The rains take on the pristine beauty of Wayanad, which features a delightful blend of plains and mountains, a few notches higher and it’s hard to put the spellbinding charm of this great getaway into words. When the monsoon arrives, nature paints the valleys and hills green and the thick mist and rain droplets create a surreal atmosphere that can take travelers to a dream world. Wayanad is fully equipped for monsoon tourism and now tourists can have fun and frolic while traveling through the winding ghat road to this magical destination.
Monsoon lands in Kerala in two different periods. One starts in June and ends in September and the other from October to November. As the region receives heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning during the second phase of the monsoon, the best time to travel under the monsoon in Wayanad is during the months of July and August. Although this enchanting destination is endowed with the bounty of nature, it is a fact that there are many places in Wayanad that have unpredictable topographic behavior. Be sure to follow the instructions of the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), Forestry Department and District Administration when visiting Wayanad and avoid entering prohibited places. Currently, trekking is prohibited in Chembra, Brahmagiri, Chirapullu and Kattukunnu peaks.
Where to visit
1. Pookode Lake
If it’s raining in Wayanad, Pookode Lake is a must-see destination. This fascinating freshwater lake is located 3 km south of Vythiri and is one of Wayanad’s main tourist attractions. The shores of the lake boast of a water park with a fish breeding center and the lake abounds with bright blue water lilies. You can enjoy the serenity of the lake by taking a leisurely stroll along the path surrounding the natural body of water and also take a boat trip in small pedal boats.
2. Banasura Sagar Dam
The Banasura Sagar Dam, located 21 km from Kalpetta, is built on the Karamanthodu tributary of the Kabani River. It should be noted that this one kilometer long dam is made of mud. There are many places near the earth dam which are great for trekking. Moreover, the view of the small islands in the valley of the Banasura hills is breathtaking.
3. Meenmutty Falls
Meenmutty Falls is the second largest waterfall in Kerala and is located 29 km south of Kalpetta. You have to cross vast tea plantations and a forest of teak trees to reach these milky falls. The view of water falling from a height of 300m through three levels is amazing. One can also hike to the top as there are many hiking routes that would help you scale the heights. As accidents are quite common, some hiking trails would be closed and check availability before wearing your hiking boots.
4. Edakkal Caves
The Edakkal Caves which house intricate carvings dating back to 5000 BC are one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Wayanad. The caves are nestled atop the Ambukuthi Mala and located 4,000 feet above sea level. The prehistoric caves have the oldest inscriptions in Kerala. A visit to Wayanad will not be complete without entering the Edakkal Caves.
5. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its elephants and tigers, and is located between Sultan Bathery in Wayanad district and Mysuru in Karnataka. Bandipur National Park, Muthumala Wildlife Sanctuary and Nagarahole National Park are close to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
6. Kuruva Island
The impressive Kuruva Island, which spans 950 acres of land, sits in the Kabani River. The island is a conglomeration of 150 small islands and is home to a rich flora, including medicinal plants. It is also home to different species of birds. Usually people can cover the majority of the island on foot, but during floods the island can only be reached by small boats.