Wayanad

Wayanad is one of the most popular tourist destinations, the green paradise is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats, forming the border world of the greener part of Kerala. Clean and pristine, enchanting and hypnotizing, this land is filled with history and culture. Located at a distance of 76 km from Wayanad the seashores of Kozhikode, this verdant hill station is full of plantations, forests, and wildlife. Wayanad is one of the best Kerala tourist places to visit. The name Wayanad comes from Vayal Nadu means the land of paddy fields. It's a picturesque plateau situated at an altitude that ranges between 700 to 2100 m nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats on the borders of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Wayanad culture is mainly tribal oriented. Wayanad is also one of the biggest foreign exchange earners of the State with its production of cash crops like pepper, cardamom, coffee, spices, tea, and other condiments.

Wayanad is best known for the wildlife reserves - Wayanad wildlife reserve which is home to an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. Wayanad wildlife reserve is an integral part of the Nilgiri biosphere reserve peacefully located amidst the serene hills of Western Ghats. Wayanad homes a wide variety of wildlife like elephants, leopards, and bears. Banasura Sagar Dam, Edakkal Caves, and Soochipara Waterfalls are among the must include places in your Wayanad Tour Packages. Wayanad is a perfect weekend idea from the cities of South India.

Top Attractions in Wayanad

Banasura Dam

Banasura Dam is the largest earthen dam in Kerala and the second largest dam in Asia. Lying in the lap of the Banasura hills in Wayanad is the picturesque Banasura Sagar dam. The view of the sprawling reservoir from the top of the dam is breathtaking. Adventures like speed boating are readily available here, and a trek up to the Banasura Peak is filled with streams, diverse flora, fauna, lush tropical green, and majestic waterfalls. An earthen dam, it is also known as an embankment dam is created by placing mounds of clay, sand, rock or soil. The view of Banasura Lake from the top of the hill gives a mesmerizing experience. The sprawling area of clear water is a dream of every photographer, dotted with tiny islands and the view is incredible during monsoons. Banasura Dam is an ideal picnic spot and one of the most beautiful places in Kerala.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala, that comprises of rare as well as endangered species of both flora and fauna. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 345 square km and comprises two parts namely Upper Wayanad and Lower Wayanad. It is surrounded by Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu as well as Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka both are protected areas. It was founded in the year of 1973, the wildlife sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which was the first biosphere out of the 14 present in India.

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary comprises two major parts namely Muthanga and Tholpetty. Muthanga lies to the Wayanad southern side at a distance of 18 km from Sulthan Bathery. On the other hand, Tholpetty is lies to the north of Thirunelli. Muthanga is located next to the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

Edakkal Caves

Famous for its exquisite rock and wall carvings, the prehistoric Edakkal Caves are two naturally occurring alcoves located in Wayanad district of Kerala. Edakkal caves measure at a massive length and width of 96 and 22 feet and lie 1200 meters above the sea level. Owing to its precarious location, one needs to trek for one and a half hours (around 4000 ft) to hit the cave entrance, and another 45 minutes to reach the mouth of the cave. The stonework in the interior of the cave is estimated to be as old as 5000 BC to 1000 BC.

Edakkal literally means 'a stone in-between' and aptly describes its formation. A small rock has wedged in between 2 bigger ones to form a natural cave. In the truest sense of the word, dakka is not a cave but a natural fissure in the rock which has a heavy boulder on top. The cave thus has 2 levels. The first level of the cave can be explored through a small opening. Just opposite this is a passage that leads to another opening, this time in the roof. The walls are covered with carvings of animal and human figures, some of which are hazy but are clear for the most part. The clarity of the carvings is even more surprising given the duration they have survived.

Chembra Peak

Chembra peak is located close to the bumbling town of Meppadi and just 8 km south of Kalpetta, stands the highest peak of the Wayanad Hill Range. Chembra Peak is situated at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. It offers a panoramic view of not only the entire Wayanad district but also a large chunk of Kozhikode, Malappuram and Nilgiri districts. The peak, its surrounding lush greenery, and the famed heart-shaped lake make it a paradise for tourists to explore.

Chembra Peak is famous among trekkers for excellent one-day trekking which takes about three hours. On one's way to chembra peak, they are confronted with another gift of nature in the form of a heart-shaped Lake which is believed to have never dried up and is one of the major attractions here.

