3 DAY TRIP IN WAYANAD (KALPETTA) | BEST OF WAYANAD WITH CHAMBRA PEAK

Lake & Backwaters | Waterfall | Nature & Scenic | Historical & Heritage | Wildlife | Adventure / Trekking

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Kalpetta Bus Station

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 8 AM (Day 1), 8 AM (Day 2) & 7 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 10

Day 1 & Day 2 Destinations
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

DAY 1 : BANSURA DAM - MEENMUTTY FALLS - LAKKIDI

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Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM, Boating Time: 9 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children. Boating Fee: Rs. 750 for 5 persons.

At a distance of 22 km from Kalpetta, 21 km from Mananthavady, 46 km from Sulthan Bathery, Banasura Dam is the largest earth dam in India and second largest in Asia. The dam was built across the Karamanthodu River, a tributary of Kabani River. This is one of the most popular tourist places in Wayanad and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism.

The dam was built in 1979 to support the Kakkayam Hydroelectric Power Project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water of the region. The reservoir is marked with a cluster of small size islands. These islands with the background of the Banasura hill provide a mesmerizing sight to the tourists.

About one km walk from the dam entrance will lead to the boating area which offers speed boating facility in the breathtaking backwaters of the dam. There are also Jeeps available that charge Rs. 100 per person to take visitors from entrance to the boating area. There is a small garden and children play area near .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs.10 for Children, Rs. 25 for Camera, Rs. 200 for Foreigners

At a distance of 25 km from Kalpetta, 5 km from Bansura Dam & 48 km from Sulthan Bathery, Meenmutty Waterfalls are magnificent falls located near Bansura Sagar Dam. The upper level of the waterfall can be reached by 1.5 km trek from the entry point. It is one of the best waterfalls in South India and among the best Wayanad tourist places to visit.

Cascading down through multiple tiers from a height of over 800 feet, it is a spectacular fall situated inside thick forest flowing through rocky platform. The falls has major tiers with varying height. The first tier can be reached by walking for about half km from the parking area / main entrance of the falls. The lower tier is smaller one with water collecting into a pool. The pool is safe for swimming with low depth.

The second tier can be reached by trekking up through steps built over boulders. The half km path runs along with downstream of the river and offers wonderful views of the stream and thick vegetation. The third tier .....

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM, Boating Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children. Boating fee varies between Rs. 100 to Rs. 350.

At a distance of 13 km from Kalpetta and 3 km after Vythiri, Pookote Lake, also known as Pookode Lake is a natural fresh water lake situated close to the Kalpetta - Kozhikode main road (1 Km). It is one of the must visit Wayanad tourist places and among top places to visit in Kalpetta.

At an altitude of about 2500 feet, this fascinating natural fresh water lake is surrounded with evergreen forests and rolling hills. The lake is a source of numerous varieties of fish. The Panamaram stream, one of the main tributaries of the Kabani River, originates from the Pookote Lake.

The view of this vast expanse of water in the picturesque backdrop is breathtakingly beautiful. Boating facility is available along with a children's park, a handicrafts & spices emporium. The lake premises also offer fish spa with fish massage and fish therapy which is quite famous here.

The route between Kozhikode highway and Pookote Lake is lined with tall and thick vegetation which offers beautiful .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 15 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 16 km from Kalpetta & 4 km from Pookote Lake, Lakkidi is a Hill Station often called as the gateway of Wayanad. Situated at an altitude of about 700 m, Lakkidi is one of the places with highest rainfall in the India. Lakkidi View Point is one of the prime Wayanad tourist places to visit.

Lakkidi is located at the crest of the serpentine Thamarassery ghat pass. The journey from Adivaram to Lakkidi through 12 km long ghat road passing through thick forest leaves a wonderful experience. There are nine hairpin curves from Adivaram (Downhill) to Lakkidi. The lush green hills, gorges and streams seen on both sides of the passage up the hill are breathtaking sights to the visitors. Lakkidi Viewpoint offers beautiful views of the cliffs and valleys surrounding the region. Lakkidi is also famous for the Chain Tree, which is a large chain bound ficus tree situated here.

Apart from Lakkidi Viewpoint, Pookote Lake is another .....

Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 32 Kms from Kalpetta, 48 Kms from Kozhikode & 6 Kms from Kodencheri, Thusharagiri waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Malabar region. Thusharagiri literally means 'snow capped mountains'. This is among the well known Wayanad tourist places, especially visited in monsoon season.

Two streams originating from the Western Ghats meet here to form the Chalippuzha River. The river diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy spray, which gives the name - Thusharagiri'. The highest of the three falls is the Thenpara Fall dropping from a height of 75 meter. The first waterfall can be reached easily while the remaining two falls can be reached from the first one by trekking through thick forest. A 5 km trek upstream will take one to the origin of the stream. The place offers challenging trekking and rock-climbing through river path and numerous waterfalls.

