Located in the north-east part of Kerala (God’s own country), the Wayanad district is a famous tourist destination. As it includes a part of the Western Ghats, a major deal of the district has green cover filled with plantations, wildlife, and forests. The hill station is located about 76 kilometers away from the seashore. Driving around in Wayanad through the green pastures and discovering famous landmarks can be a relaxing way to spend weekends.
A Historic Drive around Wayanad
There are many self-drive cars, which are great modes of transport to explore the town. Self-drive is the best option for privacy and complete freedom on a trip in order to change plans and make impromptu stops.
Adventure lovers can stop at Chembra Peak on reaching Wayanad. Located at 2100 meters above the sea level, the Chembra Peak is a popular trekking spot. The overall trek covers a distance of 14 kilometers, taking almost a day for the same. The tourism council has arranged facilities for camping for avid trekkers who wish to spend
the night at the peak.
It is said that the view at the top of the peak is unparalleled and there is a lake at the top that never dries up, even in the summer. The second adventurous spot for trekkers is the Meenmutty waterfalls. The water falls to a depth of more than 300 meters at three different locations. Kabini Rivers, one of the east-flowing rivers of Kerala, drains this region. Trekking gears and equipment are available with the Tourist Information C11enter.
The Pookode Lake is located 3 kilometers from the town of Vythiri. Surrounded by mountains and forest cover on all sides, the lake offers a picturesque view. Known to resemble the shape of the Indian map, the lake is famous for boating. The nearby aquarium is another must-see location to view the fishes maintained by the Fisheries Department. Edakkal caves, meaning “stone in between”, are naturally formed rock boulders located at Mmbukutty Mala. The site is believed to be the natural habitat of the people from the Neolithic Age. It was discovered by F. Fawcett who realized the importance of the carvings on the cave wall.
Another really important tourist site in Wayanad is Sultan Bathery. Tipu Sultan from Mysore had occupied this fort for himself at the town of Sultan Bathery. It is said that he used the 800-year- old temple as a refuge during wars. Apart from the above spots, there are a number of temples around the district that are hundreds of years old. Although a lot of them are in ruins now, they hold a mirror to the history of God’s Own Country.
Self-drive cars are brilliant transport options while visiting Wayanad. Car rental services such as Zoomcar have introduced affordable rental plans, which can be changed in real-time according to driving requirements via an app-based system. Hire a car rental Bangalore to Wayanad service and explore the sceneries.