Our guests can experience archery with traditional bows and arrows used by the natives of Wayanad. The activity is conducted within the resort premises.
Trekking across the hills and forests of Wayanad is a truly rewardingand refreshing experience. We always arrange for professional trekkers and guides with local knowledge to accompany you through a number of trekking trails that Wayanad has to offer. Your guide would ensure that you have seen all the interesting locations that the trail has to offer which you may fail to see if you trek individually. Trekking as an activity in Wayanad, may extend for a day or even multiple days if you combine camping along with it. We arrange trekking activities based on the fitness level of our visitors.
A safari at Wayanad’s wildlife sanctuaries is another thrilling and exciting experience that the destination has to offer. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve and is adjacent to three other protected areas of Bandipur, Nagarhole, and Mudumalai. The sanctuary falls under project Elephant that was launched to save the declining tusker population. Theforests in these parts consist of a wide variety of wildlife including elephants, gaur, chital, dholes, jackals, tigers and otters.
Upavan arranges vehicles along with a local guide to visit the sanctuary. The best time to spot animals is in the early hours of morning and also evening. Ideally you would start your trip by 5:00 AM in the morning for spotting more wild life.
Boating at Pookode lake is another serene experience that Wayanad has to offer and is at a stones throw away from Upavan Resort.
SIGHT SEEING TRIP
Wayanad has number of unique spots and attractions that are a must-see for all travelers. Chembra peak which is the highest point in Wayanad is a beautiful peak and is a must see spot during your visit to Wayanad. One can also see a unique heart shaped lake half way up the trek, a favorite spot among trekkers and photographers. Another attraction in Wayanad is the Pazhassi Raja tomb which serves as the memorial of Pazhassi Raja famously known as the lion of Kerala. One can also make a visit to the Banasura dam which is the largest earth dam in India. Other landmarks in Wayanad include Pakshipathalam, Anantnathaswami Temple, Koottamunda Glass Temple, Sultan Batthery, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Ambukuthy range, Vishnu Temple at Thirunelli, Meenmutty Falls, Suchipara and Kanthampara falls, Padinjarathara dam, Begur Wildlife Sanctuary and Kuruva Dweep. At Upavan, we can arrange a sightseeing trip that can be customized as per the preferences of our guest.
TRIBAL VILLAGE VISIT
The largest number of aborigine population of Kerala resides in Wayanad. The Adivasis of Wayanad tribal comprise of Paniyas, Adiyars, Kurichyas, Kurumas, Kattunaikkans, and Ooralis. These tribal of Wayanad reside in houses made of mud, thatched roof, bamboo and brick. The important resource of the tribal localities of Wayanad is their indigenous streams of holistic herbal medicine which is of very high medicinal value. Adivasis further exhibit a rich heritage of arts and crafts. Their artistic exhibits include their unique music, dances, handicraft and ornamentation. The Wayanad tribal sect by name of Kurichyas also has a grand martial arts tradition. Pazhassi Raja’s army constituted of Kurichyas warriors and they actively participated in several battles against the British.
At Upavan, we often organize visits to tribal villages in Wayanad for guests looking for a deeply cultural experience. As a part of our responsible tourism initiative we also take our guests to the tribal market for them to appreciate and learn the life style of tribal locals residing in Wayanad.