Wayanad, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Its fascinating scenery and wonderful climate creates an unforgettable experience. Apart from the breathtaking scenery, its long history offers visitors the opportunity to explore a range of interesting spots.
The highest peak in Wayanad located 2100m above the sea level, Chembra peak sits as a part of the Wayanad Hill ranges in Western Ghats adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. The major scenic attraction is a heart shaped lake en route to the top of the peak that also is an adventurous endeavour to the trek enthusiasts. The peak is also accessible by foot where tourists could set up temporary camps. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides, sleeping bags, huts etc on hire charges to the tourists. Distance from Greenex 20km.
Neelimala View Point
Neelimala is an excellent venue for trekking with lots of stimulating trails located 35km from Greenex . It is an exceptional venue for trekking and camping and offers lots of exciting trails. From the Neelimala pinnacle you can enjoy an enthralling view of the cascading Meenmutty falls and the gorgeous valley in its forefront. Remember to move carefully since there are pits and slippery rocks.
Meeenmutty water falls
Meenmutty Falls (where fish gets blocked) located 33km from Greenex farms is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300metres and is the largest waterfall in wayanad.It is kerala’s second largest waterfall. A 2km long trek from the ooty road through the million shades of greenery takes you to this spectacular fall.Though the trek is perilous and tiring, the end result is sweet as you are mesmerised with the beauty of nature around you.The Meenmutty, Soochipara and kanthanpara waterfalls combined, feed the Chaliyar river.It is situated in the triple point where two other districts Malapuram and Nilgiri join Wayanad .
Chethalayam is one of Wayanad’s smaller waterfalls. It’s surroundings offer a number of vantage points for bird-watching.It is also popular with trekking enthusiasts. Distance from greenex: 43 km.
Banasura Sagar Dam
The largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia, 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.Located 32 km away from Greenex,is a mini hydel project and it is a support to the Kakkayam Hydro electric power project to cater to the needs of hydroecltricity , irrigation and potable water.The dam offers a spectacular view of the little islands merging with the background of surrounding Banasura Hills.It is an ideal point for enthusiasts to explore into the surrounding scenic mountains
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Muthanga
Spread over avast area Muthanga is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Region. Located 50 kms from Greenex it is a rain forest reserve connected to two other major sanctuaries: Bandipur National Park (103kms.) in Karnataka and Mudumalai Sanctuary (123kms.)in Tamil Nadu.The vegetation is predominantly moist deciduous forest with smaller stretches of swamps, teak forests, bamboo and tall grass. With such profuse and varied flora, this region hosts several rare herbs and medicinal plants.With numerous watering holes, Muthanga has a large population of pachyderms,and has been declared a Project Elephant site.Other animals species include Leopards, Gaur, Sambar, Cheetal, Barking Deer, Hanuman Langur and Slender Loris. The reserve is also home to a small population of Tigers. In addition, there is also a bewildering variety of birds, butterflies and insects.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary - Tholpetty
Tholpetty reserve is situated along the northern ridge of the district bordering Coorg in Karnataka. In terms of flora and fauna, Tholpetty is much similar to Muthanga.The best season to visit both the sanctuaries is from November to May. Distance from Greenex : 67km
Set in a beautiful valley and surrounded by evergreen forests and wooded hills, Pookode is one of Wayanad’s top visitor draws. This natural lake near Lakkidi is just a short distance off the National Highway 212 and 10 km away from Greenex.It has been developed as a recreational centre having boating facilities, children’s park, shop for souvenirs and spices, and a fresh water aquarium. Replete with a café and restaurant, this is a good setting for day’s outing with family.
Sentinal Rock Falls
Locally known as Soochipara, this is a very popular leisure destination.While younger visitors love to romp in the pool formed at the foot of the fall, the more restrained can have equally good fun just taking in the scenery. Distance from Greenex: 27km
Relatively smaller than Sentinal Rock, and rather less frequented, Kanthanpara and it’s surroundings are nonetheless very pleasant. An easy hike away from the main road, it’s perfect for picnics. Distance from Greenex 25km
As the name indicates, Sunrise Valley is a great place to watch the rising and setting sun set amidst dramatic mountain scenery. The place also offers a panoramic view of the valley beneath with the River Chaliyar meandering along.Distance from greenex :29km
The Regional Agricultural Research Station located in Ambalavayal town is part of the Kerala Agricultural University. This station conducts research on spices, tropical and sub tropical fruits, vegetables and hill paddy. RARS also has a nursery with a large collection of rare roses and ornamental plants. Visiors can purchase seeds and saplings the Sales Counter. Distance from Greenex :32km
Located close to Ambalavayal town,Phantom Rock; named so because of it’s skull head shape, is locally called Cheengeri Mala. The immediate surroundings offer excellent photo opportunities.Distance from Greenex:39km
Away from the chaotic cacophony of city life, harbouring nature's rare exotic species of birds, orchids and herbs is an uninhabited island spread across 950 acres of evergreen forest. An ideal destination to spend a secluded holiday characterized by the peace and tranquillity of nature, the Kuruva Island is located 40 km north west of Sultan Bathery and 49 km from Greenex. The island is a protected river delta system on the Kabini river.
