Top 10 Adventurous things to do in Wayanad

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Almost all of you would have already heard of Wayanad and I don’t intend to write up an essay describing how beautiful it is. A part of the Western Ghats, Wayanad is filled with long sprawling tea plantations, thick evergreen forests and formidable peaks. Being a hill station, the climate here is always cool and pleasant.

I’m sure that when you search for “Things to do in Wayanad” you will be bombarded with many posts and blogs listing various touristy destinations in Wayanad. So here I’ll try to do something different and make a different kind of list; “Top 10 adventurous things to do in Wayanad”. We are after all an adventure tourism company.

Let’s get started:

1.       Trek to Chembra Peak 

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Chembra Peak is the highest mountain in Wayanad. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Wayanad. The trek at Chembra takes you to the fabled heart-shaped lake. You don’t get to summit the peak though, as it has been out of limits for the past few years due to various environmental reasons. The trek takes approximately 3 hours and is 2.5kms long one way.

Owing to a forest fire on the mountain in 2016 (caused due to negligence on the part of tourists), entry is limited for the trek. Only 200 people per day  is allowed for the trek and tickets are usually sold out within minutes of opening at7am. If you plan to trek on Chembra on a holiday, make sure you are there at least by 5am. Call on 9947896008 to know the current status at Chembra. 

2.       Explore the Kuruva Islands

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Kuruva islands situated near Mananthavady is a unique attraction in the sense that it offers one of the most hands on experience with nature. Getting to the islands is also fun. You get into a barge made with bamboos and is pulled across. A few years ago, you were taken around a lot of islands and the way to travel between them is by wading neck deep into the water. Recently however, the exploration is limited to just a couple of islands. Also, similar to Chembra, there is limited entry; 400 per day split equally between the 2 entry points of the attraction. Tickets usually run out by 6.30am on holidays so plan accordingly. Entry starts at 9.30am.

If you can make it, Kuruva islands or Kuruvadweep as it is locally known is something you shouldn’t miss. It is also a nesting ground for crocodiles and if you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of them with the help of the forest guide.

3.       Camping in tea plantations

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An ethereal experience, especially for someone who hasn’t gone proper camping before. Camping in the sprawling expanses of Wayanad’s tea plantations, on top of a hill overlooking the famous Chembra peak is an experience unlike no other.

We organize camping tours in Wayanad. Access is very easy even by public transport. Bookings have to be made in advance though, especially on long weekends. Dinner is provided at the camp, usually a delicious homemade Kerala style chicken curry and Kerala porotta or an equivalent alternative for vegetarians. Make sure you inform of the food preferences beforehand. A campfire is lit and stories start to flow.

For bookings and details visit: www.asdaniadventures.com

Tents, sleeping bags, starry night sky, campfire, barbeque, music, serenity, bliss.

4.       Pakshipathalam Caves

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Pakshipathalam caves, located at the northern end of Brahmagiri Hills rises to a staggering height of 1740m and is lodged deep within the woods. The caverns in itself are breathtaking, made naturally over centuries with large boulders. This means that the cave provides shelter for various rare species of birds and animals.

If you are out exploring, Pakshipathalam caves is one of the best things to see in Wayanad. You can catch sight of some rare exotic species of birds on the bird watching tour. The caves are also home to the rarest seen species of bats.

It is best to call the Brahmagiri hills office on 8547602509 / 8086465760 before planning anything.

5.       Bamboo Rafting

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In simple terms, bamboo rafting can be described as a treat for the soul. Cruising along slow, calm rivers offers an exhilarating experience. It is also an opportunity to observe different kinds of plant species and insects. The raft is poled by an adept guide and visitors can splash in the water in a shallow section. The activity is open from sunrise to sunset and can be organized according to the visitors needs.

Booking the tour is essential as it ensures slots for you especially on days with heavy traffic.

Life jackets will be provided for the activity and is generally safe for all age groups.

For bookings and details visit: www.asdaniadventures.com

6.       Jeep Safari at Wayanad wildlife sanctuary

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 Also known as Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, it is one of the must visit places on your trip to  Wayanad. An integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, the sanctuary contains not just Muthanga, but also Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu. The sanctuary is home to a large number of species like elephants, tigers and spotter deer to name a few. Some species are also indigenous to the area.

 Jeep safaris are open twice every day. Tickets are hard to get on busy weekends so make sure you are there early. Only 40 jeeps are allowed in the morning and 20 in the afternoon. The best time to visit is early morning as the chances of sightings are higher at that time. Elephant and deer sightings are common with rare glimpse of tigers, sloth bears, monkeys, reptiles etc. August to February is the best time to visit.

7.       Cycling in tea plantations

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Although trekking is considered the ultimate adventure activity, mountain biking on off road trails is a highly underrated experience, even better than trekking if you ask me. A chance to test your endurance and zest for adrenaline, the activity offers a unique opportunity to explore the tea plantations and nearby reserve forest and tribal settlements in an exciting way.

The activity is conducted mostly on offroad terrain and the trail is 12kms long. It generally takes 2.5 to 3 hours to complete. The trip starts from Chundale, Wayanad and the best time to start the tour is in the afternoon by 3 pm. Bikes, helmets, water and snacks are provided for the tour. An experienced guide will take you through the best bits of the plantation and there is a small check dam on the way if you are interested in a quick dip. It is important to book the tour beforehand to block the slots for you.

For bookings and details visit: www.asdaniadventures.com

8.       Cave exploration or Caving

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Arguably one of the most daring activity, test your grit by exploring or caving through some of the unexplored caves in Wayanad. Squeeze through tight crevices and crawl between large boulders for a truly nerve wracking adventure. The climate inside is much cooler than what is outside and you can catch sights of bats sleeping inside these caverns.

The activity takes 3 hours to complete and is not possible during heavy monsoon due to the slippery nature of boulders in the wet. A guide will be with you throughout the tour and you will be provided with helmets and other safety gear.

For bookings and details visit: www.asdaniadventures.com 

9.       Camping inside a cave

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If you’ve never spent a night inside a cave, you’ve missed out on something special. Tents are setup inside a large cave and you will arrive there before dusk. Campfire will be setup and a hot dinner served, and the night will be spent telling spooky stories to scare your friends. Jokes aside, it is a truly spectacular experience to spend a night among the noises of nocturnal animals within the safety of a tent. Wake up at first light to see how the light transforms the inside of the cavern and revel in its magnificence.

For bookings and details visit: www.asdaniadventures.com

10.      Zip-line

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Zip-lines need no introduction. They are the easiest and one of the most adrenaline filled activity you can do, albeit short.

Wayanad currently has 3 zip-lines in different locations. One is in Chundale, one in Peringoda and the last one is located in Karlad lake adventure park. The best among these would the second one located in Peringoda near Pozhuthana. This is enroute to Banasura sagar dam and is generally open throughout the year. It is conducted over a tea plantation and is currently the longest in Wayanad.

The zip-line over at Karlad is also fun as it is conducted over a lake and the return journey is in a boat. So if you fancy flying over the lake then this is definitely the one to try. Keep in mind though that tickets are a little bit more expensive in Karlad than in Peringoda.

For bookings and details visit: www.asdaniadventures.com