Soochipara Falls

Soochipara Falls is a three-tiered waterfall located in Vellarimala, Wayanad. Surrounded by deciduous, evergreen and montane forests, this waterfall is regarded as one of the best waterfalls. The drive from Meppadi to Sentinel Rock Waterfalls provides tourists with scenic views of some of the best tea estates. This attractive waterfall is 200 meters high that also offer a cliff face, ideal for rock climbing. Also, since the water falling from the waterfall forms a big pool, one can enjoy swimming and bathing in it.

The drive itself up till Soochipara falls is enjoyable and exciting. The forest department provides a few tree-top accommodations to its visitors. The tree-tops are located in such strategic locations that one gets an enthralling view of the entire Western Ghat valleys from there. The serene ambiance of the waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the city is a treat to the eyes and a perfect getaway for relaxed minds.

Kuruva Dweep

Kuruvadweep is a beautiful little island located in Wayanad, Kerala. It is the only one in India that is surrounded by freshwater. The location and the geographical characteristics of the location make Kuruvadweep a sought-after attraction. The mesmerizing beauty of this place draws tourists from all over the world, and its landscape of Kuruvadweep makes it a hotspot for nature walks. You can visit the island to explore the picturesque scenery and experience being close to nature. Kuruvadweep is spread over an area of 950 acres and is surrounded by River Kabini and several other streams. Since it lies in the delta region, It is actually a group of islands that can be accessed by boats or rafts.

The island has dense forests that are home to a variety of flora and fauna and hence is visited quite often by researchers and nature lovers. Certain areas can be explored by foot while others need to be explored in a boat or a raft. Thus, this is the place for travelers seeking uncontaminated natural surroundings.

Sulthan Bathery

Sulthan Bathery is located in Wayanad, is a quaint and peaceful town. This place came to be known by its new name after the great ruler, Tipu Sultan of Mysore, invaded the region and used the Jain Temple located here as a battery. The pleasant weather in this beautiful tourist place, coupled with excellent opportunities for shopping and spectacular historical sites makes the town of Sulthan Bathery a popular tourist attraction. This boasts of a fantastic topography: majestic hills interspersed with valleys, cliffs, and plains. Not only is Sulthan Bathery now the largest town in the entire Wayanad district, but Sulthan bathery is also reputed for its tourism and commercial activities. The main tourist attractions are the prehistoric caves, jungle trails, sparkling streams and rivers and lush greenery of the undulating hills, along with many options to explore the city and its surroundings.

Pookode Lake

Pookode Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Wayanad, is a natural freshwater lake located around 2 km away from Vythiri. It has an exquisite natural beauty and remains surrounded by lush greenery all around thereby captivating the visitors. Pookode lake is accessible via motorable road is an excellent place for an outing, especially with your family and loved ones. Apart from the natural view, people also enjoy boating, seeing the freshwater aquarium, shopping for handicrafts and just walking around.

A species of cyprinid fish is known to be found only in the Pookode Lake. The lake also has a different variety of blue lotus and other freshwater fishes present in large numbers. Here you can find many wild animals, birds, and flies present in the forests surrounding the lake making it rich in fauna. The presence of scattered blue water lilies in the Pookode lake make it appear surreal. The pathway leading up to this lake is covered with thick bushes and tall trees adding even more beauty to the place. Pookode lake is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in Wayanad, is going to give you a sense of calm and peaceful environment around. The greenery around makes it an ideal location for nature lovers as well as the photographers.

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary

Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary is a famous paradise for nature loverês and bird watcherês. They have a stunning population of a variety of birds thriving in its natural habitat, preserved within the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a favorite amongst campers as well. Some rare species of birds and plants are also found at Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary. Other than the well preserved natural terrain of this sanctuary, there are also some rock-cut caves that one can explore.

Lakkidi Viewpoint

Lakkidi Viewpoint is one of the tourist destinations in Wayanad, is a high altitude point to get a breathtaking view of the city. The region mostly stays misty and offers a wonderful view of the hairpin turns down the hill. The thrill of driving up to the point is an experience in itself.

Banasura Hill

Banasura hills is one of the tallest mountains in the region, and is a part of the Western Ghats of India having an altitude of over 2000 m. Banasura hill has a wide variety of flora and fauna and offers a most beautiful atmosphere for nature walks and trekking. The Kurichiya tribe, tribe expert in bow and arrow, have their settlements at the foothills.

