Sulthan Bathery is a reminiscent of various bygone eras. Once known as Ganapathyvattom, Sulthan Bathery got its name when Tipu Sultan stepped on the land of Wayanad. According to legends, Tipu Sultan used a Jain Temple here as a battery, thus people started calling it as Sultan Bathery, since battery is denoted by bathery in Malayalam language. Kings of Veda tribes have also ruled this historical land in the past. An interesting fact about this place is that it is still a habitat of people belonging to different tribes. Being located at a majestic height of 930 m, the environs of this place stay cool and pleasant in all seasons.
BANASURA SAGAR DAM
Known to be the largest dam in India and the second largest in Asia; the dam extends to a large area with crystal clear waters. Pristine and tucked away amidst the hills, Bansura Sagar Dam is an absolute beauty.
Surrounded by picturesque natural beauty, along with the soft sound of lazily moving water, the dam is an ideal place for a picnic. Boating and other water recreational activities are available at the dam. It is best visited when the dam is full and brimming with fresh water
the Lakkidi View Point is a ghat pass at an elevation of 700 meters above sea level. The lofty mountain peaks, the gurgling streams, luxuriant green vegetation and the bird's eye view of the deep valley with its winding roads, are a breathtaking experience offered from the View Point.
The breathtaking waterfall cascading from a height of 100 to 300 feet is nature‚Äôs gift to visitors. The pool created by the falls offers wonderful opportunities for swimming, bathing, water rafting, etc. The tree top huts presenting distinct views of the Western Ghats against the glimmering shallow waters of the spring are another attraction.
Kalpetta is full of natural beauty and Kanthanpara Waterfalls is another dazzling water cataract elevated at 30 m above sea level. It is far away from the buzz of city life and thus a serene place to visit for peace lovers. You will surely admire this place for its peaceful and tranquil environs. To reach this marvelous waterfall, you need to take a diverted route from the main road. The sounds of this beautiful cascade are calmative and its picturesque views are a real treat for the eyes. The blend of unusual splendor and beauty of tea gardens makes this place quite aromatic. The pictorial surroundings of this stunning cascade lure tourists and nature lovers from all over the world.
MUTHANGA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, is located on 345 square kilometers of densely forested land. This sanctuary is hugely popular with birdwatchers, for sightings of peacocks, babblers, egrets, snipes, bulbuls, peafowl, and cormorants.
Asian elephants, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, gaurs, spotted deer, sloth bears, sambars and a wide variety of other exotic animals reside here. An elephant ride into the dense forest area to explore the sanctuary can be arranged by the Forest Department. Access to the area without an elephant is limited.
The Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary offers a thrilling experience of watching animals in their most natural habitat. The Night camping experience in the sanctuary is a rare treat. The watchtower of this sanctuary is situated above the lake that is the main water source to animals, giving tourists a chance to spot wild animals coming for a drink at night. Abundant with flora and fauna, animals like Bison, Jungle Cats and Elephants can be spotted here.