Wayanad is Kerala’s most sought-after hill station because of its panoramic splendour, abundant fauna, lush, untamed vegetation, and cosy climate. It is a place for thrilling encounters thanks to its varied landscape, including rocky terrains, lush woods, and rolling grasslands. And you should definitely try out these adventures if you're planning a trip to Wayanad and want to do more than just unwind.
1. Bamboo Rafting
Row your way through the islets of the dense Kuruva Island, enveloped with low-lying trees echoing with the twittering of birds, on rustic bamboo boats long and narrow enough to comfortably seat six people, or glide over the emerald waters of Pozhuthana River. While the ride might look like a smooth sail the downstream has its own adventures to unravel. And no, the ability to swim is not a requirement to cruise this ride.
When you mention thrilling activities in Wayanad, the zipline is the first thing that springs to mind. To experience the diverse geographical terrain the area encompasses, choose to fly over the refreshing Karlad lake soaking in the best views of nature, or zipline a distance of 250 to 300 metres over the lush green acres of a tea estate. Ziplining in Wayanad is an experience that ought to be on your bucket list!
Wayanad is a paradise for hikers of all stripes, with its rolling grasslands, rocky terrains, hazy highlands, and lush woods. Chembra Peak is the best trekking destination thanks to its heart-shaped lake. However, Edakkal Caves for the history buffs, Pakshipathalam for the bird watchers, and Brahmagiri Trek which is its best during the monsoons are other trekking destinations you might want to add to your list.
Off-roading is the real deal for that adrenaline rush! Swoosh through the little rivulets and roar through the muddy terrains. If you have a skilled driver, a bike, or a Thar, and want to traverse those uneven patches which Wayanad is full of, you don't necessarily need to engage with a guide or operator to go off-roading. For the best experience, go to Pattasserippadi Road or Chooralmala and zoom your way through during the monsoons for that extra kick!
5. Biking and Cycling
If you're looking for something that lies lower on the adventure meter and want to soak in the tranquillity of nature, then grab a bike or a cycle and pedal your way through the blooming tea estates, sprawling stretches and tiny rivulets with the wind blowing on your face, trees swaying on either side and savour nature at its finest.
Row your way through the picturesque Pookode Lake, which is dotted with water lilies and lotuses. The repetitive strokes through the gushing water currents will definitely aid in a muscle workout in the lap of nature, with flora and fauna all around. Karlad Lake is another convenient spot popular with visitors and an excellent place to kayak through the flowing waters.
Camping on a tree tent should be on your to-do list when in Wayanad. Sleep in a tent suspended in mid-air over a forest estate, gaze at the starry night sky, awaken to the aroma of new tea leaves, view giant animals like elephants, rare birdies, and snuggly animals like bunnies passing by from a distance, and experience nature at its purest.
Wayanad Adventure Camp http://www.wayanadadventurecamp.com/ and 900 Kandi https://www.900kandiecopark.com/ are other activity destinations in Wayanad for thrill-seekers that include outdoor experiences ranging from rock climbing, land zorbing, and commando net to walking across a glass bridge, cycling on a rope, and swaying on a giant swing.