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Tholpetty sanctuary is connected with the Nagarhole National Park and the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary and is situated in the northern side of the Wayanad. Rich in flora and fauna, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The wildlife jeep safari at the sanctuary offers superb opportunities to spot various animals and bird species in their natural habitat. The safari usually lasts between 2-4 hours and takes place twice a day from 7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm. Experienced includes a lake, where animals usually come up to quench their thirst during the summer.
Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary is adjoining to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. The sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Sanctuary has a large population of elephants and has been declared a Project Elephant site. Elephants roam freely here and tigers are also sighted occasionally. Various species of deer, monkeys, birds, butterflies and insects. Elephant rides are arranged by the Forest Department.
Soojipara is one of the most fascinating places in Wayanad. The water falls from 300 ft. to 100 ft. heights and to reach the waterfall, one has to trek down 2 km approximately over steep rocks. Another attraction of the place are the tree top huts which will give a unique view of the valley of the Western Ghats. Water rafting and swimming are other activities pursued here.
The Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Wayanad. Situated on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala near the Papanasini River the temple has ancient inscriptions which date back to the period of Bhaskara Ravi Varma I (962–1019 CE). Legend says that Lord Brahma had installed the deity of Lord Vishnu which he found set in an Amla tree. It is said that the waters of the area would wash away all sins. (Thus, the spring and river near the temple is called Papanasini—“washes away all sins”).
Kanthanpara is a relatively small waterfall near Soochipara waterfalls. Compared to its adjacent waterfall, it lacks grandeur and is less frequented. But this is a very pleasant destination and an easy hike away from the main road will help you reach here.
Meenmutty waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall situated about 29 km from Kalpetta. With water nose-diving from about 1000 ft., it is the second largest waterfall in Kerala and the most spectacular. The serene ambience at the place coupled with the gentle sound of water gurgling over rocks makes natural music which you hear as you near the waterfalls through the jungle will surely rejuvenate your spirits. Climbing over hillocks through the dense foliage of the forests to reach the waterfalls can be a rare, thrilling experience to many.
3 Hills County is situated amidst many Coffee, Pepper, Rubber and Vanilla plantations. Take a walk out to discover the diverse flora and fauna or just for relaxation or exercise. A walk along the plantations will refresh your mind, body and soul. One can even visit tea factories and watch the processing of tea. Our guests can also take part in the harvesting activities.
Pookode Lake is a scenic natural freshwater lake in the Wayanad district in Kerala, South India. Pookode lake nestles amid evergreen forests and mountain slopes at an altitude of 770 meters above sea level. It is 15 km away from Kalpetta.
Panamaram, the rivulet which ultimately becomes Kabani River, originates from the Pookode lake.It is spread across an area of 8.5 hectares and with a maximum depth of 6.5 metres. Lying 3 km south of Vythiri town, the lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Wayanad.
Kuruva Dweep is a 950-acre protected river delta on the Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala. The uninhabited island has dense and evergreen forest and hence a home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: uncommon species of birds, orchids and herbs namely. Its unique geographical characteristics make it an island of peace away from city life and thus it has become a place of attraction. Most recently, it has been identified as the most visited place in the district by tourists from all over the globe.
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India's Western Ghats. They lie 1,200 metres above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, beside an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BC, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from south India
Located in the town of Ambalavayal, 27 kms from Kalpetta, the Museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts that shed light on the history, culture and heritage of Wayanad region. This is one of the best-maintained museums of Kerala's Malabar region. The museum has a fine collection of 14 - 16th century sculptures, tribal artifacts, which include jewels, hunting and fishing weapons, farming implements etc.
Considered to be the largest earth dam in India, the Banasura project precincts are an ideal starting point for treks to the Banasura Peak. An interesting feature is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The largest earth dam in India, Banasura Dam is 15 kms northwest of Kalpetta. This large expanse of water is bounded on one side with magnificent hills of heavenly charm.
Pakshipathalam at Bramhagiri hills at Thirunelly is a challenging tourist spot. It is 7 kms. north-east of Thirunelly temple and is situated 1740 m. above sea level. To reach 'Pakshipathalam', 17 kms. have to be covered through the wild forest. The deep rock caves formed at the northern top end of the Brahmagiri is the abode of various birds, animals and distinctive species of plants.