Wayanad explicitly stunning with mist clad mountains, intense forest and fertile green plantation is one of the exquisite hill station of Kerala. A place to relax and recharge from the hectic pace of today’s hectic life and place of serenity and scenic beauty with Mollyson’s special Wayanad tour packages
Come! Live with Nature
It won’t be an overstatement to say that Wayanad is an adventure scape for all ages. From a casual walk in paddy fields from hardcore Trek to zip lines, gurgling streams, jungles, hills and more. This feeling can only be experienced if you observe the raw nature and beauty of the district. Our Wayanad tour packages will give you that glimpse of rich cultural heritage and history and beauty of Wayanad making you come wanting for more.
In a country like India stories are everywhere. Every destination has a story to tell and every nook and corner has its own tale to share. But there are some places that stand out tall among the rest where the congruence of history mythology and local legend has given birth to stories of epic proportions. Wayanad it seems is such a place and with our Wayand tour packages you will explore as much of it.
Lush green hills, forests and paddy fields…Wow !
Wayanad is a district located in the northeast of the Indian state of Kerala in the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau. The literal translation of Wayanad is the land of paddy fields. It is well known for its dense virgin forests, majestic Hills, flourishing plantations and a long-standing spice trade. Wayanad is also called the home of monsoons. The cool highland climate is often accompanied by sudden outbursts of torrential rain and rousing mists that blanket the landscape. But before we get to the hills, forests or paddy fields we have to make our way across the primary access to Wayanad, the infamous highway called Thamarassery Churam. This Highland pass is quite formidable with nine hairpin bends sandwiched between a scenic mix of evergreen forests, misty Peaks streams and waterfalls. Wayanad is landlocked by the Calicut, Malappuram and Kannur districts of Kerala.
Wayanad Points of Interest
Wayanad is centered upon three major towns Mananthavady, Sultan Bathery and the district headquarters Kalpetta. But it is Lakkidi that is a primary interest, thanks to a story that can be traced back to the colonial era to a time when a relatively young East India Company had started exerting its influence.
One can go deeper into the heart of Wayanad where the peculiar secrets of Edakkal Caves are waiting. Edakkal is a prehistoric rock shelter formed naturally out of a strange disposition of three huge boulders. The name Edakkal itself means a stone in between. High above on these fateful rocks ancestors left their immortal marks that have stood the test of time. The presence of engravings in many different languages is a clear indication that these caves were inhabited by different groups of people at different points in history.
The Wayanad Heritage Museum at Ambalavayal has the richest collection of historical artifacts. While the museum is one of the best and the well-maintained in Kerala with exhibits that are sourced almost exclusively from Wayanad. It houses several galleries each representing a specific portion of Wayanad rich history. Hero stones or Veerakkallu found in the forest of Wayanad are remnants of a dangerous tradition of Tiger and Leopard hunting that existed in Wayanad almost a thousand years ago. The successful hunters were immortalized with their own hero stone. Warriors who protected traders from bandits and robbers were also worthy of a hero stone.
Tribal customs, Sculptures and Artifacts in Wayanad
Dev Smruti is dedicated to the gods and deities of Wayanad. The sculptures are mostly of Hindu and Jain origin. Some of them show influences from the powerful Vijayanagara Empire particularly a 14th century Idol of Lord Sri Rama. The Gotra Smriti section houses exhibits from Wayanad tribal customs. They are items associated with the day-to-day life and activities of the tribal clans these include baskets and containers, nets used for trapping birds and even blow guns to catch fish. Though most of these items have become obsolete some of them still have a presence among Wayanad local community. Jeevan Smruti showcases artifacts from Wayanad which includes tribal headgear, tools, jewelry and musical instruments. Even though Wayanad is the least populated district in Kerala it has the highest tribal population.
Another type of agriculture that took hold in Wayanad was plantation farming. Coffee, Tea and Spices like Pepper, Cardamom are grown in abundance. The climate of Wayanad is perfect for these crops and today Tea, Coffee and Pepper from Wayanad has become renowned world over.
