Stop here to get to Ambalavayal and its Phantom Rock...
Vaduvanchal is located in Wayanad district in Kerala on the Calicut-Ooty Road. It is typical of all the other regions in Wyanad which lie in the high ranges of the western ghats. It is an area of coffee, tea, rubber and vanilla plantations. It is ideal for trekking, mountain climbing and angling. Other places of interest near Vaduvanchal are:
Chembra Peak (17 Kms): At 2100 meters, the spectacular Chembra peak located towards the southern part of Wayanad is the tallest summit in the region. Ideal for mountain climbing . Carpeted on one side by soaring ridges and dense tropical forests on the other side the massif can be tackled in around ten hours . The small town of Meppadi forms an ideal base to explore this peak. Trekkers can obtain free permit from the Forest range office.
Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary – Muthanga (38 kms): , Muthanga is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere region. It is a rain forest reserve connected to two major sanctuaries - Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. It has been declared a Project Elephant Site.
Meenmutty falls (10 kms): , Meenmutty is the largest and most spectacular waterfall in Wayanad.
Wayanad Heritage museum: Located in the town of Ambalavayal, with an interesting collection of artifacts which includes headgear, weapons, pottery, and various objects associated with tribal life.
Edakkal caves (18 kms): On Ambukuthy hill near Ambalavayal town. A neolithic cave site.
Phantom Rock (13 Kms): Located close to Ambalavayal town, Phantom Rock, named so because of its skull head shape.
Pookote Lake (28 kms): A natural lake
Kanthanpara falls (8 kms)
Sentinel Rock Falls (20 Kms)
Neelimala view-point (7 Kms)
RARS (13 kms): The Regional Agriculture Research Station located in Ambalavayal town is part of the Kerala Agricultural University.
Karapuzha Dam (18 Kms)
Nearest Airport: Calicut
Nearest railway station: Calicut