Wayanad, Tourist Attractions in Wayanad

Tourist Attractions in Wayanad

Tourist Attractions in Wayanad

Kuruva Island, Glass Temple, Thirunelly Temple, Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Chembra peak, Banasura Project, Edakkal Caves, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Lakkidi, Pookot Lake, Ambalalvayal Heritage Museum and Tusharagiri are the various tourist attractions in Wayanad.

Thirunelly Temple

The Thirunelly Temple is situated 32 km northeast of Mananthavady in the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is surrounded by Kambamala, Karimala and Varadiga, and an excellent example of temple architecture.

The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini River running downhill adds the enchantment to the place.

Thirunelly Temple, Wayanad

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1973 in Wayanad. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuaru in Tamil Nadu. This sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna, and an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The management has also laid emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration of the general lifestyle of the tribes and others who live in and around the forest region.


Tusharagiri is located near Vythiri in Wayanad. It is the place where there is an extraordinary kinship between land and water. Tusharagiri is famous for its trekking tracks.

The trekkers should start early in the morning from the second waterfall and climb uphill through the pristine, dense evergreen forests populated with exotic birds and wildlife to reach Vythiri by evening. Tusharagiri also abounds in rubber, arecanut, pepper, ginger and spice plantations.

Tusharagiri, Wayanad

Kuruva Island
The Kuruva Island is one of the several small islands, situated on the eastward bound Kabini River, about 17 km east of Mananthavady and 145 km northwest of Sulthan Bathery in the Wayanad district of Kerala. This island is uninhabited and covers an area of 950 acres. This small island is a home of some of the rare species of birds, orchids and plants.

The Glass Temple
The Glass temple is located on the slope of Vellarimala, about 20 kms away from Kalpetta. This temple is dedicated to Parswanatha Swamy of the Jains. The mirrors inside the temple walls reflect images of the icons in the temple’s sanctum sanctorum.

Chembra peak
The Chembra peak is situated about 14 km west of Kalpetta in the Wayanad at a height of 2100 m above mean sea level. The Chembra peak is the highest peak in Wayanad and an ideal area for trekking.

Banasura Project, Padinjarathara
Banasura Project is a mini hydel-power project in Padinjarathara. The largest earth dam in India and the second largest dam in Asia is built here. The major attractions of Banasur is a sprawling sanctuary and park with ever flowering trees.

Edakkal Caves

The Edakkal Caves are located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukutty Mala near Ambalavayal, about 12 km from Sulthan Bathery. The new stone-age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves describes about the civilization that existed in this region. The caves can be accessed only by 1 km trekking trail from Edakkal. Morning is the best time to visit the caves.

Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy Temple
The Valliyurkavu Bhagavathy temple is dedicated to goddess Durga. The two week long festival, celebrated in the month of February is one of the major festival which is visited by hundreds of tribes.

Lakkidi, the gateway to Wayanad, is situated 700 m above mean sea level, about 55 km east of Kozhikode. It is situated at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and forests adds magic to the journey to this small hill station.

Pookot Lake
The Pookot Lake is the perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills, in the Wayanad district of Kerala. This lake is one of its kind in Kerala. Boating, children’s park, a handicrafts and spices emporium and a fresh water aquarium are the various facilities which are available at this lake.

Ambalavayal Heritage Museum

Ambalalvayal Heritage Museum is located near the Ambukuthi hill region. This heritage museum houses the artifacts and belongings of the various tribes of the land. This is one of the best heritage museums in Kerala.

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