A holiday in Wayanad can be invigorating as well as action packed. It depends largely on what you want to do. There are numerous Resorts in Wayanad with Activities that promise adventure and thrill.
We have compiled a list of adventure activities in Wayanad that will keep you engaged and give you an adrenaline rush.
The Edakkal Caves are among the main attractions of Wayanad. The caves have probably been there since eternity but were discovered only in 1895.
Edakkal means 'a stone in between', and you'll realise why the place has been given that name when you visit. A huge boulder stands wedged between two other boulders.
The interesting feature of these caves are the prehistoric etchings and drawings, preserved on the cave walls. The rock surface displays various motifs, including human figures and animals. Some archaeologists estimate these etchings to belong to the stone age, which was over 7000 years ago. Though there are some contradictions because fresh research indicates that they belong to the Indus Valley Civilisation.
Get ready, grab a pair of walking shoes for a trek to Edakkal caves.
Soochipara Waterfalls is one of the best waterfalls in Wayanad.The thundering sound of the cascading waterfall is loud. You will hear the waterfall even before you see it. The Soochipara waterfalls, also known as the Sentinel Rock is a major tourist attraction, drawing hundreds of visitors each day.
The fall plunges from a great height, into a pool, at the base. It is one of the most scenic spots in Wayanad, and a great place to have some fun and frolic.
The Kuruva Islands, known also as Kurivadweep, comprise of three thickly forested, uninhabited islands, in the Kabini River delta. Apart from three main islands, the area has a sprinkling of a few other submergible islands. The entire area spreads across approximately 950 acres.
The approach roads leading to Kuruva Islands are absolutely stunning. Access to the main Island cluster is only by boats. And you will find these special boats, made using bamboo. These are traditional boats, used by the locals, quite unique and rustic.
Note that the tourism department has set a limit on the number of people that enter the main islands to 450. So, it makes sense to schedule your arrival as early in the morning, as possible, to be able to take that boat ride.
However, boat rides to the other parts of the delta are allowed, throughout the day.
Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad and is a popular spot among trekking enthusiasts. But you can't just get there and trek on your own. It is a reserved forest and falls under the forest department. You need a special pass to enter the place and begin your trek.
The ticket costs Rs. 750, for a group of 10 people, and that is also the minimum amount. You pay the same amount, even if you are on your own. Only 200 people are given permission to climb the peak, each day. You have to arrive early, to book your slot. The climb is arduous, with slippery rocks, but it gives the thrill, every adrenaline junkie seeks. It is also a picturesque location.
Halfway up the peak, you will come across a heart-shaped lake, called the Hridaya Saras. The lake is said to never dry. This point provides panoramic views of Banasura Sagar Dam, Karapuzha Dam and other places, such as Vaithair.
The Kerala Forest Department permits jungle safaris, by jeep, in the Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary. Only authorised jeeps, 50 in number, are permitted into the forest, between 6:00 -10:00 hours and 14:00 -17:00 hours.
The jeep safari takes you deep into the jungle. The jeep drivers, also act as guides, they know exactly where to find the wild animals. And if luck favours, you will spot wild elephants, tiger, deer etc.
Cycling tours are extremely popular, in Wayanad. Cycle along, dirt roads or wheel along the well-trodden paths. Either way, it promises to be a thrilling and refreshing activity. You will ride through rugged terrains, surrounded by an expanse of emerald green meadows, coffee plantations and tea estates. You will feel the whiff of fresh mountain air, as you ride through the misty pathways.
The adventurous, with good cycling skills, can also peddle into the Nilgiris, in Tamil Nadu, as it sits on the border. However, if you choose to remain in Wayanad, remember that the best courses in the region originate from Kalpetta and Chundale.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
In addition to being part of Project Elephant, the Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere. It is elephant territory and the most likely place, in Wayanad, to view elephants in the wild.
Apart from wild elephants, Muthanga is home to different species of deer, squirrels, wild boars, bison, Malabar squirrels, leopards and tigers, as well as birds.
You will find a number of Resorts in Wayanad with activities for you to enjoy.
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