The Northern reaches of Wayanad have a host of lake and island destinations that are slowly gaining traction among our guests. Pookot Lake is a great example of the same. Set dead centre in the arms of mighty slopes, this natural freshwater lake is spread out over an area of 8.5 hectares and with a maximum depth of 6.5 metres. The visuals are straight out of a postcard, with a green blanket interspersed with misty hillocks greeting you the entire way. Avail a pedal boat or rowboat or simply walk on the beautiful pathway constructed around the lake, and soak in the pristine views on display. The route can even be traversed on horseback. Alsoone should not miss out on the wide variety of tea, coffee, spices, bamboo and wooden artefacts in the curio shop nearby.
In Wayanad, a visit isn't complete without a pit stop at the second largest freshwater lake in Kerala, the Karlad Lake. On all sides, you are surrounded by dense bamboo groves.The lake is tailor made for boating and trekking enthusiasts. The trails here lead to many an important site, including the Pallikkunnu Church. The famous Banasura Sagar Dam too is situated within three kilometres of the location, spread out over seven acres. Recently, a facilitation centre, restaurant, dormitories and a heritage village have been set up here.
Next, we traverse the mysterious destination of KuruvaDweep (Kuruva Island). It is located about 17 km from Mananthavady and it is formed amidst the tributaries of Kabani River. The Kabani River, which flows towards Karnataka, has two tributaries in Wayanad district - Panamaram River which originates from Lakkidi and Mananthavady River originating from Thondaramudi Peak. These two rivers are spread around a 950 acre wooded forest area, which is known as Kuruva Island. The rural and rustic vibe here is enchanting, with its lush greenery, avian and floral diversity and exotic bamboo canopy eagerly serenading you at every point. The bamboo raft rides here are legendary, with the locally made variety being famous around God's Own Country. It is an extremely secluded picnic spot that has made people fall in love with it the moment they stumble across it.