Wayanad Gods own Nature

Tourist attractions

There are many attractions near Kalpetta.[8][9] Below is the list of attractions grouped by the road direction from Kalpetta:

Towards Vythiri:

  • Pookode Lake – 10 km
  • Wayanad Ghat Road View Point – 16 km
  • Chain Tree – 16

Towards Padinjarethara:

  • Banasura Sagar Dam – 24 km – considered the largest earthen dam in India
  • Philately and numismatics museum – adjacent to Banasura Sagar dam
  • Karalad Lake – 16 km

Towards Meppadi:

  • Soochipara Falls, also known as Sentinel Rock Falls – 20 km
  • Meenmutty Falls – 25 km – 2 km jungle hike to spectacular waterfall
  • Kanthanpara Falls – 22 km
  • Chembra Peak – 17 km – a 2100 meter peak, the highest in the area
  • Neelimala View Point -near Meenmutty Falls – 27 km
  • Sunrise Valley – a great place to watch the rising and setting sun set amidst dramatic mountain scenery – 22 km

Towards Sulthan Bathery:

  • Karapuzha Dam – 40 km
  • Edakkal Caves – 28 km
  • Chethalayam Falls – 37 km
  • Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary – 42 km
  • Wayanad Heritage Museum, Ambalavayal – 25 km
  • Uravu – an NGO that works in the area of indigenous sciences and technology. They run a successful bamboo crafts design and production centre along with a bamboo nursery – 12 km
  • Sulthan Bathery Jain Temple – 24
  • RARS (Regional Agricultural Research Station) – 25 km
  • Phantom Rock – 26 km

Towards Mananthavady:

  • Kuruva Islands – 40 km
  • Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary – 59
  • Pakshipathalam – 71 km
  • Pazhassi Raja’s Tomb – 35 km
  • Thirunelli Temple – 64 km
  • Papanasini, Thirunelli – 64 km
  • Pallikkunnu Church – 19 km
  • Korome Mosque – 47 km
  • Jain Temples (Ruined) at Punchavayal and Puthenangadi (near Panamaram) – 20km
  • Valliyoorkav Bhagavathi Temple – 24 km
  • Seetha Lava-Kusha Temple – 50 km
  • Thrissilery Shiva Temple – 50 km
  • Brahmagiri – a 1608 meter peak (Actually, situated with in borders of Karnataka State) – 61km
  • Paingatteri Agraharam -a settlement of Tamil Brahmins organised in the classic architectural typology of row houses – 28 km

Brahmagiri (hill)

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For other places with the same name, see Brahmagiri (disambiguation)

Brahmagiri, is a mountain range in the Western Ghats of south India. It is situated on the border between Kodagu district in Karnataka state in the north and Wayanad district of Kerala state on the south . Brahmagiri Hill, at 1608 m height, is a scenic tourist attraction. The top of Brahmagiri Hill is well forested and has a lot of wildlife.

Thirunelli Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, lies on the Kerala side of Brahmagiri. This temple is known as Dakshina Kasi or the Kasi of the South. The temple was constructed in an ancient style and includes 30 granite pillars. According to legend, the temple was constructed by Lord Brahma himself.

Pakshipathalam at an altitude of 1740 m is another attraction on the Kerala side. Pakshipathalam has a cave that is said to have been used by rishis in ancient times. On the Karnataka side it is also known by the name of Munikal cave.

Iruppu (or Irpu or Lakshmana Tirtha) Falls of the Lakshmana Tirtha River lies on the Karnataka side of Brahmagiri. According to legend, when Rama and Lakshmana were searching for Sita, they became thirsty. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri from which the river sprang. Rama is said to have dedicated a Shiva Kshethra known as Rajeshwara Temple on the banks of river Lakshmana Tirtha. The Lakshmana Tirtha river eventually flows into the Kaveri River.

