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
How To Reach
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I definitely don't need words for Chembra Peak; it's breathtakingly beautiful <3 It is a peak 2050m above the sea level and has ~5km of trek to be covered overall (~2.5km up & down). Time taken for trek: 3-4 hours on average. All you sweat is all worth it once you're at the top!! Heart-shaped Chembra lake & the view of Wayanad is just so distinctive that you'll remember it for a lifetime! I want to say how this place is, but i'm just not getting the best of words :(Now, time for important details:Total Trip Expense: INR 5000 per person(Trip of total 4 people..and is still relatively expensive as we chose to stay in a tree house, else you can cover it up within INR 3500)Journey Expense: Bangalore-Mysore Chamundi Train - just a 2 hour journey, so we picked regular seats rather than AC seater. Cost: total INR 70 for one way journey.Mysore-Wayanad-Mysore: Booked a NON AC Sedan, costed INR 6000 (way more economical than prices considered from Bangalore, also split by 4 costed INR 1500 each)Hotel Expense: INR 11,000 (split by 4 - costed just 2750) -- which by the way includes the stay along with 3 meal of the day.
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.
31. Kabini -Kabini is situated on the backwaters and is among the more offbeat weekend getaways from Bangalore. A boat ride is a must. You will be isolated from the outside world. A jungle ride to spot wild animals is also something one should undertake. Follow the signboard to find your way to the place. The route is quite scenic barring the last few kilometres. There are a few resorts in the area which also offer guided tours. This short weekend trip could do you a world of good.
Hiking up to Edakkal Caves: Situated around 16 kms from Sultan Bathery, the Edakkal Caves are replete with pictorial etchings on the walls of the caves and date back to 6,000BC. To reach the caves, you have to trek up the Ambukuthi Hills for 45 mins-60 mins. The route, though steep, provides amazing views of the forests and coffee plantations. There are guides available inside the caves too.
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.