Pookode Lake is a scenic freshwater lake in the Wayanad district in Kerala, South India. A major tourist destination in the district, Pookode is a natural freshwater lake nestling amid evergreen forests and mountain slopes at an altitude of 770 meters above sea level. It is 15 km away from Kalpetta. It is the smallest and highest freshwater lake in Kerala.
2296 ft. (700 m) above the sea level, a young man’s soul is bound to a Ficus tree, at a location which can only be accessed after navigating via nine harrowing hairpin turns. You have reached Lakkidi, the gateway to the paradise that we call Wayanad. While moving from Adivaram (Downhill) to Lakkidi through steep mountains and a serpentine Ghat pass, one sees visuals that go beyond the normal picturesque sights that most of the area is famous for. These are vivid images that most high definition cameras cannot capture. The endless spread here is beyond the imagination and words that most poets and writers can muster.
The lush greenery of the hills, gorges and the streams seen on both sides of the passage up the hill are unforgettable. Tourists often stop by Lakkidi View Point, the vantage point where from one sees a panoramic view of the valley. The Ficus tree on the road to Vythiri, with a huge chain around it, is what attracts a large chunk of the crowd. It is said that a tribal youth, Karinthandan, guided a British engineer in making way through Wayanad’s forests. Once successful, however, the engineer decided that he did not wish to share this glory with his guide and killed the poor young man. To this day, his soul is chained to the tree, exiled inside it by a priest who wanted it to stop haunting travellers who passed by the area.
Kuruvadweep or Kuruva Island is a 950-acre (3.8 km2) protected river delta. It comprises of three densely wooded uninhabited islands and a few submergible satellite islands, which lies on the banks of the tributaries of Kabini River in the Wayanad district, Kerala, India. It is uninhabited island, which is home to rare species of birds, orchids, herbal plants etc.
These islands consists of dense and evergreen forest that is uninhabited and hence home to rare kinds of flora and fauna: endemic species of birds, orchids and herbs namely. Its unique geographical characteristics make it a place where not only the leaves but also silence is evergreen. Its 16.7 km from the nearest town itself and thus it has become a place of attraction. Recently, it has been named as the most visited place in the district by tourists from all over the globe.
Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979. The goal of the project is to support the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project and satisfy the demand for irrigation and drinking water in a region known to have water shortages in seasonal dry periods. In the dam’s reservoir there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills are in the background view. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia. The dam is made up of massive stacks of stones and boulders.
Edakkal Caves are two natural caves at a remote location at Edakkal, 25 km from Kalpetta in the Wayanad district of Kerala in India’s Western Ghats. They lie 1,200 m above sea level on Ambukutty Mala, near an ancient trade route connecting the high mountains of Mysore to the ports of the Malabar coast.
Soochipara Falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three-tiered waterfall in Vellarimala, Wayanad, India. It is surrounded by deciduous, evergreen and montane forests. Locally referred to as Soochipara (“Soochi” meaning “Needle” and “Para” meaning “Rock”), the 15-20 minute drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls has views of a number of Wayanad’s tea estates. The Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is 200 metres (656 feet) and offers a cliff face that is used for rock climbing. The water from Soochipara Falls later joins Chulika River or popularly known as Chaliyar River after Velarimala Hills near Cherambadi (Tamil Nadu) in Kerala.