01, Chembra Peak

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If you’re seeking a weekend getaway, consider heading to Wayanad and exploring the renowned Chembra Peak. Situated eight kilometers south of Kalpetta, near the town of Meppady, this peak stands as the highest point in Wayanad. Chembra crest borders the Nilgiri slopes in Tamil Nadu and Vallarimala in Kozhikode, making it one of the most picturesque destinations to visit in Wayanad.

Absolutely, Wayanad is indeed a fantastic destination for trekking enthusiasts. One of the prime spots is the majestic Chembra Peak, standing tall at 2100 meters above sea level in the southern region of Wayanad. It boasts the title of being the tallest peak in the area, offering a perfect setting for trekking adventures. With its rocky terrain, Chembra Peak presents an exhilarating challenge for climbers.

As you ascend, you’ll encounter a heart-shaped lake, a mesmerizing feature that never dries up and serves as a significant draw for visitors. With the necessary permission from the Forest Department, you can embark on either one-day treks or two-day wildlife expeditions.
Activities: Trekking is one of the most favoured activities here. Soak in the greenery of this region while you visit this destination.

Location: Kalpetta, Wayanad district, Kerala.

Only 15.8km from Dazzle Villa Resort

chembra peak

02, 900 Kandi

The journey to this beautiful and amazing place is as pleasant as it sounds, however the trip needs to be covered on foot in the immense dense forest covered by aromatic cardamom and coffee plantations. Chirruping of birds, waterfalls, landscapes and river streams are few of the delights you will witness on this trek. 900 Kandi can be portrayed as the magnificence of Wayanad. The route from Meppadi to Soochipara Falls is 10 kilometers and arrives at 900 Kandi (23 kilometers from Wayanad). This is where elephants wander freely around evening. This is where nature lives!

The moment you start your journey, the picturesque path that is loaded up with green of all shades all around fills your heart with emotions. On the off chance that you are going during the season of winter, you’ll see coffee being pluck by the farmers of the area. When you finally at the top, you will realize all the toil and pain you took to climb the hill did not go in vain.


Location:
900 Kandi are located at Wayanad, Meppadi, Kerala 673577

Timings:
 Opens from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Only 14.2km from Dazzle Villa Resort

900-kandi forest

03, Soojipara Waterfall

Soochipara waterfall is a three-layered cascade located at Vellarimala in Wayanad. This waterfall, surrounded by dense green forests, is also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfall. A 20-minute drive from Meppadi in Wayanad will lead you to this awe-inspiring natural wonder, making it one of the top places to visit in Wayanad.

The name Soochipara is derived from the words ‘soochi’ and ‘para,’ which mean ‘rock’ and ‘needle’ respectively. This name is apt as needle-shaped rocks are visible in the area. To reach the waterfall, visitors need to trek approximately 2 kilometers as vehicles cannot proceed beyond a certain point.

The water here cascades from a height of 100 to 200 ft, making this waterfall an ideal spot for trekking and rock climbing. Beneath the falls, you’ll find a pool where swimming and bathing are possible. A visit to this location should certainly be part of your Wayanad tour, ensuring a memorable and unforgettable experience.

Activities: 
While you are visited this place you can indulge in few activities like rock climbing, trekking and hiking.

Location:
 Soochipara Falls, Kalpetta is located at Wayanad, Kerala 673577

Only 16km from Dazzle Villa Resort

Soojipara waterfall,kalpetta,wayanad

04, Kanthanpara Waterfall

Kanthanpara stands as a quaint little waterfall tucked away in Wayanad, renowned for its secluded and serene ambiance. The refreshing, glistening waters at this hidden gem promise to revitalize anyone seeking solace in a tranquil setting. Encircled by lush greenery from every angle, spending a day picnicking amidst nature’s soothing embrace is an experience not to be missed.

Descending from a height of approximately 100 feet, Kanthanpara waterfall is renowned for its secluded and serene ambiance. Nestled within lush green bamboo gardens and natural forests, the waterfall cascades across two levels. The pathway leading to this breathtaking attraction exudes a beauty perhaps even more captivating than the fall itself. With its scenic charm and tranquility, Kanthanpara waterfall stands as a must-visit destination for tourists exploring Wayanad.

Location:
Kanthanpara Waterfall are located at Meppadi, Wayanad Kerala 673577
Timings:
  9 AM – 5 PM, Bird Watching: 6 AM – 9 AM, Trekking: 8 AM – 3 PM

Only 12km from Dazzle Villa Resort

kanthanpara waterfall,meppadi,wayanad

05, Karapuzha Dam

Being crowned as the largest earth dam in India, the Karapuzha Dam is situated on the Karapuzha River. Nestled amidst lush green tropics and picturesque farmlands, this exotic dam serves the primary purpose of supplying water to these regions. Spanning a staggering 25 years, from 1977 to 2004, the construction of this magnificent structure was a monumental endeavor. Undoubtedly, it stands out as one of the premier attractions near Wayanad.

The Karapuzha dam offers an excellent opportunity to unwind, bask in scenic landscapes, and create cherished memories with friends and family. Moreover, it serves as an ideal spot for picnics and photo-shoots, enhancing its appeal as a recreational destination. Accessible only between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, the dam invites visitors to immerse themselves in its natural beauty and tranquility.


Location:
Karapuzha Dam, Wayanad, Kerala
Timings:
  Opens at 9 AM – 5 PM

Only 16km from Dazzle Villa Resort

Karappuzha dam,wayanad

06, Banasura Sagar Dam

Among the top tourist destinations in Wayanad is the Banasura Sagar Dam, which holds back the renowned Karamanathodu tributary of the east-flowing Kabini River in Kerala. Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, the dam offers abundant opportunities for trekking and various other adventure activities.

