Coming with a lot of surprises for everyone with her evergreen beauty, Wayanad is a story that urges you to discover more every time you explore it. Be it Forests, history, culture, food and adventure, Wayanad has got all for you. Kindly note Wayanad is a district where the entire tourist destinations are spread throughout its area, and, one would need proper planning and understanding of destinations in Wayanad to have a smooth sightseeing trip. The below is the list of tourist attractions which has a fine balance of culture, history, nature and adventure that one can enjoy which are comfortably distanced from After the Rains resort.
Cruising Kanthanpara Waterfalls
At a distance of 5 km from After the Rains resort ,the Kanthanpara water falls is scenic and naturally blessed with a surrounding of evergreen forests. An ideal tourist place in Wayanad for a picnic during summers, it is safe to take a swim in the pool formed under the falls. The 30 meter waterfall is accessible by a very short trek from the car park.
Explore Edakkal Caves
Being the only place in India with stone age carving from 6000 BC, a trip to Edakkal caves is one of its kind. It is located at a distance of 23kms from the resort and the trek to the caves from the car park takes approximately 45 min. it is believed that the 8000 year old carvings on the stones represent the Indus valley civilization and represent various carvings of man, animal and livelihood. Kindly note that the caves are closed on all Mondays for maintenance.
Lunch can be enjoyed from many joints open around the year. A suggestion would be trying out the Bamboo biryani from Wilton Hotel in Sulthan Bathery.
Wild at Muthanga
Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere. The rich biodiversity of the surrounding deciduous forest and the lush flora and fauna found in the place makes it typically a drive into the wild. One can spot elephants, deer’s, monkeys, wild bulls and occasionally tigers from the area. Safari timings at three in the evenings.
Probably once you have finished the safari, it’s time for winding up your day. Shopping can be done from the markets of Sulthan Bathery or Ambalavayal where you get good quality spices, fragrant oils, homemade chocolates, clothes and many more.
Visit India’s biggest earth dam
Explore Banasura Sagar dam, the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, that impounds the waters of the Karamanathodu, a tributary of the Kabini river. The reservoir formed by the dam is dotted with tiny islands enveloped in thick foliage ,offering magnificent views. One can also enjoy boating and adventurous activities in the area. The dam is located at a distance of 35 kms After the Rains resort and has steady approachable roads.
Explore Wayanad tea museum
Proceed to the Tea museum, one of its kind in Wayanad where one can connect and get to know the history and tradition of the tea industry in the area. Among the exhibits are the old machinery used, photographs of the past and further insights of the culture of tea processing. Further one can enjoy tea tasting from the “Tea Bar”, displaying fine collection of teas.
Lunch can be enjoyed from Vythiri which offers various choices to travellers. A suggestion would ne the Chicken Kondattam from the old “Harris hotel”.
Peace at Pookode Lake
One of the most popular tourist spots in Wayanad, this fresh water lake offers boating, child friendly activities, walking spaces and soft experiences. The rich biodiversity and flora of the area is a refreshing site altogether and is a comfortable getaway for all kinds of tourists.
Sunset from the Lakkidi view point
End your day with the perfect sunset from Lakkidi viewpoint where breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains can be viewed. Best visited around 5:30pm, Lakkidi view point also has ample sources for recreation and refreshment.