Wayanad is a hilly district and almost the whole of the area is covered with forest. Wayanad is well known for its natural beauty. There are many beautiful mist covered hill stations, spice plantations and wildlife reserve areas in Wayanad. The other natural beauty in Wayanad includes thundering waterfalls, tree houses, mountain caves etc. Some of the rare and oldest tribals are found in Wayanad. The main wildlife reserves in Wayanad are Muthanga and Begur wildlife. The places of attraction here are Chembra peak, Lakkidi, Neelimala and these hills are also ideal for trekking and are preferred by adventurous tourists. The waterfalls are Chethalayam waterfalls, Kanthanpara waterfalls and Soochippara waterfalls. The Edakkal caves and Kuruva islands are other places of interest. Besides natural beauty there are also museums and the tomb of Pazhassi raja. The main centers of attraction in Wayanad are given below
Chembra peak is located near Meppady town in Wayanad district and is the highest peak of this district. It is at a height of 2100 m above sea level. This peak is a part of the Western Ghats and it joins with the Nilgiri hills in Tamil Nadu state. This peak can be seen from any part of Wayanad.
Lakkidi is situated in Wayanad district and is also called as the gateway of Wayanad. It is located at a height of 700 m above the sea level. On the way to this hill station one can find numerous peaks, streams, dense forests etc which provide good scenery. It is one of the highest locations in Wayanad.
Neelimala is situated in Wayanad district and is an ideal place for trekking. The view of the Meenmutti waterfalls from here is breathtaking. There are many lofty mountains, rushing streams, flora and fauna and the sight of the deep valley is really beautiful.
Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is situated in Wayanad district. It is an archaeological museum and has a wide collection of rare articles. Certain artifacts date back to the 2nd century which proves that the earlier human civilization was advanced and organized well. Tribal articles such as bows, arrows, stone weapons, sculptures etc are kept for display here.
Chethalayam Waterfall is located in Wayanad district at a distance of 15 kms from Sulthan Bathery. It lies in Pulpalli Main Road. In order to reach this waterfall, one can trek from Chethalayam for about 4 kms. This place is ideal for trekking and bird watching.
Kanthanpara waterfalls are situated in Wayanad district. The waterfall has a height of 30 m and lies at a distance of 12 kms from Kalpetta. It is surrounded by tea estates and is an ideal picnic spot.
Soochipara waterfall which is also called as Sentinel waterfalls is situated in Wayanad. The water falls from a height of 100 to 300 ft and is 3 tiered. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in our state. In the three tiers of the waterfall, the first one which is the longest is the one which could be reached easily.
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Mananthavady in Wayanad. It lies on the mountain plateau along the Western Ghats. It is a beautiful place covered with dense forests which houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. Some of the trees here are believed to have medicinal properties.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Muthanga in Wayanad district. This is the second largest sanctuary in Kerala and is also called as Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary. It was established in the year 1973 and is adjacent to the sanctuaries, Badipur and Madumalai in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu respectively.
Banasura Sagar dam is located near Padinjarathara in Wayanad district. It is the largest earth dam in India. It is also the second largest dam in Asia and lies on the tributary of the river Kabini. This dam is a part of the Indian Bansurasagar Project that was started in the year 1979 with the aim of supporting the Kakkayam Hydro electric project in order to provide water to those areas where there is scarcity. At present this project is under execution.
Edakkal caves are situated in Ambukuthi Mountains in Wayanad district. It lies at a height of 1200 m above sea level. According to the legend, this cave is formed by the arrows that were fired by Lava and Kusha who were the children of Lord Rama. People also believed that Lord Rama killed Shoorpanaka from this cave.
Kuruva island is situated in a vast island in Wayanad district. It lies on the tributaries of the river Kabani. This island is covered with evergreen forests and several species of birds and plants are found here. The total area of this area is around 950 acres.
Pookot lake is a beautiful natural fresh water lake in Wayanad district. This lake lies between the mountains and is an ideal picnic spot. There are numerous tall trees surrounding the lake which adds to the beauty of the lake. The lake covers an area of approximately 8.5 hectares and has a depth of 6.5 meters. A tributary of Kabani river called Panamaram river originates from this lake.
Pakshipathalam is located in Brahmagiri hills at Thirunelli. It is an important tourist destination especially for adventure seekers. One can reach Pakshipathalam by travelling around 17 kms through the forests and is possible only by trekking. There are a wide variety of birds and wild animals found here. In order to go to Pakshipathalam one has to obtain prior permission from the Forest Department.
A memorial to the ruler Pazhassi Raja who was popularly called as the Lion of Kerala is in Wayanad. The Pazhassi tomb is an important heritage center and it was at this place that the Raja was cremated.