Vythiri stands as a gateway to Wayanad, to the realm of gurgling streams, hills and valleys. Lakes, gorges and ravines, verdant hills that nudge distant clouds, dreamy dawns and misty evenings are standard fare. This region offers a true taste of Wayanad. The charming Pookot Lake is only a kilometer away, towards Lakkidi. The tallest summit in the district, Chembra peak, 6,890ft above sea level, is nearest from Vythiri. Waterfalls, at Kanthampara and Sentinel Rock, lie to the south. A number of Resorts, nested in sylvan surrounding, add to the attraction of the destination.
Vythiri is an unassuming little town. All the places that a tourist might like to visit are within a 40-km radius of the town. If you do not engage your own vehicle, you may have to depend on the local rickshaws and old-style Willys jeeps. It is difficult to put in a kind word for them! If you have a modest budget and want to make the best use of your time, then the strategic location to stay would be in nearby Kalpetta, the district headquarters. It is a livelier place.
There are very few places that simultaneously offer a holistic experience of wilderness and education, combined with the comfort of a modern holiday. Wayanad is a confluence where the needs of the body, mind and soul are met. You can trek both mountains and streams, and bathe under waterfalls balancing you on sharp rocks. You can simply lie down and dream as big as the sky's expanse, with the symphony of wild calls in the background. Or you could turn philosophical and measure death with dry leaves. If you are enterprising, you can speak to plantation owners who trade coffee, tea, spices, vanilla and exotic oils. And while you are at it, you can talk to plantation workers about the aesthetics of the red flags that dot the lush green terraces of manicured tea hills. You can listen to scary legends by the campfire and accidentally pick up lessons in history. By way of just desserts, there is sumptuous Malabar food to indulge in. These myriad experiences come together as one perfect package in Wayanad.stern edge of town. European backpackers and tourists with a lower budget, who find the low tariffs and cost of food a big bonus, form the bulk of the tourist population to Varkala.
Lakkidi: The gateway to Wayanad, Lakkidi is situated 700 m above mean sea level, at the crest of the Thamarasseri Ghat Pass. Lofty peaks, gurgling streams and luxuriant forests add magic to the journey up the winding roads to this hill station.
Begur Wildlife Sanctuary: This sanctuary has a wide variety of animals.
Karalad Lake: An unusually quiet retreat, facilities for angling and boating as well as a recreational park are provided here. The trek to this lake can also be quite exciting. Karalad is a huge lake spread across 7 acres and surrounded by dense bamboo groves, it is ideal for a peaceful, quiet break. Adjoining hills provide great trekking options. The banasura sagar Dam is only about 3 KM to the north from the Karalad Lake.
Pookot Lake: This perennial freshwater lake in Vythiri nestling among wooded hills is a popular picnic spot. Adjacent to the lake is a spice shop, a souvenir showroom and an aquarium. And for the kids, there is a children's park at the recreation centre here. This large lake is fringed by low wooded hills. Horses and horse carts trot along the 1.5 km pathway, passing around the lake. A curio shop next to the ticket counter sells bamboo and wooden artefacts and hill produce such as spices, tea and honey. Then there is the boat club where pedal and rowboats await visitors.
Soochipara and Kanthampara Falls: From Vythiri, the drive to these falls, considered one of the most beautiful in the district, is delightful. A winding road through verdant tea country, and then a narrow trail through rugged terrain lead to the falls in a dense forest. The three-pronged waters hit the sharp spikes of granite at the base, hence the name, 'soochipara', or 'needle rocks'.
Meenmutty Falls: Meenmutty falls, a 300-m long cascade of water, is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in the whole of Wayanad. The drive from Vythiri itself is charming -all woods, verdant hillsides and rolling plantations. It will also take you past charming villages such as Chundel, Meppadi and Vaduvanchal.