Activities - Aranyakam Homestay
Places to visit for tourists
Wayanad lies at an altitude varying from 700 to 2100 meters above sea level. The distinct ecological and geographical features provide a unique charm and an enchanting challenge for nature lovers. The rocks, hills and valleys provide for exceptional adventure experience. Heres’ a look at some of the distinctive tourist destinations.
A beautiful waterfall situated about 5 km away from Aranyakam. Smaller than the Sentinel Rock waterfalls, the Kanthanpara Falls and its surroundings make an ideal picnic spot in Wayanad.
The spectacular Chembra
The spectacular Chembra is the highest peak in Wayanad lying at 2100 meters above sea level ideal for trekking. Climbing this peak is a challenging mountaineering endeavor. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, visible from the top is very exhilarating and provides exceptional photo opportunities. Camping on the peak overnight is an unforgettable experience
Soochipara or Sentinel Rock Waterfalls
Sentinal Rock Waterfalls is a very popular leisure destination and an ideal location for rock climbing. Kanthanpara falls and its surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hide away.
The perennial fresh water Pookot Lake, nestled among wooded hills, is a one of its kind in Kerala. Evergreen forests and rolling hills envelope the lake. It has been developed as a recreational center having boating facilities, children's park, fresh water aquarium etc.
Thamarassery Churam Wayanad Churam Lakkidi View Point
Thamarasserry Churam Mountain Pass is known as the gate way to Wayanad. This place is above the mountains and it was with great difficulty the path was formed and it is called in malayalam language as Wayanadan Churam or Thamarassery Churam. The length of Thamarassery Churam Wayanad is around 14 km and is on the way from Kozhikode (Calicut).
Bansaru Sagar Dam
Bansaru Sagar Dam is the largest earth dam in India. An interesting feature is a set of islands formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas.
Karapuzha Dam located in the Wayanad district of Kerala, is one of the biggest earth dams in India. Karapuzha Dam is located in the greenish and natural regions of Wayanad, Kerala on the Karapuzha River, a tributary of the Kabini River. Construction on the dam began in 1977 and it was complete in 2004. The purpose of the dam is irrigation and it left and right bank canals are still under construction.
Karalad Lake situates in 16 km west of Kalpetta. The lake spreads in an area of seven acres and is a place where you can enjoy yourself and with your family and friends. Karalad Lake becomes one of the new tourist destinations in Wayanad. As it is a new spot for the voyagers, you can enjoy the nature’s calmness and the real beauty of the lake.
Edakkal caves, a fascinating Neolithic cave site is assumed to be inhabited at various stages of history. Etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archeologists and historians worldwide. A telescope installed nearby offers a panoramic view of the surroundings
Jain Temples in Sultan Bathery
The Jain influence in the culture and life of Sultan Bathery is very obvious and the history of Jain migration to the region starts from 12th century. In the 16th century too there was a major migration of the Jain community to the region and they came here mainly as traders, managing the cash crops. Now there are only a few Jain families which remain here and they belong to the Digambar sect, locally known as Gowdas.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary at Muthanga established in 1973 is contiguous to the protected area network of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the northeast and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu on the southeast. Rich in bio-diversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which has been established with the specific objective of conserving the biological heritage of the region. The sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna. The management lays emphasis on scientific conservation with due consideration for the general lifestyle of the tribal and others who live in and around the forest region. The vegetation is predominantly moist deciduous forest with small stretches of swamps, teak forests, bamboo and tall grass.
Kuruvadweep, the calm and peaceful 950 acres of uninhabited, evergreen forest on the tributaries of east bound river Kabani is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbances of city life. The wooded land is a home to rare species of birds, orchids and herbs.
Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary at Tholpetty
Wayanad wildlife Sanctuary at Tholpetty is situated along the northern ridge of Wayanad. The wild life sanctuary has a bewildering variety of birds, butterflies and insects.
Thirunelli Temple (also Tirunelli) is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala. The temple is at an altitude of about 900m in north Wayanad in a valley surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. It is 32 km away from Manathavady.