Very recently I got a chance to visit one of the least explored or should I say waiting to be discovered travel destinations of South India, Wayanad.
I must admit when my colleagues mentioned the name I was a bit skeptical about the place, however, the more I read about it the more I wanted to explore, from Dams to falls, from wildlife centuries to Caves, the place gives a taste of everything.
It was a 3 days’ work cum leisure trip with TATA Sky team for Team building & Customer Experience Strategy Meet and after reaching we realized Wayanad had more to offer than the number of days we had in hand.
Wayanad’s terrain with hills, jungle, mountains, and rivers makes it a great spot for trekking, cycling, zip lining and other outdoor activities. I am a super fan of sprawling tea estates and Wayanad’s breathtakingly beautiful scenery didn’t disappoint me in that sphere too.
On the whole, this green paradise is a delight and a must-see destination for every tourist and visitor to God’s own country.
I would like to introduce some of the best locations of Wayanad. Here We Go:
At a height of 2100 meters, the towering Chembra Peak is. It is the tallest of peaks in the region and climbing this peak would test one’s physical prowess. The climb up the Chembra Peak is an exhilarating experience, as each stage in the climb unfolds great expanses of Wayanad and the view gets wider as one goes up to its summit. Going up and coming down the peak would take a full day. Camp at the top is assured of an unforgettable experience.
It is Located in the southeastern part of Wayanad. Neelimala is a trekkers delight, with options for various trekking routes. At the top of Neelimala, the sight is breathtaking with a view of the Meenmutty Falls located nearby and the valley in the foreground.
As I love falls, this is one of my favorite location Situated close to Neelimala, the spectacular Meenmutty Falls can be reached through a 2 km trekking route from the main road linking Ooty and Wayanad. It is the largest of waterfalls in the district of Wayanad.
Yeahhhhh!!!! Another waterfall that attracts me to Wayanad is the Chethalayam Falls. This waterfall is smaller in size when compared to Meenmutty but very beautiful. The falls and the adjoining areas are ideal locales for trekking and a favorite haunt.
Soochipara Falls or the Sentinel Rock Falls are nature’s masterpiece with water cascading down 200 meters from over a cliff in three tiers. It has the lush green cover around and thus offers opportunities for treks and even rock climbing. Wildlife can be spotted while moving on the trek routes.
Pakshipathalam is located deep within the forest in the Brahmagiri Hills. The region predominantly comprises large boulders, some of them really massive. The deep caves found here are home to a wide variety of birds, animals and distinctive species of plants. Pakshipathalam is located near Mananthavady and a visit to the region requires a 6 or 7 km trek through the forest, starting from Thirunelli.
Banasura Sagar Dam
The dam at Banasura Sagar is reckoned as the largest earth dam in India. The dam is located in the southwestern part of Wayanad district and is close to the Karalad Lake. An interesting feature is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.
We also visited shops for some rare specialties of Wayanad like spices, coffee, tea, bamboo products, honey and herbal plants.
Few Pictures With Tata Sky Team
Quote for the team Work: “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something fantastic.”