Apart from the backwaters and the sea beaches, another attraction of the God’s own country is the hill-station, like Wayanad. It is actually situated at north-east side of Kerala in India. If you desire to see the breathtaking scenic views from the hilltops with the floating clouds and wish to sense the charming aroma of tea and spices with the ecstasy of enjoying the splendid waterfalls in a day, Wayanad is the best place for you. This is a district of vast biodiversity with a number of tourist places and ideal for trekking too.
How to go to Wayanad?
It is situated at the southern tip of the Deccan plateau. The region of Western Ghats hill range also encompasses some parts of the territory. It is just 85.8 km from Kozhikode town. We have some relatives in Kozhikode. Hence, we visited Wayanad from Kozhikode when we went there to meet them. It was a road trip to Wayanad. The trip was very exciting and thrilling as we cross winding roads within the Western Ghats hill rang, and 9 hairpin bends in the ghat roads (winding roads).
Wayanad can be accessible from Bangalore and Mysore too. It was only an overnight journey. There are Plenty of buses in this two cities to Wayanad.
Nearest Railway station and Airport is Kozhikode.
Where to stay?
We didn’t stay at Wayanad as we stay at Kozhikode. But, if you have a plan to stay at Wayanad, you can find the number of beautiful Homestays where you can experience the Malabari lifestyle with typical Malayali foods. But, availability of public transport is not so good. So, it’s better to keep your car (own/rented) with you. you can select your preferable homestay by considering reviews and price range from Homestays.
What to see in Wayanad?
Wayanad is enriched with the huge range of biodiversity. You can see the field of pineapple and banana plantation on the steps of the mountain range during your journey.
Masala tea is very popular in Wayanad. You can find tea garden near Soochipara falls and many other sides of the hill ranges. Tea plants are always growing under the shade of big trees. The mystery of masala tree is the farming of spices like pepper, cloves, cardamom and other spices within the tea garden. So, it’s easy to mix the spices, cultivated from the garden with the dried tea leaves to form the Masala tea or the tea with spices.
After 2 hrs of a journey from Kozhikode, in the winding roads of the Western Ghats and enjoying the scenic views with the floating clouds on the hilltop, we finally reached the Lakkidi viewpoint.
It is the gateway of Wayanad. The bird’s eye view of the cloud filled mountain and greenery around it, with the serpentine Western ghat pass are really astounding. Early morning view is better if the sky is clear. The place is also very attractive for its luxuriant vegetations and gurgling mountain stream. You can enjoy spectacular sunset if you visit this place during the evening.
The serpentine Western ghat pass.
It is a natural freshwater lake, and brimming with the evergreen and very near from Lakkidi. Boating and foot spa are available in this lake. Here you can find some local shops for buying Wayanad masala tea (tea with spices) and local spices.
Soochipara is one of the beautiful places in Wayanad. The main attraction of this valley is the three-tiered waterfall, which is tumbling down from 200-300 meter height. You need to trek approx 2-3 km path within a dense forest of this valley. The beauty of this path is spectacular. Nature decorates the path to the sublime view of the cloud-covered Chembra peak, the scenic tea-estate, the wild deer and monkey, and the different varieties of stunning trees. After walking that slippery, rocky and hard, and path, when we reached to that fall, our all tiredness was wiped away by the stream of this fall. This is so magnificent that we just forgot our tiring trek within the drizzle. The waterfall plummets down into the large pool of water that is a good place for swimming. Another highlight of this place is the treetop hut within the dense forest.
Banasura Sagar Dam:
This is a 30-minute drive from Soochipara. It is the largest earthen dam in India and second largest in Asia. This is a picnic spot. The boating facility is also available here. The scenic beauty of this place is amazing. But, I couldn’t take any picture from here as my leg was injured during the trek to Soochipara waterfall. So, I collected this picture from Google.
A day trip is not enough to visit Wayanad. I recommend staying at least for a day. It is a very good place for the honeymooners and the adventure lovers. The Couples will enjoy this place if they stay there for 1 or 2 nights. The trek lovers will enjoy the trip most when they visit Chembra peak that is ideal for trekking.
My theme for this Challenge is The OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS OF INDIA.
P.P.S: Please don’t forget to share your blog URL while commenting on this post from the social media site. It’s difficult to find your blog from the social media.