Sunrise Valley is one of the most scenic spots in Wayanad. That is a huge statement, considering how beautiful Wayanad is.
Sunrise Point, above the valley, is only a stone’s throw away from the car park. Here is what you will see from there.
Definitely this should be one of the top sightseeing spots in Wayanad. Unfortunately, it is left in a state of neglect.
Up on reaching the car park, you will be confused about where to go. There is a tea shop run by an old lady. And there are locals who are ready to help you as guides. They expect a small tip though.
You have to walk about 100 metres through the woods to reach the fenced area. There are animals in the forest. The local guide told us that the metal wire fence is actually an electric fence to deter elephants. Power is switched on at night.
To get the scenic view of the valley, it is necessary to go past the ‘no entry’ area to where the rocky projection is. You need permission from the authorities to do so.
The mud tract that leads to the rocky projection is steep and slippery when wet. Slipping there can have disastrous consequence. That is why the area is closed for general visitors. I hope the tourism department wakes up to this place’s potential and build a proper walkway and steps.
Be careful at the rocks. They can be slippery too.
Undulating terrains of evergreen forests covered in mist and overlooked by white clouds is a refreshing sight. One of the highlights is River Chaliyar seen as a thick silvery line curving around the hill. Also in the picture is Attamala waterfall as a small silvery patch.
Those who are in the know arrive here early morning to view the red rays of sun majestically shatter the darkness of the valley. Hence the name – Sunrise Valley.
There is a spot not far from the car park, where you can see Meenmutty waterfall at a distance. Meenmutty is one of the largest waterfalls in Kerala.
How to reach
Sunrise Valley View point is in Muppainad village, about 7 kms from Vaduvanchal.
Follow Meppadi to Vaduvanchal road till Padivayal and then turn to the side road. There are two side roads which unite after a couple of kms.
There is road side display sign for Sunrise Valley. Follow the road to the end (about 4 kms).