Vythiri is almost like a synonym for Wayanad, one of the Northern districts of Kerala towards the border of Karnataka.One can see that the Nature is retained in its serenity in Wayanad. Hidden away in the hills of this land are some of the oldest tribes, as yet untouched by civilization. Wayanad is known for its picturesque mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, luxuriant forests and rich cultural traditions.
The aroma of the soil mingles with the wetness of the air and tingles our senses like the caress of a cool wind. The little streams and waterfalls add a natural rhythm results in enchanting sounds of Nature. One gets easily mesmerized with the beauty of the surroundings there…… At Vythiri, the entire philosophy revolves around this undying love for Nature. Even the rocks and boulders have been left in peace and the animals around the forests, undisturbed. A striking Jain temple, dedicated to Ananthanatha Swami represents one of the saints belonging to the Jain faith is situated just six kms from Kalpetta. This temple is in the wayanad district and is commonly known as Tippu’s fort. This is prominent as Tippu’s fort because Tippu used this place for storing ammunition. Hence, it gains the name sultans battery.
The Tholpetty Wildlife sanctuary is a paradise for the Nature lovers.Jeep safaris are allowed with proper permissions.
Other attractions are Pookot Lake set in a beautiful valley and surrounded by evergreen forests and wooded hills, Soochippara Waterfall ranging at places from 100 to 300 feet height, Banasura Sagar Dam which is one of the biggest earth dams etc. The Kuruva Island, 950 acres of evergreen forest on the tributaries of east following river Kabani, is an ideal picnic spot, far away from the disturbance of city life. The island is uninhabited. Rare species of birds, orchids and herbs are the sovereigns of this supernal kingdom.
There are excellent hideaways in the middle of large plantations where you will live your life like a king. Rains in Vythiri is explained to be the most beautiful in the Western Ghats. The villages around are nice with hard working farmers and tribal. Vythiri and entire Wayanad is a haven for a traveler who wishes to be away from life and close to Nature.The coffee and tea plantations around gives the aroma of freshness.