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  • As we all know, Wayanad is a place with limitless options to make every kind of its visitors happy. Trekking in Wayanad is the best option to enjoy the wilderness and the hilly regions in the Western Ghats. The tranquil trails of the trekking areas in Wayanad would astonish any heart for sure. There are the wildlife sanctuaries, mountains and peaks, temples, forest ranges, waterfalls etc which demand a challenging trek through some of the most beautiful routes to reach them. 

    Here is a list of some of the best trekking spots in the scenic Wayanad that would invite you to enjoy the beauty of a splendid nature without any hindrances. Chembra Peak Trek, Pakshpathalam Trek, Banasura Hills Trek, Tusharagiri Trek and Brahmagiri Trek are the most wanted trekking trips in this region offering the perfect blend of lush greenery and other factors.

    Along with the popular treks in Wayanad, people take the opportunity to do camping, cycling, sightseeing, rappelling, boating etc since the district is filled with options for all these activities. The natural as well as artificial attractions located very close to each other make Wayanad a favourite adventure destination for people from all over the world. 

    Especially, those who are trying to escape from the clutches of the fast-paced city life will be looking forward to having a splendid time amidst the unforgettable natural attractions and they blindly choose Wayanad. Bangaloreans, Chennaites etc are the major tourist sects from the metro cities coming to Wayanad every weekend or for short holidays.

    Here are the best places for trekking in Wayanad:

  • 01The Chembra Peak Trek

    A perfect place to trek that will take you to the tallest of the Wayanad hills and is at a height of nearly 6,900 feet. The Chembra Peak trek is a popular choice among amateurs, while trekking in Wayanad, as it is considerably well known and safe as the district forest office keeps a close watch with their guides. They also offer trekking equipments on rent for tourists.

    The trek to the Chembra peak is a straight route through green meadows. The initial phase might take you by surprise as the slopes from the foot are surprisingly steep. It takes some time for a trekker to adjust to the terrain but once he does, the rest is a cakewalk.

    The lush green slopes of the Chembra hill are rich in flora and fauna. Blessed with natural beauty, a trek along the slopes of this hill will provide you with an opportunity to witness unprecedented natural beauty.

    The trek uphill requires a trekker to cross seven hills before reaching the Chembra peak. It takes a maximum of three hours for even a leisurely paced trekker to reach the peak. The Chembra peak has many wonders hidden in it such as the heart-shaped lake called Hridaya Saras where overnight camping options in Wayanad are possible at the peak.

    Best Season: September to February

    Difficulty Level: Easy

    Ascend to Chembra Peak in Wayanad

    Ascend to Chembra Peak in Wayanad

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  • 02Trekking , Cycling And Camping Tour in Wayanad

    Trekking , Cycling And Camping Tour in Wayanad
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    About the activity :

    • Adventure is out there, and the best time for you to explore every aspect of your adventurous life is while on an exciting cycling and camping tour with trekking near the exotic lands of Bansurua in Wayanad.
    • Grab your friends and strap on your helmets as you prepare for an exciting ride of a lifetime. While on this tour, you can enjoy a relaxing camping experience as well, gazing at the stars and dining on a barbeque dinner with your loved ones.
    • Interact with your friends and share stories by the campfire as you spend the night under the company of a clear night sky. Embark on an exciting trekking experience with your gang on your next trip and let the wonders of nature take over you.
    • The package includes food and comfortable accommodation in tents.
  • 03The Pakshipathalam Trek

    The Pakshipathalam Trek

    Pakshipathalam has a height of 1,740 meters above sea level and stands out as quite a challenging location for those tourists that are looking for adventure during trekking in Wayanad. You will want to visit the Lord Vishnu temple.

    In order to reach the top, you will have to travel for 16 km. The Pakshipathlam trek takes you through wild forests, deep caves and thick rock blocks.

    Pakshipathalam is near the Brahmagiri hills, but unlike the latter Pakshipathalam has gentler slopes and is a pretty much easy terrain to climb. With spectacularly beautiful surroundings, the hill offers great opportunities for photography.

    If you are a cave exploring enthusiast, you would also want to check out the ones at Chembra hill.  The caves are a bit too narrow for comfortable passage and require a lot of agility.

    Best Season: November to April

    Difficulty Level: Moderate

  • 04Trekking Through Kalladi Forest, Wayanad

    Trekking Through Kalladi Forest, Wayanad
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    The 6 hour guided trail takes you across beautiful tea gardens and spice towns to the old rain forests of Wayanad. Trek through the ancient forests at the high altitudes and meet nature at its full display.

    The nearly 10 km trek begins around 10 am in the morning. You will be driven along the foothills of the extension of the Chembra ranges of the Western Ghats. Cross the quaint spice towns and tea gardens towards a remote settlement where the curving road leads you to the cardamom forests. Also known as the Kalladi forest, it still maintains its age-old rain forest trees, and you trek your way through the huge trees. A couple of hours into the trek you reach a ridge which gives you stunning views of the misty valley beneath. You cross the river and continue your trek to another clear stream. En route to your final destination, have some packed lunch that can be provided by us at an extra cost. At sunset our vehicle takes you back to your room after a splendid day of trekking and exploration.

