There are many places in Kerala where we can find adventure. One such place is the Chembra Peak situated in the Wayanad district. Chembra Peak situated about 2100 m above the sea level is the highest peak in Wayanad. This peak is situated in the town of meppady which is about 14 km west of kalpetta. Chembra peak is a part of the Wayanad hill ranges in the Western Ghats. Chembra Peak is one of the most suitable places for trucking. Mostly trucking is done seasonally and you need the permission from the forest office at meppady for this.
If you are planning for trucking at Chembra Peak then remember to carry the following things with you
– Please carry one strong back-pack
– 2 litres water bottle
– Head wear like Caps, hats or bandanas
– Toiletries (Comb, shampoo, tissue paper, soap, toothbrush, etc.)
– Small torch with new batteries
– Shoes for trekking
– Change of clothes enough for two days
– Energy food such as Chocolates, Nutri-bars, juice packs etc.
– Rain coat (Highly suggested)
– Moov spray / Lemon for leeches
How to reach here
Chembra is situated in Meppadi (Meppady) Panchayath, which is about 11 km off NH212 (Kollegal – Mysore – Kozhikode, KSRTC (both Kerala & Karnataka) and a lot of private deluxe buses are available between Kozhikode (aka Calicut) and Bengaluru
The Rearest railway station is Kannur as these is no rail service in Wayanad district.
Banasurasagar dam is a must visit place if you are in a trip to wayanad. Banasura Sagar Dam which is a part of Indian Banasurasagar Project is the biggest earth dam in India. The Dam is build across Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River., The main objective of this project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric Power plant. Banasurasagar Dam provides water for irrigation and is the source of drinking water for the region when shortage arises in some seasons. The project was started in the year 1979 consisting of a canal and a Dam.
This place is famous for its spectacular scenic beauty. When the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas a number of islands came into existence. Banasura Hills along with these Islands provides us an awesome view. A small children’s park is also there near the Dam. Speed boats are arranged in the Dam which facilitates boating through the islands.
How to reach here
Banasurasagar Dam is situated in wayanad district in Kerala, as rail is not there in the district the nearest railway station is Kannur Rail way station. Dam is about 21 Km from the Kalpetta town
Kerala is the land of beauty, with its vivid geographic and climatic conditions Kerala has been the favorites of tourists for years. Kuruvadweep is an island situated in the wayanad district. The natural island which spreads over 950 acres is almost 17 kms away from manathavady. Kuruvadweep or the Kuruva Islands is the home of many rich flora and fauna and the unique geographical conditions make kuruvadweep one of the best places to visit in the district of wayanad. The island is a dense ever green forest and it is well maintained by Kerala Tourism department because of the increasing number of visitors. Kuruvadweep is one of the best places to visit with family as it is safe and have much fun stuff to do. If you are a bird watcher then there is lot for you in this mesmerizing place. One of the major wildlife sanctuaries the Beguar wild life sanctuary is close to Kuruvadweep. Boating facilities are also available here in kuruvadweep.
How to reach here
The nearest town is manathavady which is at a distance of17 km from the island. The nearest airport is Calicut International Airport at a distance of about 75 Km. If you are coming by train the nearest rail way station is the Kozhikodu Rail way station.
Wayanad – the north east district of Kerala is one of the best tourist destinations that every traveller must try out. Wayanad is really a paradise for people who love adventures – it has got a mix of natural beauty of a hill station and adventorous trekking events to hill tops, water fall spots, jungles, islands and even more. One can see many tribal populations in and around wayanad, especially in its jungles and hilly areas. Wayanad is located at an altitude ranging from 700m to 2100m above MSL and so it maintains a cool climate all round the year. How ever monsoons are not an ideal time to visit Wayanad because most of the adventorous picnic spots will be inaccessible due to heavy rains during this time.
How to Access Wayanad:
Calicut International Airport – is the nearest airport to Wayanad and is located at 75Km from Wayanad.
Cochin International Airport is at a distance of 276Km.
No direct rail ways are available to Wayanad. Nearest rail way station is Kozhikode (Calicut). Direct buses are available to all directions of Wayanad from Calicut.
National Highway (NH-212) – passes through Wayanad. This highway starts from Calicut and extends to Mysore (upto Kollegal).
Most Popular Tour Destinations:
1. Kuruwa Dweep (Kuruva Island)
Kuruva Dweep is a 950 acres spread natural island located at 17Km from Mananthavady. Kuruva – situated in the tributaries of Kabani river, is a real beautiful natural green forest covered island which houses rare birds, shrubs, herbs and plants. An attractive event is the trekking through this uneven island, its natural green, water bodies, crossing the Kabani river in bamboo boats (Changadams) etc.
2. Chembra Peak:
Chembra Peak is exclusively for adventorous people 🙂 Trekking through and climbing up this 2100m above MSL peak is a challenging task, but its possible with a will. Camping facility is available at top of Chembra peak and 1 or 2 days camp at this place is an amazing experience. A beautiful,wide,exhilarating view of Wayanad can be enjoyed from the top of this peak – which itself is worth the physically demanding climb. Chembra peak offers natural and beautiful frames for photography enthusiasts.
3. Edakkal Caves:
Edakkal is another adventurous spot in Wayanad, located at 25Km from Kalpetta. This place has a crevice of 96ft in length and 22ft width which appears to any one like a cave and hence the name. 1Km trekking from Edakkal will take you to the spot and you can see carvings of animals,old symbols,carvings of humans on the rocks which dates back to pre-historic age. Edakkal is a must see place in Wayanad.
4. Banasura Sagar Dam:
Banasura Dam is the largest earth dam in India, located towars north west of Kalpetta (21Km). It is also the second largest earth dam in Asia. Main attraction for travellers here is trekking to adjacent Banasura hills, to small islands formed inside the dam, the spectacular view of natural beauty.
5. Soochipara Waterfalls:
Soochipara is a spectacular show 🙂 A natural water fall blessed by divinity of nature, this water fall originates from a height of 300ft. There is a pool adjacent to this falls which is well suitable for Swimming,Bathing,Water Rafting etc. A small trekking through jungle is needed to reach upto the waterfalls.
6. Pookot Lake:
Pookot is a natural,fresh water lake located at 3Km from Vythiri (Vythiri is 13Km from Kalpetta). Boating through the calm,crystal clear water is the main attraction for travellers here. Through out the boating session you can enjoy adjacent hills,natural forests, birds, flora and fauna of the region.
7. Meenmutty Waterfalls:
Ever experienced an unspoiled natural water fall? Here’s a chance! Meenmutty is 300m high 3 tier waterfall which can be accessed only with a 2Km hiking 🙂 and that’s the best part of it. Most travellers avoid that pain of 2Km hiking so it still remains like a virgin piece of beauty. A highly recommended place for adventurous travellers who seek pleasure.