Wayanad has got everything for everyone. Be it the forests, tea estates, museums, heritage sites, waterfalls or any other. Diversity within is what makes Wayanad special. One has to be informed that while covering these destinations, it is always recommended to visit them in order as a specific route will have different attractions and transferring from one attraction to another which is in a different route can become tiresome. Travellers are also recommended to check with the local authority on the functioning of all the attractions on the day of travel.
A detailed three day itinerary with selected places of interest and its highlights are given below.
Located 50 kms from After the rains resort, in the middle of the Kabini forest Kuruva is a group of small islands with thick belt of rich flaura and fauna. Truly a natures blessing where one can spot many rare trees, medicinal plants, wild flowers and birds. The only way to access the island is by rafting in a bamboo raft through the kabini river. Ideal for nature lovers, Kuruva island takes you on a magical escape to a different world.
‘Pakshipathalam’ is a bird sanctuary and a trekking spot. One of the most frequented locations by birds in the state ‘Pakshipathalam’ is an abode for bird spotters and trekkers offering stunning views in a naturally enriched environment. The trek passes through caves and grasslands where you can spot en number of birdlife. A portion of the hill is in Karnataka and is known as the ‘Brahmagiri hills’ from which the popular ‘Papanashini’ river flows to irrigate the area.
Visit Uravu, a non- profit organisation which concentrates on the development and sale of Bamboo products. What makes Uravu special is its variety of quality products, the grass root impact it has on rural development and its commitment for sustainability. Uravu offers a wide variety of crafted products and one can also see how it is processed in the premises.
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 offers magnificent views. One can also enjoy boating and adventurous activities in the area.
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.
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.
Located at a distance of 20km from us, Soochipara water falls is a three-tiered waterfall surrounded by tropical forests. The best season to visit Soochipara is from the month of August – January. One has to trek a distance of 2km from the car parking to reach the waterfalls and the small water body at the foot of the falls is ideal for a short swim. It is one of the famous tourist destinations in Wayanad.
A perfect choice for trekking in Wayanad that will take you to the highest peak of Wayanad hills, Chembra peak is situated at a distance of 15 km from After the Rains resort in Wayanad. Guides and trekking equipment are available on hire. The iconic heart shaped lake is the main attraction of the Chembra peak. A view of whole of Wayanad is visible from the peak and the 3 hour trek to the top make Chembra a must try in an adventurist’s list.
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.