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Vibrant Vistas of Vythiri

Hello from the hills of Western Ghats once again. I am Vythiri, one of the most beautiful hill stations that you will come across in Kerala. The mist-enveloped peaks, lavish tea, coffee, spice, and rubber plantations,  evergreen rain forests, waterfalls, rivulets and romantic stays at tree-houses attract travelers of all ages. I know you can’t venture out of your concrete jungle right now. That’s why I’m here to take you on a virtual tour of the Vythiri Hill Station, that is, me.

Tree House Vythiri

Way to Tree House at Vythiri Resort (Source)

Elevated at 1300m above sea level, I am a taluk in the Wayanad district of Kerala. In the dense forests here you can easily spot exotic species like Nilgiri Langur, Malabar squirrel and antelopes. Beware of the moses and liches that cover the tree-trunks when you go on a forest walk.  Coffee, spices and tourism are the biggest businesses here employing most of the populace. Tea estates require high maintenance so normally they are managed by government or multi-conglomerates like Tata. Kabini river flows through the coffee and spice estates and forests here. Let me tell you about the best things to do here.

Trek to Chembra peak

Chembra Peak - Vythiri Hill station

Source: Pixabay

The Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad and one of the highest in Western Ghats. Because of the bad condition of the road and the moderate difficulty level, not many tourists go there. Just wake up early and trek to the Chembra peak for enchanting views. At the top of the hill is a heart-shaped lake called Hridaya Saras. Chembra is located 6km south of my capital Kalpetta.

Banasura Sagara lake

Locate in the outskirts is the largest earth dam of India – the Banasura Sagara Dam. This huge lake will charm you with its impeccable beauty. There is a lovely park around the dam which offers a wide variety of tourist activities. However, while driving from there to the town you will come across many secluded viewpoints at the hills which offer spectacular views of the lake.

Forest walk around Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake is much smaller than the Banasura Sagara. But this is just 3km off the town and extremely popular among the locals. The forest walk around the Pookode lake is the key attraction here.

Explore Lakkidi

Only 5 km South of the town lies the quaint village called Lakkidi. The Lakkidi viewpoint is a famous pitstop for all tourists on their trip to Wayanad. However, most miss out on the lovely village experience.
This gateway to Wayanad boasts of wonderful peaks, streams and forests. The drive up the winding road is brimming with many a picturesque sight. It is located 700m above sea level.

Stay in a eco-resort

Vyhtri Hill Station

A cottage in Vythrii Resort (Source)

The best way to experience your trip here is to stay away from the town. There are many homestays and resorts inside the privately owned coffee and spice plantations. Places like Vythiri Resort, Vythiri Village and Vythiri Meadows offer you an experience of a lifetime with cottages and tree houses in the lap of nature.

In these resorts located away from the town in the idyllic surroundings you can enjoy nature-walks, cyclin as well as meditation with just the sound of flurrying leaves and birds in the background.

Boating at Karlad Lake

You can also hop on to a boat to sail in the lotus-laden Karlad Lake.

So how did you like this virtual tour? Would you come and visit me for real when the lockdown is over? I will be waiting.

Yours truly,

Vythiri

Blogger’s Notes:

.This post is a part of the series “Postcards from India“, written for A2Z Blogging Challenge by Blogchatter for April 2020. I am writing about offbeat destinations in India, which you can visit once the lockdown is over. There are some affiliate links in the post. All pictures are mine unless otherwise mentioned. You may use the photos only with due credits and links to this post.

11 Comments

  1. Jyoti Jha April 25, 2020

    This is one stunning place. I so want to visit this as soon as possible. Amazingly presented by you and quite luring. I loved ‘Way to the Tree House’. Thank you for yet another virtual tour of a paradise from the Hills of Western Ghats of India.

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  2. Shubhra Rastogi April 25, 2020

    Wow such lovely pictures especially the one with the bridge. Must say you have covered some really amazing hidden gems.

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  3. Sonia Chatterjee April 25, 2020

    We stayed at Vythri village room 206 in 2012. Mysore to Wayanad was just 3.5 hrs travel. I loved their hanging bridge and artificial waterfalls. I was expecting Vizag today but pleasantly surprised to see this.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 25, 2020

      Thanks sonia. Happy to surprise you. I think Vythiri is more offbeat compared to Vizag.

  4. Durga Prasad Dash April 25, 2020

    Normally this place is not as highlighted as Coonoor. Nice to know about this place full of intetesting surroundings.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 25, 2020

      Thanks! That’s why I chose this for my theme Offbeat India.

  5. Noor Anand Chawla April 25, 2020

    I had never heard of this beautiful place before today, it seems lovely! Thank you for introducing us to these amazing places.

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  6. Pradeep April 26, 2020

    It’s good you wrote about this place. Because this is not a very well-known place.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 26, 2020

      Thank you.

  7. Anjalie Sharma May 3, 2020

    I’ve heard about Vythiri, beautiful place and pictures.

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    1. Sinjana Ghosh May 4, 2020

      Thanks Anjalie

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