The Jains who migrated to Wayanad from Karnataka where one of the chief participants in plantation farming. There are several Jain temples in Wayanad including the one at Sultan Bathery which is believed to be 800 years old. Wayanad is still considered to be a major center for Jainism in Kerala. Other religions have also thrived in Wayanad. Hinduism being the oldest and the most widespread. There are numerous Hindu temples in Wayanad one of which is the ancient temple of Thirunelli which is located in the Brahmagiri Hills and dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is surrounded by dense forests and is believed to have been an important pilgrimage center even as far back as 962 AD. The holy mountain stream Papanashini is located close to the temple and is said to wash away the sins of a lifetime.
Lakes, Peaks, Forest and Camping in Wayanad
Wayanad known for its historic wealth and natural beauty has reinvented itself to become a wholesome tourist destination with attractions catering to a variety of tastes. Initiatives like Priyadarshani Tea plantation, Tea museum and adventure resort rolled into one and Karlad Lake which has been transformed into a full-blown adventure and camping spot has definitely helped to drive up Wayanad’s profile in tourism circles. In fact Wayanad has a wide array of outdoor activities to pursue. Trekking routes at Chembra peak the highest peak in Wayanad at 2050 metres, Priyadarshini and Pathripala are quite popular. Camping trips can also be arranged at Priyadarshini, Karlad Lake or with the forest department. Karlad also offers Zip Line, Zorbing along with boating. Boating is available at the charming Pookot lake or the majestic Banasura Sagar Dam which is the largest earthen dam in India. The Karapura Dam is worth a visit for the sheer visual appeal.
Wildlife safaris are quite popular in Wayanad. The scarcity of water in the summer leads to many animals migrating to Wayanad’s abundant water sources from nearby areas, which means animal sightings are a very real possibility. The Muthanga and Tholpetty wildlife sanctuaries are the most popular for this experience. Tigers, Elephants, Flying Squirrels and Peacocks are some of the main attractions here. Wayanad is home to many waterfalls that make ideal picnic spots like Kanthanpara and Soochipara waterfalls. Other attractions include the curiously appealing Phantom Rock and the remote yet heartwarming Kuruva Island which is the most visited location in Wayanad. Wayanad is a blessed land in many ways and when you book Wayanad tour packages we too can share in its blessing.
10 Best Places to visit in Wayanad tour packages
CHEMBRA PEAK – It is the higest peak in Wayanad making it a perfect trekking destination surrounded by lush tea plantation.
BANASURA SAGAR DAM – It is the largest dam in India and is the 2nd largest in Asia. The dam holds huge amount of water and offer scenic splendor of the mountains as its backdrop.
THIRUNELLI TEMPLE – It is an age old temple buried in a valley of north Wayanad that is dedicated to lord Vishnu. The temple is surrounded by mountains and beautiful thickets of the region.
LAKKIDI VIEW POINT – It is one of the highest peak in Wayand and receives the second highest rainfall in the whole world.
SOOCHIPARA FALL – The waterfalls at Soochipara near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature, yet to be discovered. The stretches of waterfall ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height is a treat to the eyes. The pool below, provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing, etc
EDAKKAL CAVES – Edakkal caves are two natural caves in the remote location of Edakkal, in Wayanad. This is a challenging trek up the steep Rocky Mountains and one of the few tourist places in Wayanad not suitable for kids and elderly people.
BANASURA HILL – It is the second tallest mountain in the Wayanad district of Kerala
POOKOT LAKE – It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with evergreen mountains. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookot. The lake has an area of 8.5 hectares and maximum water depth is 6.5 meters
JAIN TEMPLE – Visit the famous Jain Temple with our Wayanad tour packages. This Jain temple is said to have been built in the 13th century and testifies the strong presence of Jain population in the region. The temple was taken over by Tipu Sultan who used it as a store room to hide his ammunition and eventually the name evolved to “Sultan Bathery”.
NEELIMALA VIEW POINT – On reaching the fascinating viewpoint, treat your eyes to the stunning view it offers or even look for butterflies of different colors.