There are places that don't need a description and there are some that just can't be defined. Wayand is certainly the latter and a visit there will justify this belief. Marked by stunning waterfalls, green fields, small hills and enviable flora and fauna, Wayand is what traveller dreams are made of. You don't need an itinerary for this one since any place you head to is an adventure in itself, though for the sake of clarity, Chembra Peak, Soochippara Water falls and Sunrise Valley are spots you simply can't miss. Wayand is also an exporter of cardamom, pepper, vanilla, coffee and pepper. You may catch a glimpse of coffee plantation and spice fields while exploring this lovely city. Do include Kuruva Island in your itinerary for its unreal beauty. Situated alongside Kabani river, it's the ideal picnic spot and there is no better way to spend your day in Wayanad than enjoying the bliss here. For foodies, Wayand is a delectable surprise and if you are in the mood to experiment, this is a great place to start. As for a place to stay, Wayand has recently become home to boutique hotels and guesthouses that will definitely add to your holiday experience.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Wayanad is from November to June
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Our second day in Wayanad started with the breakfast at out hotel apartment. We left for our trek to Chembra peak at 7 AM.About Chembra Peak:Trek timing : 7AM to 2 PM.Entrance : On the spot permissions from the forest department.Costs 750 for a group of 10 . Trek guide charges is also included in this . However, we can tip the guide if we are happy with the services.Total ascent of the trek : approx 4000 ft.Height of the Chembra peak : 6900 ft above sea level.The Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad. The forest department doesn’t allow for trekking till the peak but one can trek till the heart lake. The trek is really tedious (considered 6/10 on the rate of difficulty level) and it took us three hours by foot to reach the heart lake. We saw several people returning without going to the Heart lake as the last leg of the trek is very steep and requires a lot of stamina. Several stops and one pack of glucose later (that was for me, the rest of the group was fine), we made to the top. The view from the top was breathtaking. We stayed there for an hour and took some snaps and were back to the base.
Banasura Sagar Dam
Just at the foothills of the Banasura Hills is the famous Banasura Sagar Dam. This dam is found at a distance of 21 kilometres from Kalpeta. The second largest dam in all of Asia, the structure is made up of huge boulders. The water comes from a tributary of the River Kabini. The beauty of this place attracts many tourists, Indian and as well as foreigners. The Banasura Hills make for an awesome backdrop and one has the option of going on a trek while on a visit here. Boating rides are held and one should make it a point to enjoy this facility.
The caves.. yeah! Stony and slippery.. A small adventurous uphill walk(or rather climb) which will make you almost believe that you cant make it to the top of the cave! The incessant rainfall was discouraging, also a bit foggy which was obfuscating our view. Nevertheless, we marched to the caves highest point. Moving up was tedious while moving down was also enjoyable in a way that we thought we could just roll down the cliff, over the edge and down, down, down.. Shouldn't be a miss!
The beauty of the place is further enhanced by the presence of Kabini river which flows just beside the center.All throughout the day one can hear the crystal clear sound of water flowing. The beauty and tranquillity of the place can only be seen and felt. No words can do justice to that. Coming to the point what I was doing at that kind of place, I went there to have a break from city life. Rejuvenation with infusion of new energy was what I was looking for. And the center is just perfect for that.The center is employing the ancient ayurvedic principles in treatment. From food, medicines, herbs, oils almost everything is either grown indigenously or procured from the forests. Everything is organic to the core. I have not seen the ayurveda principles being followed so religiously anywhere.The rejuvenation program employs holistic approach towards the body. The day starts with pooja followed by yoga for body. Thereafter the tasty organic breakfast.Break of 1-2 hr is given and then the time for massages. Again it's time for yoga but for mind called nidra yoga.People interested can later attend kairali sessions which is a form of martial art.Healthy lunch and rest. Evenings are for pooja/ yoga again. Otherwise one can just go for a walk in the wild or enjoy the time at river side.Only those who are interested in having peace and solitude should go at this place. You will find travellers from all over the world. Talk, discuss and learn from each other's experience.
Thirunelli Temple Wayanad
Thirunelli Temple was my first priority and after a bit of Youtube-ing and Google-ing, I found that there is Papanashini located just about a kilometer from the temple. I planned it as a weekend trip and the only important things in my itinerary were the Temple and Paapanashini. Rest plan was 'no plan'.More details can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirunelli_Temple To read more: The Thirunelli Ways
Kayaking & Adventure sports on Karlad lake: It’s a small, well maintained lake which offers adventure sports like rock climbing, zip lining and kayaking. We did kayaking and it was fun. The surrounding views from the lake is very pretty. Not too crowded as the other tourist spots and hence its a good place to relax and have some peaceful time.