One of the oldest rock shelters in South India. With rock etchings that date back to the New Stone Age (2500 B.C.). It is situated on Ambukuthy Malai, where legend has it that Lord Rama split the summit of the hill with a well-aimed arrow shot. The Edakkal Caves are located a 15 minutes’ driving time from Tranquil.
NOTE: The Edakkal Caves are closed every Monday.
Distance - 6.5 Kms / 15 Minutes driving time
Muthanga National Park
A 40 minutes drive takes you to Muthanga Wildlife Park that forms part of the Niligiri Biosphere of which Bandipur Tiger Reserve is also part of. Elephants, deer and bison can be viewed from the safety of your jeep. If lucky, you might even see the elusive Tiger or Leopard.
Distance - 25 Kms / 40 minutes driving time
Banasura Sagar Dam
The Banasura Sagar Dam is the largest earthen dam in India and the second largest in Asia. Offering panoramic views of the surrounding Banasura Hills, the dam has been an important tourist attraction offering speed & pedal boat rides, an exhilarating Zip Line experience as well as horseback riding. The dam is also home to quite a few nesting birds across the various seasons.
Distance - 42 Kms / 1.20 Hours driving time
Sultan Bathery Town
Originally known as Ganapathyvattam after the existing Ganapathy Temple, it changed names when Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan invaded the region and maintained his battery of armaments in the local Jain temple during his wars with the British. Steeped in history and a very important trading zone for spices,the first stages of the pepper trade took place from here. Being the largest town in the Wayanad area, Sulthan Bathery offers an excellent opportunity to shop for spices, fresh vegetables, fruits, agricultural & forest products, textiles, etc.
Distance - 10 Kms / 20 Minutes driving time
The Jain Temple
Said to date all the way back to the 13th century, their all-granite framework is correlated to it being built in the Vijayanagara architectural style. It has served as a shrine, a trade centre as well as an ammunition dumping ground for Tipu Sultan during the 18th century. Today, the intricately adorned pillars of these Jain Temples offer peace and solitude to all who visit.