6 EXCITING THINGS TO DO IN WAYANAD

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Wayanad is the least populous district of Kerala. With the amazing greenery and beauty surrounding this place, it is the perfect holiday destination for anyone including couples on a honeymoon, a group of adventure enthusiasts or simple nature lovers. This place encompasses so much within itself that there is ample scope for each kind of tourists to get enamored by the land.

1. Trekking

Trekking has always been the most popular adventure activity, for it promises to thrill your senses and drive your adrenaline rush even if you are not a professional trekker. With its tropical savannahs, thick evergreen rainforests, majestic hills and mountains, and an enticing wilderness, Wayanad is an infinite land for a trekking enthusiast.

Standing at 2,100m is the rugged terrain of Chembra Peak, the tallest point in Wayanad. A beautiful marvel along this trail is the heart-shaped lake Hridaya Saras. The trek uphill requires a trekker to cross seven hills before reaching the Chembra Peak. Only if you trek to the top of the peak would you are able to view the beautiful heart shaped lake, which is believed to have never dried up.

Other equally enthralling and awe inspiring trekking peaks in Wayanad are the Pakshipathalam trek, the Banasura trek, the Brahmagiri peak trek and the Thusharagiri trek. Enveloped in the wealth of greenery and scenic marvels of nature, these treks might help you rediscover your self.

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2. Wildlife Safari

There are two popular wildlife sanctuaries, Begur and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Wayanad Wildlife Safari offers an intimate rendezvous with the wonders of nature and wildlife where one can spot Elephants, Bisons, Tigers, Deers, Birds and other small animals. 
 
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary is comparatively quaint and does not get many tourists as it is relatively unknown. The sanctuary conducts tours in open jeeps on a one hour Safari covering about 20 kms through thick forest with plenty of wildlife in their natural habitat.  

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3. Cycling Tour

The best way to explore Wayanad’s natural beauty is to cycle, absorb the spectacular views and enjoy the balmy breeze. There are various guided cycling tours to choose from once you are in Wayanad. 

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4. Bird Watching

Every year Wayanad welcomes 350 species of resident and migratory birds. Here you can find endemic black-chinned laughing thrush, white-bellied shortwing, black and orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri pipit, Nilgiri wood pigeon, and the Nilgiri Flycatcher. For bird watching enthusiasts Wayanad has a platter full of places to choose from - Kuruva Island, Pakshipathalam, Muthanga Wildlife sanctuary and Edakkal caves.


The most favorable season for bird watching is spring or fall because around these seasons many migratory birds visit Wayanad.

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5. Caves Expedition

Edakkal and Muniyara caves are the most treasured tangible heritage of Wayanad and offer a feel of the prehistoric era through the engravings and the cave paintings. Muniyara is popular for its natural forest of sandalwood trees and prehistoric paintings.
 

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6. Nature Exploration

In Wayanad, you can also find many activities revolving around nature. Soochipara Falls are located in Vellarimala, Wayanad. It is a three tier waterfall often referred to as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls. On the drive there you are able to see many tea estates and you can find good rock climbing spots at the waterfalls. Pookode Lake is a must for Wayanad travelers. At just a few minutes from the region, this lake is one of the most visited tourist destinations. It is a peaceful destination surrounded by greenery and lake water, which must not be missed by travelers.

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Stay Simple has one property in Mysore, the Stay Simple Brindavan Resort, located at just a couple of hours away from Wayanad. This property is next to the Brindavan Gardens and located near the region’s attractions. Wayanad is just a day’s trip away!


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