This large irrigation based dam site is set amidst picturesque surroundings. It is a great place for picnics. Distance from Greenex is 25Kms
A 7 acre lake with a charming grove surrounding it, Karalad is now being developed as a recreational park with facilities for boating and angling.Distance from greenex 18km
Pazhassi Tourist Park is located at Mananthavady 10m near to Kabini river. Boating, children's park, aquarium, exhibition and sale of handicrafts and spices, are the main attraction north Wayanad, 41 km from Greenex. Pazhassi Raja who was known the Lion of Kerala and organized warfare against British East India Company, was cremated here in 1805.
The jain temple, in Sultan Bathery is one of the most important amongst a series of Jain ruins spread across the state of Kerala, testify to a period of a strong Jain presence in this region. Believed to have been built in the 13th century, it served as a Hindu shrine, an important for centre for commercial activity and eventually as a battery (ammunition store) for Tipu Sultan’s marching armies. Distance from Greenex – 32 km. Apart from the Sultan Bathery temple, there are other significant Jain remnants in Wayanad. The temples at Punchavayal and Puthenangadi are the best known of these. With their beautifully carved pillars now partly ruined, and the area rather derelict, these sites exude a peculiar aura of mystery.
An interesting trek up the Ambukuthi Hill near Ambalavayal town takes you to the fascinating neolithic cave site of Edakkal. Etchings found on the walls of these caves have drawn the serious attention of archaeologists and historians worldwide. With at least three distinct sets of petroglyphs, the earliest thought to date back over 5000 years, it is assumed that the Edakkal caves had been inhabited at various stages in history. An interesting attraction close by is a telescope installed by the DTPC a few feet from the caves that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding country.Located 36km from greenex.
Wayanad Heritage Museum.
Located in the town of Ambalavayal,33km away from greenex, this museum is home to an interesting collection of artifacts that shed light on the history, culture and heritage of the Wayanad region. These include headgear, weapons pottery, and objects associated with tribal life. A series of pictorial rock edicts referred to as Hero Stones, memorialise a bygone age of valiant warriors.Adjoining the museum is a small theatre where you can watch a multimedia presentation on Wayanad.
Excavations at various points around the foot of the Ambukuthi Hill have unearthed a distinctive series of ancient burial vaults commonly called Muniyaras.Remnants of Stone Age tools and pottery found within these cellars are now displayed at the Wayanad Heritage Museum. Distance from Greenex is 34km.
Uravu is an NGO that works in the area of indigenous sciences and technology. They run a successful bamboo crafts design and production centre along with a bamboo nursery.Uravu has a whole range of functional and decorative products created out of this wonderful material found so abundantly in Wayanad. You can view and shop for products at their sales outlets, one at Thrikkaipetta and another at Pookote Lake. Distance:21km from greenex.
Pazhassi Raja’s Tomb
Pazhassi Raja, a scion of the Kottayam royal family was one of the earliest to strike the banner of revolt against British overlordship in this part of India.Taking refuge in the Wayanad hills, he resorted to classic techniques of guerrilla warfare against superior British forces. This Lion of Kerala was downed in a ferocious encounter that took place at Mavilanthode in the last days of 1805. Pazhassi’s tomb marks the point where he was cremated.Distance from Greenex :41km.
This large Ficus tree, bound by a prominent chain is the source of a dramatic local legend. As the tale goes, an Adivasi youth named Karinthandan was instrumental in guiding a British Engineer through the difficult mountain terrain into Wayanad. Eager to take credit for the discovery, the engineer conveniently killed his guide, whose soul according to the legend constantly haunted subsequent travellers. It is further believed that a priest chained the troublesome spirit onto this tree. Distance from Greenex.
Dedicated to the Lourdes Matha, Pallikkunnu Church was established in 1905 at the initiative of a French missionary Fr. Jeffrine. An interesting aspect of this church is that it has several rituals and practices similar to those prevalent in Hindu temples. The annual 2 week Perunnal festival in early February draws large throngs of devotees from other parts of Kerala, as well as outside. Distance from Greenex : 18km
This nearly 300 year old mosque is built in traditional Kerala style with extensive wood carvings. Originally built by local Nair gentry, Korome Mosque to this day is seen as a sterling example of communal amity. The annual Uroos festivities draws participants from all religions.Distance: 36km