- Vythiri Tours- Discover the unseen beauty of the high ranges
Vythiri is a resort town located deep within the pristine forests of
Wayanad. Vythiri tours will be an overwhelming experience for your
senses. Ideal for a business holiday, family day out or honeymoon,
Vythiri has everything to hold your attention and to keep you well
engaged. A mosaic of the classic and the contemporary, vythiri welcomes
tourists all round the year.
In case you are a budget or hard pressed for time, Vythiri tour packages will be the best choice to ensure a wonderful holiday experience. A great holiday spot for a relaxing holiday and to chuck out the hustle and bustle of urban living, Vythiri has a range of accommodation options for every budget as well. There are many tourist attractions nearby including Pookote Lake, which is only half a mile away. A trip to Chempara peak and Soojipara Falls, could easily be included in a day trip. Vythiri sight seeing also includes many other tourist attractions like Meenmutty Falls, Banasura Sagar dam Pakshipathalam, and the Neolithic cave dwellings of Edakkal caves, famous for its inscriptions and drawings.
The famous temple of Thirunelli, which is an important place of pilgrimage for Hindus is another stop over. The Thirunelli temple situated at the foot hills of Brahmagiri hills in the reserve forests is often called Dakshin Kaasi and pilgrims perform the obsequies of the departed souls here. It is also believed that a dip in the holy water of Papanasini will remove all the sins. The Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary is quite popular among nature lovers and wild life enthusiasts where you can see many animals upclose.
Located 700 meters above sea level, Vythiri enjoys a lovely climate all round the year. No matter whether you are here for nature trails, wild life , serenity or adventure , Vythiri will never let you down. Vythiri is exceptionally well known for its picturesque landscapes and beautiful tree houses, which are built on giant trees many feet above the ground level. Make sure to book early because tree houses are in high demand in tourist circuits these days. Vythiri is well connected by road and is connected by NH 212. The nearest Airport is Karipur International Airport which is about 100 kms away while the nearest rail head is at Calicut which is 62 kms away.
Vythiri is famous for its adventure activities like rock climbing, trekking, boating etc. There are guided tours and Vythiri packages that ensure a safe and enjoyable Vythiri experience. In case you are looking for some extreme adrenalin activities, do not look beyond the rock climbing options in Vythiri. The huge boulders that rise up to many feet, will ensure a challenging time out. A trekking spell along the forest tracks is a great option to explore the serene charm and the diverse flora and fauna of Vythiri. You can also have boating in Karalad Lake or Pookot Lake, which is located not very far from Vythiri. Try out the lip smacking local delicacies served in the small local tea shops and way side eateries. There is indeed a lot to do and see in Vythiri, which had remained obscure in the past. Located in the sylvan settings of the Northern High Ranges of Kerala, Vythiri is refreshing and inspiring to the core
- Tourism Attractions
Pookot Lake :
Pookot Lake is a fresh water Lake located in the evergreen forests near Vythiri. The beauty of the lake, reflecting the lush green canopy of the mountains, is further accentuated by the surrounding meadows. The lake, situated at an altitude of 2000 m above MSL, offers a variety of options to unwind and relax; boat-rides being the perfect way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the region. The place has an aquarium, childrens park and a small emporium selling handicrafts and spices.
Chembra Peak :
Chembra peak, a vantage point located at an altitude of 2100 m above MSL, offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. The peak forms a part of the Western Ghats mountain range, lying in close proximity to the Nilgiri Hills and Vellarimala. The peak is an ideal spot for trekking; the District Tourism Promotion Council arranges guides and necessary equipments on hiring basis.
Chain Tree :
According to tribal legends, the area surrounding this tree was once haunted by the specter of a tribal youth. During the times of the British Raj, this youth showed a British engineer a difficult trail to enter Wayanad through the mountainous terrains. The Brit, eager to take credit of the discovery, killed the youth. The restless spirit of the youth started haunting the region to avenge his death until it was finally chained to this tree.
Soojipara Falls :
Soojipara waterfalls cascades down the rocky slopes in an awe-inspiring grandeur. Water tumbles down the rocky precipice in three tiers, creating a spectacular display. The waterfall is remotely located inside the dense woods, and is accessible only by a 2 km long trek through the forests. Have fun and enjoy by taking a dip in the pool down the cascade or just frolicking in the spray. The pool below the cascade offers scope for water-rafting and other water-sports.
Meenmutty Falls :
This perennial waterfall cascades down a slope of 300 meters in three stages. Meenmutty is the highest and the most captivating of all the waterfalls in Wayanad. The waterfall offers an unmatched visual spectacle a melange of silver cascades and mist contrasted against the black rocks and surrounding greenery. The strenuous climb to the summit of the falls is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Edakkal Caves :
Edakkal Caves is famous for its 5000 year old fascinating ancient rock etchings and drawings. A place of immense archeological interest, the cave is frequented by archeologists, historians and tourists alike. There are various scenes of hunting depicted on the walls of the two main chambers. Watch your head as sections of the cave are short with height falling below 5 ft.
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary :
Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, situated around 100 km from Vythiri, is a safe refuge for a variety of rare animals. The sanctuary lies within the Nilgiri biosphere, in close proximity to Bandhipur, Nagarhole and Mudumalai wildlife sanctuaries. A variety of animals including the bison, spotted deer, tiger, leopard, bear, wild boar and elephant can be spotted in the sanctuary.
The Ambalavayal Heritage Museum :
The museum houses a variety of tribal artifacts including stone weaponry, clay sculptures and hunting equipments dating back to the 2nd century AD. These artifacts bear evidence to the existence of an early advanced civilization in the mountainous terrains of Wayanad. The museum attracts archeologists, historians and travelers alike.
- Things To Do
Boating in Pookot Lake :
Pookot Lake is an ideal spot to enjoy a soothing boat ride; enjoying the beauty of the surrounding greenery. The main attraction here is fishing the spot offers immense scope for catching fish.
Being surrounded by various mountains and hilly terrain, Vythiri offers a lot of scope for trekking. There are different paths to choose from - of varying intensity and difficulty.
Bird Watching :
Pakshipathalam, located at an altitude of 1740 m above MSL, is an ideal spot to catch a glimpse of some of the exotic bird species indigenous to the Malabar area. The place is reachable only via trekking through dense forests. Special permission has to be procured from Forest Department to go to Pakshipathalam.
Ride on the mighty :
Elephant safaris could be arranged inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in coordination with the Forest Department. This is the best way for spotting some wildlife.
Rafting could be enjoyed at the Kabani River.
Vythiri is best known for its spices and handicrafts. Vythiri being a
place dotted with numerous plantations you can buy fresh and premium
quality spices here. As a souvenir for your visit, we recommend
handcrafted artifacts made from wood or bamboo, easily available from
any of the shops selling curios.
- Moving Around
To traverse the hilly terrain of Vythiri it is best to hire a jeep.
Taxis are also a viable option to move around. For covering small
distances we recommend casual ramble, as it might yield some surprising
- Best Time To Visit
Traditionally, tourist season in the state is at its peak during the September-March period. The concept, however, has undergone a change with the concept of Monsoon Tourism gaining wide popularity in the recent times. The rainy season from May-September is considered an ideal time to enjoy rejuvenating Ayurveda treatment.
- How to Reach
By Flight :
The nearest airport is situated at Kozhikode at a distance of around 90 km away from Vythiri.
By Rail :
Kozhikode railway station, located at a distance of 68 km, is the nearest railway station.
By Road :
Vythiri is well connected by a network of roads to the rest of the state and to the neighboring state of Karnataka.