A ten minute drive from Tranquil is the Edakal cave. Its not really a cave as much as a cleft/rift between two huge rocks. The oldest petroglyphs inside the cave may date back to over 8,000 years. Evidences suggest that the Edakkal cave was inhabited several times at different points in history.
The caves were discovered by Fred Fawcett, a police official of the erstwhile Malabar state in 1890 who immediately recognized their anthropological and historical importance. The site is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary:
A half hour drive will take you to Muthanga Game Sanctuary where you could spot Elephant, Leopard, Bison, Bear, Sambhar, Wild Dog, Deer, Peacock and even the elusive Tiger.
A picturesque water body in the hills – about an hour’s drive from here. Boating facilities are available.
Banasura Sagar Dam:
The Banasura Sagar Dam is located 21 km from Kalpetta, in Wayanad District of Kerala in the Western Ghats. It is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia and an ideal starting point for hikes into the surrounding scenic mountains. It is an important tourist attraction.
In the dam’s reservoir there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view.
Meenmutty Falls is located 29 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad District in the state of Kerala, India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with a height of 300 metres. Meenmutty Falls, the largest and most spectacular waterfall in the Wayanad District, is a 2 km hike though the jungle from the main Ooty Road. It is Kerala’s second largest waterfall and the one most unspoiled in its natural setting. Each of its three tiers requires a separate hike through a moist, deciduous forest.
Chembra Peak is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2100m above sea level. Chembra is located near the town of Meppady and is 14 km west of Kalpetta. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu and Velarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. Chembra peak is accessible by foot from Meppady. Permission from the forest office in Meppady is required for trekking up to the Chembra peak.
Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered waterfall located 20 km from Kalpetta in Wayanad district in Kerala, India. Its height is 200 metres (656 feet).
The Jain temple at Sultan Bathery is believed to have been built in the 13th century. The architecture of the temple has strong influences of the then Vijayanagar architectural style and it is made wholly of granite.The temple has an interesting history. It first served as a shrine, and then became an important centre of commercial activity. Later in 18th century, it became a dumping ground of ammunition by Tipu Sultan. Thereby giving the town its name.
Sultans Battery Town:
Take a walk in the local Town of Sultans Battery and experience the local commerce. Coffee, pepper and spices traders, vegetable markets and the iconic Jeep taxi's waiting for clients and maybe a passing working elephant!