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Wayanad Tourism

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Wayanad Info

  • State: Kerala
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 2100 m
  • Pincode: 670001
  • District: Wayanad
  • Language: Malayalam
  • STD code: 04936
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 36°C, Winter 10 to 31°C

History of Wayanad

Plantations, forests, and wildlife are what come to mind when Wayanad is mentioned. Situated in the midst of the Western Ghats, it has a pleasant climate all year round. The history of Wayanad is thought to date back to the New Stone Age. Documented evidence, however, is available only from the 18th century onward. The region was under the rule of the Pazhassi Rajas, Hyder Ali, Tipu Sultan, and the British at various times. In 1980, it was made an independent district of Kerala.

People and Culture of Wayanad

The indigenous people of Wayanad are tribals or Adivasis. Adiyars, Paniyas, Kurumas, Kattunaikars, and Kadans are the main tribes though there are many others too. There are many tribal healers who are experts in herbal medicine with people from various parts of the country and abroad seeking their assistance in treatment of diseases such as diabetes and even cancer.

Onam, Maha Shivaratri, Ashtami Rohini, Vishu, Christmas, Easter, and Bakrid are some of the festivals celebrated by the locals. Arts, crafts, dance, and music are all a part of these festivities. The months from February to May are when most of the folk performances, which are among Wayanad attractions, take place.

Things To Do in Wayanad

Of the many things to do in Wayanad, a trip to Banasura Sagar Dam is a must. Considered India’s biggest earth dam and the second largest in Asia, it is one the popular picnic spots in Wayanad. Carvings from the Neolithic and Mesolithic Ages can be found at the Edakkal Caves which are a favourite with trekkers too. Trekking and mountain climbing to the summit of Chembra Peak are some other activities pursued by visitors on sightseeing in Wayanad.

The Soochipara Waterfalls, Pookat Lake, Kuruva Dweep, and Lakkidi are some other places to visit in Wayanad. Besides seeing Wayanad tourist places, many come here on religious tourism. Thirunelli Temple, Korome Mosque, Pallikunnu Church, Jain temples of Sulthan Battery, and Glass Temple of Kootamunda are just some of the other places to see in Wayanad.

Food and Shopping in Wayanad

The food in Wayanad is predominantly Kerala cuisine though restaurant menus offer a variety of other Indian and international cuisines. Visitors on a trip to Wayanad might like to get a taste of some local dishes such as Malabar parathas, fish curry cooked in clay pots served with steaming rice, the Nadan chicken curry with some Appams, or a vegetarian Sadhya or traditional feasts served on plantain leaves.

Handicrafts made of bamboo, jute, coconut shells, and cane, spices like pepper and cardamom, and coffee are some of the things visitors on Wayanad sightseeing trips take home. Make sure to take a break from the list of Wayanad places to visit to do some shopping.

Accommodation in Wayanad

If you are wondering about how to reach Wayanad, there are plenty of options available. The nearest railway station and airport are located at Kozhikode which is at a distance of about 110 kms. Kozhikode is well-connected to different parts of the country with regular trains and flights. Buses and cabs are the common mode of transport for tourists arriving from other cities on a Wayanad tour. The hotels in Wayanad range from the luxurious to the modest with offerings ranging from tree houses to eco dwellings and homestays.



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Sai Venkitesh

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  • Sai Venkitesh
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 2 Reviews
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"Wonderland of beautiful kerala" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We visited Wayanad during 2016 April 9 - 12. This is a place full of forest and wild animals. We went to Meenmutty waterfalls even though water level is low we had a good trekking experience. Edakkal Caves which is really wonderful place to visit. Don't miss to visit there. We can see ancient times letters and pictures in this cave. It is nature's gift for wayanad. Banasura Sagar Dam is one of the best dam made of soil in Asia and now solar energy is producing there. Muthanga, THOLPETTY Wild life sanctuaries are there but they are closed because of heavy summer drought and fire. We also visit Kuruva island there we can walk through the banks of river Kabini and can see different types of trees. During our journey through the forest we saw elephants, deers in forest. We had a nice and wonderful tour to Wayanad.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A trip to beautiful Wayanad"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Wayanad by road in February 2016. The Wayanad district came into being on 1st November, 1980 comprising the three taluks of Vythiri, Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery. The places of interest around Wayanad include Chembra peak, Lakkidi, Muthanga wildlife sanctuary and the Banasura sagar dam. Chembra peak is the highest hill in Wayanad and trekking is a risky adventure here to the top of the mountain. Lakkidi is located 58 kilometers north-east of Kozhikode and very near to Vythiri. Muthanga wildlife sanctuary is located 16 kilometers east of Sultan Battery and is very close to the Kerala-karnataka border. The Banasura Sagar Dam is located close to the Banasura hills and is the largest earth dam in India.
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Kamal raj

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  • Kamal raj
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"Really, a good place to spend your leisure time"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I went to Wayanad for my honeymoon in March. At that time of the year most of the places are closed due to summer season. Visited only few places. Nice place to visit at right time. Enquire about the season first to avoid getting disappointed. Really, a good place to spend your leisure time.
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Tinu Dalal

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  • Tinu Dalal
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Over Rated Holiday Destination"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Well well, first things first. I had heard a lot about this place, being an ideal holiday destination, but didn't quite meet my expectations. It's all about the Journey and not the destination- literally holds true for this place. We drove all the way from Bangalore to Wayanad, which is approx 280 kms drive. And the drive, without any doubt was the best part of the holiday. The highway is well maintained and surrounded by lush green landscapes, and forests on the either side of the road. Once you cross the forest, you will be taken up by surprise by the sunflower fields on either sides. We stopped just next to the fields and clicked lot of photographs.