    Duration: Around 6 hours

    Difficulty level: Challenging

  • 05The Banasura Trek

    The Banasura Trek

    This trek takes you to the top of Banasura Hill, the second highest mountain in the Wayanad. It is a trek that is filled with mysticism and is moderately difficult. Goading and challenging, the Banasura peak sits at an elevation of 6,801 feet. As is evident, the hill is named after the mythical character Banasura.

    The Banasura Hill is not an easy place to do trekking in Wayanad as it has given grief to many an experienced trekker. The steep slopes, knee-high weeds and rocks blocking the path; Banasura hill presents a tough terrain which can deter many determined trekkers who have proved their mettle on a Wayanad trek.

    Nevertheless, the hill rewards the courageous with an amazing view that overlooks the Banasura Water Reservoir and the misty peaks of the surrounding hills. It is advisable to stock yourself with enough water before going for a trek on the mighty Banasura Hill.

    For accommodation, you will find some of the best places to stay in Wayanad in this region and you should give a try to them.

    Best Season: October to May

    Difficulty Level: Difficult

  • 06Trekking and Camping in Thirunelli, Wayanad

    Trekking and Camping in Thirunelli, Wayanad
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    About the activity :

    On your next holiday, enjoy a long and relaxing time in the expanse of Thirunelli and revel in the amazing environ of all that nature can provide you.  Trekkers and nature enthusiasts can revel in the tranquil surroundings of nature and get transported to a whole new world! Thirunelli is well known for its beautiful temples and its serene, peaceful surroundings. Many a trekker and nature lover have paid their respects to this heavenly forested region in the South of India.

    During your visit here, you can lounge in the company of the Kalindi River and go trekking to the intimidating mountain ranges of the Brahmagiri with your adventure buddies! There are so many ways you can enjoy a short trip to the hilly paradise that is Tirunelli and this is your chance to have an amazing experience of a lifetime!

    Meal Types : Dinner and Breakfast (Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian)

    Activities : Village Walk And Plantation Walk , Camping In Tent , Campfire Dinner , Trekking.

    Difficulty Level : Easy

     

  • 07The Brahmagiri Peak Trek

    The Brahmagiri Peak Trek

    The trek takes you to the top of the Brahmagiri peak for a wonderful scenic view of the entire landscape around the Brahmagiri hill. Just in case you forget, make sure that you take a camera with you to immortalize the view.

    The trek along the Brahmagiri slope is an enjoyable experience of trekking in Wayanad. The hill presents a mesmerizing view of the surroundings from its slopes.

    You will come across pretty little streams where you can take a break before continuing on your journey uphill. The slope can get quite steep towards the peak, but the vista that awaits you at the summit will wipe out all memories of the arduous journey.

    The only peak that is higher than the Brahmagiri summit is that of the Chembra peak and you can see it once you reach the top.

    The grass laden slopes of the nearby mountains, the clouds hovering beneath your feet and the beautiful sky that stoops down into the horizon will make you feel on top of the world, literally!

    Best Season: November to February

    Difficulty Level: Medium to Difficult

    Where to Stay: Best resorts to stay in Wayanad

  • 08Thusharagiri Trek

    Thusharagiri Trek

    Set in the Western Ghats, Thusharagiri is a popular destination for trekking around Bangalore and is home to some very beautiful waterfalls. You can hear the roar of the falls as you go near Thusharagiri.

    Situated about 50 km from Kozhikode in Kerala, Thusharagiri is visited by a lot of tourists throughout the year for sightseeing, trekking, adventure sports etc. The rugged topography of Thusharagiri is an ideal terrain for those who are looking for a heavy duty trekking opportunity.

    The trail takes you through dense forests, waterfalls, gurgling streams etc and makes good for all the trouble with its splendid natural beauty. A trek in this beautiful region gives you the opportunity to have a glimpse of the wonderful rubber, areca nuts, pepper, etc plantations of the region. The trail of Thusharagiri trekking in Wayanad has about 5 waterfalls but it is possible to cover only 3 in a day.

    It is advisable to return back to base camp and return the next day to complete the trek. A stay in the jungle is quite risky due to wild animals. Stock up on food as much as you can before starting the trek.

    Best Season: September to February

    Difficulty Level: Medium


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Trekking in Wayanad

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

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

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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 Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: Pookode Lake is located 27.3 kilometres from the Bus station in Wayanad

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an esteemed natural habitat of many rare and endangered flora and fauna and a wonderful getaway for wildlife lovers. 

It is one of those rejuvenating retreats where people can appreciate sustainable tourism with a bit of adventure and recreation. The two most important areas in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is Muthanga and Tholpetty.

Offering an excellent opportunity to see the elephant herds, deer, langurs and tigers roam freely in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an absolute delight. 

Tourists here can also indulge in bird watching or undertake trekking in the forest with advance booking. Being a vital part of Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a biodiversity hotspot that one must add to their places to see in Wayanad.

Location: Bathery- Puthupally Road, Wayanad District, Sultan Bathery, Kerala 

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

Entry fee: INR 10/ USD 0.15 for Indians and INR 100/ USD 1.54 for foreigners

Timings: It is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and then from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Distance from Bus Station, Dam Road, Padinjarathara, Wayanad: It is approximately 60 kilometres away from the bus station in Wayanad.

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