Wayanad's tourist places are aplenty and Chembra Peak is a noted one among them. It is the highest peak in Wayanad making it a perfect trekking destination surrounded by lush tea plantations.
A heart shaped lake called Hridayasarasu close to the summit serves as the perfect viewpoint. It is said that this lake has never dried up. It offers great views of the entire district and the hills outside Wayanad.
Another gem among the Wayanad tourist places is the Banasura Sagar Dam . It is the largest dam in India and is the 2nd largest in all of Asia. Constructed at the Banasura Lake, the dam holds huge amount of water and offers the scenic splendour of the mountains as its backdrop.
In the monsoons, the dam submerges all the surrounding areas. The vast expanse is dotted with small patches of land and is a scenic delight for even discerning visitors.
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves in the remote location of Edakkal, in Wayanad. It is at 1,200 metres above the sea level on Ambukutty Mala. Archaeologists and historians world over have constantly been drawn to the prehistoric carvings dating back 8000 years that are found on the walls of these caves.
Lakkidi View Point is one of the highest peaks in Wayanad and receives the 2nd highest rainfall in the whole world. From here, you get a bird's eye view of the scintillating valleys and mountain ranges of the region. Pookode Lake is barely 3kms from here and is thickly vegetated.
Adorned with all these natural resources, it is also one of the richest biodiversity areas in the region and home to various species of herons as well as rare Indian birds among many other species of flora and fauna. It is a favoured picnic spot in this expanse.
The word Meenmutty, in Malayalam literally means the place where fish get blocked and is regarded as the largest waterfall in Wayanad. A 2km hike from the main Ooty road, this three-tiered waterfall with the height of 300 metres is a rare Wayanad tourist place that still remains untouched.
Comfortable in its natural settings, Meenmutty waterfalls is the 2nd largest in Kerala. A separate hike through the moist dense forests leads one to each of the three tiers. This is a quiet and tiresome route that ends at a point with the most dreamy sights.
This Wayanad tourist place is where you can enjoy natural splendour at its best. If the water levels of these falls are low, you can relax by the cascade and take in the great sights. Sitting and lapping up the Soochipara Falls, in Kalpetta is therapeutic and highly rejuvenating.
The ride through the tea plantations to and from the falls is also a beautiful experience. These falls are also known as the Sentinel Rock Waterfalls.
Kuruva Island or Kuruvadeep is a protected delta on river Kabini in Wayanad. This is an uninhabited area and is a home to a varied species of flora and fauna. Because of the rich biodiversity.
This place seemingly attracts the most number of tourists from all around the world who come here to see the rarest of birds, orchids and herbs that are found only in this eco-region.
3 kms away from Lakkidi, Pookode Lake is another must-visit on the list of Wayanad tourist places. It is a fresh water lake settled amidst the evergreen forests of Wayanad. The map of India is what the lake is shaped like. An abundance of blue lotus and fresh water fish inhabit the water body, enhancing its glorious beauty.
Facilities like boating, well maintained children's park, aquarium and a handicrafts' emporium is made available here by the District Tourism Promotion Council. This is an ideal picnic spot for families and a great place for a hike.
Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is another tourist place that is near the Thirunelli Temple in Wayanad. If you are into trekking, this landscape dotted with its wild forests and hills is just the place for you.
You require a permit and a guide to set out on this trail, which leads you into the moist dense deciduous forests in the hills with gently flowing streams. Pakshipathalam literally means 'cave of birds' and quite obviously is home to varied species of birds.
On the way from Mysore to Sulthan Bathery is this animal sanctuary that is a wildlife hotspot. Wayanad is the most beautiful area in the region and the wildlife sanctuary further enhances the magnificence. This sanctuary hosts a number of bird species, peafowls being a very common sight.
You would also find animals such as the Indian Bison, elephant, deer and tiger. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This place is being considered as a World Heritage site and makes a great day to spend exploring the glorious biodiversity of the region.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary or Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, has a wide variety of animals. Visitors are restricted to the outer tourist zone. The sanctuary is located 20 km east of Mananthavady, 13 km from Thirunelly on the Kodagu Road.
Visits to these ecotourism centers provide unforgettable wilderness experience, frequent sightings of free ranging wildlife like herds of elephants, guars, deers, monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears, many species of reptiles, fishes, butterflies, birds including vultures etc, valuable nature education information from interpretation centres etc.
Accross the lake the major interest of adventures include rope riding and kayaking.
Zip Lines is an adventure activity in which the rider can fly over the valley Lake with the help of wire ropes . In this activity rider moves by the gravity means from upside to down side. which is very exciting , sensational and of course 200% safe because of additional security rope for full body harness .
Pazhassi tomb, the memorial of Veera Pazhassi Raja, the Lion of Kerala, who organised guerilla warfare against the British East India Company, is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally Cave was where Pazhassi took refuge until he was captured by the British.
A small structure houses a collection of memorabilia belonging to Pazhassi. Mondays are holidays.
Wayanad Heritage museum , also known as Ambalavayal Heritage Museum is a museum at Ambalavayal, 12 km south of Sulthan Bathery, in Wayanad district, Kerala, India. It is managed by the District Tourism Promotion Council. The Museum displays tribal relics and artifacts.
Four sectors of the museum -the Verasmruthi, the Gothrasmruthi, the Devasmruthi, and the Jeevanasmruthi-house different types of items ranging from the Neotholic age to the 17th century, including artifacts from ordinary tribal life, decorated memorial grave stones once used to adorn the graves of heroes, and terracotta figures.