Wayanad is one of the most visited tourist destinations of Kerala also known as the “Green Paradise” of Kerala. The place is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, sharing its border with Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This beautiful hill station is rich in plantations, forest, and wildlife. This is a cool, misty, green, clean and pristine, holiday destination. Wayanad hills shares border with Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Bandipur in Karnataka, thus forming a vast land mass for the wildlife to move about in their most natural abode.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala blessed with lush green forests and rich wildlife. It is spread over 344 km². The sanctuary is also known as the ‘Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary’. This wildlife area houses some of the rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. This is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster, including all of the sanctuary, is under consideration by the World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
It is bounded by protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka in the northeast, and on the southeast by Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu. This wildlife sanctuary is part of Protect Elephant and one can spot a herd of elephants roaming here. The main tourist attraction here is Elephant rides arranged by the Kerala Forest Department. Wayanad has a rich history which we can understand from the relicts and edicts found in various parts of the region.
Another main attraction here is the Edakkal Caves. These are two natural caves about 1,200 meters above sea level on Ambukutty Mala. This has a great historical significance and was an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar Coast. Inside the caves are pictorial writings believed to date to at least 6,000 BC, from the Neolithic man, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. You can find inside these caves rare Stone Age carvings.
Meppadi is another most scenic tourist place to visit in this district. The major attractions of this region are Chembra Peak, Soochippara waterfalls, Chooralmala Road and the Mango Orange village.
Mango Orange village. The hill station is known for its beautiful greenery and pleasant healthy climate. Many people come to see the exciting waterfalls and caves here. There are many holiday rental accommodations mostly resorts available in the hill station, of all ranges ensuring safe and comfortable stay for its visitors. The holiday homes here are located amidst scenic tea or coffee plantations or near to wildlife sanctuary or amidst picturesque hills. These are a true value for money stay that offers excellent accommodation with all required amenities.
The holiday resorts here welcome its guests with traditional hospitality and wonderful services at a budget rate. Both luxury and budget holiday resorts offer the best service with a wide variety of splendid delicious cuisines cooked to perfection. Most of them make arrangements for local sightseeing tours also.
The quiet and pleasant ambiance of the hill station makes it one of the best tourist destinations of Kerala.
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