A small district in Kerala, Wayanad is full of lush greenery and picturesque landscapes. Sightseeing in Wayanad includes hilly ranges, exotic wildlife, sprawling tea plantations and enthralling caves that will leave you in awe of the untouched beauty of nature.
Wayanad has tourist places for every kind of traveller, so if you are planning a retreat to nature’s wonderland, here is a 5-day Wayanad itinerary for you:
Day 1: Banasura Sagar Dam and Banasuramala Meenmutty Waterfalls
Assuming you are travelling by either air or rail, you will reach Wayanad by mid-morning. Check into Club Mahindra’s affiliate resort – Vythiri Village – and enjoy a wholesome Kerala meal at the in-house restaurant. Then head towards Banasura Sagar Dam, the largest earth dam in India, for an enchanting experience close to sundown. A popular sightseeing spot in Wayanad, you can enjoy outdoor activities with your children like horse and camel riding around the area.
In case you plan to head out before sunset, another tourist place in Wayanad to check out is the Banasuramala Meenmutty Falls. It’s not too far from Banasura Dam; you can take your family there for a refreshing dip in the natural pool nearby. Head back for dinner and savour some delectable food at the resort. Call it a night and get some rest!
Day 2: Gear up for Chembra Peak
Start your morning early by watching the sunrise. Head out soon after on a family trek to Chembra Peak and get your adrenaline pumping. You can stop at Heart Lake, a refreshing spot on the way that offers a dreamy background for family pictures. Carry snacks to munch once you reach the peak, as the climb will take 2-3 hours and you might be famished. Head back early, refresh, and enjoy an early dinner at the resort and recharge for the next day.
Day 3: Edakkal Caves and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
Start your day early by enjoying a wholesome South Indian breakfast at the resort. Then head out with your family to see the Edakkal Caves. Located on Ambukuthi Hills, a visit to Edakkal Caves will give your children a glimpse of medieval times. Identified as a Neolithic settlement, the cave is an enthralling spot to take your family on an archaeological experience. In the afternoon, head to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at Muthanga. A popular sightseeing spot in Wayanad, this wildlife sanctuary was brought under Project Elephant in 1991-92 and has been an elephant reserve ever since. Entry is only permitted through a safari where jeeps are available from 7am to 10am and again from 3pm to 5pm.
Day 4: Kuruvadweep Island
A cluster of islets spread over 950 acres in the Kabini River, Kuruvadweep should find a place on every tourist’s Wayanad itinerary. Make sure you leave soon after breakfast so that you can reach the island by noon. You will spot exotic flora and fauna, two small freshwater lakes, and trekking trails. Have a meal at one of the picnic spots with your family and then head for a relaxing boat ride in the evening. Witness the enchanting beauty of the island during your boat ride as you look back at the trip with your family.
Head to your homestay for dinner and recuperate to take on a new day.
Day 5: Head back home
Kuruvadweep Island is a slightly remote destination, so it is best to leave soon after breakfast. Kozhikode railway station and Calicut International Airport are the exit spots nearest to the island.
Wayanad is a travel enthusiast’s paradise, with aesthetically appealing backdrops of nature complemented by quaint hotels. Club Mahindra’s affiliate, Vythiri Village resort in Wayanad, offers an unmatched staying experience. With comfortable rooms and a scrumptious in-house restaurant, you are sure to enjoy your stay.
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