17 km from Mananthavady, 45 km from Sulthan Bathery This 950 acre uninhabited island on the eastward bound Kabini river is an ideal picnic spot. The wooded stretch of land is home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs
Banasura Sagar Dam
Considered to be the largest earth dam in India,as well as the second largest in Asia, this is a mini hydel project. A park with ever flowering trees is a major tourist attraction.Boating facilities in the dam and trekking trails leading from here draw outdoor activities.
12 km from Sultan Bathery located at a height of 1000 m on Ambukuthy Mala,near Ambalavayal are the Edakkal Caves. The new stone pictorial writings on the walls are evidence of theprehistoric civilization that existed in these regions and have the destination of being the first specimen of abraded drawings found in India. Accessible only by a Kilometre’s trek from Edakkal.The wall art found in these caves have caught the attention of archaeologists worldwide.
Located 2100 metres above sea level on the southern part of Wayanad. Chembara is the tallest peak in Wayanad and is an ideal area for trekking.With Permission from the forest department, One day treks and two day wildlife treks are possible.
The perennial freshwater lake near Lakkidi is surrounded by lush evergreen forest.Kayaking,Pedal and row boating,a freshwater aquarium,Childrens Park, a handicrafts and spices emporium are among the tourist, which is an ideal picnic spot for tourist.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is contiguous to the protected area network of Naharhole and Bandipur Of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Naduon the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.The Sanctuary has large population of pachyderms and has been declared a project Elephant site.Other animals you can find here the leopards, gaurs, sambars, etc. The Reserve is also home to a small population tigers, a profusion of birds, butterflies and insects.
The memorial of veera Pazhassi Raja the lion of Kerala,who organized guerilla warfare agaist the British East India company,is situated at Mananthavady. The Pulpally cave was where Pazassi took fefuge until he was captured by the British.A small structure houses a collection of memorabill belonging to Pazassi.
Surrounded by the Kambamala, Karimala, and the varadiga peaks, the Thirunelly Temple embodies classical, traditional Kerala architecture.A famous pilgrim centre,the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu-the god who maintains life, attracts hordes of devotes, especially for performing ancestral rites. The shrine is shielded with 30granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granites. Snuggled among mountains and forests, this riverside temple is close to the mountain spring Papanasini.A ritual dip in its crystal clear water is believed to wash away one’s worldly sins.
An interesting 2 km jungle trek will lead to the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad. A unique feature of Meenmutty is that the water drops from nearly 1000 ft over three stages, presenting a triple-decker effect.
This natural rock cave at the northern end of the Brahmagiri Hills is home to a wide variety of rare birds,animals and distinctive species of plants. Accessed only by a 7 km trek from Thirunelly, through a deep jungle, that will take about three hours.special permission has to be obtained from the forest department to visit, or camp at Pakshipathalam,which literally means birds in the nether region.