Wayanad is a magical region of Kerala state and is situated on the border of the state of Karnataka. The Wayanad district is known for its stunning natural beauty where rows upon rows of tea gardens are framed against mesmerising mountains. A place where natural lakes meander serenely and the musical melody of waterfalls is music to the ears. Wayanad harbours great biodiversity with a richness of flora and fauna that is captivating. If Wayanad enchants then Vythiri which is a Taluk of Wayanad (along with Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady), will sweep you off your feet with its charms. Truly Vythiri is the crown jewel of Wayanad.
Vythiri is an enchanting region which still retains its earthy charm despite the trappings of commercialisation. It encompasses eighteen villages which include Kalpetta. The charm of Vythiri lies in its beautiful landscapes. There is nothing more soothing than a walk in the early morning on paths that weave tantalisingly through tea gardens. Dewdrops glisten on the tea leaves and erupt in myriad colours as the first rays of the sun touch them. As darkness gives way to light one can also see the towering presence of the Chembra Peak and other mountain peaks in the distance. Evenings are even more magical as the sun sets with a mesmerising halo of orange, red, and pink hue on the western horizon. The pristine beauty of the surroundings casts such a spell that one doesn’t want to leave the place.
Must See Places in Vythiri
The Chembra peak with a height of 6,890 feet is one of the tallest peaks in the Western Ghats, and it is a popular place for trekking. The Chembra peak is situated around eight kilometres from Kalpetta. The trek to the Chembra peak is an enchanting experience, and one gets spectacular views from the top of the peak. There is a unique lake which is in the shape of a heart on the way to the Chembra peak. It is said that the heart-shaped never dries up. The Chembra Peak hike is indeed a great opportunity to commune with nature.
The Soochipara waterfalls are three-tiered falls that are situated near the village of Meppadi. Water cascades down from a height of about six hundred and fifty feet. The waterfalls make for an enchanting sight. Also, the place offers some exquisite views of the tea gardens that dot Wayanad.
Very near the Vythiri town lies the Pookode Lake at an altitude of about seven hundred metres. It is a freshwater lake beautifully nestled in the midst of forests and framed by mountain slopes. The Pookode lake is a popular tourist attraction. The lake spreads over an area of about eight and a half hectares. Boating can be done on the lake, and one can bask in the natural beauty all around.
The Banasura Dam is located around fifteen kilometres from Kalpetta and is the second largest earthen dam in Asia. The Dam offers some spectacular views of the waters of the Karamanathodu, which is a tributary or the Kabini river set against the background of the picturesque Banasura hills. The dam is a popular tourist destination. People flock here for the views of the Banasura hills and the picturesque views all around. Speed Boating is another attraction that draws tourists to Banasura Dam. Apart from speedboats, pedal boats are also available to cruise on the placid waters.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary also referred to as the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a large sanctuary which is home for animals like tigers, bison, panthers, bears, elephants, and many more. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is part of the Nilgiri Bio Reserve along with the Bandipur and Nagarhole National Parks which fall under the state of Karnataka.
Is not Vythiri a treasure trove of nature? A jewel in the crown of Wayanad. A place with a lovely experience around every bend that skirts an enchanting tea garden. To help you experience the pleasures of this jewel Sterling Wayanad is there, waiting for you.