Karapuzha Dam

Karapuzha Dam located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, is one of the biggest earth dams in India. Karapuzha Dam is located in the greenish and natural regions of Wayanad, Kerala on the Karapuzha River, a tributary of the Kabini River. Construction on the dam began in 1977 and it was complete in 2004. The purpose of the dam is irrigation and it left and right bank canals are still under construction.[2][3]

Karapuzha Dam is located 16 km from Kalpetta. It is one of most easily reachable place in Wayanad since it can be easily accessible from nearest cities like Kozhikode, Mysore and Ooty. It is 15 Kilometers from Sulthan Bathery ( Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Hwy/NH 212 and Kolagappara Ambalavayal Road ), 89 Kilometers from Kozhikode, 131 Kilometers from Mysore, Karnataka and 60 Kilometers from Gudalur, Tamil Nadu.

Kalpetta

Kalpetta is a town and a municipality in Wayanad district in the Indian state of Kerala. Kalpetta is the headquarters of Wayanad district[1] as well as the headquarters of Vythiri taluk.[2] It is a bustling town surrounded by dense coffee/tea plantations and mountains. It lies on the Kozhikode-Mysore National Highway NH 766 (Old NH 212) at an altitude of about 780 m above sea level. Kalpetta is 72 km from Kozhikode and 140 km from Mysore. Apart from the administrative capital of the district, Kalpetta is also the center of tourism activities in Wayanad due to its central location within the district and its proximity to most visited tourist sites. There is a good number of hotels and resorts within and surrounding Kalpetta town.

Kuruvadweep

Map at Kuruvadweep shows the connectvitiy

Kuruvadweep'(11°49′18″N 76°5′32″ECoordinates: 11°49′18″N 76°5′32″E) is a 950-acre (3.8 km2) protected river delta on the Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India

This of dense and evergreen forest is uninhabited and hence a home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: uncommon species of birds, orchids and herbs namely. Its unique geographical characteristics make it a place where not only the leaves but also silence is evergreen being away from cities and thus it has become a place of attraction. Most recently, it has been identified as the most visited place in the district by tourists drawn from all over the globe.

The island surrounded by streams and river can be accessed using rafts or fiber boats run by Kerala Tourism Department. Entrance to the island is restricted and monitored by Vana Samrakshana Samiti, a Dept of Forest of Kerala initiative to protect forest, and at times of heavy rain and frequency of elephants and other animals to the island a pass obtained prior to the visit of spot from Dept of Forest is mandatory.

Kuruva Islands is 17 km east of Mananthavady and 10 km north west of Pulpally, nearby towns in Wayanad District. More details can be sought in district office of Department of Tourism, Wayanad in Kalpetta.

Banasura Sagar Dam

Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979.[1] The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods.

In the dam’s reservoir there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.[2] The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view.[3] It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders.

Lakkidi, Wayanad

Lakkidi is the gateway of Wayanad district of Kerala state, south India. It gets the second highest degree of rainfall in the world. Lakkidi is one of the highest locations in Wayanad. It is situated 700 m above mean sea level, atop Thamarassery ghat pass. Vythiri is the nearest town, just 5 km from Lakkidi.[1] Chain tree, Pookot Lake, Sight seeing point on ghat road and number of tourist resorts are within 5 km from Lakkidi. It is about 58 km northeast of Kozhikode district

The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling stream, luxuriant vegetation and the bird’s eye view of the deep valley on the south, with its winding roads, are breathtaking. Three km from Lakkidi is the Pookot Lake, the natural fresh water lake, very wide and deep, one of the rare reservoirs of water in Wayanad. Surrounded on all sides by meadows and hills, it has become a favorite picnic spot. Lakkidi has a heavy rainfall with averaging 600–650 cm annually.Iit is one of the richest biodiversity areas in the western Ghats. There are a number of species including lion tailed macque, rare birds, Indian Shag (phalacrocorase fuscicollis), Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax Niger), Little Green Heron (Ardeola striatus ), and Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii) .

 

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