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.
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
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.
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
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.
This post is a part of the series “Postcards from India“, written for A2Z Blogging Challenge by Blogchatter for April 2020. I have also published a namesake book which you can download free. No signup required, but if you like the book, please leave a small review on Goodreads or any social platform. 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.