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Tourist hot spots in Wayanad
Sulthan Bathery Jain temple
Located near the town has believed to be used by Tipu Sulthan as his Ammunition Depot.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga
The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is 16 km east of Sultan’s Battery. This sanctuary of more than 344 sq. km of remote rain forest is adjacent to the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka and the Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamilnadu.
Open from 6 to 8 am and 3 to 5 pm. The first trip (morning) visitors will be lucky to view maximum animals. Entry fee Rs 10 per adult, Video Rs 150, Still camera Rs 25, Vehicle Entry fee Rs 50, Guide fee Rs 100, 8 seater jeep rent Rs 300. Dormitory accommodation and Forest huts for stay.
Displays tribal jewellery, sculptures, weapons etc.
The famous Edakkal caves are 12 km South of Sultan’s Battery near Ambalavayal on Ambukuthy mala. These caves are important archaeological sites displaying prehistoric petroglyphs. These caves are natural rock cut out formations. They are famous the world over for their ancient carvings and pictorial wall inscriptions of human and animal figures with peculiar head dresses and swastik forms and symbols. According to Archaeologists, this place was one of the earliest centres of human civilization.
Lakkadi & Pookot lake
Lakkadi in Wayanad is one of the places in the world having the highest rainfall and is the gateway to Wayanad. The place is of great scenic beauty with streams, luxuriant vegetation and picturesque hills. Pookot Lake is only 3 km from here. This wide and deep natural fresh water lake is one of the rare reservoirs of water in the district. Surrounded on all sides with trees and meadows, this is a favourite haunt of the tourists. This scenic place has boating facility and a small aquarium.
Kottamunda is on the slope of Vellarimala 20 km from Kalpetta. The place acquires significance because of the Glass Temple here dedicated to Parswanatha Swami, the third Thirthankara of the Jain Faith. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect in thousands of beautiful image patterns of the icons in the temple sanctum sanctorium.
The Chembra peak lying at 2100 m ASL is the highest peak in Wayanad, 14 km fom Kalpetta (via Meppady). The entire region is quite picturesque with tea plantations and a variety of flora and fauna and some wildlife in the jungles. At the top of the Chembra Peak, there is a lake that has never been dry. It is a delightful spot for the trekkers and nature lovers.
It is a popular trekking destination (Dec to March) with permission of the Forest officials. It is less than 2 hour trek to top. Season Nov to April.
Kanthan para falls
This beautiful falls is 10 km from Meppadi, 22 km from Kalpetta.
Sentinel Rock falls
Locally known as Soochiapra, the pool at the foot of the falls is ideal for a quick dip. This beautiful falls is 22 km from Kalpetta. The falls is after Kanthampara falls and larger.
This beautiful falls is 12 km from Meppadi via Vaduvanchal. A 2 km trek from the main road. There is a trek route from here to Nilambur via forest. Permission can be obtained for this day trek from Forest office, Meppady.
This ancient Lourde Matha church is 12 km from Kalpetta.
This ancient masjid ia at Padinjarethara, 15 km from Kalpetta.
Banasura sagar dam
India's largest earth dam with a small hydel power station at a scenic location near Padinjarethara, 25 km from Kalpetta. Boating and trekking options are there for tourists. Karalad lake is near by.
This 300 year old mosque has extensive wood carvings, originally built by the Nair community. 23 km from Mananthawady on the Kuttyadi road.
Panamaram Jain temple
This ancient temple is 5 km from Panamaram. Pazassi fort is near by.
Pazhassi raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla warfare against the British East India Comapany. Gallery, weapons of Pazassi raja etc located near Mananthawady. Ancient Valliyurkavu temple is near by.
This 950 acre uninhabited forested island in Kabini river has rare herbals, orchids, flowers, plants and wildlife. It is 17 km from Mananthawady / 6 km from Kartikulam. Boats are ferrying passengers to the island. Avoid the
monsoon time for the visit.
Begur wildlife sanctuary
On the Tholpetty road, one can view animals at the safety of a vehicle. Morning time, hundreds of deers and other animals can be seen.
Tholpetty wildlife sanctuary
This sanctuary is 20 km from Mananthawady on the Kutta road near the Karnataka border. Open fromm 7 to 9 am and 3 to 5 pm. The first trip (morning) visitors will be lucky to view maximum animals. Entry fee Rs 10 per adult, Video Rs 150, Still camera Rs 25, Vehicle Entry fee Rs 50, Guide fee Rs 100, 8 seater jeep rent Rs 300. Accomodation is in near by resort or in Mananthawady.
This ancient temple is located in a scenic place surrounded by hills. This pilgrim centre is on the banks of Papanashini river in the Brahmagiri valley. Thousaands of Pilgrims reach here for performing ancestral rights on Karkidaka vavu. 32 km from Mananthawady.
A forested trekking route to view rare birds and wildlife. Season : Dec to Mar. It is a 7.5 km trek from Inspection Bunglow near Tirunelli temple. Guided trek with Forest permission at RS 800 for 5 persons.
Sita devi temple
At Pulpally, Mananthawady.