The Must-visit Tourist Attractions of Wayanad
Posted on September 24, 2022 by Ghoomophiro
You may know Kerala is the state with the highest literacy rate but it is also one of the most beautiful places in India in particular and the whole world in general – because of its lush green natural vegetation and exotic wildlife; thus earning its nickname – ‘God’s own country. Nowhere is Kerala more beautiful though than in its Wayanad district. Let us explore in detail the best tourist attractions of this area.
Let us get started with the list:
1. Edakkal Caves
The first and one of the oldest must-see places in Wayanad is the Edakkal caves. These caves have ancient pictorial depictions or cave art that date back to around 6000 BC. The way to the caves will also be a great trekking opportunity. The caves are a must-see place in Wayanad for every history enthusiast and are open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.
2. Kuruva Island
One of the most popular must-see places in Wayanad is Kuruva Island. It is hardly surprising either. The river island located on the Kambani river is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty of Kerala and wildlife enthusiasts would love the chance to explore the opportunities of spotting exotic animals that live here. The bridges on the island, staying true to the scenic beauty of the place, are made of bamboo trees. To add a cherry to the cake, the island also offers some adventurous sports like boating and rafting.
3. Banasura Sagar Dam
Banasura Sagar Dam is built on the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River. Kabuni river is famous for flowing toward the east. The dam is now an excellent spot for trekking adventures.
4. Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary
No person who loves birds or wildlife can miss a chance of exploring the famous Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary – a perfect paradise for Ornithologists and bird lovers. The pathways leading to the century will also offer some exercise to the tourist – some trekking exercise in the lush greenery of the sanctuary with sights of streams and hills to boost. The sanctuary also boasts of a temple and a watchtower but its chief attraction is the edible-nest swiftlet. Also sometimes called white-nest swiftlet, this small bird is found in South-East Asia only. The most amusing thing about the bits is its opaque and whitish nest – that is, it is made exclusively of solidified saliva. It is also the main ingredient of bird’s nest soup, a delicacy of Chinese cuisine.
5. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary
Another must-see place in Wayanad that nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will find difficult to resist is Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. Located within western ghats, the sanctuary is the perfect place for a wildlife sanctuary besides providing a protected natural habitat for exotic wildlife creatures like tigers, elephants, beers, leopards, monkeys, etc as well as several species of reptiles, fishes, and birds. It is crucial to plan the trip well if one wants to go for a jungle safari here though as the sanctuary is only open between 7:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
6. Ripon Tea Factory
India has had a rich relationship with tea ever since the British first introduced it to the Indian masses. It is the favorite beverage of Indians due to its aroma and refreshing taste. A visit to the famous Ripon tea factory can be the perfect way of celebrating this relationship. This must-see place in Wayanad is established at a height of over two thousand meters above the mean sea level and was established by Britishers in the 18th century. The factory is open during the official hours, that is, from 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. One can witness the tea-making process and try some tea flavors for oneself.
7. Pazhassi Raja Tomb
The next must-see place in Wayanad is a great historical place. The Pazhassi Raja tomb is the tomb of the great Raja who bravely fought the British when they tried to take over these lands of Kerala. The top celebrates his heroics with writings and descriptions of his life. Apart from being a feast for history enthusiasts, the tomb offers a calm and soothing place in the natural surrounding to those who may seek it. The nearby museum may also interest history enthusiasts.
8. E3 Theme Park Wayanad Tickets
The last must-see place in Wayanad to make it to this list is the famous E3 Theme Park Wayanad Tickets. A source of pure pleasure for those seeking adrenaline ruses the park is open between from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM daily and is themed on 3Es – Entertainment, Education, and Environment. The park will be the perfect place to take kids but adults too will find some amusement in it. The park has several different themes and amusements and has something for people of all age groups, genders, tastes, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
There are several questions people ask that relate to Wayanadu. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) on this subject:
Question: How to reach Wayanad?
Answer: Wayanad is untouched by railways and airways for the most part. Both the nearest airport and railway station are at Kozhikode By Air. Karipur International Airport at Kozhikode receives flights from both India (including all the metropolitan cities) and internationally. The distance to Wayanad is 110 kilometers which has to be covered by public transportation.
Similarly, Kozhikode railways station is nearly 100 km away and the rest of the distance has to be covered by Road. The best way to travel to Wayanad, particularly for people in nearby cities like Bangalore is by public transportation as State-run buses provided powerful road connectivity.
Question: What is the best time to visit Wayanad?
Answer: As most of the tourist attractions are outdoor and it experiences a tropical climate, Wayanad is best visited during the colder months of the year. October to March may be the best time to visit it.
If the reader has any other questions, they should feel free to ask them in the comments below.
The Bottom Line
One can easily wrap up the above discussion by concluding that Wayanad is a like a place from dreams. No wonder it is such a popular honeymoon destination.