A highly popular place to experience the deep jungles, beautiful waterfalls, green hills and natural formations is Wayanad in Kerala. The places in and around Wayanad charm for their exquisite beauty and naturally fresh surroundings. Some places that hold great appeal to tourists are:
This is the highest peak in Wayanad and covered by lush tea plantations. A trek up the hill to reach the peak requires prior permission from forest officials. Once you are near the top you will see the heart shaped Hridayasarasu Lake. This place is a vantage point to see the sprawling city and hills of Wayanad.
Banasura Sagar Dam:
The Banasura Sagar Dam on Banasura Lake is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. With the gushing waters and the mountain backdrop, it is a very scenic spot. The surrounding areas are submerged by the dam in the monsoons and is a spectacular sight.
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Located in Edakkal,Wayanad, 1200 metres above sea level, these are two naturally formed caves. The trek up the hill to reach the caves is a daunting task and suited for spirited tourists. The sight of pre historic carvings dating back 8000 years in the caves are worth the trek.
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Muthanga Bamboo Forest:
Muthanga is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Region. You can take a safari in this vast expanse of forest covered with bamboo groves, teak trees and swamps. The forest is home to several animals like Cheetah, wild bear, spotted deer and bison.
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Deep in a valley in North Wayanad, is located the ancient Thirunelli Temple dating eons back in time. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. A spring nearby named Papanasini is believed to have the power to wash away sins and devotees flock to the temple for a dip in the waters.
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Wayanad Wildlfie Sanctuary:
WayanadWildflie Sanctuary is also covered in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and is being considered to be marked as a World Heritage Site. The rich biodiversity of the region is reason enough to spend a day of exploring in this sanctuary. You can also spot many species of birds, animals like elephants, tiger, deer and Indian Bison as a bonus.
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Here is an itinerary to embrace nature in Wayanad in the true sense of the word.