A convenient hop away from cities like Bangalore, Calicut and Cochin, Wayanad is the perfect weekend getaway. Still uncrowded, clean and friendly, the district offers a host of options for those looking to just relax away from the stress and bustle of city life.
1. Pookote Lake
Set in a beautiful valley and surrounded by evergreen forests and wooded hills, Pookote is one of Wayanad’s top visitor draws. This natural lake near Lakkidi is just a short distance off the National Highway 212.
It has been developed as a recreational centre having boating facilities, children’s park, shop for souvenirs and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. Replete with a café and restaurant, this is a good setting for day outings with family.
Kalpetta: 15 kms. Sultan Bathery: 40 kms. Mananthavadi: 50 kms
2. Sentinal Rock Falls
Locally known as Soochipara, this is a very popular leisure destination.
While younger visitors love to romp in the pool formed at the foot of the fall, the more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery.
Kalpetta: 23kms. SB:43 kms. Mananthavadi: 58 kms
3. Kanthanpara Falls
Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock, and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and it’s surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it’s perfect for picnics.
Kalpetta: 22 kms. Sultan Bathery: 23 kms. Mananthavadi: 57 kms
4. Sunrise Valley
As the name indicates, Sunrise Valley is a great place to watch the rising and setting sun set amidst dramatic mountain scenery. The place also offers a panoramic view of the valley beneath with the River Chaliyar meandering along.
Kalpetta: 22 kms. Sultan Bathery: 20 kms. Mananthavadi: 57 kms
The Regional Agricultural Research Station located in Ambalavayal town is part of the Kerala Agricultural University. This station conducts research on spices, tropical and sub tropical fruits, vegetables and hill paddy. RARS also has a nursery with a large collection of rare roses and ornamental plants. Visiors can purchase seeds and saplings the Sales Counter.
Kalpetta: 25 kms. Sultan Bathery: 10 kms. Mananthavadi: 42 kms
6. Phantom Rock
Located close to Ambalavayal town,
Phantom Rock; named so because of it’s skull head shape, is locally called Cheengeri Mala. The immediate surroundings offer excellent
Kalpetta: 26 kms. Sultan Bathery: 12 kms. Mananthavadi: 43 kms
7. Karapuzha Dam
This large irrigation based dam site is set amidst picturesque surroundings. It is a great place for picnics.
Kalpetta: 40 kms. Sultan Bathery: 58 kms. Mananthavadi: 17 kms
8. Pazhassi Park
A recreational project, Pazhassi Park comprises of a children’s play area and boating facilities on the Mananthavady river.
Kalpetta: 33 kms. Sultan Bathery: 40 kms. Mananthavadi: 02 kms
9. Kuruva Island
The Kuruva Island with 950 acres of evergreen forest lies on one of the tributaries of the Kabini. The island is home to various species of rare birds, orchids and herbs.
Kalpetta: 40kms. Sultan Bathery: 58 kms. Mananthavadi: 17 kms
10. Karalad Lake
A 7 acre lake with a charming grove surrounding it, Karalad is now being developed as a recreational park with facilities for boating and angling.
Kalpetta: 16 kms. Sultan Bathery: 41 kms. Mananthavadi: 25 kms