Monsoon in Wayanad

Monsoon in wayanad

Wayanad is a place which is lashed by rains and blasted by winds. It experiences two monsoons – from June to September and October to November. There are some already very beautiful places that become all the more beautiful after the heavy pouring rains, Wayanad is such a place. The heavy rains increase the scenic beauty of this place and make it look even greener and stunning.

Wayanad is part of the Western Ghatts, it is situated at a height of 700 to 2000 meters above the sea level. Wayanad is blessed with beautiful lakes,waterfalls,hills,desne green forests and rare species of birds and animals. These gifts of nature do not merely have a balmy effect on your tired soul, rather they give you a kind of happiness that is simply indescribable.Wayanad remains a pleasing sight after the Kerala monsoon showers which give it a fresher and greener look.

Monsoon in Wayanad

The mean average rain fall in this district is 2322 m.m. Lakkidi, Vythiri and Meppadi are the high rainfall areas in Wayanad. Annual rain fall in these high rain fall areas ranges from 3,000 to 4,000m.m. Wayanad’s amazing terrain becomes a perfect get-away spot during the monsoon rains. Every year, a large number of tourists visit Wayanad during monsoon to enjoy the beautiful nature.

You can visit the following places during monsoon; these places look more stunning and amazing during monsoon.

Monsoon in Wayanad,

The Chethalayam Falls is a not well known fall in Wayanad yet there is no denying that it is extremely beautiful. The fall is 37 kilometers from Kalpetta, 12 km from Sultan Bathery and 54 kilometers from Meppady and offers wonderful opportunity to trek its rocks.

The Soochipara fall is 22 kilometers from Kalpetta and is perhaps the most attractive one around. The three layered fall, also known as the Sentinel Rock Falls, is situated amidst thick equatorial forests and you will need to undertake approximately 2 kilometers walk to reach it. On reaching, as you look up, the striking scene of the fall hits you almost instantly.

The Kanthanpara Waterfalls are comparatively smaller in both size and attraction, still it makes for a popular picnic spot. The water here falls from a height of 30 meters. The Meenmutty cascade, hot favourite, falls from a great height of 1000 m and exhibits a triple decker effect. The fall lies 29 kilometers from Kalpetta and 12 kilometers from Meppady.

Lakkidi view point

If you are also quite fond of the rains and want to soak-in the real pleasure of the rains in this mesmerizing hill town, then you should go to Lakkidi, once popular as the Cherrapunji of the South.

Visit this beautiful place in Kerala while you stay at one of the best hotels in Wayanad, the Coffee Trail Resort.

EDAKKAL CAVES

Edakkal caves were discovered by Fred Fawcett, the Superintendent of Police of the Malabar district in 1890, during his hunting trip to Wayanad. Edakkal caves are known for its pictorial paintings that are considered to be of 6000 B C. He discovered the Edakkal rock-shelter, located on the western side of Edakkalmala. He identified the place as a home ground of Neolithic folks, indicating the presence of a prehistoric civilization or settlement in this region. The Stone Age carvings of Edakkal are rare and are the only known examples from South India.

Edakkal caves

Edakkal Caves, which still remain a wonder and a mystery for archaeologists and historians alike. The name ‘Edakkal’ literally means that ‘a stone in between’. Edakkal caves are located 1,200 m above the sea level. Many legends are there behind the formation of Edakkal caves. One of the stories is that these caves are said to be formed with the arrows fired by Lava and Kusha, the sons of Lord Sri Rama. Another one is associated with Kutti Chathan and the Goddess Mudiampilly. The local people used to have a pilgrimage trip to this place to honor the Goddess.

Edakkal Caves

Scientists too are of the opinion that Edakkal Caves isn’t a cave in the real sense. It’s a fissure within the rocks that had been created due to natural causes/ changing weather conditions. The split within the rock is about twenty-two ft. in width and ninety-six ft. in length. The depth of the cleft extends to over thirty ft and there’s a large rock which has fallen forming a roof over it and this large cleft and the roof-rock gives it the appearance of a cave.

 

Edakkal Caves

The Caves are situated about sixteen kilometers away from Sulthan Bathery and tourists need to trek up the Ambukuthi Hill to reach the caves. The trek up the hill, peppered with coffee plantations, is worth an experience and it takes about forty-five minutes to climb the hill. It’s a dwelling that showcases nature’s ability and philosophy of architecture and you have got to trek to about 4000 ft up a mountain to reach the place. The lush greenery and scenic landscape around and also the cool breeze that carries the aroma of coffee will surely make our journey a haunting one.

