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Vythiri is a very popular tourist destination,  Vythiri, a land blessed abundantly by nature, situated 3000 m above MSL, is famous for its numerous spice plantations dotting the landscape. The salubrious climate and scenic beauty of Vythiri made it a popular hill-retreat during the colonial times.

 

Rocky terrains, lush forests, numerous waterfalls and wild streams make Vythiri an ideal destination for adventure travelers. There are numerous opportunities here for trekking, rafting, wildlife adventure safari etc. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary, a part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, is located near Vythiri.

 

Traveling to Vythiri is not all that hard. There are many options available, and buses to Vythiri can be taken from nearby cities and towns. Kozhikode is the nearest major city from Vythiri. The nearest airport is situated at Kozhikode at a distance of around 90 km away from Vythiri.

 

 

IMPORTANT TOURIST  PLACES

 

Pookot Lake: It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotizing and the nature, unspoiled. Pookot lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most sought after tourist spot of Wayanad. There is an aquarium and a green house here. Boating facilities are also available. Spices and handicraft items are also arranged for sale at Pookot. The lake has an area of 8.5ha. and the maximum water depth is 6.5mtrs. This lake is three kms.south of Vythiri.

Chembra Peak: The hills, rocks and valleys which contribute to the very unique character of Wayanad provide a lot for adventure tourism. Trekking to the Chembra peak is a risky mountaineering endeavour. Chembra peak, the highest hill in Wayanad, is near Meppady town. Trekking to the top of this peak takes almost a day. Tourists can also stay one or two days at the top of the peak in temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, canvases, huts and trekking implements on hire. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, which is visible from the top of Chambra, is very exhilerating.

Chain Tree

According to tribal legends, the area surrounding this tree was once haunted by the specter of a tribal youth. During the times of the British Raj, this youth showed a British engineer a difficult trail to enter Wayanad through the mountainous terrains. The Brit, eager to take credit of the discovery, killed the youth. The restless spirit of the youth started haunting the region to avenge his death until it was finally chained to this tree.

Soochippara Waterfalls: The waterfalls at Soochippara near Meppadi is really a treasure of nature, yet to be discovered. The stretches of waterfalls ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height is a treat to the eyes. The pool below, provides for water rafting, swimming, bathing,etc. The tree top huts at Soochippara give an unique view of the valleys of the Western Ghats and the glimmering shallow waters of the surrounding springs.

Meenmutty Falls

This perennial waterfall cascades down a slope of 300 meters in three stages. Meenmutty is the highest and the most captivating of all the waterfalls in Wayanad. The waterfall offers an unmatched visual spectacle – a melange of silver cascades and mist contrasted against the black rocks and surrounding greenery. The strenuous climb to the summit of the falls is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Edakkal Cave:

This location of breathtaking beauty is three kilometers from Ambalavayal which is 25 kilometres from Kalpetta. The Edakkal cave in the Ambukuthy mountain, is not a cave in the real sense. As stated in the India Antiquary (Vol.XXX, page – 410) and quoted in the District Gazette, Kozhikode, it is only’a cleft about 96ft. long and 22ft wide in the rock’. It is a fissure made by a corner of rock splitting off from the main body due to some natural causes. The depth of both the cleft and the fissure is 30 ft. What makes it a cave to the ordinary observer is the fact that in the other portion of the large cleft, an enormous rock, weighing several tonnes, has fallen forming a roof over a large part of it. The rock wall contains some interesting carvings, which represent human and animal figures and objects of human use and symbols. These carvings speak of a highly civilized people of pre-historic age and inspires the archaeologists and historians to rewrite the history of Wayanad and Kerala as a whole.

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary

Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, situated around 100 km from Vythiri, is a safe refuge for a variety of rare animals. The sanctuary lies within the Nilgiri biosphere, in close proximity to Bandhipur, Nagarhole and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuaries.  A variety of animals including the bison, spotted deer, tiger, leopard, bear, wild boar and elephant can be spotted in the sanctuary.

The Ambalavayal Heritage Museum

The museum houses a variety of tribal artifacts including stone weaponry, clay sculptures and hunting equipments dating back to the 2nd century AD. These artifacts bear evidence to the existence of an early advanced civilization in the mountainous terrains of Wayanad. The museum attracts archeologists, historians and travelers alike.

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