Just living a normal city life is not enough. Because you deserve some sunshine, freedom, and aroma of flowers. Head to the place filled with waterfalls, historical caves, comfortable resorts and homestays in Kerala. The place is also famous for its spice plantations and wildlife. Walking through the dense spice plantations and trekking to the historic caves are some of the best things to do in Vythiri. Additionally, the place is also known for its luxurious and comfortable resorts. In this article, let’s travel to the most-visited attractions in Vythiri, nature’s hub.
Best time to visit Vythiri
You can visit the place from the month of October to April. It is during these months, the place experiences its winter season. However, since the place is cold most of the time, one can head to this place throughout the year. Also, the months of April to June is considered as the best off-season time to visit Vythiri. During these months, Wayanad experiences its summer season.
The main advantage of travelling during the off-season is that the prices are too cheap for accommodation at luxurious resorts and homestays, costing way lesser than seasonal prices. On the other hand, Vythiri experiences heavy rainfall and landslides during the monsoon season. Thus it is better not to visit the place during the months of July to September.
Attractions in Vythiri
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary
At close proximity to Vythiri is the Wayanad wildlife reserve which is home to an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. Go for a walk through this beautiful place that is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve. Amazingly nestled amidst the enchanted hills of Western Ghats, the Wayanad wildlife reserve is one of the best attractions in Vythiri.
The peaceful location with the pristine beauty of nature makes this place a tourist favourite location. You can spot some elephants, leopards, and bears on your way. Click pictures of the wild friends in the naturally beautiful backdrop while exploring the reserve. If you have a weekend’s time in your pocket, do not wait for the best time to come. Pack your bags and head to the Wayanad wildlife reserve. You will come across three national parks namely Nagarhole, Bandipur and Mudumalai.
- Timings : 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
- Time Required to cover: 2-3 hrs
- Entry Fee: INR 10 for Indians, INR 5 for Kids, INR 100 for foreigners
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Head to the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Ranges. The Chembara peak is situated at close proximity to Meppady and almost 8 Km from Kalpetta. This Majestic peak stands tall at an altitude of 2000 metres above the sea level. Drop your jaws while looking at the panoramic view of Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram and Nilgiri districts. Explore the natural wonders such as the peak, the lush greeneries, and most importantly, the heart-shaped lake. This is truly one of the best attractions in Vythiri and a paradise for nature lovers.
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Fondly known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, Soochipara Falls is a 3 tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad. Lose your heart for the amazing views of lush deciduous, evergreen and montane forests. In fact, this waterfall is considered as the best as it is covered by such different kinds of forest. Hit the road from Meppadi to Sentinel while enjoying the amazing scenic views of tea estates in Wayanad.
Cascading from a height of 200 metres, this enchanting waterfall is also suitable for rock climbing. In addition to the beauty of its flow and the green surrounding, the waterfall also forms a beautiful pool at the bottom. You can swim and bathe in the crystal clear waters of Soochipara. Do not forget tracking the path where Soochipara joins the Chilika river. Take a trip to this beautiful place and rest in the arms of nature.
- Timings: From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Time Required to cover: 1-2 hrs
- Entry Fee: INR 80 per pax
- Camera fee: INR 50
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At around 2 km from Vythiri, there’s this beautiful freshwater lake called Pookode. Tucked between evergreen forests and wooden slopes, this is one of the must-visit attractions in Vythiri. This pretty lake can be accessed easily by road and is considered as an amazing getaway location. If you are looking for a perfect spot to spend your vacation with family, Pookode lake is the best pick in Wayanad. The place has lots of activities to offer such as boating, sightseeing, freshwater aquarium, handicraft shops and a beautiful walking trail as well.
The lake also acts as a starting point of the famous Panamaram river which is a branch of the Kabini river. The river then joins the Panamaram valley at the end. You can reach this beautiful spot by hiring a car, bus, rickshaw or a taxi.
- Timings: You can visit the lake from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, boating is available till 5:00 PM and tickets are not issued after 4:30 PM.
- Time Required to cover: 1-2 hrs
- Entry Fee: INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for kids.
- Boating ticket: INR 100 for 2 people for 20 minutes time.
- Fish spa: INR 50 per pax for 10 minutes time
Located on the foothills of Banasura in the Wayanad district, Banasura Dam is quite a picturesque location near Vythiri. It is considered as the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in the continent. Get amazed at the stunning view of the reservoir from the top of the dam and click some amazing pictures here.
You can also experience adventurous activities such as speed boating. If you have a day’s time, you can go on a trek up the Banasura Peak which is full of natural surprises. On your trail, you will come across beautiful streams, rich flora and fauna, lush tropical greeneries and scintillating waterfalls. Being built by mounds of clay, sand, rock and soil, the dam a strong and age-old structure. It is indeed one of the best attractions in Vythiri.
- Timings: From 09:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Time Required to cover: 2-3 days
- Entry fee: INR 10 per pax
- Speed Boat ride: INR 450 for a group of five.
- Photograph: INR 200
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Many of you would have been tired of being at home during this pandemic. Reward yourself with a natural getaway to such a beautiful place because you deserve it. The attractions in Vythiri offer a natural hug, peace and tranquillity to all its visitors. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Vythiri right away!