It took us about 5-6 hrs to reach Wayanad, and the fact that it was nothing like a hill station disappointed us. The weather was far from being a hill station weather, to be frank it was damn hot, and so we decided to take some rest and spend time in the resort itself. Next day we started early with visiting the coffee estates which I would say was some respite to us. Next we decided to head to the Soochipara Fall. You have to walk about 2Kms from the parking place, to reach the falls, and after covering all that distance you are just allowed to look at the waterfall from a distance, ofcourse due to the safety concerns. There are some lake's as well, but for that you need to trek another 2-3 kms and we were not in a mood for trekking another 2kms since it was already evening, and so we decided to head back to our resort and spend some time in the pool. Next day we started our journey back to Bangalore.

May be you can explore the city during Nov-Feb as the weather would be better during these months, but still I won't recommend it at all.
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Vyshakh  Ramachandran

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  • Lives in Kannur
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"Nice hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is one of the most beautiful place in Kerala. The drive to Wayanad takes you via Bandipur forest which is quite a wild sight. There are lots of trekking places in Wayanad. All time the climate would be cool. It is a must seen place for nature lovers. The greenery is the another main attraction in Wayanad.
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Ankit Sanghvi

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  • Ankit Sanghvi
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Wayanad : The lap of green and serene luxury"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is an explorer's paradise. Its complete green cover makes you love nature the most. Its cool and calm in Wayanad, the views from its tourist points like the Lakkidi View Point is breathtaking. The different tourist attraction are worth to watch. The best part of Wayanad is that it is not known to many people so one shall find less people visiting it, and that helps to keep Wayanad as nature wants it to be kept. Simply a great place to spend some time and rejuvenate in the lap of green and serene luxury.
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Joby Abraham

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"A refreshing change, since it is still untouched - relatively"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When you talk of Hill Stations in India, Wayanad may not be what comes to your mind right away. It is not very well known to people and some may not know that it is in Kerala, since the moment you hear Kerala, most think of only the back-waters.

But this hill district in the north eastern borders of Kerala is really a treat to the senses. You will find this refreshing because it is not too touristy, while still being sufficiently well stocked and connected for tourists owing to its location and strategic importance.

The Edakkal Caves in Wayanad is a must visit. This is a place in the hills where you will find pre-historic paintings and markings on rocks. Truly remarkable. This place is located at a distance of about 45 minutes from the town of Kalpetta and you can get there via shared Jeeps.

There are other attractions like cardamom plantations, coffee and tea plantations and the like, if you are the sorts that is fascinated by botanical wonders.

When I visited Wayanad in the month of February, it was foggy in the mornings and the temperature would go up to about 24 degrees in the afternoons. Overall, February and October are the best times to be there.
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Ravi chandran

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"Nice place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The district has a variety of places and each one has its unique experience.

1. Chembra peak - you can have nice trekking experience for beginners

2. Lakkidi View point Good road side view point on the way

3. Edakkal caves- You have to climb little to see the caves

4. Pookot lake Normal lake with fish, local shops
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"Good place to go"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lakkidi is a place for those who want to relax on a holiday and not run around visiting places. Though a few places do exist that many would like to visit, I would suggest people to just chill it out. Lakkidi village is a resort nestled in the mountains of the western ghats just before you begin the descend to Kozhikode.

You get to do a lot of in door activities ( T. T, etc, ) and of course an outdoor pool that the kids will not leave. A walk around the property itself should be a half a days job. Good food, good rooms and above all awesome service.

A good 4 -5 hour drive from Bangalore, if you start early. You have the Muthanga national park in between but needs proper planning if you are planning a visit into it.
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Sajith Kumar

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  • Sajith Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Perfect for a de-stressing your life"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wayanad is actually a region and there are some popular towns which are quite well known. One of the well known towns is Vythiri which encompasses all that the region is known for. Lush green tea estates et all. It is also close to all the popular tourist hotspots. The Pookot lake which is a beautiful lake and the boat ride here is a must. If you are the adventurous type you need to trek to Edakkal caves. The other notable spots are the Banasura dam. What I relish is the morning walks through the tea estates. I like to take the relaxing holidays and this is an ideal place to de stress. It is very convenient to travel by road if you are coming from Bangalore like I do. Travel through Mysore, Nanjangud, Bandipur, Sultan Bathery and then you reach Vythiri. There are hordes of resorts and one i stayed was Vythiri village which is a pretty awesome place and then have their own water falls. All in all if you are looking for a relaxing soothing holiday look no further.
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