ONE DAY TRIP IN WAYANAD (KALPETTA) | MUST VISIT PLACES OF WAYANAD

Historical & Heritage | Nature & Scenic | Lake & Backwaters | Waterfall

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Kalpetta Bus Station

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 1 Day

Ideal Start Time: 8 AM

Total Places Visited: 5

DAY 1 : EDAKKAL CAVES - LAKKIDI - BANSURA DAM - MEENMUTTY FALLS

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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 .....

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 .....

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 .....

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