March.

    Nearest railhead: Theni Railway Station.

    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.

    Nearest town: Idukki

    Location: Poopara Village, Idukki.
  • 21Pampadum Shola National Park

    Pampadum Shola National Park
    The Pambadum Shola National Park is the smallest national park in Kerala and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, which include 22 species of trees, 16 species of climbers, 74 species of herbs, 9 species of mammals, 14 species of birds, 93 species of moths and 100 species of butterflies.

    During your visit, along with the sight of an elephant, wild boar, common langur, gaur, sambhar, you can also witness some of the rarest animals like Nilgiri Marten, Indian wild dogs and Niligir Marten.

    Best time to visit: April to September.

    Nearest railhead: Aluva

    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.

    Nearest town: Aluva

    Location: Pampadam National Park Road, Vattavada, Kerala 685615
  • 22Peechi - Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary

    Peechi - Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and is located in the Thrissur district. It is spread across the area of 125 sq km and is home to some of the most exotic Kerala wildlife.

    The Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary is the home to approximately 25 species of mammals, which include tiger, jungle cat, leopard, Indian bison, and Asian elephant. You can also witness some of the most beautiful bird species in the Peechi-Vazhani Wildlife Sanctuary during your visit.

    Best time to visit: October to March.

    Nearest railhead: Thrissur Railway Station.

    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.

    Nearest town: Thrissur

    Location: Thrissur, Peechi, Kerala 680304
  • 23Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary

    Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another beautiful wildlife sanctuary in Kerala that is the home to some of the most beautiful animals in the country. It is located in the southern part of Kerala and is covered with tropical semi-evergreen forest.

    The primary wild animals that you can witness here include lion-tailed macaques, deer, sambar, leopards, bison, elephants, langurs, tigers and many more. The Shenduruny Wildlife Sanctuary has thick forest cover, which also possesses some of the most exotic plant's species and is spread across 100 sq km of area.

    Best time to visit: March to July.

    Nearest railhead: Kollam Railway Station.

    Nearest airport: Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.

    Nearest town: Thenmala

    Location: Shendurney Wildlife division, Thenmala, 691308
  • 24Kurinjimala Sanctuary

    Kurinjimala Sanctuary
    Situated amidst the lush green mountains of Western Ghats is the Kurinjimala Wildlife Sanctuary, the home to some of the most beautiful animals in the country, some of which include Tiger, giant squirrel, sambar, gaur, Nilgiri wood pigeons, Nilgiri tahr and many more.

    It is also one of the most loved hotspots for various adventurous activities like rappelling, trekking and is extremely amongst thrill seekers.

    Best time to visit: September to May.

    Nearest railhead: Aluva Railway Station.

    Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport.

    Nearest town: Idukki

    Location: Devikulam Taluk, Idukki.
  • 25Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary

    Amarambalam Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Kalimpuzha National Park is the abode to more than 1600 breeds of flora and approximately 34 breeds of fauna. Some of the major animal species that you can find in the Kalimpuzha National Park during your visit include Nilgiri pipit, white bellied blue flycatcher, grey-headed bulbul, Nilgiri wood pigeon, ample tailed grass wabler, and many more.

    Moreover, if you are lucky, you can also have the chance to witness some of the snake species like a cobra, viper, rat snake, etc.

    Best time to visit: October to June.

    Nearest railhead: Palakkad Railway Station.

    Nearest airport: Coimbatore International Airport.

    Nearest town: Nilambur

    Location: Nilambur, Malappuram, Kerala.

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Chembra Peak

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 Wayanad: It is about 40 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Banasura Sagar Dam

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 Wayanad: It is just 2.3 kilometres away from the bus station.

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Kuruva Island

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 Wayanad: It is located 36 kilometres away.

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The Bamboo Factory

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 Wayanad: The distance between the two places is around kilometres.

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Jain Temple, Sulthan Battery

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 Wayanad: It is around 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Pookode Lake

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 Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

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 Wayanad: The distance between the two places is 45 kilometres.

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Edakkal Caves

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 Wayanad: It is located 48 kilometres from here.

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Lakkidi View Point

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 Wayanad: The distance to reach here is approximately 32 kilometres.

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Meenmutty Waterfalls

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 Wayanad: The waterfall is located just 2 kilometres from the bus station.

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Neelimala View Point

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 Wayanad: It is about 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Mudumalai National Park

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 Wayanad: The distance between the two places is approximately 90 kilometres.

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Irupu Falls

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 Wayanad: It is about 56 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary

Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities, the Idukki Wildlife is located in the Thodupuzha and Udumpanchola taluks of Idukki at an altitude of 450 – 750 ft above the sea level.

The sanctuary, flanked on 3 sides by the tranquil waters of Idukki Lake, is housed amidst picturesque settings of tropical evergreen & semi-evergreen forests, meadows, and deciduous trees.
The Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the places to visit in Idukki, houses hordes of wild elephants.

The other species from the animal kingdom include bison, sambar, deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, Malabar Giant Squirrel, wild boars, and tigers. Reptilians such as Cobra, viper, krait, etc will bewilder the visitor, while avian species Malabar grey hornbill, Purple Sunbird, Golden Oriole, and Black bulbul enchant him.

Distance: 
40 km from Thodupuzha, Idukki.

Timings: All day.

Entry fee:
 None.

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Thirunelli Temple

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 Wayanad: It is 50 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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Idukki Arch Dam

The Idukki dam is constructed across the Periyar River, in a valley between the Kuravan and Kurathi hills in Kerala. The awe-inspiring, majestic dam, which stands at 167.68 meters (550 ft), is one of the highest arch dams in Asia. The dam, which is one of the Idukki tourist places, constructed by the Kerala government in 1975 and supports 780 MW hydroelectric power station that draws electricity from this dam.

The sheer magnitude of the structure along with the mountains, verdant vegetation, and 60 sq. km placid lake, which is created by the 3 dams, Idukki dam, Cheruthoni and Kulamavu, captivate the visitors.

Distance:
 33 km from Idukki Dist.

Timings:
Public Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Entry Fees:
 Rs 25 for adults and Rs 5 for children. The tariff for a 15-minute boat ride for 5 persons is Rs. 600.

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