Neelimala Viewpoint

Neelimala Viewpoint offers a stunning view point of the lush green natural vegetation and the breathtaking Meenmutty waterfalls. The serene atmosphere and the sounds of the birds chirping amidst the whispering leaves will put one at ease instantly. Trekking through the beautiful misty trails and soaking in the fresh air to reach the point is a famous activity here.

Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wayanad Heritage Museum is also known as the Ambalavayal Heritage Museum, it is an archaeological museum that has an impressive collection of artefacts belonging to the tribes of the region. It has a fascinating collection of artefacts belonging to the 2nd century that are tagged as rare. Some of these artefacts have been dated back to the Neolithic era, includes regular daily items, decorative items, terracotta figurines, memorial stones, etc. This archaeological museum is divided into four sections namely: Deva Smruthi, Gotra Smruthi, Veera Smruthi and Jeevana Smruthi. Each block houses various items that display the simplicity and intelligence and the rustic way of living of a bygone era.

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Known to be the second-largest wildlife sanctuary in Wayanad, the area is home to a large variety of wild animals. This sanctuary is a part of the Nilgiri Bioreserve along with Nagarhole and Bandipur area of Karnataka. Promising an endearing view with plenty of experiences, the sanctuary has been declared a Project Elephant site. You can spot these animals roaming around freely if you drive along the road. Being a dense forest situated amidst the hills of western ghats, the kind of animals you can spot here would include Indian Bison, tigers, elephants, and deer, Panthers, jungle cats, civet cats, monkeys, wild dogs and bears. With the natural landscape and the wildlife it harbours, the sanctuary attracts photographers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Things to do in Wayanad

Trek to Chembra Peak

Adventure at Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Walk through the Natural Trail of Wayanad

Zip Lining in Wayanad

Cycling in Wayanad - Old charm retrieved

Visit Edakkal Caves

Vythiri Village Resort - Thee house Experience

Explore Wayanad Heritage Museum

Wonder at beautiful sights from Lakkidi View Point

Boating in Banasura Sagar Dam

Stream Walk and River Dipping Experience in Wayanad

Muthanga Wildlife Safari trills

Farm Tour in Wayanad

Trek through Kalladi Forest

Trek to Sahibkkunnu

Trek at the Valley of Clouds

How to Reach Wayanad

Wayanad is the most popular hill station in Kerala. By reaching Wayanad is easy, it is connected to all major cities and the cities within the country through various modes of transport. Being a tourism hub, Wayanad enjoys good communication facilities via roadways with different parts of Kerala.

By Road

Wayanad has a good network of KSRTC and private buses to nearby cities. There are super fast buses running between Wayanad and Bangalore, Trivandrum, Mangalore, and Cochin.

By Train

Wayanad district is not connected directly by rail. The nearest railway station to Wayanad is Kozhikode railway station in Kerala if you are traveling from the upper region of the country. It is situated at a distance of 110 km from the city. After getting down at the Kozhikode railway station, taxis or buses can be boarded to travel.

By Air

Calicut International Airport is the nearest airport to Wayanad is located at a distance of 93 km from Wayanad. Calicut airport has access to many international and domestic flights.

Best season to Visit Wayanad

Summer

Wayanad experiences Summer seasons from March to May. The minimum temperature of the region experiences is around 20°C while the maximum is about 35°C. The peak afternoons are often avoided during the season. The mornings and evenings are much preferred for sightseeing. Afternoons can be sent exploring the evergreen forests surrounding the hill station as the temperatures are lower, calmer and more pleasant than other areas.

Winter

Experience winter season from October to February. This time period is considered a peak tourism season. The minimum temperature that experience in this season is 10°C and the maximum is 24°C. During the day the weather stays misty, breezy and night time stays chilly. December, January, and February, are the peak winter months. This climate is perfect for enjoying the nature reserves, sightseeing, bird watching or to explore the wildlife.

Monsoon

Monsoons season begins in June and goes on until September, sometimes till mid-October. During Monsoon mornings and evenings are generally chilly and rainy. The weather remains humid with the temperature ranging between 17°C and 29°C. Wayanad looks beautiful with normal rainy days with mist hovering over the mountains. Especially hill station looks greener and fresher in the season but is not always recommended to tourists because of the substantial amount of rain it receives.

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