Banasura Sagar Dam | Places to visit in Wayanad

With a catchment area of 61.44 square kilometres, the Banasura Dam is considered the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. This attraction has one of the best awe-inspiring views ideals for a picnic setting. Speedboats are available, allowing visitors to sail through the vast expanse of shimmering waters overlooking the majestic mountain ranges covered in the lush green background – a scenic view to witness. A few of the earlier top-notch resorts mentioned can be seen while skimming the waters. 

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A Perspective of Banasura Dam_©https://tinyurl.com/2p8v8fac
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Banasura Dam A Different View_©https://irisholidays.com/kerala/wayanad/banasura-sagar-dam
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Banasura Dam View_©https://irisholidays.com/kerala/wayanad/banasura-sagar-dam

Pookode Lake 

Looking for more water activities? Pookode Lake just offers that. Situated amidst evergreen forest and the Western Ghats lies this stunning lake spreading 5 hectares and is 40 meters deep. The greener foliage makes the environment more appealing to photographers, nature lovers, and explorers alike. Boating is the main attraction of the lake and provides good facilities for it. Everyone enjoys seizing the moment in this wonderful attraction on boat pedals gently sailing the vast lake with scattered lilies. It is expected that there will be more tourists here and thus making the place vibrant and interactive. Some other facilities include a freshwater aquarium, a relaxing fish spa experience, a children’s park, and souvenir shops. Before guests come full circle in their visit, the lake best displays its beauty during sunsets as if hinting at the beauty in goodbyes. A truly heartening experience.  

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Pookide Lake_©https://wayanadtourism.co.in/pookode-lake-wayanad
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Pookode Lake View_©https://wayanadtourism.co.in/pookode-lake-wayanad

Meenmutty Waterfalls | Places to visit in Wayanad

Not far from Banasura Sagar Dam is a secret Wayanad treasure hidden in its evergreen forest – the magnificent Meenmuty Waterfalls. This tourist attraction can be accessed after a strenuous 2 km jungle trek. Though arduous, the summit’s thrilling visual display is worth the hassle. It has three varying tiers cascading over 304.8 meters in total height. The first level occupies a shallow depth pool which is safe for swimming. Following it is the second tier which gently gives a hint of something even better atop, though visitors must be extra careful since portions of the boulders are slippery. At last, the peak uncovers a pristine beauty of misty, lush greenery of the Meppadi forest range fading into the horizon contrasted with layers of sky tones as if a painting brought to life.  

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Meenmutty waterfalls_©https://www.trawell.in/blog/waterfalls-in-wayanad-that-you-should-not-miss

Chembra Peak 

Uncorrupted and original, Chembra Peak is a pristine wonderland and a great escape for a serene nature walk. It is situated 2100 meters above sea level and home to rare flora and fauna exotic in the region. The forest department organizes the trek and other activities involved. There is a limit of 200 people are only allowed per day to minimize disturbance of the place. It is also a wise choice to hire a guide. Though not necessary, it enhances the experience; not only can one hear memorable stories about the destination, but also make a new friend – awesome. It is a peaceful setting to clear one’s mind and reflect on the simple things that truly matter. Though there is not much architecture, appreciating the site can be enlightening and refreshing. 

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Chembra Peak_©https://www.treksandtrails.org/blog/chembra-peak-trek/
Heart Shape Lake_©https://twitter.com/incrediblewaya2/status/1062706336264183810
Heart Shape Lake_©https://twitter.com/incrediblewaya2/status/1062706336264183810
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Chembra Peak View_©https://www.xafari.in/poi/chembra-peak-wayanad

Lantern Stay Resort | Places to visit in Wayanad

Want to experience Wayanad in its full glory but on a budget? No problem, Lantern Stay Resort offers an amalgamation of good accommodations and thrilling adventures suited for lost explorers. The resort practices responsible tourism principles and promotes respect for nature’s beauty. The spot is home to different species of birds and a refreshing site to enjoy a morning stroll. There is also an off-roading safari tour where elephants, sambars, spotted deer herds, wild boards, sloth bears, gaurs (Indian Bison), tigers, and panthers can all be seen – a must-try escapade. The meals are served in communal kitchens allowing guests to interact with other explorers and paving opportunities for the exchange of stories. This is a camping resort; hence experience the warmth of the campfire while savouring the charming beauty of this location. Take a rest in their comfortable tents with a fulfilled heart, grateful and blessed after a tiring day of exploration. 

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Lantern Stay Resort Tents_©https://www.lanternstay.com/forest-tent-camping-resort/
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View of Lantern Stay Resort Campfire_©https://www.lanternstay.com/photo-gallery/

Being in the architectural practice can be draining. But sometimes, what’s needed is a genuine break from the stressful corners of the office. And Wayanad offers just that! As if magic artistically moulded in luxury and nature, experience a vacation like no other.

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