10 Tourist Spots of Wayanad filled with Natural Beauty

Banasura Sagar

This picturesque dam is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. The reservoir of this dam has tiny islands surrounded by thick foliage. An assortment of birds, the crystal clear water, the misty Banasura hills in backdrop and the surrounding grasslands make up a breathtaking view. Boat trips are also available on these waters. This is a perfect spot for a picnic.

Banasura Sagar Dam
Pakshipathalam Wayanad


Situated at a height of 1740m from the sea level, amidst the nature and beauty of Wayanad is Pakshipathalam. The very word ‘Pakshipathalam’ means the bounty of birdlife here. The steep hills, rivers, lush greenery and the magnificent birds here make it a trekker’s paradise.


The village of Kolagappara is situated about 15kms from Kalpetta. The cool and pleasant climate of this area makes it suitable for tea, coffee, vanilla and rubber plantations. Trekking and Mountain climbing are two best activities for tourists here.

Chembra Peak Trekking

Chembra Peak

It is the highest peak in Wayanad and is located at a distance of 8kms south of Kalpetta. This is again the best destination for trekking. It takes about three hours to reach the top point of the peak, and all trekking must be done here only after taking permission from Meppady forest office. The biggest tourist attraction here is the heart -shaped lake called Hridhayathadakam, which can be found on the way to the peak. This lake is said to have never dried up. The top of the peak offers an enthralling view of the whole of Wayanad.

Phantom Rock

The Phantom Rock is about 26kms from Kalpetta and situated about 2100m above the sea level. Due to the rock shaped like a skull and a body like Phantom, it has got the name Phantom rock. This natural piece of art is formed from metamorphic rocks. One can climb over the rocks to get the breathtaking view of the surroundings.

Phantom Rock
Pookot Lake

Pookode Lake

15kms from Kalpetta is the stunning freshwater lake called ‘Pookode Lake’. Resting in between the Western Ghats and the evergreen forests, this is an ideal place for nature lovers. This lake is in the shape of the Indian Map. Blue lotuses, blue lilies and fresh water fishes inhibit this lake. There is boating, fresh water aquarium, children’s park and handicraft shopping here. The wild animals and birds in the surrounding forests are another great attraction here. This is a perfect place for hikes and picnics.

Neelimala View point

Situated at a distance of 27kms from Kalpetta, this is another great avenue for trekkers. It has a lot of exciting trails with patches of coffee, areca nut and ginger plantations along the trail. At the Neelimala View point one can see the gushing waterfalls of Meenmutty surrounded by lush wilderness. The exotic view from the peak as well as the colorful butterflies in the air makes this a heaven for nature lovers.


Lakkidi Viewpoint

Lakkidi View point, also known as the Ghat Road View point, is the highest viewpoint in the whole of Wayanad. There are nine hairpin curves from Adivaram (situated downhill) to Lakkidi through steep mountains. From here one can get the scintillating view of misty mountain ranges, valleys and the distant horizon of the Arabian Sea.

Bamboo Forest

The Bamboo forest is situated in Muthanga, which is in the southern part of Wayanad. The Bamboo groves here offer a rich biodiversity. Wild bear, cheetah, bison, deer are some animals that are spotted here.

Bamboo Forest
Wayanad Wildlife

Wayanad Wild Life Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a vital part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary consists of four ranges – Sulthan bathery, Kurichyad, Tholpetty and Muthanga. Tholpetty and Muthanga ranges are mostly targeted by the tourist’s to Wayanad. The best time to visit here is from June- October. Animals such as the Tiger, deer, elephant, Indian Bison are found here. This is also a hub for a plethora of bird species.