Wayand dams n valleys.........

In a world of sound and fury signifying nothing, an escape to some lively, green, soothing experiences will be quite refreshing as well as rejuvenating. As your vehicle enters Wayanad, the evergreen, idyllic, charming hill district of Kerala, you will be convinced that you have chosen the right place. Located at an altitude ranging from 700 to 2,100 metres above sea level, Wayanad has subtropical savannas, evergreen verdant spice plantations and rolling paddy fields.

This time, let us have a trip to some of the aqua tourism destinations of Wayanad. Kalpetta, the district headquarters of Wayanad is the most convenient and comfortable place to stay back and explore these destinations. If you come via Kozhikode, passing Thamarassery churam, the mountain path, drive 12 more kilometers to reach Kalpetta. This is one of the major towns in Wayanad, the others being Mananthavady and Sultan Bathery. Abundant in tea and coffee plantations, Kalpetta offers good accommodation facilities as well.

Travelling 15 kilometers from Kalpetta, you will reach Pookkot Lake, a perennial fresh water lake, nestled among wooded hills. You can explore this vast, blue lake better in motor boats, with feasting eyes on the lush green vegetation on the shores. There are also an aquarium and a spice emporium to drop by.

Another attraction is located 23 kilometers away from Kalpetta. It is Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, locally known as Soochippara. Set at the backdrop of the dense forest, this beautiful waterfall forms a pool at the foot, where you can have a quick dip. If you don?t feel like, it is all right, relax a little, feeling the small droplets of water caressing your body and cooling your mind.

If you feel the sound of the cascades is haunting you, have a trip to Kanthanpara waterfalls, just 22 kilometers from Kalpetta. The 30 meter high waterfalls can ideally be called ?picturesque?. You seldom expect such a visual wonder in the heart of the thick forest.

When you return, feeling the caressing wind of Wayanad inviting you back to its lap, keep with you the solacing, intimate experience with nature. Cherish the pleasant poised moments... ask, how long? Of course, until you come back, to explore the remaining wonders of this land.

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