Wayanad, the serene Hill town
Wayanad is one of Kerala’s hidden treasures of natural beauty. The hill station is located 2100 meters above sea level and the weather is misty, cool and often filled with dense fog and rain during the monsoon. ‘Wayanad’ literally means ‘land of paddy fields’ and they are prominently visible in and around Wayanad. The small hill town has much more to offer than Paddy fields, you can see lush green mountains, dense forests, coffee plantations and tea estates. Two beautiful rivers, Vythiri and the Kabini flow down from the mountain tops and merge downstream with River Kaveri making the land fertile. Wayanad is not only notable for its natural beauty but also has an interesting cultural and historical heritage. This place is ideal for trekking and hiking and the trek to Chembra Peak is very popular. With opportunity to see medieval temples, prehistoric caves and remnants of freedom struggle, Wayanad is indeed an interesting place to explore. Large number of people visits from Bangalore on weekends to get rejuvenated and they usually travel by hiring a Bangalore to Wayanad taxi. We are listing down the top attractions in Wayanad:
These prehistoric caves are the most popular tourist spot in Wayanad. The hike to reach the caves is unique as you will walk over circuitous stone steps which are carved out of rocks. Edakkal caves are estimated to be built from 5000 to 1000 BC, which makes them the oldest caves in the region. It is amazing to realize that prehistoric people created such a marvel at such height with their limited resources.
It is a protected river delta maintained by the forest department and spread over an area of more than 950 acres. It is home to some rare flora and fauna and is one of the most visited places in Wayanad. The best time to visit this island is during early mornings and evenings when you can spot beautiful birds here. You might even spot one of the crocodiles in the river. Approach to the island is by a ferry which starts from the mainland. Although major part of the island is protected by barbed wire, there is a path on which visitors are allowed to walk and experience the wilderness.
It is the oldest temple in Wayanad and named after a tree, it is believed that Lord Brahma manifested himself in a tree at this place. Devotees also believe that the last prayer of the day at the temple is offered by Lord Brahma himself. The temple is constructed with typical Kerala style architecture There is stream of water passing by the temple which is considered sacred and large number of pilgrims come here to meditate and pray. The drive to the temple is beautiful which takes you through thick forests and the temple is located in a serene surroundings.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary:
There are two wildlife sanctuaries in Wayanad, namely Muthanga and Tholpetty. You can easily spot deer, bison and wild elephants, if you are lucky you could see a tiger as well. Established in 1973, it is the second largest protected wildlife area in the state. Most of the sanctuary area is mountainous and the weather is very pleasant. It is thronged by a large number of nature loves and wildlife enthusiasts every year.
The journey from Bangalore to Wayanad itself is scenic and can be best enjoyed as a passenger in a taxi. You can easily book Bangalore to Wayanad cabs on Savaari, India’s No 1 player in intercity taxi service including cabs in Bangalore.