Located near Meppadi in the southern part of Wayanad, Chembra Peak is the tallest peak in the region at a height of 2100 metres. Climbing up the peak is a real test to one�s physical prowess but as one climbs higher and higher the scenic beauty is so enthralling that all aches and pains and breathlessness are forgotten in an instant. Climbing up and coming down would take a day, but the view from the top is worth the climb.
This uninhabited 950 acres of evergreen forest, on the tributaries of east flowing river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot. Many rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are found here. The islands are located 17 Kms. East of Mananthavady and 40 kms. North west of Sulthan Bathery.
Located deep within the forest of the Brahmagiri hills at an altitude of more than 1700 metres, the region predominantly comprises large and massive boulders. The deep caves found here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and distinctive species of plants. Pakshipathalam is located near Mananthavady and requires a 7 km trek through the forest, starting from Thirunelli.
A natural fresh water lake surrounded by virgin forests and hypnotizing beauty. The weather here is salacious. Pookot Lake is one of the most sought after tourist spots in Wayanad. The Lake houses an aquarium and a green house. Boating facilities are also available. There are shops selling Spices and handicraft items for souvenir lovers.
The Lakkidi view point as soon as you climb up the ghats gives you a breathtaking view of the valley and the winding road uphill. The viewpoint presents a panoramic view of the Valley with clouds floating and the sunlight throwing up myriad shades. At night you can see the distant lights of other towns as tiny dots resembling the stars in the sky and also of the vehicles slowly moving uphill.
Muthanga Wild Life Sanctuary
One of the biggest abode of wild animals in the Malabar region of Kerala, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is located 16 kms. East of Sulthan Bathery, and borders Karnataka. Elephant, spotted deer, bison, tiger, cheetah, wild bear, etc. are found in plenty. The forest Department has facilities for providing elephant rides for tourists.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Considered as the largest earth dam in India, Banasura Sagar Dam is located in the southwestern part of Wayanad district and is close to the Karalad Lake. An interesting fact is that when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas a set of islands were formed.
The Chain Tree is actually a large Ficus tree with a long chain around it. It is believed that an adivasi (tribal) youth named Karinthandan helped or guided the British engineer to find the difficult path through the dense forests to Wayanad. But engineer in order to take the credit for this discovery killed Karinthandan. But the angry soul of this adivasi started troubling travellers who used to visit Wayanad and a priest was called upon and he chained the angry spirit to this tree.
Kanthan Para Waterfalls
The Kanthanpara Waterfalls located 8 kms East of Meppady is a relatively smaller fall compared to Meenmutty & Soochipara. Surrounded by bamboo forests, it is more noted for the breathtaking beauty of the path leading to the fall than the waterfall itself.
Soochippara (Sentinel Rock) Waterfalls
A real treasure of nature the Soochippara Waterfalls at Vellarimala village near Chooralmala in Meppadi Panchayat is breathtaking with stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height. The pool formed below, is ideal for water rafting, swimming, bathing, etc.. One can view the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs from the tree top huts at Soochippara. The sentinel rock, at a height of more than 200 m., is ideal for rock cl
The largest waterfall in Wayanad with its three stage falls dropping from about 300 meters, Meenmutty falls is another spot for trekking enthusiasts. The falls can be reached through a 2 km trekking route from the main road connecting Ootty and Wayanad.
Edakkal Caves are located three kilometres from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. This is actually a cleft about 96ft long and 22ft wide in the rock. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. The main attraction here is the pre – historic carvings, representing human beings and animal on the walls of the caves.
Smaller in size when compared to Meenmutty, Chethalayam waterfall is another visitor attraction in Wayanad. Located close to Sulthan Bathery in the northern part of the region, the falls and the adjoining areas are ideal locales for trekking and a haunt for bird watchers.
Pazhassi Raja Tomb
Pazhassi Tourist Resort at Mananthavady is a good picnic centre in north Wayanad. A good aquarium, coin-operated toys for children and boating facilities for tourists are available here. Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who fought against the British East India Company, was cremated here in 1805.