A remote ticket office is perched high on the top of the mountain and also the tourists can take entry tickets from there. The authorities open before you an iron gate, and then you’ll be able to enter a world of history, that has never ceased to attract people. A telescope is put in many feet from the caves. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding country.

Visit Edakkal caves while you stay at one of the best hotels in Wayanad, the Coffee Trail Resort.

LAKKIDI VIEW POINT

Lakkidi view point

Lakkidi is the entry point to the Wayanad district of Kerela as it is at the crest of the Thamarassery ghat pass. Through steep mountains 9 pin curves are there from Adivaram (Downhill) to Lakkidi and therefore the journey through serpentine ghat pass is worth an experience. Lakkidi is about 2296 ft above sea level and major city nearby is Vythiri that lies 5 kilometre away. Tourists usually stop by Lakkidi View Point that offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs. Lakkidi’s rich and colourful flora will make it difficult even to blink, in the fear of missing out on the lovely sights it offers. The lush greenery of the hills and streams seen on each side of the passage up the hill are sure to linger within the visitors’ mind for a long time. The green meadows and serpentine roads give Lakkidi an artistic stroke.

PLACES TO VISIT IN LAKKIDI

Pookot lake

Pookot lake

Pookot Lake is a natural fresh water lake surrounded by heavily populated forests, lofty mountains and wooded slopes, is a must-visit location near Lakkidi. The boat ride will take us away from our worries and provide a sweet escape. Surrounded by lush greenery all around, this idyllic lake, with its breathtaking scenic beauty and peaceful ambience, mesmerizes every visitor on tour to Pookot Lake. Enjoy the gentle pitter-patter of the freshwater as you skim pass it in your cozy boat. The place also has a greenhouse and an aquarium in proximity which is a hit among tourists. The pathway around the lake is lined by thick bushes and tall trees which further add to the overall charm. For a day dedicated to relaxation and discovery, Pookat Lake fulfils both these needs to your utmost satisfaction.

Chain Tree

Chain tree

You can see monkeys frolicking through the roadside and once you start travelling through the road to Vythiri, you will see a ficus tree on the left side. A natural occurrence gains cultural importance at the Chain Tree in Lakkidi. You will also notice a heavy chain anchored to the ground and tied around the stout branches of the tree. This celebrated spot is a Ficus tree that is bounded by steel chains from all sides. A must-visit spot for those interested in the small yet important Indian figures in the colonial era who suffered at the hands of the British. The chained tree is believed to be housing the chained spirit of Karinthandan, a tribal who was killed by a British official for personal gains. A temple, near the tree called the Changala Muneeswaran Kovil has been built in honour of the tribal.

 

Chembra Peak

Chembera peak

The highest peak in the Wayanad district, the Chembra Peak located 2,100 meters above sea level on the southern part of Wayanad, offers heart-warming views of entire valley. You can trek towards the worthy peak from the Meppadi town, encountering on the way lush greenery and sweet animals. There is a heart-shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak it is knowns as Hridaya thadaakam. It is believed that the lake has never dried up, is a major tourist attraction here. The District Tourism even provides proper hiking equipment for your expedition. A worthwhile walk to the top, you will be taken aback by the natural beauty of Kerala by visiting the mighty Chembra Peak.With permission from the Forest Department, one-day treks and two-day wildlife treks are possible. You can have group treks of up to ten people or hike on your own, accompanied by a guide.

 

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary

Tholpetty and Muthanga are the two ecotourism centers in Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place to spend time with your family and bond over the thrill of the jungle, a core component of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.. Visits to these ecotourism centers provide unforgettable wilderness experience, frequent sightings of free ranging wildlife like herds of elephants, guars, deer, monkeys, tigers, leopards, bears, many species of reptiles, fishes, butterflies, birds including vultures etc, valuable nature education information from interpretation centres etc Medicinal plants’ garden, Birth Star Plants’ (Zodiac Plants) Garden, Muthanga Elephant Camp with 3 tuskers and one female calf, traditional tribal folk lore etc are other attractions in Muthanga. Nature acts as a safe haven for endangered vultures, getting you glimpse of these majestic birds. Travel deep into the forest to discover some interesting facts about Indian wildlife.

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