Vythiri, a small village in Wayanad, stands out as a prime tourist spot. The village is associated with the Chain Tree Legend. According to local story, an English Engineer constructed the Ghat Road to Vythiri with the aid of information provided by a tribal youth. Tragically, the Englishmen took the life of the tribal youth. In the wake of this injustice, it is believed that the vengeful spirit of the tribal youth began haunting the road, only to be subdued and bound to a tree by a priest. This infamous tree, known as the chain tree, remains a prominent landmark at Lakkidi to this day.

Best time to visit Vythri:

The prime time to explore Vythiri typically spans from October to April, encompassing the winter season when the weather is most favorable. Nevertheless, the agreeable climate renders Vythiri a charming destination year-round. During the summer months from April to June, considered the off-season, Vythiri moves to a quieter side.

How to reach Vythiri:

By Train : 

To reach Vythiri by train, travelers can head to Kozhikode, the nearest railway station, with connections to major Kerala destinations like Kochi, Ernakulam, and Trivandrum, as well as cities such as Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, and Mangalore. From Kozhikode station, one can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Vythiri.

By Road:

Vythiri is easily accessible by road, just a two-hour drive from Kozhikode, which is 66 kilometers away. Regular bus services operate between Kozhikode and Vythiri. People traveling from Bangalore can reach Vythiri through Mysuru, it will be a 6 hours drive.

By Air:

Vythiri’s nearest airport is in Kozhikode, well-connected to major domestic and international cities, including frequent flights to Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, and various Gulf countries. Upon arrival, travelers can easily hire a taxi from Kozhikode airport to reach Vythiri.

Top 7 places to visit in Vythiri


Chembra Peak:

Chembra Peak stands as the tallest summit in the Wayanad district, boasting an elevation of approximately 2,100 meters above sea level. This majestic peak is not merely a geographical landmark but a haven for trekkers and nature enthusiasts alike. Along the ascent, adventurers are greeted by another marvel of nature—a heart-shaped lake, perennial and captivating, drawing countless visitors. Accessible on foot from Meppady, the peak affords panoramic views, including the stunning Banasura Sagar Dam, a magnificent sight amidst the verdant landscape. Trekking expeditions are facilitated by the ‘Chembra Peak VSS,’ operating under the South Wayanad Forest Development Agency, with equipment and guides available for hire through the District Tourism Promotion Council.

Pookode Lake

 Pookode Lake, also known as Pookot Lake, is a serene natural freshwater reservoir situated approximately 2 km from Vythiri. Renowned as one of the most picturesque lakes in Wayanad, it offers a perfect destination for a leisurely outing, particularly ideal for family gatherings and romantic escapades. Accessible via a motorable road, the lake beckons visitors with its tranquil ambiance and scenic beauty. Boating, exploring the freshwater aquarium, shopping for local handicrafts, and leisurely strolls along its shores are among the favored activities enjoyed by visitors.

Banasura Dam:

The scenic Banasura hills form a stunning backdrop, enhancing the beauty of the dam nestled amidst them, adorned with charming islands, Banasura Dam presents an ideal retreat. Sitting majestically at an altitude of 3200 feet, the dam promises a fulfilling and enriching experience for all who venture to visit.

As the largest earthen dam in the country and the second-largest in Asia, Banasura Dam offers awe-inspiring views of the vast reservoir from its elevated vantage point. Adventurous activities such as speed boating add excitement to the visit, while a trek up to Banasura Peak treats explorers to a journey through streams, diverse flora and fauna, lush tropical greenery, and majestic waterfalls. 

Suchipura Falls:

Soochipura falls also known as Sentinel Rock Waterfalls is a three tiers waterfalls. The journey from Meppadi to Soochipura falls treats travelers to breathtaking views of Wayanad’s renowned tea estates.

Standing at an impressive height of 200 meters, this captivating waterfall also features a cliff face, offering an ideal spot for rock climbing enthusiasts. Additionally, the pool formed by the cascading water provides an inviting setting for swimming and bathing. The waters from Soochipara eventually converge with the Chulika River, also known as the Chaliyar River.

En Ooru:

En Ooru Tribal Heritage Village at Pookode showcases a rich tapestry of ethnicity, cultural practices, tribal social organization, ancestral traditions, and artistic expressions. Serving as a vital hub for tribal cultural preservation, this village offers a glimpse into tribal life through prototype huts reflecting traditional architecture and lifestyle, this village serves as a storyteller of ancestral narratives and tribal systems of law and justice.

En ooru village is a testament to a 10-crore project jointly implemented by the Departments of Scheduled Tribes Development & Tourism. It boasts product stalls showcasing tribal medicines, handicrafts, and other indigenous products, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in tribal culture. An amphitheater within the village provides a platform for captivating tribal performances, featuring traditional music like Thudi Thalam, and showcasing ancestral customs, ensuring an enriching cultural experience for all who visit.

Honey Meusem Wayand:

The museum focuses entirely on honey bees, their life cycle, different types of honey, and the refining process. Its organization is impeccable. The guides possess excellent knowledge and divide visitors into language-specific groups for better understanding. Each group is led by a guide fluent in the chosen language, explaining the entire process from start to finish with the help of visual aids. Many intriguing facts, often unfamiliar to visitors, are unveiled during the tour. Additionally, there’s a designated play area for children. The museum also offers a variety of honey products for sale. Admission for adults is priced at 30 rs

Kakkadampoyil View Point:

Nestled just behind the Vyithiri stream side Resort, this hidden gem is renowned for its breathtaking sunset viewa. As you venture towards it, the crowd gradually thins, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle. Although it’s not a designated spot, this roadside attraction along the Vyithri side is easy to access and offers convenient parking for cars. The panoramic view is truly spectacular, making it one of the top destinations in Wayanad for capturing memorable photographs. Whether you’re visiting with friends or seeking a peaceful moment alone, this spot is a must-see. 


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