Every day, hundreds of tourists flock to the dam to admire its beauty and capture memorable photographs. The dam constitutes a vital component of the Indian Banasura Sagar Project, which encompasses both the dam itself and a canal project.

Activities:
 Sightseeing, trekking, boating.

Location: It is located in Vythiri in Wayanad district, Kerala.

Only 30km from Dazzle Villa Resort

Banasura sagar dam,vythiri,wayanad

07, Pookod lake

When exploring Wayanad, a prominent hill station in Kerala, a visit to Pookode Lake is highly recommended. Regarded as one of the premier attractions in Wayanad, Pookode Lake stands out as the most picturesque freshwater lake in South India. Nestled amid vast evergreen forests and numerous mountain slopes, it offers a breathtaking natural spectacle.

The lake serves as a basin for Panamaram, a small rivulet that eventually transforms into the Kabani River. Spanning an area of 8.5 hectares with a depth of approximately 6.5 meters, Pookode Lake has caught the attention of geographical experts who note its resemblance to the shape of India’s map.

Nestled amidst forested hills, this perennial freshwater lake serves as a sanctuary for various species of freshwater fish and an abundance of blue lotus flowers. While some Wayanad tour packages include a visit to this tranquil spot, others require visitors to venture there independently.


Activities: 
Trekking, birding, nature walk, boating.

Location:
 Pookode Lake, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala, 673121, India.

Only 16km from Dazzle Villa Resort

pookodelake,kalpetta,wayanad

08, Kuruva Island

Kuruva Island, boasting a perfect blend of various natural hues, ranks among the top destinations to explore in Wayanad. This protected river delta comprises several islands situated amidst the Kabini River, renowned as the east-flowing river in Kerala.

Expanding over 950 acres, the island harbors a dense population and boasts rich and rare species of flora and fauna. It serves as a protective habitat for evergreen forest ranges, lending a unique ambiance that renders it an ideal destination for tourism. Bamboo tree bridges connect various parts of the island, while numerous unfamiliar plant species add to its allure.

Natural lovers and adventure enthusiasts will find Kuruva Island the most suitable space for spending a quality time with their beloved ones or even alone.

Activities: Boating, rafting, nature walk etc.

Location: It is located 17 kilometer east of Mananthavadi and 10 kilometer North West of Pulpa.

Only 42km from Dazzle Villa Resort

kuruva island ,mananthavadi

09, Edakkal Caves

The Edakkal caves are renowned for their pictorial depictions, believed to date back to 6000 BC. Accessible through a trek across Ambukutty Mala, reaching the hollows requires about 45 minutes of climbing. Rest assured, your visit to these historical caves will not disappoint, making it a must-see attraction in Wayanad.  

Upon entering the cave, you’ll encounter two chambers. The lower chamber measures 18 ft in length, 12 ft in width, and 10 ft in height, while the upper chamber spans 96 ft in length, 22 ft in width, and 18 ft in height. Adorning the walls of these chambers are depictions of animal figures and objects utilized by humans.
 

These carvings provide remarkable evidence of a highly enlightened society that thrived during the prehistoric era. The Edakkal caves have garnered significant attention from archaeologists and historians worldwide.

Location:
 Edakkal Caves are located at Wayanad, Nenmeni, Kerala 673595

Timings:
 Opens from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Only 30km from Dazzle Villa Resort

Edakkal cave,wayanad

10, Muthanga Forest

If compiling a list of must-visit places in Wayanad, Muthanga Forest would undoubtedly make the cut. Situated amidst the splendor of Wayanad and the Western Ghats, this area is renowned for the diverse wildlife experiences it offers.

You can enjoy observing various animals residing in their natural habitats, such as elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, deer, monkeys, reptiles, fishes, and bird species.

Activities: Wildlife safari

Location: Muthanga and Tholpetty, Kalpetta, India

Timings: 
7:00AM – 10:00AM and 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Only 47km from Dazzle Villa Resort

muthanga wildlife sancturay,kalpetta,india

11, Kurumbalakotta

Kurumbalakotta, a monolith hillock situated in the Wayanad district of Kerala, India, rises 3,220 feet above sea level. Offering a magnificent panoramic view of the surrounding scenery, the hill is geographically part of the Deccan plateau and stands at the heart of Wayanad.

Moreover, positioned at the confluence of the Eastern and Western Ghats, the hill is highly sought-after for trekking, adding an extra thrill and caution due to the absence of a perfectly paved path for trekkers. The captivating beauty of nature is best experienced between September and March.

Location: Kurumbalakkotta Mala, Wayanad, Kerala 673122 

Timings: 
24hrs Open

Only 27km from Dazzle Villa Resort

kurumbalakotta hillock,wayanad

12, Lakkidi view point

Lakkidi serves as the gateway to Wayanad, perched atop the winding Thamarassery ghat pass. Spanning nine hairpin bends from Adivaram (Downhill) to Lakkidi, the journey through this serpentine ghat pass ranks among the finest Wayanad tourist attractions. The lush greenery of the hills, valleys, and streams adorning both sides of the ascent is sure to linger in the minds of visitors for a long time.

Visitors often make a pit stop at Lakkidi View Point, a vantage point that offers breathtaking perspectives of the surrounding cliffs and valleys. Lakkidi has also emerged as a popular hill station, boasting numerous resorts and bungalows.

Location: Lakkidi View Point is located at Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway, Lakkidi, Kerala 673576

Only 20km from Dazzle Villa Resort

lakkidi view point