The best time of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November. Kodencheri is connected .....

Overnight Stay in Wayanad (kalpetta)

DAY 2 : EDAKKAL CAVES - MUTHANGA SANCTUARY

Resume Wayanad (kalpetta) Sightseeing

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 4 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 for Adults, Rs. 10 for Children, Rs. 30 for Still Camera and Rs. 150 for Video Camera

At a distance of 28 km from Kalpetta, 6 Kms from Ambalavayal & 14 km from Sulthan Bathery, Edakkal caves are located on top of a hillock at an altitude of over 4000 feet on Ambukutty Mala. Edakkal caves are one of the prime tourist places to visit in Wayanad and often represented in the promotion of Wayanad Tourism..

The caves were rediscovered in 1890 by an archaeologist. The caves have several line drawings belonging to the Neolithic Age dating back to 6000 BC, the earliest drawings being 8000 years old. The caves can be reached by about 1.5 km uphill trek from the parking area at the bottom. Most of the trekking path is cemented and lined up with several shops selling spices, drinks and local made handicrafts. The trekking usually takes about 30 minutes one way.

The caves have two levels accessible though narrow iron steps. The lower chamber is around 18 feet long and 10 feet high. A small path from here leads to the upper chamber which is around 95 feet long and 18 feet .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: NA

At a distance of 11 km from Sulthan Bathery & 5 km from Edakkal Caves, 22 km from Kalpetta, Wayanad Heritage Museum is located in Ambalavayal village.

This is one of the best heritage museums in Kerala. The museum houses fascinating items from tribal communities dating back to the second century AD. It has a rare collection of several ancient instruments & tribal artifacts like jewellery, hunting and fishing weapons, farming instruments, a fine collection of 14th - 16th century sculptures, etc. Ancient terra cottas, stone weapons and local art are also on display at the museum.

A series of pictorial rock edicts referred to as Hero Stones, memorialize a bygone age of warriors. There is a fine figure of the Goddess of fertility, Urvara, also displayed here. Most of the artifacts are collected from the Wayanad and surrounding regions.

The museum is spread in two levels with statues occupying lower level while the tribal artifacts are displayed in first level. The museum .....

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 24 km from Kalpetta & 1 km from Sulthan Bathery Bus Station, Jain Temple located in the heart of Sulthan Bathery is a famous landmark in the town.

This temple is believed to be constructed in 14th century. The town of Sulthan Bathery was earlier known as Ganapathi Vattam and had 12 traditional Jain streets in and around the town.

The temple is known for its wonderful architecture and sculptures. It was built with large granite pillars that are extensively carved. The temple is mostly plain from outside with few nice carvings in the inner section. There is a detached pillared mandapa on the front side of the temple without roof which is known as Namaskara mandapa.

The main structure has a mukhamandapa following by the mahamandapa and the sanctum. The sanctum has few small statues of Jain Tirthankaras, but the main seat of the sanctum is empty and no poojas are performed here. The doorways of Sanctum and Mahamandapa have sacred Jain figures. The lower .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 7 AM - 10 AM and 3 PM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.100 for Guide and Rs.300 per person for Jeep Safari.

Established in 1973, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was brought under the Project Elephant in the year 1991-92. The sanctuary is bordered with Nagarhole WLS & Bandipur WLS in Karnataka and Mudumalai WLS in Tamilnadu. Occupying an area of 345 sq km, Wayanad WLS is the second largest WLS in Kerala and is now an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The sanctuary was set up with an objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region with due consideration to the general life style of tribes and others whose lives are dependent on the forest. The sanctuary is divided into two separate parts, known as Upper Wayanad WLS and Lower Wayanad WLS.

Lower Wayanad WLS at Muthanga is known as Muthanga Wildlife Range, it is 38 Km from Kalpetta and 15 Km from Sulthan Bathery. The Western Ghats, Nilgiri Sub-Cluster, .....

Overnight Stay in Wayanad (kalpetta)

DAY 3 : CHAMBRA PEAK

Resume Wayanad (kalpetta) Sightseeing

Adventure / Trekking

Duration of visit: Full Day
Timings: 24 Hrs
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 17 Kms from Kalpetta, Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad & third highest peak in South India at an altitude of 2100 metres. This place is a trekker's paradise. Chembra Peak is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats.

Trekking to the Chembra Peak is a challenging task and recommended for experienced trekkers. Prior permission is required from the forest office in Meppady to the peak. A heart shaped lake on the way to top of the peak is a major attraction. The actual trek starts from the watchtower at the foot hill of Chembra Peak which is about 7 Kms from Meppadi. The trek entry point can be reached by private vehicles (jeeps) from Meppadi town. The peak is 11 Kms (one way) from watch tower & takes 4-5 hrs. Camping allowed at top of the peak.

There is an alternate route to visit Soochipara Waterfalls (11 Kms) while trekking down the Chembra Peak.

Best season is November - January.

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